Fine Things Author:Danielle Steel Living the adrenaline rush of an important business commitment and high-powered career, Bernie Fine was moving too fast to realize that he had everything--except what he wanted most. — When he was graduated from college in the sixties, Bernie's only goal was to be a teacher in a sleepy New England town. He never dreamed that a temporary job would... more » catapult him into a career at Wolff's, at the helm of a chain of department stores. A vice-president at thirty-one, he was moving at a jet-pace, shuttling between New York and Europe.
Not until he is sent to San Francisco to open Wolff's new store and separated from his close family ties does Bernie become aware of the hollowness of his personal life. Despite the success of the store, he grows increasingly disenchanted with his San Francisco existence--until five-year-old Jane O'Reilly wanders into Children's Swimsuits. Through Jane, Bernie meets her mother, Liz, a spirited young teacher who finally opens Bernie to the possibility of personal commitment.
Liz and Bernie marry and have a son, Alexander, and for three years they relish a rare happiness. Then tragedy disrupts their lives with terrible finality. Liz develops cancer, and Bernie can only watch as his wife slips away, taking with her his happiness, idyllic home life, and peace of mind.
Alone again, Bernie faces a changed existence, with two children, a home to run on his own, and a job he can barely handle. The ultimate juggling act for any man dealing with grief, loss, and the needs of his children. Add to that kidnapping and a bitter custody trial between Bernie and Jane's natural father. Our heartstrings are inevitably pulled as we watch him struggle to keep his family intact and cope with his feelings for his lost wife and their children.« less