With four wonderful children, India Taylor believed in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believed in Doug, the man she had married seventeen years before. She had chosen this life, not the award-winning career as a photojournalist she once had, and it was a choice she had never regretted - until she began to regret it with all her heart.
India Taylor lived in a world of manicured lawns and neatly-maintained calendars. With four wonderful children, India believed in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believed in Doug, the man she had married seventeen years before. She had chosen this life, not the award-winning career as a photojournalist she once had, and it was a choice she had never regretted - until she began to regret it with all her heart. India couldn't pinpoint the exact moment when the price of the sacrifices she she'd made began to seem high. But when she met Paul Ward, a Wall Street tycoon married to a bestselling author, India could share her dreams with him, and offer comfort when he suffered a heartbreak of his own. India hadn't planned to become Paul's friend, and anything more was unthinkable.When Paul urged India to reclaim her career, Doug was adamantly against it, determined to keep her tied to the home. But with Paul's encouragement India slowly, painfully, began to break free and find herself again. Bittersweet is India's story, a story of freedom, of having dreams and making choices. With unerring insight, Danielle Steel has created a moving portrait of a woman who dares to embark on a new adventure. Her painful, exhilarating journey inspires us all.
For diehard Steel fans only. As the author gets older, so, happily, do her protagonists - although they always, always, look at least ten years younger than their chronological age. In India Taylor's case, these good looks aren't the result of lots of live-in help. Since she gave up her career as a photojournalist 14 years earlier (Steel makes it clear that she could have won a Pulitzer), India has dedicated herself to the rearing of her four swell kids: chauffeuring, soccer-momming, watching ballet classes, and creating a lovely home in the prosperous New York suburb of Westport, Connecticut. But creeping in between the endless car pools is India's suspicion that there might be more to life. She misses her job; her spirit hungers for a little more career mixed in with wife-and-motherhood. But Doug, her anachronistic husband, has forbidden her even an occasional photo gig. Apparently, India agreed to this domestic arrangement when they married. Her dad, a prizewinning photojournalist, died in action, and India doesn't want her children growing up without both parents as she did. Add to this emotional stew the fact that Doug doesn't believe in romance or passionate love anymore, and you have one mad, dissatisfied housewife. When India meets Paul Ward, the Lion of Wall Street, on his fabulous sailboat at the Cape, she sees a guy who's not afraid of living with a career-obsessed woman. Paul's wife is the successful novelist Serena Smith. On her way to Europe, Serena's plane is blown up by, yes, Arab terrorists, and Paul goes into deep mourning. He and India form a close friendship while crying on each other's shoulders, and that friendship quickly develops into love. Their romantic ups and downs (the bitter and the sweet, of course) culminate in the jungle of Rwanda and come to the standard conclusion during a hurricane manque off the Massachusetts coast. Steel manages to make even some solid ideas sound treacly and dated. (Kirkus Reviews)
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death. For more information about Danielle Steel and her books, visit her website at www.daniellesteel.com