Crossings Author:Danielle Steel In this poignant tale set against France adn America in World War II, Danielle Steel creates teh most heart-wrenching love story of her stellar career. For the millions who have made this phenomenal writer their favorite storyteller, Ms. Steel has fashioned her strongest, most triumphant heroine. Liane Crockett de Villiers is a character reader... more »s will adore, envy, and identify with--a passionate, vulnerable woman caught by circumstances beyone her control in a net of conflicting passions and divided loyalties.
The story begins in the tense summer before the outbreak of World War II. Armand de Villiers, Ambassador of France, has been called hom from Washington. Crossing teh Atlantic on Frace's supremely glamourous Normandie, he hand his young American wife, Liane, meet Nick and Hillary Burnham. Nick owns one of the world's greatest steel empires; Hillary is a spoiled, sensual Boston beauty for whom no marriage and no one man, could ever be enough. The spark between Nick and Liane is instantaneous, but it si not admitted by either of them. Not until a second fateful crossing, when each is forced to flee France without family or spouse, o Liane and Nick confront the power--and hopelessness--of their passion.
On that dangerous voyage, suspended between two worlds, all is fair and beautiful, including their brief, bright love affair. But the crossing ends; Nick is still trapped in his charade of a marriage by his love for his son, Johnny, and Liane is tied by love and loyalty to the husband she left behind in France. Liane and Nick walk away from their love, each torn by a loss time cannot lessen. But neither of them knows the new heartbreak that lies ahead, the conflict between bravery and bitter betrayal each will face.
Moving between Paris, New York, and San Francisco, and vividly portraying the events of the century's most turbulent decade, Crossings carries Liane toward a final desperate choice--and the twist of fate that brings her face-to-face with the truth her heart has always known: "Strong people cannot be defeated..."« less
Despite rumors of impending war, the majestic ship Normandie makes its transatlantic voyage from Washington D.C., to France. Aboard is beautiful, American-born Liane De Villiers, devoted to her much-older husband, the French ambassador to the United States, and her two daughters. She meets Nick Burnham, an American steel magnate, a kind man trapped in a loveless marriage. Their passion remains unacknowledged. But when the outbreak of World War II forces Liane to flee Paris, she and Nick meet again -- and pledge a love that can no longer be denied.