To Bill Robinson, Isabelle is a godsend, a woman of extraordinary beauty and intellectual curiosity - a kindred spirit who touches him across the miles with her warmth and gentle empathy. Their relationship is a gift - a lifeline that sustains them both through the heartache of marriages they cannot leave and will not betray. Agreeing to meet for a few precious, innocent days in London, Isabelle and Bill find their friendship changing. Then, amid the sudden crash of steel against steel, they are thrust onto a new path, a path fraught with pain but also with possibility.
Now, inside the cool, sterile wards of a London hospital, Isabelle and Bill cling to life, their bodies shattered almost beyond repair. In the days and weeks that follow, they slowly, painfully traverse a road to recovery littered with challenges of the body, spirit, and heart. Together, they must find the strength not only to embrace life again but to face what they have left behind. For Isabelle, a loveless marriage turns into a brutal power struggle. For Bill, a time of healing exposes wounds that cut deeper than steel and realities that will test him to his core. For both, a tangle of changing relationships and the tragedy of another loss conspire to separate them once again. And this time they could lose each other forever.
©2001 Danielle Steel; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House Inc.
"Steel pulls through with skillful plotting, steeping a gentle brew that will once again gratify her legions of fans." (Publishers Weekly)
I thought this was a good story line, however, it kept repeating things over and over. I don't know if this is Danielle's writing style, but I don't think I will read another one of her books. I don't understand how it ever received a 4.5 stars??
I would definitely recommend this audiobook. I love Danielle Steele stories and would go as far as saying this was in the top 10 of my favourites.
Fistly it was set in France and UK and not upmarket parts of America, which makes a difference. The storyline keeps you on the edge until the end.
I think that Joseph Sravo has a great voice but he is not good at accents, especially British accents, he sounded nothing like a British person . I would however listen to another book narrarted by him.
The whole book!
Lovely story, could not 'put it down' and finished it in record time (for me that is)
Not being a regular and devoted fan of Danielle Steel or the romance novel genre for that matter, I picked up The Kiss with some skepticism. While the story is not heavily ladden with action it was unique in portraying two dysfunctional marriages, two people who fortutiously found one another and their struggles to deal with adversity and find a new life together. The characters of Bill and Isabell were well drawn and were sympathetic charcters with whom you could relate. While the plot devices are broad, the characters are strong enough to overcome the unlikely nature of the devices. Finally the reader did an excellent job of carrying forward the story with good voice changes to reflect each character.
As capturing as I found the story, I also found myself wondering how many times and in how many different ways the author could say the same things over and over again. It was as though she had a quota to fill where a specific number of pages had to be used to complete the novel. For me, it was a distraction to what otherwise was a very good story.
The story was good enough to carry the day. Simply eliminate the repetitive fluff
I thought the reader was excellent. I felt I was observing the story unfold without concious thought as to the telling of it.
The only other thing that would have made the story better for me [and its only a personal feeling] would have been to have the character of the selfish,controling husband reconciled to the justice we would all like to see for such people. Just a thought...:)
I was born in Medellin (Colombia) I came to the USA with my family when I was 14 yrs. We move to Kansas City, my mother enroll me in a Frenc
I like audio books a lot better than reading the book.
The Kiss it was a book that you can live a very unhappy life until you find a person that you can talk for hours and not have reservations of what you say to each other.
The Love of my life. But as discover on this book now is to late he is gone to another life.
It brought me so many memories of my first love that what the happiest time of my life.
They are gone now.
I enjoyed this book but the narration was terrible, they couldn't decide whether to call one of the main characters Cindy or Cynthia and switched between the two the whole way through. Very odd!
But I like the story and easy listening element to it.
As a Danielle Steele fan this was not one of my favourites, rather repetitive.and long drawn out ,but this is just my opinion.
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