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Bittersweet

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  2,679 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In Bittersweet, Danielle Steel has written a novel for our times, a story of choices and new beginnings.

India Taylor lived in a world of manicured lawns and neatly maintained calendars: a merry-go-round of Little League, piano lessons, and Cape Cod summer vacations. With four wonderful children, India believed in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believed in Doug, the...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published February 25th 2009 by Dell (first published March 8th 1988)
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BJ
Hadn't read a Danielle Steel in awhile, and this was typical of her writing style. Hated the main character's husband and it took half the book to get rid of him. By the time she got rid of him, I didn't like her much either!
Karen
Mmmm ok, quite predictable, bit boring in parts, easy read but not a page turner.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
I can see why Danielle Steel has had so much success as an author. This is the first book of hers that I have read and I must say that I was surprised. I have seen a lot of her books at used bookstores and have passed them over. However, I picked up this one by luck. I read the excerpt on the story and I took it home with me. It sat on my bookshelf for about 1 year. I finally picked it up this week and began to read it. A few days later I find myself writing this review.

Let me start off by sayin...more
Nahiyan Asadullah
Jan 27, 2013 Nahiyan Asadullah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the emotional fools
"Bittersweet" is the second Steel book that I read, the first one was 'Irresistible Forces.' So the story starts off by portraying the life of India Taylor, the photographer. Her father was a Pulitzer-winning passionate photo journalist in his days.

India used to be a very famous photographer 17 years ago. However, her husband Doug whose name actually should be spelled 'Dog' had not let her continue on her passion and interestingly enough India had agreed to bury it thinking of her children and h...more
Carol Storm
Pleasant enough but a little short on romance.

India is a nice enough heroine, but her husband is such a one-dimensional jerk it's hard to believe she was married to him for fourteen years.

Paul Ward is a nice enough hero, but I wish there was more romance and less angsting about the death of his first wife in a plane crash. Serena was actually a much more interesting character than Paul -- or India either for that matter.

Also given that India sees herself as a wife and mother first and a caree...more
Stefani
Aug 05, 2014 Stefani rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Danielle steel fans
Steel just goes on and on about India wanting to photograph and spending all her time with her kids and seeing Doug for dinner. She wants to feel the excitement and the adrenaline rush once again, but nothing happens for a very long time. The divorce sets her free. She finds a man who supports and undersatnds her.

Overall impression - nothing happens for too long. As a reader i got bored until the divorce occured.
Bethany Stoelting
Very slow moving and repetitively frustrating at times, but Steel shows her knowledge of real-life situations. It was tragic and beautiful. Expect to be upset and frustrated until the last third of the book. I still enjoyed it immensely despite its speed.
Alison
This wasn't a great book, but it wasn't as bad as some reviewers have said. Take Danielle Steele's books for what they are - relationships that have their ups and downs, heroines that you love or hate, husbands that you love or hate, a third party romantic interest, and emotions and feels that are addressed in living detail. I enjoy reading her books as a break from murder mysteries and documentaries of real life that I read. They are fast paced, and there's usually one or two characters that I...more
Angria
Half way through the book, I was already feeling daunted by the predictable plot and the hackneyed character development. In a word, it was a yawn. Yet, i still ploughed through the book till the very end.

Bittersweet is a tale about a fortysomething homemaker, India, who is a former award-winning photojournalist, now happily married to her husband, Dough for 17 years, at least she thought they are. They have four happy kids and a regular home life that is admirable to everyone and for 17 years I...more
zyra.cyra.xyra
Reasons why I gave two stars..

I’m not pretty sure (doubtful) if I liked India’s character in the story. She was too much under her husband Doug who wouldn’t let her get back to work as a professional photographer. She was easily manipulated by her husband. But optimistic signs of her which I liked- She’s a great mother, determined and humble. As I was reading the first few chapter, I found it irritating that same thing/conflict comes out-and that is India’s insistent of getting back to her work...more
Kristen
In Danielle Steel's Bittersweet, that was the best word to describe India Taylor's story in this harrowing romance. For India Taylor, she believed in commitment and success and lived in a good life with her four children. She had chosen her husband Doug for 17 years over her award-winning photojournalism career. She couldn't remember the exact moment when her agent called with her assignment, when her husband wanted her to turn it down. And that's when she met hew new friend, Paul Ward, a Wall S...more
Julie Barrett
Bittersweet by Danielle Steel
This book is about India who gave up her world traveling and helping others in less fortunate countries with shelter and food and married Doug, he works on Wall Street.
They live in Westport, CT and he commutes to work daily. She gave up her job in the photography field when she had her first child. After others came along and they are grown and teens she wants to get a career back.
On the Cape she met others who have listened to what she's told them and they are behin...more
Elza Balaj
I'm reading that book right now its awesome, i love it so much like every book of my favourite Danielle Steel, don't know what to say it's just amazing, got so much love for it..

Thank you♥Bittersweet


I've just finished it, it's very inspirational: NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS♥
Summer
So India (the main character) was a very famous photographer 17 years ago and she wants to get back to work... but the "big" trouble is that, the jackass she calls husband, Doug, dont let her.

This is the first book of Danielle Steel that i read and i have to said that im a little bit dissapointed.
When I first started reading, I read one review that said India was the bravest heroin that she ever read before... hell no.

So i started reading the book ... and are fifty pages for her to ask for permi...more
Sunshine
So India (the main character) was a very famous photographer 17 years ago and she wants to get back to work... but the "big" trouble is that, the jackass she calls husband, Doug, dont let her.

This is the first book of Danielle Steel that i read and i have to said that im a little bit dissapointed.
When I first started reading, I read one review that said India was the bravest heroin that she ever read before... hell no.

So i started reading the book ... and are fifty pages for her to ask for perm...more
Ashima Mukherjee
A journey to self exploration and reliving the lost years and gaining back the lost confidence....
Learnt yet again that we all must embark on experiencing...learning... sharing... living each experience life offers and gain spirit to living on your own terms no matter how hard the journey is...............
Eyna
Some melodrama about a woman named India, who wants to be
more than just a wife and a mother -- Wants to pursue her
career in photojournalism, but her narrow-minded husband,
Doug, won't allow it; India then meets Paul, a Wall Street
tycoon who lived his life in his own terms - in a yacht!,
and whose glamorous wife dies in a plance crash.

India's life begins to change in ways she didn't plan on when
she meets this indecently handsome & ruggedly alluring hot stuff!

Strong story line but with v...more
Nettie
Will always have mixed feelings about Danielle Steel but this ending brought tears, guess I'll continue to read more of her books.
Rachna
Beautifully woven story of the struggle a woman goes through to rediscover herself. A little abrupt towards the end, but good altogether.
Myla M.
Simple but so romantic
Maria
Adorei este livro. O meu pai comprou-mo no Sábado, há dois dias atrás e peguei nele imediatamente e não me desiludiu. Tinha grandes esperanças desta autora, já li imensos livros dela e este é um dos meus preferidos.

Não vou falar do que ele fala, mas é um livro a não perder; incentiva-nos a nunca desistir dos nossos sonhos e citando a autora : " Because giving you who you are, what you do, and what you need is giving up your dreams, and if you give them up, sooner or later, it will kill you."
Lorraine
Ok .. Not her best work. I read it a long time ago so that may have been part of it.
Baglady
main character without a brain or backbone except for being able to raise perfect kids - wonder how that happened when she was oblivious to all other problems surrounding her marriage. There are no tigers in Africa and very unlikely a herd of rhinos would block traffic on a bush road - there are no herds of rhinos left anywhere much less near people in Rwanda. Hadn't read Danielle Steele in a long time, will be longer still until I try it again.
Supritha
This might be quite 'blah' if you're a regular Danielle Steel reader, but if you're just getting to know her, this book will catch you hold by the lapels. This is also a good read if you enjoy reading about women's issues; the contemporary middle-class housewife who has sacrificed it all for her family, whilst receiving no gratitude from them. Either ways, Steel has a way of telling stories that you just can't ignore.
Tara Anderton
Danielle Steel is my favourite author, however the more books i read from her the more i found that she repeats herself a lot and that gets on my nerves! She keeps coming back to the same thoughts and feelings over and over again - I don't know weather it's to make sure we get how the character is feeling (no need to drive it home so often in my opinion)or that's just how she writes?
M-J
Fabulous!!! A wonderful story - one any woman who has had or has a controlling husband should read. It is a story of survival and finding oneself again. And, being a travel photographer, I could totally relate to the photographic side of the main character, India, and was right with her on her journey. I could relate to India on many plains and cheered her on throughout.
Talitha
i love this book. menceritakan tentang India Taylor, ibu rumah tangga beranak empat dan bersuami pekerja kantoran yang semakin lama semakin dingin setelah tujuh belas tahun pernikahan. India adalah mantan fotografer andalan setiap media yang terpaksa gantung kamera akibat pernikahannya. Hari dimana dia bertemu Paul Ward adalah hari yang akan mengubah hidupnya selamanya
Sana Rose
This is a touching read when it comes to India's suffering. And elevating when it comes to the part when she starts being brave..
It's not adventurous or even page-turning but it has got a message. I loved the character of Paul in some ways. And Doug elicited much hatred. Well there, again it's about second chances. A typical Danielle Steel.
Ninis
Interesting story! Telling about woman's feeling, wishes & dreams as human, wife & mother. It's like reading my own life story. I'm sure I can take some lessons from the story. Not yet finished reading though :-) Can't wait to read the next chapter! But I'm really enjoying reading sentence by sentence..
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