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Three sisters, bonded by blood, separated by fate ... Can they ever find each other again?

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Despite her varied interests and activities, Danielle Steel leads an extremely private family-centred life. She lives in San Francisco and Paris.


At the end of Word War II, American soldier Sam Walker marries a young Parisienne named Solange. He achieves enormous fame on Broadway, and they have three daughters; but at the peak of his career, tragedy strikes and the little girls are placed in separate homes. The rest of Kaleidoscope concerns a search for the sisters and the impact that their reunion has on them. The potentially interesting story is flawed by awkward sentences and choppy, uneven construction. There is no time for detail or character development, and one scene follows another abruptly, so that the reader becomes confused at times. Despite its faults, this will be in demand because of Steel's popularity. Buy accordingly. A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.

The pages of Steel's newest novel are packed with an assortment of one-dimensional characters, each one more broadly sketched than the last. Sam Walker and Arthur Patterson, American soldiers in war-torn Paris, fall in love with Solange, a proud young Frenchwoman. Having won her, Sam brings his beautiful war bride to New York, where he instantly sets Broadway agog at his acting talent, mercurial temper and restless love affairs. Tragedy strikes when he kills Solange during an argument, and later himself, orphaning their three pampered daughters. Arthur cravenly arranges adoptions for the youngest two, but nine-year-old Hilary is dealt a life of utter misery. Determined to reunite her little family, she grimly survives only to find that the man responsible for her torment has lost all traces of her sisters. Years later, John Chapman is hired by a dying, penitent Arthur to find the sisters and bring them together. As he follows their trails, Chapman becomes obsessed by his quarryone the wife of a French baron, one a doctor in Appalachia and the third a cold, ambitious network executiveand his search for a happy ending that will wipe away the awful past. The book gets off to a slow, overly sweet start, but by the midway mark Steel has given these tired characters a fresh look and a vibrant momentum all their own. Major ad/promo. (November 6)

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