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In her 53rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores how a single shattering moment can change lives forever. The Kiss is at once a moving testament to the fragility of life and a breathtaking story about the power of love to heal, to free, to transform, and to make broken spirits whole. On a warm June evening, a red double-decker bus, full of pasengers, speeds down a In her 53rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores how a single shattering moment can change lives forever. The Kiss is at once a moving testament to the fragility of life and a breathtaking story about the power of love to heal, to free, to transform, and to make broken spirits whole. On a warm June evening, a red double-decker bus, full of pasengers, speeds down a London street. A few blocks away, a man and a woman climb into a limousine, reveling in a magical evening of dancing and champagne. As their driver pulls into an intersection, the couple shares their first, searching kiss. For a moment, etched in time, all stands still--until, in a flash of metal and glass, their limousine is struck at full speed, crushed under the bus's tremendous weight. And a long journey begins--toward healing, toward hope, toward dreams of an infinite future... Isabelle Forrester is the exquisite wife of a prominent Parisian banker who has long since shut her out of his heart. For lonely years, Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into caring for her desperately ill son, Teddy, and into making their Paris home as happy as possible for her teenage daughter, Sophie. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure: a long-distance friendship by telephone with an American man, a Washington power broker who travels in the highest circles of politics and who, like Isabelle, is trapped in an empty marriage. To Bill Robinson, Isabelle is a godsend, a woman of extraordinary beauty and intellectual curiosity--a kindred spirit who touches him across the miles with her warmth and gentle empathy. Their relationship is a gift, a lifeline that sustains them both through the heartacheof marriages they cannot leave and will not betray. Agreeing to meet for a few precious, innocent days in London, Isabelle and Bill find their friendship changing. Then, amidst the sudden crash of steel against steel, they are thrust onto a new path, a path fraught with pain but also with possibility. Now, inside the cool, sterile wards of a London hospital, Isabelle and Bill cling to life, their bodies shattered almost beyond repair. In the days and weeks that follow, they slowly, painfully traverse a road to recovery littered with challenges of the body, spirit, and heart. Together, they must find the strength not only to embrace life again but to face what they have left behind. For Isabell, a loveless marriage turns into a brutal power struggle. For Bill, a time of healing exposes wounds that cut deeper than steel and realities that will test him to his core. For both, a tangle of changing relationships and the tragedy of another loss conspire to separate them once again. And this time they could lose each other forever. In a novel that is as compelling as it is compassionate, Danielle Steel weaves a story of courage in the face of unimaginable loss. With the grace of a master storyteller, she explores the strength it takes to conquer our greatest fears, showing us how the toughest choices can yield the most unexpected rewards...and how the longest, most winding journeys can begin with a single kiss.


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In her 53rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores how a single shattering moment can change lives forever. The Kiss is at once a moving testament to the fragility of life and a breathtaking story about the power of love to heal, to free, to transform, and to make broken spirits whole. On a warm June evening, a red double-decker bus, full of pasengers, speeds down a In her 53rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores how a single shattering moment can change lives forever. The Kiss is at once a moving testament to the fragility of life and a breathtaking story about the power of love to heal, to free, to transform, and to make broken spirits whole. On a warm June evening, a red double-decker bus, full of pasengers, speeds down a London street. A few blocks away, a man and a woman climb into a limousine, reveling in a magical evening of dancing and champagne. As their driver pulls into an intersection, the couple shares their first, searching kiss. For a moment, etched in time, all stands still--until, in a flash of metal and glass, their limousine is struck at full speed, crushed under the bus's tremendous weight. And a long journey begins--toward healing, toward hope, toward dreams of an infinite future... Isabelle Forrester is the exquisite wife of a prominent Parisian banker who has long since shut her out of his heart. For lonely years, Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into caring for her desperately ill son, Teddy, and into making their Paris home as happy as possible for her teenage daughter, Sophie. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure: a long-distance friendship by telephone with an American man, a Washington power broker who travels in the highest circles of politics and who, like Isabelle, is trapped in an empty marriage. To Bill Robinson, Isabelle is a godsend, a woman of extraordinary beauty and intellectual curiosity--a kindred spirit who touches him across the miles with her warmth and gentle empathy. Their relationship is a gift, a lifeline that sustains them both through the heartacheof marriages they cannot leave and will not betray. Agreeing to meet for a few precious, innocent days in London, Isabelle and Bill find their friendship changing. Then, amidst the sudden crash of steel against steel, they are thrust onto a new path, a path fraught with pain but also with possibility. Now, inside the cool, sterile wards of a London hospital, Isabelle and Bill cling to life, their bodies shattered almost beyond repair. In the days and weeks that follow, they slowly, painfully traverse a road to recovery littered with challenges of the body, spirit, and heart. Together, they must find the strength not only to embrace life again but to face what they have left behind. For Isabell, a loveless marriage turns into a brutal power struggle. For Bill, a time of healing exposes wounds that cut deeper than steel and realities that will test him to his core. For both, a tangle of changing relationships and the tragedy of another loss conspire to separate them once again. And this time they could lose each other forever. In a novel that is as compelling as it is compassionate, Danielle Steel weaves a story of courage in the face of unimaginable loss. With the grace of a master storyteller, she explores the strength it takes to conquer our greatest fears, showing us how the toughest choices can yield the most unexpected rewards...and how the longest, most winding journeys can begin with a single kiss.

30 review for The Kiss (Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    My God, this was awful. I will never read another DS book in my life. She repeats everything like 50 times!! This book would have been 10 pages if she just wrote the damn story. Don't waste your time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I normally find myself sticking up for DS but not this time. She must have been having a bad year when she sat down to do this one, too much repetition, a rather self indulged character that was simply annoying, too long to get nowhere.. I tried hard but never once caught up with enjoying it. Never mind!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth Lucas

    This is my favorite Danielle Steel book. Whenever I don't have anything new to read, I read this one again. Love It!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    How many chapters, sentences and paragraphs can Danielle Steel repeat? I felt like I was reading the same dribble throughout this entire book. I hated this book and the writing style even more than the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna S

    Not even a good beach read! I've never read such a whiny, repetitive tale with horrible dialog. I kept waiting for it to get better. Is this typical of D Steele?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela

    The first book from Danielle Steel that I read and I must say I am looking forward to read more from her. It has a good story line, but I found myself getting a bit frustrated because it tends to repeat the exact same things over and over again. Apart from that, I loved both main characters and what happens to them is really unexpected, and also the friendship/love that they share is beautiful and I love the fact that they were there for eachother even if their lives were a complete disaster for The first book from Danielle Steel that I read and I must say I am looking forward to read more from her. It has a good story line, but I found myself getting a bit frustrated because it tends to repeat the exact same things over and over again. Apart from that, I loved both main characters and what happens to them is really unexpected, and also the friendship/love that they share is beautiful and I love the fact that they were there for eachother even if their lives were a complete disaster for so long. I would have loved to see more of them together by the end of the book, but I did like it and I'd recomend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Loved It. As Always Another Good Book by Danielle. Loved It. As Always Another Good Book by Danielle. 😍

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in ages. The fluffy romance is a quick easy read. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if Ms. Steel didn't treat her readers as though they were quite forgetful. There could have been about 100 less pages with all the repeated information about the characters. The story itself was okay in terms of finding the love of a lifetime. I liked both characters in general, but there were no twists, no surprises and everyone is just so darn good looking its amazing! For I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in ages. The fluffy romance is a quick easy read. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if Ms. Steel didn't treat her readers as though they were quite forgetful. There could have been about 100 less pages with all the repeated information about the characters. The story itself was okay in terms of finding the love of a lifetime. I liked both characters in general, but there were no twists, no surprises and everyone is just so darn good looking its amazing! For fluff...I enjoyed, but feel it could have been oh so much more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eka Situmorang-Sir

    Oh Dear Lord, took me months to finish this book. The first chapter was soooo damn boring so I stopped reading it for a while. Just for I want to finish my 2013 reading challenge, I forced my self to read this. Geeez, watta flat storyline, it repeated several things over and over again! What's interesting were just the last 5 chapter of the book, the twists are original. Apart from that prepare yourself for a boring book for almost 400 pages!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    This wasn't one of her beter one's. It was predictable and too long. It dragged on too long to get to the point. It's also hard to believe that characters can put up with someone like that and live like that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    The repetitiveness made this a painful read. I forced myself through. It was my first Danielle Steel book, and likely my last.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shru NJ

    http://blueladyindia.blogspot.in/2017... While going through the aisles of a library, randomly picked up a Danielle Steel book The Kiss as I liked the title. But this book does not live up to the expectation. The story would have been over in maximum 100 pages but it is dragged through every page. The story revolves around two couples Gordon and Isabelle and Cynthia and Bill who are extremely unhappy in their marriage. Isabelle and Bill get close to each other, they talk over phone and meet once http://blueladyindia.blogspot.in/2017... While going through the aisles of a library, randomly picked up a Danielle Steel book The Kiss as I liked the title. But this book does not live up to the expectation. The story would have been over in maximum 100 pages but it is dragged through every page. The story revolves around two couples Gordon and Isabelle and Cynthia and Bill who are extremely unhappy in their marriage. Isabelle and Bill get close to each other, they talk over phone and meet once in a while as they stay miles apart. They know their relation will never be anything more than friendship. They meet once and it leads to a very passionate kiss which changes their lives forever. The story is very touching and you only crave for a happy ending.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    This was a beautiful love story. I haven't read a Danielle Steele book for a few years. It reminded me how much I enjoyed the authors stories. I didn't want to put this book down and wanted to see that Isabelle and Bill were going to be okay. I found it very emotional and shed a few tears along the way. I would definitely recommend this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pree Joseph

    I could see that many people here were not happy with the style of writing and how things were repeated over and again. This was my first book by Danille Steel and I must admit that inspite of the style of writing I still really enjoyed reading this book. This was lying there with a pile of books totally forgotten and am glad that I picked it up atleast now. It was a beautiful love story and I really wanted the best for Isabelle and Bill . A lovely feel good story I wont regret reading !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    This is the very first novel by Danielle Steel that I have read and it was quite an experience. At first, I could not quite put my finger on it, but it felt like the writer seemed to be going over the same issues again and again - yet it did not appear repetitive at all. Strange ... It appears that this author's writing style is somewhat different and definitely compelling as I simply could not put the book down once I got into the story. The reader gets to know the characters in-depth - from the This is the very first novel by Danielle Steel that I have read and it was quite an experience. At first, I could not quite put my finger on it, but it felt like the writer seemed to be going over the same issues again and again - yet it did not appear repetitive at all. Strange ... It appears that this author's writing style is somewhat different and definitely compelling as I simply could not put the book down once I got into the story. The reader gets to know the characters in-depth - from the physical to the mental to the emotional aspects, they are all included and well explored. It becomes a real rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. The other difference that struck me was the fact that Danielle Steel tends to 'jump' between characters to get her point across - yet again without blurring the facts whatsoever! Confused? Well, it gets even better. Usually, an author will describe a thought and/or emotion and then move on to the next - in this case (an possibly other novels written by her), Danielle starts describing what one of her characters goes through and immediately moves on to another point of view, and, yet again, it feels and reads straight forward, and is perfectly understandable. Yes, it all makes perfect sense. More so, actually, it gives the thought and/or emotion a depth like I have not come across before. As for this particular story - The Kiss is essentially about two people, of course, but there is so much more to it! Could you ever imagine that a simple kiss could kill 11 people? A stroll toward the Light also forms part of this tale and it is beautifully described, and in great detail - whether the reader believes in the afterlife or not, I promise, they'll be impressed. Yes, Danielle Steel has the reputation of writing (dreaded) romance novels, but this book covers so much more. Dominance, estrangement and near death experiences are just the basics and all will evoke a great deal of emotions, are beautifully described and in great detail, and they feel so very real.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Booklover

    Such a emotional read,kept me so intrigued it was hard to put it down,every page i was like what next what next,i was so involved in Bill-Isabelle's love journey Isabelle Forrester and Bill Robinson live in different continents but carry on a friendship via the telephone and a few visits here and there for four years. Isabelle stays at home with her sick child Teddy and her hateful husband. Bill is in a loveless marriage and doesn't want to get divorced because he's afraid it will hurt his Such a emotional read,kept me so intrigued it was hard to put it down,every page i was like what next what next,i was so involved in Bill-Isabelle's love journey Isabelle Forrester and Bill Robinson live in different continents but carry on a friendship via the telephone and a few visits here and there for four years. Isabelle stays at home with her sick child Teddy and her hateful husband. Bill is in a loveless marriage and doesn't want to get divorced because he's afraid it will hurt his career. Isabelle and Bill decide to meet in London for a few days to spend some time together. While in London they share a passionate kiss while at practically the same moment their limousine is hit by a double-decker bus. Their lives are forever changed. really cried on 2 scenarios *After the accident when Bill comes to Isabelle's room and talks to her and Isabelle comes back *When Isabelle's son dies,i was happy he was free of his suffering but at the same time Isabelle's pain brought tears to my eyes Though many things were predictable but still i liked this one a lot Good read Recommend it

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mommalovesbaby

    As always, Danielle Steel knows how to tell a story. However, I wasn't very fond of the story. It was just sad and depressing with no laughter or relief inbetween. What little romance there was didn't provide enough of a relief from the depressing and sad lives of the characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Desislava

    Wonderful, lovely story. I recommend it to everyone who likes romantic stories.

  19. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know how to explain this: I read the entire book, I was interested in finding out what would happen next in a sort of morbid way. The story read like a historical novel, where women had no say on their lives. The heroine was a doormat and the hero had not guts. Both H/h are married to people who cold and selfish and with whom they don't have sexual relations for years and yet they are faithful (well except for the one 'indiscretion the hero had 10 years prior). It is like sexuality is I don't know how to explain this: I read the entire book, I was interested in finding out what would happen next in a sort of morbid way. The story read like a historical novel, where women had no say on their lives. The heroine was a doormat and the hero had not guts. Both H/h are married to people who cold and selfish and with whom they don't have sexual relations for years and yet they are faithful (well except for the one 'indiscretion the hero had 10 years prior). It is like sexuality is not even important. At least Bill's wife was getting something on the side, but it was annoying to read that the heroine didn't know what Gordon did when he was out late or didn't come home to sleep. Do she think he didn't have needs? Also, she didn't want to leave because of the financial support she might not get for her son's health care, and yet Bill never once offered to help, Danielle Steele makes a point to mentioned how rich he is. He was such cheap batted! What about the Bill's going back and forward about his divorce. First he is divorcing because he loves Isabelle soooo much, the he is divorcing because he doesn't want to burden his wife or anyone with his "disability". I was infuriated to read his wishy-washy ways. But what REALLY, got me pissed off was the fact that just because he couldn't have sex one time, while still recovering from terrible injuries, he decides to throw away the person who supposedly he loves with all his heart. When supposedly he has live for years without sex and staying in a loveless marriage. Not only that but he abandons Isabelle so she have a better life. With whom is she to have this better life? With a husband who could cara less if she lives or dies, who has not touched her in any way for over 14 years? Or with a terribly ill child or a daughter who is so clueless that she doesn't even notice her father is horrible to her mom. Oh and the ending, wow, it is Isabelle who fights for their to stay together . A woman who has been make to feel like nothing for years. And then all gets resolved on the last two pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Givemore

    First and Foremost i have given this book all starts available or perhaps i should have given 6 out of 5 on a scale above. The kiss is a novel about Isabell Forrester, Gordon Forrester, Bill Robinson, Cynthia Robinson, and the Forrester two children Teddy and Sophie , Robinson children Jane and Olivia. Mr Gordon Forrester is a dictator in a marriage especially after the birth of their son who is born invalid with a chronic illness that will obviously leads to his death in early teens. Mr Gordon First and Foremost i have given this book all starts available or perhaps i should have given 6 out of 5 on a scale above. The kiss is a novel about Isabell Forrester, Gordon Forrester, Bill Robinson, Cynthia Robinson, and the Forrester two children Teddy and Sophie , Robinson children Jane and Olivia. Mr Gordon Forrester is a dictator in a marriage especially after the birth of their son who is born invalid with a chronic illness that will obviously leads to his death in early teens. Mr Gordon completely builds a barricade for his wife and son because he can not tolerate his illness. late into the story Isabel learns that he husband was having an affair soon after the birth of Teddy. Isabell is also having a platonic relationship with Mr Robinson which resulted in an fatal accident in London where Issabell had visited some museums. It was her only notably travelling after fourteen years of nursing Teddy. The fatal accident left Mr Robinson, a Washington based political campaign consultant permanently handcapped. Since i am not a great book reviewer i will end with quoting the back cover which says " In a Novel as compelling as it is compassionate, Danielle Steel weaves a story of courage in the face of unimaginable loss" To conclude, i am not regretting the my five start rating, because i am not comparing this book to other five or so thrillers i have read during the past 40 days. Danielle Steel's uniqueness in telling this story is above everything.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kelley

    Bill and Isabelle are the very best of friends. They share a love of art and a sly sense of humor. They each adore their children as well. Sadly, they are both trapped in loveless marriages. But they make do with their friendship despite a growing attraction between them. The pair manage to escape to Paris together for a brief visit. They have nothing illicit planned, merely dinners and art museums. In desperation on their last night together the two share a kiss in the back of their car. At that Bill and Isabelle are the very best of friends. They share a love of art and a sly sense of humor. They each adore their children as well. Sadly, they are both trapped in loveless marriages. But they make do with their friendship despite a growing attraction between them. The pair manage to escape to Paris together for a brief visit. They have nothing illicit planned, merely dinners and art museums. In desperation on their last night together the two share a kiss in the back of their car. At that precise moment they are the victims of an awful automobile accident that leaves them both clinging to life. Like ripples on a pond, the effects of this accident flow through their lives. Like all of Steel's novels, this book is an intense read. Her stories would most likely never happen in real life as no one lives this passionately. However, it is for jus this reason that her books are a nice vacation from life.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rashida Dula

    Isabelle Forrester is long lost shut out of her husband's heart. For lonely years, Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into caring for her ill son, and teenage daughter. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure: a long-distance friendship by telephone with an American man, Bill, who as well is trapped in an empty marriage. Their relationship is a gift, a lifeline that sustains them both through the heartache of marriages they cannot leave and will not betray. The Kiss Isabelle Forrester is long lost shut out of her husband's heart. For lonely years, Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into caring for her ill son, and teenage daughter. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure: a long-distance friendship by telephone with an American man, Bill, who as well is trapped in an empty marriage. Their relationship is a gift, a lifeline that sustains them both through the heartache of marriages they cannot leave and will not betray. The Kiss (Danielle Steel)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Hobson

    I'm glad that this was not the first Danielle Steel book I've ever read or it would certainly be my last. The writing was amateurish and so repetitive that I was able to skip huge sections of the book, especially in the first 3 agonizing chapters. The story is weak and goes nowhere and could have been written in under 100 pages. I get the impression the publisher needed a book ASAP so she took a short story, made a list of ten pre-written descriptive statements and just did a copy and paste from I'm glad that this was not the first Danielle Steel book I've ever read or it would certainly be my last. The writing was amateurish and so repetitive that I was able to skip huge sections of the book, especially in the first 3 agonizing chapters. The story is weak and goes nowhere and could have been written in under 100 pages. I get the impression the publisher needed a book ASAP so she took a short story, made a list of ten pre-written descriptive statements and just did a copy and paste from her list on every other page to get it done.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marci Kimball

    An incredible read! Wow!!!!!! It was riveting, start to finish,,,,, an emotional roller-coaster ride! The characters were all splendid! Even Gordon! An amazing story! I was so moved by the intensive drama played out so beautifully!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna Fealtman

    The Kiss The book was sweet and extremely sad but powerf The book was sweet and sad and powerful. Ms. Steele has done it again. I think her books are getting better with age. She is a wonderful heartwarming writer.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frau Ott

    I enjoyed this book. The switch between London Paris and the USA was fun to read. Dealing with handicaps is never easy - but when love comes along- whether your are disabled or not - you still need to know that you are a whole person!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alli Miller

    This book pulled at my heart strings the whole way through. I couldn't put it down. It only took me two days to read it because I just couldn't stop. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone but just know that I highly recommend this book to anyone. Shoot. My hope to be boyfriend even wants to read it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tara Jungquist

    As always an amazing read! I liked the way the story builds and the fabulous countries it takes place in. I recommend to readers of all ages. I give it 5 stars as that is as high as they go.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    There were a lot of heavy issues happening in this one. Lots to think about, almost too much for one book that is why three stars instead of four. I always enjoy Danielle Steel's audiobooks, they are very well done.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Audiobook played on 1.25 to get through it. Simple. Predicable. Enjoyable. Nothing special. Two people who can it be together but are in love and go through hardships until they get together in the end. Isn't that the plot of most Danielle Steel books?

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