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Mirror Image [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Steel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

To look at one was to see the other. For family, even the girls' own father, it was a constant guessing game. For strangers, the surprise was overwhelming. And for the twins Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two remarkable young women coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond was mysterious, marvelous, and often playful--a secret realm only they inhabited.

Olivia and Victoria were the beloved daughters of a man who never fully recovered from his wife's death bearing them in 1893. Shy, serious Olivia, born eleven minutes before her sister, had taken over the role of mother in their lush New York estate, managing not only a household but her rebellious twin's flights of fancy. Free-spirited Victoria wanted to change the world. She embraced the women's suffrage movement and dreamed of sailing to war-torn Europe. Then, in the girls' twenty-first year, as the first world war escalated overseas, a fateful choice changed their lives forever.

It began when Victoria's life was about to become a public scandal. It led to a painful decision, and brought handsome lawyer Charles Dawson into the Henderson's life and family. Hand-picked by the twins' father to save his daughter's reputation, Charles was still mourning his wife's death aboard the Titanic, struggling to raise his nine year-old son alone, determined never to lose his heart again. Charles wanted to believe that, for the sake of his son, he could make an unwanted marriage work. But in an act of deception that only Olivia and Victoria could manage, the twins took an irrevocable step, which changed both their lives forever; and took one of the twins to the battlefields of France, the other into a marriage she longed for but could not have.

From Manhattan society to the trenches of war-ravaged France, Mirror Image moves elegantly and dramatically through a rich and troubled era. With startling insight, Danielle Steel explores women's choices: between home and adventure, between the love for family and the passion for a cause, between sacrifice and desire. But at the heart of Mirror Image is a fascinating, realistic portrait of identical twins, two vastly different sisters who lead their lives and follow their destinies against a vivid backdrop of a world at war.

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Editorial Reviews Review

Steel's 46th heartbreaker delves into the seemingly inexhaustible dramatic depths of Titanic lore, idyllic love, and delectable stars. Olivia and Victoria Henderson are beautiful, young, wealthy twins who live in upper-crust Croton-on-Hudson in upstate New York at the turn of the century. Despite their life of ease (playing tennis with the Astors, being courted by a Rockefeller), they do face the daily grind of caring for their beloved Pa, who has never recovered from Mrs. Henderson's death. Then along comes another forlorn widower, sexy Charles Dawson, whose wife perished at sea. "Damn shame she came back on the Titanic," says Mr. Henderson--who doesn't know what the Lusitania has in store for his family. As the plot thickens with the onset of World War I and the suffrage movement, Victoria--the demon seed of the dynamic duo--gets into a spot of trouble. Big enough that dutiful yet daring Olivia must bail her out in a way that it would spoil everything to reveal. If A Farewell to Arms was adapted to an ABC Monday night movie, it might bear a resemblance to Mirror Image. But in Hemingway, or on TV, there were never such devoted sisters. As the narrator puts it, reflecting on the feelings of one sister for the other, "She was her partner, her confidante, her friend, her cohort in all mischief ... the other side of her life, her heart ... the other side of the mirror."

From Publishers Weekly

The raven-haired twins in Steel's (The Klone and I) latest romance wend their way through the social dilemmas and crises of conscience that abound in the lives of two motherless heiresses. Flitting around Edith Wharton's New York and its fashionable countryside (the family home, Henderson Manor, is in Croton-on-Hudson), Olivia and Victoria Henderson come of age in high style and predictable prose. Their physical resemblance (even their father is unable to distinguish between them) exaggerates their temperamental differences. The rebel Victoria?smoker, drinker and suffragette?recklessly gives herself to a married womanizer, Tobias Whitticomb. Olivia dutifully keeps her father's houses and acts as the anxious guardian to her "baby" sister. She also befriends nine-year-old Geoff Dawson, whose mother has died on the Titanic. When Henderson pere decides to marry the disgraced Victoria to Geoff's father, Charles, Olivia's heart quietly breaks and the plot thickens. The convenience of the sisters' carbon-copy looks allows Victoria to run off to help the Allied cause in France and Olivia secretly to take her sister's place. Although Steel stretches credibility as the marriage heats up (Charles didn't notice that his wife was virginal again?), the reader is too busy being moved by the powerful events to quibble. Steel doesn't flinch from the realities of childbirth and war and reliably produces yet another suspenseful tearjerker.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1201 KB
  • Print Length: 562 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B001E3DW5M
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (February 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TSZ6K6
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Love and Family November 13, 2000
By Michael
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have only experienced three (going on 4) of Danielle Steel books. Any fan would know it's hard to choose a favorite... but "Mirror Image", I can say, left a smile on my face and a lasting impression. If you're big into family and the ties that bind siblings but you're also a hopeless romantic (like myself), then you'll simply LOVE this book. A thought provoking, heart-warming and heart-aching book, "Mirror Image" will teach you the power of love siblings can have for one another and the power of Love in general. If you have brothers or sisters... you can relate. If you have none... you'll learn the power... the eternal power... of the love siblings can share for one another as well as learn the healing power of Love. This was a breathtaking book... and well worth the read. Even the abridged version leaves an impression.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mirror Image April 30, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mirror Image is the story of "mirror" twin sisters Olivia and Victoria. The two have been raised since birth by their father who cannot tell them apart. When they were children they would "switch identities" to do things the other twin didn't want to or couldn't do. They try to pull this off in adulthood after Victoria has an affair with a married man and then is forced to marry her father's lawyer. To add some spice to the story Victoria's sister Olivia is very much attracted to Charles, the lawyer, and his young son Geoff. Geoff was on the Titanic with his mother when it sunk. She died and so now Charles is raising Geoff on his own. This is why he agrees to marry Victoria. The "switch" occurs after Victoria decides she cannot be married anymore and wants to go to Europe to help with the War.
This story seems to be about a good twin and a bad twin. As sweet as Olivia is Victoria is just as bad. The story was OK but it seemed to take forever to set up everything. The switch doesn't take place until halfway through the book. After that things seem to move more quickly and the story becomes more entertaining. The characters are typical of those found in Danielle Steel novels. The whole "switching" storyline did seem to be a little far-fetched to me. How could a husband not know that someone else was pretending to be his wife?? In fact, no one seemed to notice that Olivia was standing in as Victoria. I just don't see how this could happen in real life.
This was an OK read to pass the time. I have read much better Danielle Steel books. I would recommend Malice, No Greater Love, The Ring, or Lightning instead of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best... July 5, 2003
By gossy
The plot itself made me want to read this book. I found it intriguing how it revolved around a pair of beautiful twins who are identical only in appearance. The fact that Victoria had an affair with a married player causes her father to engage her to Charles. However, Olivia is obviously the one suited to him. She's the one who finds him respectful and whom adores his child. The new engagement is convenience only on both parts of the party. There is no love. Victoria marries to cover the scandal of the affair and Charles needs a mother for his child. Victoria eventually convinces Olivia to switch. She wants to go to the battlefields. Victoria sinks in a ship but later is discovered that she is actually alive. From that point on, both the twins find love. And voila, you got the plot.
And yet, it was just so poorly written at times!(the first half anyway). There were many times where Danielle Steel kept talking about 1)how identical they looked 2)how beautiful they were 3)how Charles felt Victoria was more wild and fiesty. 4)how ppl kept staring at their remarkable beauty. It just started getting corny after a while and I found myself rolling my eyes at times. I get the point after the first 5 times...
I love Danielle Steel's books but this one isn't as good as some of her others. For another book with almost identical plot, I suggest reading 'Deceptions' by Judith Michael.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open this novel & let your emotions flow! January 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So many people on Amazon gave this book a bad rating, so when I picked this book up I was almost afraid to read it. But I am so glad I did. This book starts out only one year after the Titanic tragically sinks. We meet Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two strikenly beautiful mirror image twins. One could not tell one from the other. Olivia is the calm and surreen one where as Victoria is the wild feminist. After a visit to New York, Victoria disgraces her good name. Her father becomes so horribly enraged and forces her to marry a man she didn't love. A man meant for her sister Olivia. His wife had died on the Titanis and he was left taking care of his little boy. This book will take you to New York all the way to war ravaged France. You will laugh and cry and look at life in a whole new beautiful day. This novel will make you love yourself and love the simple blessings you are granted. Don't let yourself pass this book up. Embrace it and love it like a beautiful child. Let the words speak to your heart and soul. And along the way LEARN! You will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love for Sisters March 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For the Henderson sisters their bond was like no other, they were twins and no one could tell them apart, even their father got them confused. Vitoria was the wild child who loved to partisipate in suffrage movements, she never liked to stay in one place. Olivia was the more serious of the two the only thing she lived for was making others happy, she stayed at her father's estate. Olivia longed for her sister's husband while Victoria wanted out of the marriage. So they did something everyone would have never thought, switched places. "I'm leaving" pg.326 was one of the most important quotes in the book. This qoute is said by Victoria when she decides she can't live in a loveless marriage anymore. When she says this you know she means business and there is nothing that can change her mind. This is the foundation for the reason that they switch places. This is a romance book and it rates one of the best I have ever read. Even though i haven't read many this book wants me to read more. If you like history, because it deals some what with it, and romance then this is the book for you. If you don't like to brush up on your history then it isn't a book good for you. I must say that if it wasn't for the romance I wouldn't have read the whole book. If this is how Danielle Steel writes all of her books, I would suggest reading them all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very well presented, holds your attention. well done.
Published 13 hours ago by Judy Fergus
3.0 out of 5 stars Love, betrayal and forgiveness.
A good book for light reading. Once again Ms. Steel takes us on a journey of love, betrayal and forgiveness.
Published 21 days ago by Wilson Grlz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
She never fails
Published 2 months ago by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't STEELE myself away!
An excellent storyline, one of my favourite Danielle Steele's novels. Very difficult to put down, couldn't wait to pick up again each day.
Published 2 months ago by Jenny Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book-I could hardly put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror Image
Excellent story. Author sure was creative in developing the details. Being a twin myself ( not identical) helped to hold my interest even more.
Published 4 months ago by Carol Sichterman
5.0 out of 5 stars DS
This was written in Danielle Steel's good form. She allows the reader to get quite involved with the characters to cheer them on.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Twins Times Two
This was the best and most spellbinding book of hers that I have read in years. There were so many ways the end of this story could have gone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
I have never read a book D.S. wrote that I didn't enjoy, but this is on the 'top' of the list. I just finished "Secret Honor", and it rates on the 'top', also. D.S. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane DI
5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy Danielle Steel's books.
I needed this book to fill in my collection of Danielle Steel books. I have every one of them and read them over and over.
Published 5 months ago by mantecajanet
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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