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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Summer's End

This is yet another book that really touched me! This book, along with another 2 books,is from the used books sale I went to a few weeks back. I am so glad that I picked up this title from among the 1000's of books there.

This story is about a lady who has everything that she wants - a good life, a beautiful family and loads of wealth.But there is one small yet important thing missing- love and affection from her husband! She finds another guy who treats her like she wants her husband to treat her, respects her and thinks of her highly. But she can never really leave her husband for this guy she falls in love with.

It is struggle of mind and her decision that makes this story so touching and very interesting to here.Here is the gist....

This book is about Deanna Duras, a lady married to Marc Edouard. Denna grows up in a rich family where her father is always traveling in the plane he owned and flew himself and has little time to take care of her or any of other things. Sometimes Denna used to accompany him on his travels and other times she would be left in the care of his friends or relatives.When he is killed in a crash,Denna is left all alone and has no one to turn to.

Deanna soon finds out that her father owed a lot of money and she did not have much of it left. She tries staying with some relatives but they keep her with them for just a short period.

She is not sure what job to look for ,for she knows nothing much except to paint beautiful pictures when her father was away on his travels.

One day she gets a letter that a pending case was won and she would be getting something like $ 6000-7000 which she though would be put to use by going to an Art school.The French government asks her lawyer to contact them at the earliest. She contacts the name from one of her aunts contact and turns up in his office.

That is where is met Marc Edourd Duras.Marc marvelled at this young girl who was pouring out her story and her tears and three months later that girl was his wife.

Though his mother disapproved the match, he was very loving and provided her with everything he had. That was more than what Deanna could have asked for!

Life moves on and they have 2 kids both of whom die soon after birth and finally Pilar, a cute little daughter is born and she steals Marc attention.Pilar grows up and starts revolting against her mother and her ideals. She likes her father's side of the family, the French life style and has nothing to do about her American mother and her ways.

Life soon becomes boring and Deanna finds herself more and more in her studio where she keeps alive her passion for painting.

One summer Marc leaves on a trip that would last fro 3 months and Deanna finds herself very lonely and depressed. Her friend ,Kimberly, invites her to a small business trip where she meets Ben,a gallery owner.
Ben and Deanna fall in love and agree to be together till the summer's end.Ben arranges for her paintings to be showed in an exhibition and she is excited .

The story has a turning when we read that Marc has been having an affair for the past three years with an ex-model named -Chantal. On his tours and travels Chantal joins Marc and he spends time with her showering her with all his love and expensive gifts!

In the meanwhile, much against Deanna's words, Marc gifts his daughter with a motorbike while she is vacationing with her grandmother in France. Pilar gets involved in an accident and is very critical. A call to Deanna sends her packing to France in spite of some sort of sickness that has been tormenting Deanna for the past few weeks.

Deanna promises to keep in touch with Ben and flies off to see her daughter. Marc arrives late and Deanna sees him with Carmel in the airport while they walk out arm in arm. She realises that it is more than just a casual friendship on the flight as Marc puts it later.

But first she need to deal with the injured child.Marc and Deanna lose their only child and are grief stricken. Chantal pressurizes Marc to marry her or else she will get married to another guy who has proposed to her. Marc is in a dilemma now.

During their stay in a friends place near Dreux, they find out that Deanna is pregnant and Marc is over joyed. Deanna is not quite sure if that baby belongs to her husband or Ben!

She returns home after the holiday instead if waiting for Marc to get back after the business trip. She decides to abort the baby but changes her mind in the last minutes. But she never once mentions this to Ben while she spends the last few days of Summer at his house in Carmel.

During an argument, Deanna mentions that she knows that she has been cheated when she finds out that Chantal has been living in the same city and Marc has been vising her. In a counter argument, ?Marc says that she too has been cheating him as she could have never become pregnant because of him! He goes on to mention that he a vasectomy done years ago since Chantal was a diabetic and getting pregnant would complicate her condition!On one  hand Deanna is shocked and on the other happy to confirm that it's Ben's baby that she is carrying.

The next day, Deanna packs her painting and few other stuffs and moves in with Kimberly. She stays there till she finds a new place for her and the baby.

Meanwhile, Marc finds out that Chantal has been cheating on him and packs up everything and leaves to France to live with him mother.

Does Ben find out about Deanna and his baby?Do they get back together ? Well, this is for you to find out when you read this book...

At a Glance....

Name of the Book - Summer's End

Author - Danielle Steel

Genre - Fiction

Pages - 383

Author's Website - Danielle Steel.com

Other books from this author that I have read / yet to read - Mirror Image, The Clone, Journey, Daddy,

Happy Browsing....

1 comment:

  1. Have never read anything by Danielle Steel before and but know she's a very popular author. Sounds like lots of complicated relationships in this story!