TWW – Hidden Romance
Last week I covered the question of “What was the first romance book you ever read?“
This week, I’m stepping back to take a look at my first “mature” romance novels.
I was one of those girls who acted like a tomboy but was really just a frilly romantic at heart. Actually, that’s still kind of me. Okay, that’s really exactly me. Needless to say, when I first started reading real, adult romance novels, it wasn’t something I wanted everyone to know about. My first romance novels weren’t bought in a book store, or borrowed from the library … they were lent to me … by my mom.
Yes. My mother was my book pimp for many years.
I blame her for my addiction to the angst, the second-chances, the hate-to-love you relationships and all the swoony, sexy, steamy men … I may have taken a few detours over the years (variety & all that), but I keep coming back to romance time after time. There isn’t another genre that can capture both my mind and my heart.
So let’s get to the heart of the matter, shall we? Which book(s) were my first adult romances?
She was my mom’s favorite. I cannot tell you how many of her books I’ve read over the years. So many. My mom & I would lose track of which one’s we’d read. I started keeping a list. Wish I still had it because I could honestly not tell you for sure what was on it. There are a few that stand out to me …
When a beautiful young Frenchwoman and a brilliant American actor meet in wartime Paris, their love begins like a fairy tale but ends in tragedy. Suddenly orphaned, their three children are cruelly separated. Megan, the baby, adopted by a family of comfortable means, becomes doctor in the rural Appalachia. Alexandra, raised in lavish wealth, marries a powerful man whose pride is his pedigree and who assumes that Alexandra is her parents’ natural offspring. Neither of them has the remotest suspicion that she is adopted, or what turbulent tragedy lurks in her past. And Hilary, oldest of the Walker children, remembers them all, and the grief that tore them apart and cast them into separate lives. Feeling the loss throughout her life, and unable to find her sisters, she builds an extraordinary career and has no personal life. When John Chapman, lawyer and prestigious private investigator, is asked to find these three women, he wonders why. Their parents’ only friend, he did nothing to keep them together as children and has been haunted by remorse all his life. The investigator follows a trail that leads from chic New York to Boston slums, from elegant Parisian salons to the Appalachian hills, to the place where the three sisters face each other and one more final, devastating truth before they can move on.
Bill Thigpen, writer producer of the No.1 daytime TV drama was so busy watching his career soar that he never noticed his marriage collapse. Now, nine years later, living alone in Hollywood, even without his wife and kids, his life and success are still reasonably sweet. Top-of-the-chart ratings, good-natured casual affairs, and special vacations with his two young sons. His life is in perfect balance, he thinks.
Adrian Townshed thought she had everything: a job she liked as a TV production assistant and a handsome husband who was a rising star in his own field. In as enviable life they’d worked hard for–the American Dream. Until she got pregnant. Suddenly all she had was chaos. And Steven’s ultimatum. Him or the baby. The question was: did he mean it? He did.
Bill Thigpen and Adrian Townshed collided in a supermarket. And the very sight of her suddenly makes him want more in his life…. a woman he really loves, a real family again. But does he need the heartache of another man’s baby, another wife? Neither does. But they couldn’t help it.
Danielle Steel touches the “Heartbeat” of two wonderful people as their friendship deepens into love, as they meet the obstacles that life presents with humor, humanity, and courage.
DANIELLE STEEL FASHIONS HER MOST TRIUMPHANT HEROINE …
Liane Crockett de Villiers — It is the tense summer before the outbreak of World War II. She is crossing the Atlantic with her husband, the Ambassador of France, when she first meets Nick Burnham. The spark between Liane and Nick is instantaneous, yet not until a second crossing, when each is forced to flee France without spouse or family, will they confront the full power of their passion.
Moving between Paris, New York, and San Francisco, vividly portraying the events of the century’s most turbulent decade, Danielle Steel tells the compelling story of a woman caught between conflicting passions and divided loyalties — a story that is full, passionate, and straight from the heart.
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff’s, New York’s most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five-year-old Jane O’Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Alone with two children, Bernie must face the loss and learn how to move on. New people, new experiences, a new life alone with two kids. He meets it with courage and humor, and learns some of life’s hard but precious lessons as he does.
I hope my little trip down memory lane was enjoyable for you. I know it certainly was for me. After this I’ve actually got the craving to read a Danielle Steel book. My mother would be so proud.
Tell me about your first grown-up romance read.