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Five Days in Paris Hardcover – Large Print, November 1, 1995
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Olivia Thatcher is the young wife of a powerful U.S. senator, and Peter Haskell is the president of a pharmaceutical empire. When their paths cross serendipitously on the night of a bomb scare, they spill their hearts to each other--and both know their lives will never be the same.
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The grand, operatic gesture dominates Steel's 36th novel, a tightly crafted, if utterly unsuspenseful, tale that pits honor against ambition in high places. Peter Haskell has it all: a beautiful wife, three great sons, a satisfying job as president of the world's leading pharmaceutical firm?and the formula for a new drug, Vicotec, that promises to revolutionize chemotherapy. Awaiting the results of a French specialist's final testing of Vicotec, Peter also has a hotel room at the Ritz in Paris, which puts him in proximity to fellow guest Olivia Thatcher, the wife of a Virginia senator whose eyes are set firmly on the White House. Peter's world begins to spin apart when he learns that Vicotec is not the miracle he hoped for but a potential killer. But of what importance is such a turn of events in the face of l'amour? This is Paris, after all, the perfect setting for Peter to approach Olivia one night; on the steps of Montmartre, the two realize that they are soul mates, and that their marriages are, in fact, empty. All too soon, however, the lovers must return to reality?Olivia, to her husband's offer of $1 million a year to stay by his side; Peter, to untold millions if he'll just fib a little bit about those test results; and so both must face their own, ultimate moral test. Steel leaves no cliche unturned in this garden of predictabilities, but the fauna is glitzy?Catherine Deneuve and Clint Eastwood make cameo appearances?the flora is bright and, in the end, all's well that end's well, which is, after all, the only way her fans would have it. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection; simultaneous BDD Audio; British, translation, first serial, electronic, performance rights: Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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a. He is married (and he is married to the boss's daughter)
b. Girl is married (and she is married to a high powered politician and presidential hopeful).
They have an opportunity to connect, when there is a possible fire/event/bomb at the Paris Ritz. She, Olivia Thatcher, slowly wanders away from the crowd. He, Peter Haskell, notices and follows. They make a love connection over coffee. He takes her back to the hotel. She, however, does not return to the uncaring husband. Rather she runs off to a small fishing village in France. He learns that she has disappeared, when he sees the story on the news. He remembers a sweet village she talked about. He gets a car and follows her there. He finds She. Although, they agree the relationship should not go farther, well, it does.
They return to Paris and back to their miserable lives. She has pointed out to He, how miserable his life truly is back at home.
After a tragedy, She leaves her husband. The story is out that She is recovering someplace from a breakdown. She eventually lets He know she is back in France.
He and his father-in-law (Boss) have a terrible row over a business matter and the Boss has a heart attack. His daughter, Wifey, runs to his aid and blames He for nearly killing Boss.
He finally is forced to "sell out his soul/ethics" to keep peace and make Boss and Wifey happy. However, when push comes to shove, He just can't do it. So, He follows his principles. Wifey leaves him.
She finds him and presumably all is happy ever after.
Again, with Danielle Steel, I find so many sentences run on. Thoughts seem too circular and redundant. There were a number of typos in the version/copy I read.
Some good story lines. But, rather juvenile.
As usual Danielle made the book very, very interesting.
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