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
As the wife of a successful international lawyer, Deanna's life should have been complete, and it was until Marc-Edouard left their beautiful San Francisco home to jet between France and the glamorous business capitals of the world. Then Deanna found herself alone so much of the time. When she met Ben Tompson, she discovered the simple joys of love and laugher. How could she live without him at Summer's End?
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.
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.