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The Cottage | [Danielle Steel]

The Cottage

Against a glittering backdrop of celebrity and glamour, Danielle Steel digs deeper to tell a story of friendship and love, tragedy and second chances...of the choices and unexpected turns of fate that can shape characters and lives.
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Publisher's Summary

A gleaming Rolls-Royce convertible pulls through the gates of the magnificent Bel Air estate known as The Cottage. The driver is Hollywood's ageless wonder, Cooper Winslow. A star of the silver screen for decades, a man whose allure to women is the stuff of legend, Coop exudes grace, charm, and old-fashioned style. But today he's in for a major surprise. He's broke. With no major roles coming his way, Coop is faced with the heartbreaking prospect of renting out the gatehouse and part of the main house.

His new tenants, Mark Friedman and Jimmy O'Connor, have problems of their own. Mark's wife of 16 years just walked out, and Jimmy recently lost his own wife to a devastating illness. But everything changes when Mark's teenage son and daughter move in. The Cottage is transformed - music blasts from every corner, teenagers on skateboards crash into vintage cars, and a never-ending parade of young starlets streams in and out to visit Coop.

Amid the noise and the chaos, something unexpected is happening. Three men who never would have met are becoming friends...and each man finds himself changing in surprising ways, Coop most of all. Because beneath the dazzle and flash is a man trying to keep control of his carefully ordered world - a world that is becoming more and more unpredictable with each passing day.

A tabloid scandal erupts, threatening Coop's budding romance with a wealthy debutante. A stranger approaches Coop with stunning news. A devastating accident almost claims the life of one of the housemates. In the midst of it all, The Cottage welcomes a new houseguest with a secret of her own, who will change Coop's life in unexpected ways. Among the people who share his cottage and his life, Coop Winslow - loner, bachelor, movie star - may find the rarest of all opportunities: a chance to build a happiness he could never have dreamed of on his own, and to become the kind of human being he has never been.

©2002 Danielle Steel; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

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    Sally Choctaw, OK, United States 12-04-12
    Sally Choctaw, OK, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    Have you listened to any of David Garrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy all of David Garrison's narrations, but this story is one of my favorites.


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    Danielle Steel relates touching and hilarious life situations in The Cottage and David Garrison is very easy to listen to...one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shary Prescott, AZ, USA 06-01-08
    Shary Prescott, AZ, USA 06-01-08 Member Since 2004
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    "The Cottage is a great escape"

    Daniel Steel is a craftswoman at creating her characters. She brings them alive and makes the listener care about them. However from now on I will only get the abridged versions of her books because her plots are very obvious and it takes her FOREVER to get to the next step. Not something to get if you want to stay awake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Oliver Lemon Grove, CA, US 06-04-12
    Pamela Oliver Lemon Grove, CA, US 06-04-12 Member Since 2012

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved the storyline and the characters , but no I would not recommend it..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cottage?

    Relationship subjects are always interesting to me, it's like having a view into someone's personal life ( fly on the wall, if you will) Very educational to see relationships unfold.


    What does David Garrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It took a long time to get to the point I had figured out how the relationships at the cottage would evolve


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 08-10-09
    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    Susan Lockport, IL, USA 08-12-03
    Susan Lockport, IL, USA 08-12-03
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    "Too Perfect, Too Rich, Too Boring!"

    This book was terrible, if you had 1/2 of a star, thats what it should be rated. Everyone in this story was rich and perfect, and they lived happily ever after. What a waste of time!

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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