Danielle Steel explores the seasons of an extraordinary friendship, weaving the story of three couples, lifelong friends, for whom a month's holiday in St. Tropez becomes a summer of change, revelation, secrets, surprises, and new beginnings.
As Diana Morrison laid the table for six at her elegant Central Park apartment, there was no warning of what was to come. Spending New Year's Eve together was a sacred tradition for Diana, her husband of thirty-two years, Eric, and their best friends, Pascale and John Donnally and Anne and Robert Smith. The future looked rosy as the long-time friends sipped champagne and talked of renting a villa together in the South of France the following summer. But life had other plans...Just two weeks after New Year's, tragedy strikes the heart of their close circle, as Robert Smith suffers a sudden, unexpected loss. Without hesitation, Diana and Eric, Pascale and John rally to his side, united in their support, love, and shared grief. Convinced that a change of scenery is just what Robert needs, they urge him to join them on the Riviera in August. But as they soon discover, the ramshackle old mansion they rented in St. Tropez - sight unseen - is far different from the exquisite villa and sun-drenched gardens touted in the brochure. Cobwebs hang from the celling. Beds collapse beneath them. All while a would-be housekeeper in a leopard-skin bikini and six-inch heels sashays through the house with a trio of yapping poodles at her heels. But the biggest surprise of all is the woman Robert invites to the villa as his guest - a lovely, much-younger film actress with mile-long legs and a million-dollar smile. Diana and Pascale hate her on sight. But the men are dazzled. And amidst the crumbling furniture and the glorious sunsets, the strained relationships and the acts of forgiveness, more surprises are in store for the villa's occupants. With the last days of summer fast approaching, each couple finds themselves changing in unexpected ways, as old wounds are healed, new love discovered, and miracles unfold...all beneath the dazzling sun of St. Tropez. By turns wise and moving, heartbreaking and wickedly funny, Danielle Steel's new novel is about forgiving without forgetting, about the sorrow that shadows our lives and the hope that saves us. And it is about once-in-a-lifetime friendships...the kind that heal, sustain, and change us forever.
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Here's number 55 from Steel, a pleasant read focusing on the extraordinary 30-year friendship between three couples: Diana and Eric, Pascale and John, Robert and Anne. Spending New Year's Eve together, they discuss plans to holiday in St Tropez during August. A villa is rented, and as they all look forward to the summer break, tragedy strikes only two weeks into the New Year, when Anne suffers a fatal heart attack. Distraught, Robert tries to pull out of the holiday, but his friends convince him that he should still go. In time, Robert meets Gwen, a younger woman - who happens to be a Hollywood actress, and asks her to join him at the villa, to his friends' dismay. What ensues during the holiday makes for a moving novel about loyalty, friendship and love.
About Danielle Steel
Danilelle Steel has been halled as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 450 million coples of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Lone Eagle, Journey, The House on Hope Street, The Wedding, Irresistible Forces, Granny Dan, Bittersweet, The Klone and I, Mirror Image, The Long Road Home, The Ghost 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.
Sunset In St Tropez by Danielle Steel
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