#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Incomparable storyteller Danielle Steel illuminates rarely glimpsed precincts of unimaginable wealth and power, where love and freedom are the most dangerous desires of all.
Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life. Discovered on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha’s job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place, and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected, and is careful not to dwell on Vladimir’s ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. She is unfailingly loyal to him in exchange.
Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo’s widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband’s paintings, and treats it as a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most exquisite woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca’s artwork. Two dangerous obsessions begin.
Theo, a gifted artist in his own right, finds himself feverishly painting Natasha’s image for weeks after their first meeting. Vladimir, enraged that Lorenzo’s works are not for sale, is determined to secure a painting at any price. And Natasha, who knows that she cannot afford to make even one false move, nevertheless begins to think of a world of freedom she can never experience as Vladimir’s mistress. She cannot risk her safety for another man, or even a conversation with him, as Theo longs for a woman he can never have.
From Moscow to the Riviera, Paris, and London, The Mistress is a riveting tale of vast fortune, cruelty, creative genius, and daring courage, as uncompromising individuals chart a course for collision.
The Mistress: A Novel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read mostly mysteries but occasionally want a change. And Danielle Steel is one of my first choices when I feel in the mood for a novel about women and the choices they make in their lives. This novel has a great protagonist, and a strong plot. I loved it.
If you are a fan of Danielle Steel, this should be a quick and interesting read. If you are slowly finding the author is a bit predictable and repetitious in her writing you may not enjoy this as much as another author, or Danielle Steel's earlier years. However, I liked the book from the standpoint of its balance of a Russian Mafia type character with his ruthless side, and his cultural side loving art, beauty, and his loyalty to this mistress he had rescued from the streets. The balance of the story changes when she meets a young artist, a "forbidden love." Natasha decides to find her way to leave Vladimir, becoming poor but independent again.. and eventually reunites with the artist.
This is a fabulous book. Danielle has continued to grow and improve as an author. Gone are the days of some of the repetitious text that honestly, got boring, in some of her earlier books. Now she continues to develop her characters in her awesome way and writes a thrilling, fun story about people and places and experiences. Loved Mistress and some of the intrigue along with the development of the characters which is one of my favorite parts of her writing style. The only sad part of reading a Steel book is when it ends. Hate to say goodbye to the friends I've made on the pages of her books. Wish she could write faster so I didn't have to wait so long between books!!!!!!! Continued success, Danielle.
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