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First Sight: A Novel by [Steel, Danielle]
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Fashion designer Timmie O’Neill runs a thriving empire, but she is all alone. After being orphaned as a girl, then losing her child to illness and her husband to divorce, she’s terrified of being abandoned until an emergency appendectomy during her Paris ready-to-wear shows brings French doctor Jean-Charles Vernier into her life. The two fall for each other immediately, sharing desires they’ve never shared with anyone else, but Jean-Charles is trapped in a floundering marriage. When he’s finally ready to divorce, his estranged wife is diagnosed with cancer, and Timmie is left alone again, this time with the secret that she’s carrying his child. Timmie is an intriguing heroine because her private anxieties and public success are at odds, and she doesn’t find peace until her late forties. Steel is one of the world’s most popular authors, and this poignant romance is sure to thrill her many loyal fans and reach many new readers, too. --Aleksandra Walker

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"A novel about love, in all its heartbreaking and splendid forms" Kirkus Reviews "This poignant romance is sure to thrill her many loyal fans and reach many new readers, too" Booklist

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  • File Size: 3764 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Limited edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3GMGZ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Robin Mittasch on July 28, 2013
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I have read every one of DS books. I preorder them when I know they are coming out and I have noticed that the last several books have been down right disappointing and just plain ole' bad.

The constant repetitiveness of her story is ridiculous.

While I understand that she has a contract with her publishers and has to produce "X" amount of books a year.... slow it down and write how you are capable of writing.

For newbies just starting out reading DS, try reading Jewels or Long Road Home to get an idea of the capabilities this writer has.

These last few books are annoyingly repetitive and quite frankly, pretty predictable.
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I have been reading Danielle Steel since I was a teenager. The last really good book she wrote in my opinion was A Good Woman. This book was really hard to get through. Badly written and horribly repetitious. Saying the same thing over and over again (and over) took up probably half the book. The story itself was good but the book could have been soooo much better. I'm not sure I'm going to spend my money on anymore of her books and it is sad, because she has been my favorite author for as long as I can remember. I wish she would slow down and write a really good book again!
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Very early on, in my reading of this book, I asked myself why, why am I bothering to read another Danielle Steel book. My answer is I guess I keep hoping, hoping that she will write like she did in books like "Message from Nam", "Zoya" and "Thurston House". Or perhaps my taste in books has evolved and grown up.

I found this book tedious, especially in the beginning. It took approximately the first 67 pages, to lay down the foundation, background, thoughts and motivation before we saw some forward motion toward a story about the protagonist, Timmie O'Neill. And then, once there was a bit of forward motion to something akin to a storyline, it was back to not much action shortly after that until about page 100 or so.

The main character, Timmie O'Neill, has risen from the ashes of a hard luck life, to be a most successful clothing/fashion designer and CEO of her own international company. Timmie works so hard and furious that she will make the average career woman feel like a sloth. I cannot imagine, how this fast paced woman will make the average stay-at-home mom or homemaker feel. After losing her husband, 11 years prior, Timmie has had relationships with "pretty boys", who apparently keep her entertained and use her, until she has had enough of the arm candy, they provide. But, she really does not need arm candy, as she rarely lives the fast and glamorous life.

While in Paris for fashion show week, Timmie is in need of a doctor and calls upon a recommendation given her by a friend. In walks the charming and handsome Dr. Jean-Charles Vernier.

At some point, a long distance romance begins to develop between the two. But, that gets derailed when Jean-Charles cannot disengage himself from his dead marriage, due to a number of tragedies.
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I have been unhappy with the repetitiveness of Danielle Steel's books for a while now. This book seems like the worse ever. I keep putting the book down and finding something else to do. The story is good, but I just can't take reading the same thing over and over and over again.
I'm now scanning and reading only the parts in quotes. I have been getting Steel's books from the library because I can't see wasting money on a book with 384 pages when I'm only reading the equivalent of about 100 of them. For some reason I can't resist reading Steel's books when a new one is published, but it's starting to be a real chore.
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It is boring and not well written, it is like she keeps repeating the same description of events to fill the pages. I have read
many of her books and have enjoyed most of them, this one is not a favorite!!!
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By kelnel on July 29, 2013
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I am about a third of the way through this book and don't think I will get any farther. I love the old Daniel Steel but the repititious drivel that fills this book makes me wonder if she is getting senile. Complete waste of money.
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I haven't read a DS book in years & years. Now I remember why. The story seemed to be a good one when I read the summary. But, I should have read the reviews!! There's so little dialogue throughout the book, like another reviewer, I started reading just lines in quotes. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!
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At first sight, I loved the rich red dress and umbrella on the cover, along with the title, "First Sight."(I fell in love with my husband at first sight.)

Eagerly I settled in for a fun read. At the end of the first page, I thought there must have been some mistake; this must be a rough draft that mistakenly found its way to the publisher. Bad grammar, endless repetition, cliche's, did I mention repetition of the same phrase? Repeatedly?

By the second chapter, the only description that fits the reader's experience is "mental stunned silence." This is the worst book ever written. It achieves this literary distinction because it has the framework of a story that deserved competent authorship, but is so hopelessly buried in excruciatingly painful delivery that the story is not worth finding.

The female lead character meets a French physician who directs her post-surgical care for a week in a Paris hospital. She speaks with him several times a day. They enjoy each others company. She gives him a very expensive watch as a thank you gift.
Months later she coordinates a second meeting with him in New York and describes their reunion as being "Love at First Sight."

Wait, what? WHAT? Danielle honey, don't tell us that you have not only given up writing, but have also abandoned MATH?

The very unflattering photograph of Ms. Steel on the back of the book jacket was another indication of the bad advice Ms. Steel is getting from her publisher, or the good advice that she is ignoring. I can only hope that her editor died some years back and the team forgot to tell Ms. Steel that the position was never refilled.
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