Book Reviews of A Ruling Passion

A Ruling Passion
A Ruling Passion
Author: Judith Michael
ISBN-13: 9780671701253
ISBN-10: 0671701258
Publication Date: 4/1993
Pages: 632
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Such a great story about two people in love at a young age (college) from different worlds and not able to make the commitment but will be driven back towards each other after many years and several marriages. Well written plot with intrigue, greed and envy to spice it up.
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This plodding riches-to-rags and rags-to-riches tale is likely to disappoint fans of Michael's glittering bestseller Inheritance . Privileged and beautiful Valerie Sterling arrives at Stanford, and ignores fellow student Sybille, daughter of her mother's dressmaker, to dabble in acting and dally with Nick, an impoverished student who loves her. Two bad marriages later, Valerie loses a cheating husband and a fortune in a mysterious plane crash, but finds her courage. Sybille, meantime, marries and divorces Nick, then scrambles to the top of the heap in network news. Her envy and hatred of Valerie snowball when Valerie becomes an investigative reporter at the cable network Nick owns and digs up dirt on a televangelist show Sybille has launched. A one-dimensional cast brings little sparkle to the predictable plot. Only in the final quarter is there excitement enough to carry the heavily padded prose to a spirited conclusion. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
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"Judith Michael" always puts out a good book, and this is no exception. It is essentially the story of three women and one man, and how one of the women affects and changes the lives of the others. The first part of the book is spent disliking Sybille, as the story moves from the scene of a plane crash back through the lives of Sybill and Valerie, and Nick. A wonderful read, richly detailed and with justice prevailing at the end. Also, it's a good story of love that endures. Mine was a 632-page book, with small print, and I had trouble putting it down!
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I totally enjoyed this book. It looks daunting (over 600 pages!) but once I started reading it, I could not put it down. It's a great saga with wonderful character development, romance, suspense, everything! Starts in the present and then flashes back 12 years. You can't wait to find out how the present and past intersect, and the story unfolds at just the right pace - not too slow and not too fast.
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Wow, what a story. There is so much going on, you think, boy I must be to the end, and you're not. Nick, Valarie and Sybille are quite a trio. It's amazing how the authors intertwined their lives for 15 or so years, and the things they've done.... you'll have to read it to find out!
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Riches to rags and rags to riches. A little slow at times.
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Born to silk and sable, pampered socialite Valerie Sterling is shattered by her husband's death and her sudden loss of wealth. She finds within herself the will to make it on her own and rekindles a romance with Nicholas Fielding.....
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Novel about tv busines
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romance novel by judith michael
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Born to silk and sable, pampered socialite Valerie Sterling is shattered by her husband's death and the mysterious loss of her wealth. But she finds within herself the will to make it on her own, and rekindles a romance with Nicholas Fielding, head of a major television network. Valerie is utterly unaware of the dangerous passions she is stirring up in Sybille Enderby, her childhood friend and daughter of a seamstress on one of Valerie's estates. Clawing her way up in the television industry, Sybille has always longed to possess all that Valerie has. Yet success, marriage and the glittering whirl of society cannot quench her envy of her friend... an envy that's grown into a powerful obsession. Nothing, no one, can satisfy her until she achieves her secret goal...to destory Valerie.
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Born to silk and sable, pampered socialite Valerie Sterling is shattered by her husbands death and the mysterious loss of her wealth. But she finds within hereself the will to make it one her own and rekindles a romance with Nicholas Fielding, head of a major television network. Valeris is utterly unaware of the dangerous passions she is stirring up in Sybille Enderby, her childhood friend and daughter of a seamstree on one of Valerie's estates. Clawing her way up in the television industry, Sybille has always longed to possess all that Valerie has. Yet success, marriage and the glittering whirl of society cannot quench her envy of her friend...an envy that's grown into a powerful obsession. Nothing, no one, can satisfy her until she achievers her secret goal... to destroy Valerie.
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Didn't read.