In this rich, involving novel from Danielle Steel, a woman’s life catapults from the old to the new, as she learns to seize the moment.
Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she’s stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off.
Despite her children’s grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting—and her whole life changes forever.
She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can’t be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world.
As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel’s moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America’s most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although the plot is very predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Steel has added a new dimension to her work in the last few years and it is obvious in this one. I loved all of the characters. While I did get a bit put out with the heroine who was so down on herself and so willing to listen to her daughters' criticism, I knew how she felt. Starting a new life is never easy and the author has nailed it perfectly. Self-doubt it rampant in the life of both the heroine and the hero. The redeeming virtue is that the hero is a man of character and integrity whom Steel paints with a broad brush. He epitomizes what we see in many of the Country singers of today. I just loved his warm personality. My only criticism of the work is that when it reached the climax it was too quickly done. Characters made an about-face making resolution sweet. Like I say, I really enjoyed this work.
I do not normally write a review, but I thought it was best from Danielle in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and was well worth waiting for. Totally an "escape" story.
This was a good summer day read, but I preferred "The Prodigal Son" as opposed to this rather predictable plot. It does deal with issues many women face when settling for less in a marriage, because of children, financial security, fear of re-entering the workplace. Several couples face this problem on different levels, but the story revolves around Stephanie when her husband suddenly dies. Life was "empty within the marriage" except for her now grown children, but life as a widow poses other questions of "being alone."
She meets a country western star quite by accident who is not the typical celebrity type. She has to re-examine dating and marriage again with this attraction. Can she trust again? Can she survive in Nashville? The ending seemed a bit rushed or unfinished, as once she commits to the new relationship, much development could have been a few more chapters of exploring the new "life." If one has had an unhappy marriage or...
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