Book Reviews of Wanderlust

Wanderlust
Wanderlust
Author: Danielle Steel
ISBN-13: 9780722183076
ISBN-10: 0722183070
Publication Date: 1987
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Book Type: Paperback
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Romance fans can expect to pick their way blindfolded along the familiar, rocky path to love in Steel's 18th novel, which begins in the 1930s. Audrey Driscoll often thinks that she might like to journey to exotic lands, but dutifully remains in San Francisco, keeping her wealthy grandfather's household running smoothly. But when her spoiled younger sister marries, Audrey indulges her whim by setting off for Europe. In Antibes, she falls hard for Charlie Parker-Scott, a well-known travel writer. Though torn by responsibility for her lonely grandfather, she throws caution to the winds and follows Charlie all the way to China. Despite his loving entreaties, she stubbornly remains there, trying to save a group of abandoned orphans. Finally returning to England, she finds that Charlie has married, angered by her defection. The lovers are later reunited only to be separated by World War II, until Audrey finds a way to combine their talents for the war effort. The book is largely unsatisfying, especially in its repetitious language. It seems that Steel has lost the spark that fueled Changes and Crossings.
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Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young, Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always be there for them. Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she herself makes the daring decision to leave. As the 1930s unfold, alone, camera in hand, she will shock friends and outrage family as she plunges headlong into the wider world.

Crossing the Atlantic aboard the luxurious Queen Mary, Audrey meets James and Violet Hawthorne, who will draw her into a sophisticated circle of artists and expatriates. And it is they who will introduce her to Charles Parker-Scott, in who Audrey will come to recognize a twin soul, a man propelled by relentless curiosity and driven by conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. Together they will spend an exquisite summer at Cap d'Antibes, then board the Orient Express on an adventure that will carry them to a remote outpost in China. But at the farthest reaches of this journey Aubrey must choose again. Japan has attacked China. Charles knows he must return to Europe at once. But Audrey becomes involved with a besieged orphanage and decides to remain in China without Charles, caring for the abandoned children until help arrives.

In time Audrey will return to America with a daughter of her own. While she must come home to San Francisco to confront a world irrevocably changed by time, she finds she cannot stay. From prewar Germany to London during the Blitz, from a wrenching reunion with Charles to a war zone in North Africa, againand again she must choose between the dictates of her conscience and the yearnings of her heart. For Audrey Driscoll and the men and women whose lives touch hers, wanderlust is the inescapable element. Born at a time when women were expected to stay close to home and fulfill traditional roles, Audrey is compelled to follow the thread of events that will destroy the complacency of the past and shape the future. From Europe to China, from San Francisco to North Africa, she is irresistibly drawn into a man's world of conflict, discovery, and danger.
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I flew through this book! A very enjoyable read.
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"Wanderlust is Danielle Steel's finest journey."

It think this says it all. I enjoy reading Danielle Steel but I found this one to be one of her best. The historical travel and description kept me glued to the pages.
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Great book. One of her best.
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GOOD BOOK
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not really my kind of book but it was alright
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Very good story, but long
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Good book.
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In a vivid novel of breathtaking scope Danielle Steel has once again surpassed herself in creating an unforgettable tale of men and women caught in the tides of personal drama and historic event. Wanderlust is D.S. finest journey
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A very good book!
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Very good book. I enjoyed reading it. If you like Danielle Steel, you will love this book.
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From San Francisco to the Great Wall of China in the 193's ...from North Africa to London during the Blitz...compelling...true to form with heartrending conflicts, fateful misconnections, and lots of happy endings.
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From San Francisco to the Great Wall of China in the 1930s...from North Africa to London during the best. Danielle Steel triumphs again with this novel.
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Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young, Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always be there for them. Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she herself makes the daring decision to leave. As the 1930s unfold, alone, camera in hand, she will shock friends and outrage family as she plunges headlong into the wider world.
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The Depression of the 1930s is at its height, but Audrey Driscoll, comfortably ensconced in a mansion and dreaming of adventure, is not bothered by any physical hardships. She is, however, hampered by her sense of duty to her elderly grandfather and her spoiled younger sister. For a time she breaks free from this smothering family, journeys to Europe, and there meets her great love, the handsome travel writer Charles Parker-Scott. Over the next ten years misunderstandings and the evil machinations of others mar their happiness, but their passion and devotion to each other never dims.
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Easy to read but not as good as some of Danielle Steel's other books.
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At 21 Annabelle Driscoll was the acknowledged beauty, but it was her sister Audrey-four years older-who had the spine and spirit. She had talent-a lot of talent-as a photographer; she had the restless urge of a born wanderer.

Ineviatably it was Annabelle who was the first to marry, leaving Audrey to wonder if life were passing her by. Sometimes she would dream of a man like her father, someone with adventure in his soul and exotic places in his heart.

The men she met in California were dull, worldly. Even in New York, they failed to spark her. Only when she took ship for Europe aboard the 'Mauretania' did she begin to mingle with her own kind. Only when she boarded the 'Orient Express' did she realise she was beginning a journey that would take her farther than she had ever dreamed possible...Deep into China, Tibet, the magic of the Orient and later North Africa and Europe. Her life was never to be the same again.