MatthewBowles, a businessman turned artist and Ophelie Mackenzie , a widow who lost her husband and son in a plane crash are two star crossed unhappy souls.
Their paths crossed when Pip, Ophelie”s daughter met Matt on a beach near Sanfrancisco. Matt’s children Robert and Vanessa are away in Auckland with their mother Sally. As sally deprived him of his children’s love,, Matt found his daughter in Pip. Pip is attracted by his painting skills and became his friend and student.
Ophelie, a pre-med student from France fell in love head over heels with Ted Mackenzie, one of her professors. .Ophelie gave up her ambition of becoming a doctor and settled for matrimony.
She over looked all the shortcomings in Ted and stood behind him like a rock through thick and thin. Ted was egocentric, selfish, and self-centered person. Their son Chad was manic-depressive, bipolar.which Ted never accepted and dismissed it as a play for attention, he even refused what the doctors diagnosis. Sixteen years old Chad was a brilliant and charming lad. Ophelie was always on her toes with the challenges and problems of Chad. He even tried to commit suicide twice. She never got time to relax or spend some time with Pip, their younger daughter. She wanted some relief from manic episodes, sleepless nights, suicide attempts and crippling depression. When Ted was going to attend some meeting in Losangels, Ophelie sent Chad with him to get some breathing space and also to reduce the friction. Between father and son. The plane in which Ted and Chad were traveling crashed and both died.
Ophelie was devastated and depressed and felt guilty of Chad’s death. She is neither able to forget that she is responsible for Chad’s death nor forgave herself. Andrea, the only friend of Ophelie for 18 years rented a house in gated portion of safe harbour for summer vacation and visited them frequently with her son William. Andrea does not believe in marriage even though she got many male friends. Andréa claimed that William was born out of artificial insemination. Pip met Matt on the beach and they became good friends. Both Matt and Pip in painting. Matt’s wife divorced him and married his best friend Hamish and took away their two children with her to Auckland, Australia.
. Even though Ophilie was suspicious of Matt in the beginning, they became friends because of Pip. To come over her grief and depression Ophelie went to the” Group’ where people have similar heart wrenching experiences...The discussions with the group alleviated the grief and loss to some extent. After returning to the city Ophelie started to work at wexler center to keep herself busy as a volunteer. . But when Ophelie joined the ‘out reach ‘team Matt strongly objected because of the dangers that wait to happen at night.
Ophelie was satisfied and thrilled by the work, neglected Matt’s advice.
.Ophelie once accidentally found that her husband has had an affair with her best friend Andréa and one-year-old William was actually Ted’s son. Ophelie shocked and once again depressed. . Matt too was shocked to know that how his wife Sally cut him from his children when Robert came to meet him at safe harbour. . . Cunning and scheming Sally tried to make peace with Matt when her second husband Hamish died suddenly but Matt does not budge. Both Matt and Ophelie who were cheated by their respective spouses found solace in each other company.
Matt took care of both Pip and Ophelie when some drug agent shot Ophelie, while she was working in the night with out reach group. . Matt and Ophelie got married with the consent of Robert and Vanessa and took care of William as Andrea died of cancer.
Danielle steel has a great magic of weaving boy meet girl type stories into interesting and capturing novels. She thoroughly understands the basic qualities of human nature. Emotions and cleverly brings them alive in her characters. Danielle steel’s novels are famous for their smooth reading.