Destiny

Destiny A passionate story spanning several countries rich with international characters across three decades as it tells the tale of a rich and powerful couple

  • Title: Destiny
  • Author: Sally Beauman
  • ISBN: 9780751534641
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • A passionate story, spanning several countries, rich with international characters, across three decades as it tells the tale of a rich and powerful couple.

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    1. Sally Beauman

      aka Vanessa JamesSally Kinsey Miles graduated from Girton College, Cambridge MA in English Literature She married Christopher Beauman an economist After graduating, she moved with her husband to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively She began her career as a journalist in America, joining the staff of the newly launched New York magazine, of which she became associate editor, and continued to write for it after her return to England Interviewed Alan Howard for the Telegraph Magazine in 1970 in an article called A Fellow of Most Excellent Fancy Daily Telegraph Supplement, May 29th Apparently a very long interview The following year they met again, and the rest is history After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in 2004 She has one son, James, and one grandchild.Sally had a distinguished career as a journalist and critic, winning the Catherine Pakenham Award for her writing, and becoming the youngest ever editor of Queen magazine now Harper s Queen She has contributed to many leading newspapers and magazines in both the UK and the USA, including the Daily Telegraph from 1970 73 and 1976 8 she was Arts Editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine , the Sunday Times, Observer, Vogue, the New York Times and the New Yorker She also wrote nine Mills Boon romances under the pseudonym Vanessa James, before publishing her block buster novel Destiny in 1987 under her real name It was her article about Daphne du Maurier, commissioned by Tina Brown, and published in The New Yorker in November 1993, which first gave her the idea for writing Rebecca de Winter s version of events at Manderley an idea that subsequently became the novel, Rebecca s Tale In 2000 she was one of the Whitbread Prize judges for the best novel category.

    185 thoughts on “Destiny”

    1. 3.5 StarsThe great thing about this book, is that you can easily get lost in the story, the characters I find that almost mandatory when reading a novel this size It is a sweeping love story spanning decades between the past and present lives of Edouard de Chavigny and Helene Craig If I would liken it to anything I immediately think of Gone With The Wind In scope and the passing of time and events lived through two characters who are meant to be together but obviously circumstance prevent This i [...]



    2. Written in 1987 and I still can t forget this book I haven t read it since the 80 s so my taste may have changed I will have to re read this to see if I still feel the same.I worked for a bookstore in Aloha and saw this book I have very ecletic tastes in books and have read a lot of historical fiction and Danielle Steele but wanted to try my hand at something different.At first I was outraged by what was happening to the main character, Helene, to the point I almost quit reading as she gets mole [...]


    3. This was the first book I read by Sally Beauman her characters seemed so real The story starts in America and moves from there to Paris where she meets Edouard, has an illegitimate child who she assumes was the child of her childhood sweetheart Begins a glittering new career and finally settles down to a life with Edouard I cried as I read the last chapters, it had such a sad ending too It was a truly wonderful book.


    4. Ci saranno sempre cose che non puoi controllare Niente, nulla certo, tutto quello che ci circonda volont del fato, di un destino gi scritto per ognuno di noi.Un destino ingiusto, impetuoso, che ha travolto i protagonisti di questa meravigliosa storia che non abbandoner mai il mio cuore.Helene e Edouard mi hanno fatto provare tante emozioni trascinandomi dalla gioia al dolore e dall a all odio in un nanosecondo Sono stati protagonisti della loro storia in maniera accesa, entrambi testardi e decis [...]


    5. my first thought about this book was that it would be big book that i could just read when i got bored.This was not so.i seriously couldn t put this book down it was amazing.I mean the whole history and timeline was done so well it captivated me from the beginning and i didn t want o stop reading till i read.If your looking for a good book to read one that would engage you and make you fall in love with all the charactersIS IS THE BOOK.I cried ,its truly touching


    6. The power you have when you re different When people can t place you, sum you up We ARE our past, after all Everything we ve done, everything that has happened to us that s what we are.


    7. I first read Destiny when it came out in 1987 I think and everybody was talking about it it caused quite a sensation, even in the 80s, THE era for sensational blockbuster novels I wondered if I would still like it, nearly 30 years on oddly enough, I think I like it even now It is not as sensational as it was oh, how jaded we are , but this time round I picked up far on how intelligently written and plotted it is, how well crafted and structured, and how rounded out the characters are.The novel [...]


    8. I couldn t put this one down It s an 80s style character intrigue style story similar to books by Danielle Steele A rural misfit, Helen, goes to the city after her mother has an abortion She ends up going through one hell after another, becomes an actress, and eventually reconnects with Edward, who is the love of her life Never in a million years would I have guessed the end of this book Very bittersweet, and I can t say I would have handled the ending the same way Too much water under the bridg [...]


    9. Okay, this is an odd one The first third was immersive and characterful and had lots of hints dropped in about what might happen and the direction the novel would take I m not gonna lie, there was a lot of sex and it feels rather jarring because this novel is packaged as a romance saga rather than as a bonkbuster style novel like one from Jackie Collins.My problem is that it felt like this novel had ended about 100 pages before it actually did, and one really crucial plot point was rushed over i [...]


    10. E per me difficilissimo scrivere una recensione, perch ho ancora le lacrime agli occhi, che non riesco a far smettere di scendere Prima di tutto un grazie infinito a Jamy per avermelo consigliato mi hai fatto un dono preziosissimo Un romanzo che non vorresti mai terminare, nonostante le oltre 700 pagine, che non pesano in nessun modo Lo stile molto somigliante a quello di Judith Krantz, ma credo che la Beauman l abbia superata per intensit e completezza Un romanzo duro, esplicito, con scene fort [...]


    11. I began reading this book thinking it would be the typical romance book I like to pick up in between reading series I was very wrong I finished this book in two days Work and sleep got in the way of devouring it all in 24hrs I got swept up in the characters and wanted them all to get the happy ending I thought they deserved I realized early on that something would become a problem Helen is his niece I also totally thought I knew how it would be resolved and everything end well Figured we would l [...]


    12. I m not ususally a fan of romance novels however, I really like Sally Beauman s novels and this one in particular This IS a love story, but the characters are interesting and do interesting things It s not just a romance, and nary a pirate or virgin in distress in sight This story is entertaining, and you will find yourself remembering the characters and scenarios long after reading This book was written decades ago, but I think it is timeless and an engrossing, enjoyable read I told my friend I [...]


    13. Wow what a long book But the writing and story keeps you reading Helene starts out as a little girl in Alabama, growing up in a trailer Her mom ran away from home, has an adventure that introduces you to the other side of the story where the mom s past has stuck with her and even though she s in America she raises her daughter for a life she wants to go back to in England It s a love story with many twists and turns I will read by this author The writing and story are both excellent.


    14. I read this probably about 15 years ago and was so tore up by the ending I decided to re read it here last month I only got about half way through and decided not to live through the heartbreak again, but it is a very good book and I do recommend it


    15. Nice line Cassie sighed, and began to pour the coffee It was going to be all right, she thought It was going to be all right.


    16. I m not usually into what seems to be fines as sappy, love driven romance sagas.cially by women authors But this book is ahhhhmazing I think it s about time to reread this one


    17. A bit long winded and frustrating in some parts The two main characters take ridiculously long to get together The female character has contradicting moments of strength and weakness but a nice read if you re not looking for something to serious.



    18. This book took you through the lives of Helene and Eduard from beginning to end.So much happens in this story you just want to keep reading.


    19. This was a decent story and romance, that I think was better for the first half and lost momentum in the second half Explicit sex, which went with the story but wasn t expected



    20. I did not like this book Characters felt superficial and I did not care about them I did not like the way the romance played out.


    21. A long read in 900 pages , but a good one that has had me hooked by the life of Helene I can t give it 5 as it was a bit slow at times and it was not always easy to remember all the characters.


    22. Woooah baby.I wanted to give this five stars butat place is reserved for books that make me want to move to wherever its happening, find the hero and steal him from the heroinedop at all the local stores.Meet the rest of the book neighbors.This book oh myl I am going to say is strap in and be ready for a trippin ride and ending.


    23. A fantastic Book One of the best stories I ve read in a long time I enjoy historical fiction, especially stories about past wars, so this was right up my alley This author was unknown to me, but, after this book, I want to read everything he has ever written That is how much I enjoyed this book The story was set during World War II and followed 3 main characters and their families, in both their native countries and their military countries There were so many different relationships interwoven a [...]


    24. A great novel, one you can really get lost in The love Story of H l ne and Edouard was a really sweet but tragic one Firstly H l nes innocence is taken away from her by an older man Major Calvert She then loses the first boy who really meant something to her Billy after giving herself to him At the exact same time she loses her mother Violet after she leaves to have her pregnancy terminated The father of this baby would have been Major Calvert She then meets Edouard and they fall in love Althoug [...]


    25. This was the closest thing to watching a Lifetime TV mini series I thought this book would never end I was intrigued by the idea of this great love story in the beginning but it wore thin quickly Way too much extraneous detail and way too many extraneous scenes that went on and on Movie production is interesting to a point Jewelry design is interesting to a point Home decor is interesting to a point Even the characters were at times caricatures or stock persona The poor little girl from Alabama [...]



    26. Ever read a book that you can t put down because the characters have such a hold on you This was such a book for me The story is a rather classic romance and poor girl makes rich, but the quality of the storytelling was so good I couldn t wait to get home and read of it, so much so I finished it far quickly than I expected Now I miss it and its rich characters Really enjoying Sally Beauman s writing style and stories I won t say anything my feelings about the end, as it would indeed spoil the [...]


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