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The Kiss | [Danielle Steel]

The Kiss

In a novel that is as compelling as it is compassionate, Danielle Steel weaves a story of courage in the face of unimaginable loss. With the grace of a master storyteller, she explores the strength it takes to conquer our greatest fears, showing us how the toughest choices can yield the most unexpected rewards...and how the longest, most winding journeys can begin with a single kiss.
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Publisher's Summary

Isabelle Forrester is the exquisite wife of a prominent Parisian banker who has long since shut her out of his heart. For lonely years, Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into caring for her desperately ill son, Teddy, and into making their Paris home as happy as possible for her teenage daughter, Sophie. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure: a long-distance friendship by telephone with an American man, a Washington power broker who travels in the highest circles of politics and who, like Isabelle, is trapped in an empty marriage.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Steel pulls through with skillful plotting, steeping a gentle brew that will once again gratify her legions of fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lisa Lansdale, PA, USA 09-19-03
    Lisa Lansdale, PA, USA 09-19-03
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    "The Kiss"

    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??
    Lisa Ruder

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa 09-07-12
    Lyn Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa 09-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "'What a Kiss' ........"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joseph Siravo?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book!


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely story, could not 'put it down' and finished it in record time (for me that is)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Kanab, UT, United States 12-29-11
    Phil Kanab, UT, United States 12-29-11
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    "Good story, unbelievably repetative"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was good enough to carry the day. Simply eliminate the repetitive fluff


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

    I thought the reader was excellent. I felt I was observing the story unfold without concious thought as to the telling of it.


    Any additional comments?

    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...:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Arlington, TX, USA 04-16-05
    Joan Arlington, TX, USA 04-16-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Winner"

    In my opinion this book is another winner for Ms Steel. It shows love can and will find a way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john s larigan 09-09-03 Member Since 2003
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    "The Kiss"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Luz M Brown 8624 Vivian Bass Way 03-10-14
    Luz M Brown 8624 Vivian Bass Way 03-10-14 Member Since 2014

    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

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    "I was not able to turn off my Ipod"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kiss to be better than the print version?

    I like audio books a lot better than reading the book.


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

    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.


    If you could take any character from The Kiss out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Love of my life. But as discover on this book now is to late he is gone to another life.


    Any additional comments?

    It brought me so many memories of my first love that what the happiest time of my life.
    They are gone now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pnette Lodi, CA 05-15-13
    pnette Lodi, CA 05-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Glad this was not the first Danielle Steel book."
    Would you try another book from Danielle Steel and/or Joseph Siravo?

    Boy, not if it is like this book. What a downer from the beginning to the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Moranbah, Australia 03-05-13
    Melanie Moranbah, Australia 03-05-13
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    "Interesting but a little predictable"

    Interesting a good easy listen. Ending a little predictable but characters easy to relate to and understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Wamberal, Australia 11-29-12
    Jennifer Wamberal, Australia 11-29-12
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    "quite boring"
    What disappointed you about The Kiss?

    very predictable nothing to keep my interest


    Has The Kiss turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joseph Siravo’s performances?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    only that i have liked other books written by danielle steele


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Lakewood, CO, United States 12-22-11
    Tracie Lakewood, CO, United States 12-22-11
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    "Not one of her best"
    What would have made The Kiss better?

    It was way to drawn out...same thing over and over!


    What was most disappointing about Danielle Steel’s story?

    it was the same thing over and over


    What about Joseph Siravo’s performance did you like?

    I did like the story teller...he was good and there was no trouble understanding him.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Not one of her best, typical love story...married woman...married man...both in awful marriage....both got divorced and after a long battle in different countrys ended up together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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