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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,005 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Rob Webb Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752335
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India Taylor lived in a world of manicured lawns and neatly maintained calendars: a merry-go-round of Little League, piano lessons, and Cape Cod summer vacations. With four wonderful children, India believed in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believed in Doug, the man she married 17 years before. For India, this was the promise she made, the life she had chosen—not the award-winning career as a photojournalist she once had. It was a choice she had never truly regretted. Until she begins to regret it with all her heart.

India couldn't pinpoint the exact moment. Perhaps it was the last time her agent called, begging her to take an assignment Doug insisted she turn down. Or perhaps it was when Doug told her he thought of her as a companion and someone to take care of their kids, and not much more. At that moment, the price of the sacrifices she'd made began to seem high.

And then, she met Paul Ward. A Wall Street tycoon married to a bestselling author, Paul lived life on his own terms, traveling the world on his own yacht. India hadn't planned to become Paul's friend. Anything more was unthinkable. Yet talking to Paul was so easy. India could share her dreams with him, and offer comfort when Paul suffers a heartbreak of his own. And while Paul urges India to reclaim her career, Doug is adamantly against it, determined to keep her tied to the home. But with Paul's encouragement, India slowly, painfully, begins to break free, and find herself again.

Rediscovering her creativity and her courage, India uses Paul like a beacon on the horizon, sharing intimate phone conversations with a man half a world away, a man who never stops reminding her of all that is possible for her. India is changing, and nothing in her life will ever be the same again. Not her marriage. Not her friendship with Paul. And when India is presented with an irresistible opportunity, she makes a heart-wrenching decision, leaving a safe, familiar place-and the people she loves there-to move into the terror of the unknown.

Bittersweet is her story, a story of freedom, of having dreams and making choices to find them. With unerring insight, Danielle Steel has created a moving portrait of a woman who dares to embark on a new adventure and the man who helps her get there. Her painful, exhilarating journey inspires us all. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorma | 2/14/2014

    " Bittersweet is one of Danielle Steel's best books.A wonderful story -Set in Cape Cod. It is a story of survival and finding oneself again. India,the main character is very likable and easy to relate to on many levels. One can not help cheering her on her up and down journey in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 1/29/2014

    " The story is quite boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2014

    " Typical Danielle Steel story - good entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/14/2014

    " I have been in a D.S. mood lately. I even challenged myself to try and read all of her books which is a big challenge because she has 65 + books. this was a pretty good one. The title definitely fit the book and it was a pretty true to life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Its about a controlling husband that does not want his wife to pursue her dream to be an investigative reporter because of the kids. The she meets a friend who convinences her to puruse her dreams and regain her freedom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 1/3/2014

    " I read this in a little over a day, such a sweet story! I read it a long time ago as I have many of D.S. books but didn't remember the storyline in this one. Of course it had a happy ending, my favorite kind lol! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Wiggins | 1/2/2014

    " A great book of love and loss and new found love. Terrific family drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/25/2013

    " I enjoyed this lite tale of how the "other half" lives. An easy summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/27/2013

    " Mmmm ok, quite predictable, bit boring in parts, easy read but not a page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yajayry Fletcher | 11/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. But at the same time it made me so mad (at almost at the end of the story) it made me scream at the book. But I really loved the end. so lovely and romantic. I too. want a man who would pass through a huricane or storm just to be with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desislava | 11/8/2013

    " Dont forget who you are, what you need and what you do, because this way you neglect your dreams and that can kill you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/13/2013

    " I enjoyed it. I read Danielle Steel when I am in the mood for her so I always enjoy her books. The story is always a little different but I know what I am going to get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Homer H. | 8/24/2013

    " I think there were too many thoughts from the characters described here. Beautifully written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/3/2013

    " good story but cliche ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stasha | 3/10/2013

    " 'Bitter' because India Taylor had to make a great sacrifice in order to find her true self but 'sweet' because she was finally able to fulfill her dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 2/8/2013

    " This book was ok although I did find it slow in pace. Love eventually wins out without much fanfare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 1/8/2013

    " Took me many years to read, I would start then quit, then try again in a few months. Once I finally finished it, it really wasn't too bad, but very hard to get into "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/7/2012

    " I don't usually read romance novels, but this one worked for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sulis Langsing | 7/29/2012

    " Cerita mulai seru ketika India akan bercerai, membaca endingnya ga salah kalo covernya perahu layar :p "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BJ | 7/7/2012

    " Hadn't read a Danielle Steel in awhile, and this was typical of her writing style. Hated the main character's husband and it took half the book to get rid of him. By the time she got rid of him, I didn't like her much either! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nirmala Kasinathan | 6/27/2012

    " It's a modern day tale of a career woman ( a famous photographer in the case of India Taylor) giving up her career to become a full time wife and mom and finding herself and her need to return to work with the help of another man.....It's one of Danielle Steels classic piece of work.... Touching ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mallika | 5/2/2012

    " "There is love for everyone, just gotta wait" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AlohaKarina Chapman | 1/14/2012

    " I liked this one. The protagonist is an enjoyable character; her husband is a world-class jerk. But the romantic interest irritated me a little. I'm tired of wishy-washy men! The romantic interest is what busted this from a 5- to a 4-star book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mallika | 5/18/2011

    " "There is love for everyone, just gotta wait" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BJ | 2/13/2011

    " Hadn't read a Danielle Steel in awhile, and this was typical of her writing style. Hated the main character's husband and it took half the book to get rid of him. By the time she got rid of him, I didn't like her much either! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 10/14/2010

    " Mmmm ok, quite predictable, bit boring in parts, easy read but not a page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desislava | 9/5/2010

    " Dont forget who you are, what you need and what you do, because this way you neglect your dreams and that can kill you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/30/2010

    " I enjoyed it. I read Danielle Steel when I am in the mood for her so I always enjoy her books. The story is always a little different but I know what I am going to get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stasha | 7/9/2009

    " 'Bitter' because India Taylor had to make a great sacrifice in order to find her true self but 'sweet' because she was finally able to fulfill her dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/6/2009

    " Typical Danielle Steel story - good entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dd03 | 8/21/2008

    " One of my faves...I kept forget that I read it...and was given it once, and bought it twice! lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/20/2008

    " I don't usually read romance novels, but this one worked for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie | 5/7/2008

    " Just finished this book. This one was great. Wish Hurricane's came more often! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/18/2008

    " This is another beautiful romance that DS has written. It's one of the best ones she's written. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.