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Bel Air by [Stone, Katherine]
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Against a requisitely glamorous backdrop of Bel Air, Calif., six good, beautiful, wealthy and extraordinarily talented central characters all succeed spectacularly despite tragedy and adversity. Insofar as there is a pivot to this overstuffed story, it is the untimely death of award-winning playwright Peter Dalton's wife, Sara, an heiress to $12 million, and Dalton's conflict with his brother-in-law, Rob, editor of the star-studded Portrait magazine. There's more atmospheric glitz than plot here, though Stone ( Twins ) spices the story line g with dashes of child abuse, drugs, presumed murder, a hostage seizure and unrealized dreams. But while the novel's opening snapshot takes of various protagonists seem promising, the author finally inundates the reader with a host of characters, and reveals too much too soon, dispelling any chances for suspense. Stone displays narrative talent, but fewer characters with greater contrast in their personalities and fates would have been preferable to this razzle-dazzle.
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  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463657064
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069VODAW
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Format: Paperback
Bel Air by Katherine Stone
Release Date: June 28th, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace (originally issued by Zebra in 1990)
Page Count: 372
Source: Directly from author for review

All that glitters is not gold...
Sometimes it is love.

Bel Air, California, where even the rich and famous marvel at the splendor of their surroundings. It is here, in the lush, sun-bright hills of Hollywood, that Allison, Winter, and Emily search for the courage to dream, to trust, to love.

But there are dark secrets and hidden betrayals that must first be overcome.

A terrible accident has stolen Allison Fitzgerald's dreams, and it has taught her that life is too precious and too fragile to waste. So when she meets a man who evokes a passion in her that she has never known before, she surrenders to his love without questioning his secretive past.

Gifted and beautiful actress Winter Carlyle has learned from painful experience that the people she loves always leave her, and that it is far too dangerous to care, and that she is only liked when she is pretending to be someone she is not. Still, she is willing to risk everything for the doctor who sees beyond the pretense... but is he willing to risk everything for her?

Emily Rousseau only feels safe, only feels free, when she is behind the lens of her camera, safe and free from the men who want her, and want to hurt her. The portraits she takes are works of art, and there is one man, unlike any other man she has ever known, who sees not only the talent in her work, but the loveliness in her. But can she accept the love and face that demons that will free her from her past?
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A sweet beach read with a far-fetched but lovable plot, impossibly adorable characters and excessive use of italics. I'm really quite torn about this because I should despise this clichéd trope, but I don't. I just lose myself in the story and suspend all disbelief. Seriously the only things that took me out of the reading trance was the aforementioned italics (i.e. Peter:"Is this too late to call?" Allison: "No" /No time is too late, ever.// Peter: "Would you--?" Allison: "Yes" /Yes to anything.// Me: throwing up), as well as the fact that they use each others names in dialogue far, far more often than anyone does in real life. Except possibly rich people in the '80s. I have no way of knowing as I wasn't there. ("Peter, I love you." "Peter, I wouldn't know what to say." "Winter, I am very much in love with Peter."
(Apparently you can't put html tags in these boxes. Imagine / = italics, // = end italics.)
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This is the first book by Katherine Stone I have read. Now, I a lifetime fan. This story follow three women in their journey towards their career goals and love. I love the way the story links the lives of the characters together. How the chance meetings and circumstances changes the lives of the unsuspecting cast. The changes are so subtle that they don't realize what hit them until their deeply in love and can't do a thing about it. This is a wonderful book, that I will read over and over again.
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Bel Air is definitely one of Katherine Stone's best. It is one of her older books and takes place in the mid 1980's with all of the lavish opulence one could expect from California Socialites. If you like any of her books, this one you will simply adore.
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