Danielle Steel: The Kiss

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A single shattering moment

can change lives forever….

PRAISE FOR

DANIELLE STEEL“A LITERARY PHENOMENON … and not to be pigeonholed as one who produces a predictable kind of book.”—The Detroit News“THE PLOTS OF DANIELLE STEEL'S NOVELS TWIST AND WEAVE as incredible stories unfold to the glee and delight of her enormous reading public.”—United Press International“Ms. Steel's fans won't be disappointed!”—The New York Times Book Review“One counts on Danielle Steel for A STORY THAT ENTERTAINS AND INFORMS.”—The Chattanooga Times“Steel writes convincingly about universal human emotions.”—Publishers Weekly“STEEL IS AT THE TOP OF HER BESTSELLING FORM.”—Houston Chronicle“FEW MODERN WRITERS CONVEY THE PATHOS OF FAMILY AND MARITAL LIFE WITH SUCH HEARTFELT EMPATHY.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer“It's nothing short of amazing that even after [dozens of] novels, Danielle Steel can still come up with a good new yarn.”—The (Newark) Star-Ledger

PRAISE FOR

DANIELLE STEEL's

LATEST BESTSELLERSTHE KISS“Steel pulls through with SKILLFUL PLOTTING, steeping a gentle brew that will once again gratify her legions of fans.”—Publishers WeeklyLONE EAGLE“THE NOVEL IS BRIGHTLY PACED, and the World War II setting provides plenty of contextual drama.”—PeopleLEAP OF FAITH“STEEL IS A SKILLED STORYTELLER. [Her] tale provides entertainment and imparts important lessons.”—BooklistJOURNEY“Steel uses her storytelling flair here … beautiful people, a glamorous setting, an evil antagonist, a dash of political intrigue and a hearty dose of social consciousness combine in AN ENTERTAINING AND EYE-OPENING STORY…it's quite a trip.”—Chicago TribuneTHE HOUSE ON HOPE STREET“[This] simple story of a courageous woman weathering the worst of life's storms is HARD TO PUT DOWN…. Steel knows how to wring the emotion out of the briefest scene.”—PeopleA MAIN SELECTION OF

THE LITERARY GUILD AND

THE DOUBLEDAY BOOK CLUB

Also by Danielle Steela cognizant original v5 release october 14 2010 SUNSET IN ST. TROPEZ     HEARTBEAT THE COTTAGE     MESSAGE FROM NAM LEAP OF FAITH     DADDY LONE EAGLE     STAR JOURNEY     ZOYA THE HOUSE ON     KALEIDOSCOPE HOPE STREET     FINE THINGS THE WEDDING     WANDERLUST IRRESISTIBLE FORCES     SECRETS GRANNY DAN     FAMILY ALBUM BITTERSWEET     FULL CIRCLE MIRROR IMAGE     CHANGES HIS BRIGHT LIGHT:     THURSTON HOUSE THE STORY OF NICK TRAINA     CROSSINGS THE KLONE AND I     ONCE IN A LIFETIME THE LONG ROAD HOME     A PERFECT STRANGER THE GHOST     REMEMBRANCE SPECIAL DELIVERY     PALOMINO THE RANCH     LOVE: POEMS SILENT HONOR     THE RING MALICE     LOVING FIVE DAYS IN PARIS     TO LOVE AGAIN LIGHTNING     SUMMER'S END WINGS     SEASON OF PASSION THE GIFT     THE PROMISE ACCIDENT     NOW AND FOREVER VANISHED     PASSION'S PROMISE MIXED BLESSINGS     GOING HOME JEWELS

NO GREATER LOVE

“Courage is not the absence of

fear or despair,

but the strength to conquer them.”To my wonderful children,

who are my heart, my soul,

my courage,

To Beatrix, Trevor, Todd, Nick,

Sam, Victoria, Vanessa, Maxx,

and Zara,

With all my love,

Mom

d.s.

A single moment,

etched in time,

shining brightly

like a star

in a midnight sky,

an aeon, an instant,

a million years

pressed into one,

when all stands still

and life explodes

into infinite dreams,

and all is changed

forevermore,

in the blink of an eye.

Chapter 1

Isabelle Forrester stood looking down at the garden from her bedroom window, in the house on the rue de Grenelle, in the seventh arrondissement in Paris. It was the house she and Gordon had lived in for the past twenty years, and both her children had been born there. It had been built in the eighteenth century, and had tall, imposing bronze doors on the street that led to the inner courtyard. The house itself was built in a U-shape around the courtyard. The house was familiar and old and beautiful, with tall ceilings and splendid boiseries, lovely moldings, and parquet floors the color of brandy. Everything around her shone and was impeccably tended. Isabelle ran the house with artistry and precision, and a firm but gentle hand. The garden was exquisitely manicured, and the white roses she'd had planted years before were often called the most beautiful in Paris. The house was filled with the antiques she and Gordon had collected over the years, locally and on their travels. And a number of them had been her parents'.

Everything in the house shone, the wood was perfectly oiled, the silver polished, the crystal sconces on the walls sparkled in the bright June sun that filtered through the curtains into her bedroom. Isabelle turned from the view of her rose garden with a small sigh. She was torn about leaving Paris that afternoon. She so seldom went anywhere anymore, the opportunities were so rare. And now that she had a chance to go, she felt guilty about it, because of Teddy.

Isabelle's daughter, Sophie, had left for Portugal with friends the day before. She was eighteen years old and going to university in the fall. It was Isabelle's son, Theodore, who kept her at home, and had for fourteen years now. Born three months premature, he had been badly damaged at birth, and as a result, his lungs had not developed properly, which in turn had weakened his heart. He was tutored at home, and had never been to school. At fourteen, he had been bedridden for most of his life, and moved around the house in a wheelchair whenever he was too weak to do so under his own steam. When the weather was warm, Isabelle wheeled him into the garden, and depending on how he felt, he would walk a little bit, or just sit. His spirit was indomitable, and his eyes shone the moment his mother came into the room. He always had something funny to say, or something to tell her. Theirs was a bond that defied words and time and years, and the private terrors they had faced together. At times she felt as though they were two people with one soul. She willed life and strength into him, talked to him for hours, read to him, held him in her arms when he was too weak and breathless to speak, and made him laugh whenever she could. He saw life as she did. He always reminded her of a tiny fragile bird with broken wings.

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