A young artist survives a failing marriage. Now, on her own, she struggles to make a living. A brief affair leaves her expecting a child. This story drags on until SUMMER'S END. I wanted to tell the heroine to get her act together. But, this story is about growing up and assuming responsibility. Not a bad story just not one of the author's best, in my opinion. There is a moral to the tale and as the plot thickens the storyline is a bit more believable. By the time I was half done with the book I was actually enjoying the conflicts between the characters. Good bedtime story-parts of it will put you to sleep. The determination of the young gentleman is what redeems this book. He is a definite keeper.
Deanna was eighteen when she married a handsome Frenchman, attorney Marc-Edouard Duras. Now, at thirty-seven, she should be happy with Marc, her elegant home in San Francisco, and their teenage daughter, Pilar. But one summer changes it all when she realizes her failing marriage is a trap she must escape.
"The plots of Danielle Steel's novels twist and weave as incredible stories unfold to the thrill and delight of her enormous reading public.: --United Press International
When events conspire to irrevocably alter Deanna Duras's comfortable but empty life, Pandora's box can never again be closed. Over the course of a single summer, Deanna discovers her husband is cheating on her, begins a successful painting career, loses her 16-year-old daughter Pilar in a tragic motorcycle accident, and meets the love of her life, Ben Thompson--a highly respected art dealer who plans and executes a phenomenally profitable show for her. Only a creation of Danielle Steel's can accomplish so much in such a short time (as the rest of the world watches reruns on television!). Matters are complicated further when Deanna discovers she is pregnant; is the baby her husband's or her lover's? At summer's end, Deanna will have to decide between returning to her old life or following her heart.