Book Reviews of Five Days in Paris

Five Days in Paris
Five Days in Paris
Author: Danielle Steel
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780440222842
ISBN-10: 0440222842
Publication Date: 1/1/1997
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 98 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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This is quite possibly the most juvenile book ever written. The sentence structure doesn't vary from subject verb, subject verb, subject verb. The sentences are six or seven words apiece, the words within them rarely over three syllables. It's clunky and cumbersome, and the story is predictable and uninspired; the plot is simple. Instead of "showing" her story, Steel chooses to tell the events like she's narrating a horse race. I'm amazed this woman is published. An eight-year old could finish reading it in an hour. Recommended for no one.
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Two married people meet in Paris while he is on a business trip and she is fulfilling her political duty. Both have honor and integrity. Both have spouses. For five days they are drawn together for one magical moment. But the choices they must make after that is what makes this book special. A story of compromise and ambition. A story about choices. FIVE DAYS IN PARIS will change many lives forever. Great Parisian details, you will feel like you have been to France. Nothing extraordinary here, but a good read.
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Very good romance book. Really liked it!
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Paris! Romance! Danielle Steel! Gotta love it. Maybe.
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Danielle Steel writes another interesting romantic novel about Peter Haskell, president of a pharmaceutical empire who meets Olivia Thatcher, wife of a famous senator. They meet in Paris and begin a love-affair that surpasses any expectations that they might have. Once they lay their emotions and thoughts out candidly to each other, they cannot go back to their old mundane lives. The book challenges all to seek for true passion and not settle for anything less. One of DS best novels!
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I find myself struggling to be patient with Danielle Steel as she over explains EVERYTHING about her character. She tells & I prefer my authors to SHOW. I have decided I can NOT read this after all.
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Genre: Romance

The course of life can be changed in just a few short days. This is exactly what happens in Five Days in Paris. Peter is a well to do businessman in the pharmaceutical world. While on a trip to Paris for testing of their new drug Peter meets a woman, Olivia, whom he finds very intriguing. Peter is married and has a great family (or so he thinks); his father-in-law owns the company that he works for. Olivia is the wife of a high-reaching politician. Both of them are vastly unhappy. In the five days that Peter is in Paris he comes to some shocking revelations about his life, with the help of Olivia. How will his life changeor remain the samewhen he returns home?

This was another one of my audio book endeavors. The exposition of the book was very, very long. I felt like it dragged on describing Peters background and early life experiences. There really was no action that occurred. This description would end up being important to the main plot of the story but I almost turned it off because it was quite boring. Once the main part of the story was reached, I enjoyed the story of Peter and Olivia. It is not your typical romance, quite unconventional. I could see the ending coming a mile away but thought that it was very well played out.

Im not sure that this author is my cup-of-tea but my first experience was ok.

3.5 out of 5 stars (the writing was good but a little less exciting than I usually look for)
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Excellent short read
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Loved it. But then again I love anything that deals with Paris.
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Danielle Steel writes another interesting romantic novel about Peter Haskell, president of a pharmaceutical empire who meets Olivia Thatcher, wife of a famous senator. They meet in Paris and begin a love-affair that surpasses any expectations that they might have. Once they lay their emotions and thoughts out candidly to each other, they cannot go back to their old mundane lives. The book challenges all to seek for true passion and not settle for anything less.
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Pretty good read by popular author Danielle Steel. Didn't like it as much as some of her other ones, but I still recommend it to Steel fans.
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I read this book a few years ago - found it recently while cleaning out my parents' garage. Class Danielle Steel love story! :)
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Peter Haskell, the debonair star of Five Days in Paris, has it all: a beautiful wife, three children, and a dreamy job. He's a magnate at one of the world's largest pharmaceutical conglomerates, Viotec, on the brink of revolutionizing cancer treatment. "It would be Peter's one major contribution to the human race," says the narrator--and if he can get it on the fast track toward approval by the Food and Drug Administration, he can mitigate the hell of chemotherapy for patients worldwide. Heady stuff, but it's nothing compared to what Peter finds in Paris at his favorite hotel, the Ritz, which he likens to heaven. "The brocades on the wall were a warm peach ... the fireplace apricot marble and the window and bedcoverings were in the same matching silks and satins." All Peter needs now is a beauty to match such decor, and he finds her in lovely Olivia Thatcher, the neglected wife of Anderson Thatcher, a powerful senator. Peter and Olivia meet at the Ritz, fall head over heels at Place Vendome, and have a 120-hour affair in the city of love. Back home, they find they cannot live without each other--a secret that, once revealed, could wreak havoc. Swirling with lust, politics, love, and epicurean appetites for the best life has to offer, Five Days in Paris has all the essentials of a classic Steel entertainment.
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loved the book real nice read
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Danielle Steel Books are always good romance!
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Very good story!
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Accidentally, they meet in Paris. Thier lives converge for one magical moment. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same.
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Great short read.
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EASY reading love story...It's the perfect vacation book...a wonderful story of two people that are destined to meet. Small book to take to beach or on travel. Short length. It was a fantastic book!
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This was a good book, not really my style but enthralling just the same.
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Being a fan of both Danielle Steel and adventures in France, I am a bit prejudice on this,,so take my review with a grain of salt.
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5 days of pursuing hope, then returning home to real life. A novel of honor and commitment, love, and integrity.
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Very enjoyable book.
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The grand, operatic gesture dominates Steel's 36th novel, a tightly crafted, if utterly unsuspenseful, tale that pits honor against ambition in high places. Peter Haskell has it all: a beautiful wife, three great sons, a satisfying job as president of the world's leading pharmaceutical firm?and the formula for a new drug, Vicotec, that promises to revolutionize chemotherapy. Awaiting the results of a French specialist's final testing of Vicotec, Peter also has a hotel room at the Ritz in Paris, which puts him in proximity to fellow guest Olivia Thatcher, the wife of a Virginia senator whose eyes are set firmly on the White House. Peter's world begins to spin apart when he learns that Vicotec is not the miracle he hoped for but a potential killer. But of what importance is such a turn of events in the face of l'amour? This is Paris, after all, the perfect setting for Peter to approach Olivia one night; on the steps of Montmartre, the two realize that they are soul mates, and that their marriages are, in fact, empty. All too soon, however, the lovers must return to reality?Olivia, to her husband's offer of $1 million a year to stay by his side; Peter, to untold millions if he'll just fib a little bit about those test results; and so both must face their own, ultimate moral test. Steel leaves no cliche unturned in this garden of predictabilities, but the fauna is glitzy?Catherine Deneuve and Clint Eastwood make cameo appearances?the flora is bright and, in the end, all's well that end's well, which is, after all, the only way her fans would have it.
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Accidently, they meet in Paris, at the Ritz. Their totally different lives convergefor five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate live, but nothing is the same.
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Very good book...I finished it in one night!
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Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She had given to her husband's ambitions and career until her soul is bone-dry. She is trapped in a web of duty ad obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows. When her son died, a piece of Olivia died too.
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As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything: power, position, a career, and a family that means everything to him and for which he has sacrificed a great deal. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskell's life, and integrity is the base on which he lives. Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband's ambitions and career until her soul is bone-dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows. When her son died, a piece of Llivia died too.
Accidentally, they meet in Paris, at the Ritz. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendome, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. Peter follows her and, in a cafe in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so certain of his marriage and his success, is suddenly faced with a professional future in jeorpardy. Olivia is no longer sure of anything except that she can't go on anymnore.
When Olivia disappears again, Peter finds her. But where will they go from there? Five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life's challenges head-on
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A book by Danielle Steel is always a gook read and this one does not disappoint
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As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything. Power, position, a career and a family, which mean everything to him, and for which he has sacrificed a great deal. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskells life, and integrity is the base on which he lives. Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husbands ambitions and career until her soul is bone dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows. When her son died, a piece of Olivia died too. Accidentally, on the night of a bomb threat, they meet in Paris, at the Ritz. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendtme, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. As the two strangers meet, their lives become briefly enmeshed. In a cafi in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so sure of his path, so certain of his marriage and success, but suddenly faced with his professional future in jeopardy. Olivia, no longer sure of anything except that she cant go on anymore.When Olivia disappears, only Peter suspects that it may not be foul play. And if he finds her again, where will they go from there? Five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. At home again, they both must pursue their lives, despite challenges, compromise, and betrayal. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life's challenges head-on.
This, Steel's 36th novel, is an unforgettable, contemporary story about honor and commitment, love and integrity as the president of a major pharmaceutical company and the unhappy wife of a famous senator meet under dire circumstances in Paris--and everything in which they believe is put on the line.
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Loved it... small book, quick read, and a very good Danielle Steel book.
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a typical Danielle Steel novel.
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A good Danielle Steel book
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No dustjacket.
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from the back--

As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything. Power, position, a career and a family, which mean everything to him, and for which he has sacrificed a great deal. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskell's life, and integrity is the base on which he lives.

Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband's ambitions and career until her soul is bone dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows. When her son died, a piece of Olivia died too.

Accidentally, on the night of a bomb threat, they meet in Paris, at the Ritz. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendôme, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. As the two strangers meet, their lives become briefly enmeshed. In a café in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so sure of his path, so certain of his marriage and success, but suddenly faced with his professional future in jeopardy. Olivia, no longer sure of anything except that she can't go on anymore.

When Olivia disappears, only Peter suspects that it may not be foul play. And if he finds her again, where will they go from there? Five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. At home again, they both must pursue their lives, despite challenges, compromise, and betrayal. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life's challenges head-on.

wonderful read!!!
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Unabridged on 6 tapes. 410 minutes running time.
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Predictable, but good.
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I have not read this book. It was given to me by a friend.