First Sight

First Sight

Book - 2006
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Paris, L.A., and the world of ready to wear fashion provide rich backdrops for Danielle Steel's deeply involving story of a gifted designer whose talent and drive have brought her everything--except the ability to erase her past and trust relationships.
New York. London. Milan. Paris. Fashion Week in all four cities. A month of endless interviews, parties, and unflagging work and attention to detail at the semiannual ready to wear fashion shows--the famous prêt-à-porter. At the center of the storm and avalanche of work is American Timmie O'Neill, whose renowned line, Timmie O, is the embodiment of casual chic, in fashion and for the home. She has created a business that inspires, fills, and consumes her life.
With an unerring instinct for what the next trend will be, an innate genius for business, tireless labor, and sheer fearlessness, starting from nothing, over two decades Timmie has built an international empire that has brought her enormous satisfaction and success. In a world where humility and compassion are all too rare, her humor, kindness, integrity, and creativity are inspirational. Yet as blessed as she feels by her success, Timmie harbors the private wounds of a devastating childhood and past tragedy. She is too smart, too experienced, and too hurt to want much in her personal life beyond a succession of convenient, very limited relationships. Always willing to take risks in business, she never risks her heart.
But despite her well-ordered and highly controlled world, it turns out that Timmie O'Neill is not immune to magic when it strikes. And it strikes in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, when an intriguing Frenchman comes into her life when she gets sick. At first, Timmie and Jean-Charles Vernier are only patient and physician. They become confidants and friends, corresponding at a safe distance between Paris and Los Angeles once she goes home. There is every reason why they must remain apart. But neither can deny their growing friendship and the electricity that sparks whenever they meet.
First Sight is as complex and compelling as modern life itself. Careers, families, histories, losses, duty, obligation, and fear of losing control and getting hurt. It is a tale of daring to take risks, and losing control just enough to have a life, when the opportunity presents itself. When two very different worlds and strong-willed people collide, everything changes in an instant, as they confront the age-old question of whether to lay oneself bare and risk intimacy--or not. Are they brave enough to face what comes next? And will they do it together or apart?

Praise for First Sight
"A novel about love, in all its heartbreaking and splendid forms." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Steel is one of the world's most popular authors, and this poignant romance is sure to thrill her many loyal fans and reach many new readers, too." -- Booklist
"Steel deftly stages heartstring-tugging moments." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, 2006.
ISBN: 9780385338301
Branch Call Number: FIC STEE
Characteristics: 373 pages ;| c24 cm


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Apr 07, 2020

This is a boring book with so much repetition you only need to read the first chapter. No more Danielle Steele!

May 18, 2017

I really liked the book. I have read all of her books and she just keeps getting better and better.

Sep 09, 2015

I needed something fluffy on a trip and tried this book. Gave up after an hour. Oh, my! Danielle Steel has made a great success of going against all writing advice and "telling" (over and over) rather than "showing" her readers what a character is like. Timmie is a paragon of goodness, we get it!

One thing that really bugs me is poor editing. Is Ms. Steel so far removed from reality that she doesn't know you can't take sharp items and lighters on a plane? Somehow, though, Timmie has a fabulous Hermes bag full of such things!

After reading over 100 pages, I"m still waiting for something to happen. I've decided the rest of the book is not worth my time.

Feb 02, 2014

Usually a big fan of DS easy read chic lit. This one was very slow going and predictable. Definitely my least favorite of hers.

Dec 07, 2013

Typical Danielle Steel--very predictable. I did like the ending, but it was as expected. Only 4 out of 10 for me.

Nov 18, 2013

this was the first (and will probably be the last) Danielle Steel book I've ever read. It is pretty juvenile. After almost every short conversation we are "treated" to an "analysis" of the feelings of the characters (usually Timmie) and the repetition is rife. By the first 50 pages, you have been told at least 5 times how hard she works, how she doesn't want man, how she is okay with her current relationship, how she is lonely but is okay with the status quo, blah blah blah. Of course, Miss Timmie is perfect-a tragic childhood which she braved through and became unbelievably successful, but is still haunted by her childhood fears. A wonder-woman in everyone's eyes. The plot is not too bad, but the whole thing is pretty much a given. The twist is the little boy she decides she is "in love with" after only a few days and seems overly grief stricken when she can't adopt him. PLLLLEEASE.

Sep 28, 2013

A typical Danielle Steel book about Timmie O'Neill who is nothing short of a superwoman - a woman who has had a horrible childhood and terrible luck as an adult but who turns all the adversity into positives.
The book proceeds very predictably and it is only in the last few pages that there is somewhat of a twist in the tale which makes the book worthwhile reading.

Sep 13, 2013

Danielle Steel repeats herself, as if the reader is extremely dumb. Got as far as 80 pages and gave up, never liked her writing but wanted to give it one more try.

MARY RUGGIERO Aug 06, 2013

Extremely repetitive!! To the point of being annoying.

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Jul 20, 2013

Very boring and predictable. Found her books are not as enjoyable as they once were. Will not be reading any more.


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