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3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  712 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
A passionate story rich with international characters, spanning three decades as it tells the tale of a rich and powerful couple.

Edouard’s story begins in London in 1940. At fourteen, he’s the son of a baron and second in line to a dazzling jewelry dynasty.

Hélène’s story begins in Alabama in 1950. An only child, she lives with her mother in a trailer park and dreams of esc
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Published by Bantam Books (first published May 1st 1987)
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Arah-Leah Hay
3.5 Stars

The 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. T
Connie Werner Reichert
This is one of the most exquisite books I have ever had the pleasure to read!!!
Sep 26, 2007 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Love story
Shelves: romance
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
Sarah Weldon
Jun 17, 2015 Sarah Weldon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
" Ci saranno sempre cose che non puoi controllare......."
Niente, nulla è certo, tutto quello che ci circonda è volontà del fato, di un destino già scritto per ognuno di noi.
Un destino ingiusto, impetuoso, che ha travolto i protagonisti di questa meravigliosa storia che non abbandonerà mai il mio cuore.
Helene e Edouard mi hanno fatto provare tante emozioni trascinandomi dalla gioia al dolore e dall'amore all'odio in un nanosecondo. Sono stati protagonisti della loro storia in maniera accesa, entr
"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."

Oct 13, 2014 Seonaid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more now. It is not as 'sensational' as it was (oh, how jaded we are!), but this time round I picked up far more on how intelligently written and plotted it is, how well crafted and structured, and how rounded out the chara ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2011 Manuela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 19, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 inte ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 characters.THIS IS THE BOOK.I cried ,its truly touching!!!
Linda Leigh
Jul 17, 2014 Linda Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 10, 2012 Sher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Brenda Arellano
Aug 21, 2012 Brenda Arellano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually into what seems to be fines as sappy, love driven romance sagas...especially by women authors. But this book is ahhhhmazing!!! I think it's about time to reread this one!
Oct 11, 2015 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is a mighty big book and a big story. Well worth the time to read it. It's a book that you don't want to stop reading but there are times you have to because you have to get up to get the tissue. It's one that you will always remember but might want to pick up again in a few years and reread. It's a family story. At times you want to stop what's happening but know it's part of the story and you must go through it if you want to finish it. There isn't a way to stop the reading. It fill's you ...more
Lynn Russo
Mar 13, 2016 Lynn Russo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good novel. And I’ve read dozens of them. But every once in a while, a book comes along that really moves me, that gets to my soul and I know that I will never forget it.

Recently, I read such a book. It’s title is Destiny, and it was written by Sally Beauman, a British woman. As a fellow writer, I have such respect for the depth of her characters, the way their lives wove together and their paths crossed.

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Deborah Gemmell
Mar 03, 2015 Deborah Gemmell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great novel, one you can really get lost in! The love Story of Hélène and Edouard was a really sweet but tragic one. Firstly Hélènes 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 ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more of it, so much so I finished it far more 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 i ...more
Sue Breton
Jun 24, 2014 Sue Breton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it was first published in the days when I was trying to become a Mills and Boon author. This is the book I wish I'd written (but never could). Over twenty years later I can still remember it and the effect it had on me.
Sue Getman
Feb 05, 2016 Sue Getman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hardcover (not this cover) family saga; 1900's France, England, Alabama, Hollywood; wonderful dialogue between people from all walks of life; lots of sex but appropriately used/adult themes. I'll look for more of her books.
Randi Daeger
I came away thinking that there were story lines that could have been made into...expanded upon in ...possibly four different books. There were many places in the book where I thought it would expand but then didn't.
over all though, a good read.
Jul 31, 2015 Kacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Sally Beauman, but definitely not my last. Looking forward to exploring the rest of her catalog.

I'm technically giving it a 4.75 because there were a very few sections that seemed to drag, but on the whole a beautifully written, wonderfully paced book. Think classic Greek tragedy, but with jewelry and Rolls-Royces mixed in. Loved it.
Oct 08, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fr ...more
Dana Loo
Oct 19, 2014 Dana Loo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un ottimo romanzo dall'intreccio narrativo complesso. Forse un po' dispersivo nella fase centrale e con personaggi nn molto empatici, si riscatta nell'ultima parte che porta ad un epilogo straziante ma inevitabile...
Aug 25, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it 30 years ago so detailed review no possible. However, i enjoyed it so much then that I've never thrown it away! On my re-read list
Diane Wachter
Sally Beauman, PB-B @ 1988, 7/90. Dirty book about the jewelry business and one family over generations. Did not like it.
Jan 10, 2015 Chanel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Part One- 4.5/5 stars
Part Two- 1/5 stars
Part Three- 2/5 stars

Overall rating of 2.5. So conflicted.
Jul 30, 2015 Asha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A raunchy read designed to shock and entertain.

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Sally Kinsey-Miles was born on 25 July 1944 in Devon, England, UK. She 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 Am
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