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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,820 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
When a beautiful young Frenchwoman and a brilliant Americanactor meet in wartime Paris, their love begins like a fairy tale butends in tragedy. Suddenly orphaned, their threechildren are cruelly separated. Megan, the baby,adopted by a family of comfortable means, becomes adoctor in the rural Appalachia. Alexandra, raised in lavishwealth, marries a powerful man whose pride ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Dell (first published January 1st 1987)
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Lisa Tilley
Sep 15, 2008 Lisa Tilley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! No matter how many years go by, I will never forget this book. I would recommend it to....ANYONE!
Eka Putri
Jan 01, 2008 Eka Putri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I planned to finish this book in a week. Who ever knew that I would finish it in a day!
Another great story from Danielle Steel. I cried over it from the start till the end of the novel. Touchy. Well... stories about broken families always touch me deeply. You guys really have to read this one.
Oct 28, 2008 Lacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite Danielle Steel book. After many many DS books I finally got tired of her tedious style. But if you're into Danielle Steel, this is a must read.
I loved reading this book, as it is about family and that's an issue of importance to me. I f you are family oriented, you would love reading it too.
Feb 09, 2011 Marchel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terjemahan, fiksi
Membaca buku ini bagaikan naik roller-coaster. Naik, turun, naik, turun lagi. Naik-turunnya kehidupan yang terjadi pada sebuah keluarga. Dan semuanya terjadi dengan cepat. Wew.

Di awal sudah disuguhkan suasana muram ala perang. Obrolan antar prajurit di dalam bunker saat Perang Dunia II, antara Sam Walker dan Arthur Patterson. Lalu disuguhkan adegan "manis" saat prajurit Sam Walker jatuh cinta terhadap wanita Perancis, Solange, yang digambarkan sang mempesona dengan rambut merah menyalanya. Lalu
Oct 17, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. It was a drama read and it made me cry quite a lot at times. It was also so well-written that the story, although "squezed" into 372 pages (I read a kinda different edition) was totally NOT boring or with plot gaps. And that is talent. :) Seriously, I would read it again if I felt the urge for a romantic-tragic story that kept my interest intact thoughout its pages. The plot twists were efficiently and amazingly working as a true kaleidoscope!
Enjoy the read!!
Sea Urchin
May 25, 2010 Sea Urchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Read it years back.

The plot is very interesting, about 3 sisters who are separated when little and each of them lives a very different life than the other, and when they grow up they find each other and its amazing to see how completely DIFFERENT they are. The book sort of shows the nature vs nurture debate.

The book is also in very simple language and easy to read. Keeps you glued till the end!

Ena Hasečić
Nov 25, 2015 Ena Hasečić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

Opet se pokazalo koliko su zaista dobri oni romani Danielle Steel čija je radnja smještena u neki zanimljiv historijski period, a nije ona tipična: on je bogati filmski producent, a ona se upravo razvela bla blaaaa!

Roman u početku prati Sama i Arthura, dva najbolja prijatelja koji se skupa vraćaju iz rata. Na putu kući Sam upoznaje lijepu Francuskinju Solanž kojom se ženi i sa kojom dobiva 3 kćerke. Nakon nekoliko godina sretnog braka i tragedije koja ih pogađa 3 sestre ostaju same. Silom ih r
Glaiza Mae
beautifully written!
Faiza Khan
Apr 10, 2016 Faiza Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
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Mar 01, 2011 Lynai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
Kaleidoscope revolves around three sisters, Hilary, Alexandra, and Megan, who were separated while they were still kids. In my opinion, the whole plot revolves around the life of Hilary and her depressing and solitary existence while the other two main characters – Alexandra and Megan – were just add-ons to make the story more cohesive. It was supposed to be touching and emotional but I do not find it powerful enough to move me to tears. I understand Hilary’s bitterness and anger, all that hate ...more
Pragti Rathore
Mar 30, 2013 Pragti Rathore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think its one of the best books by Steele!
She wonderfully tells the story of 3 sisters who are separated due to unfortunate events and misgivings. The only qualm I had was that it would have been even more amazing had the story of Sam Walker ans Solange not stretched so long. But after all that, the story is just fantastic and does justice to its title - Kaleidoscope, where things change with the blink of an eye.
The story of Hillary makes you cry, the hardships that she goes through is extreme
Aug 06, 2012 Shilpa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite books by Danielle Steele... Was actually getting bored of her writing style when I stumbled upon this one.
But once I started it,I was totally engrossed into the way its story was enfolding, it being so gripping and heart wrenching at times that i could finally keep it down only once I had read the happy ending it so truly deserved.
A story of three girls left to be on their own when their actor father kills his pretty wife and commits suicide himself.
The eldest Hilary
Dec 08, 2012 Debahuti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

The book does an absolute justice to its title- Kaleidoscope, things change with the blink of an eye. Danielle Steele once again manages to take her readers by surprise. The book is full of unexpected twists and turns which leaves the readers breathless gasping for more...

As Sam Walker returned home from war with a beautiful wife, Solange, nobody not even they themselves could have ever foreseen what life held ahead for them. They had three beautiful daughters, Hillary, Alexandria and Megan. Wit
Nelima Nice
Apr 05, 2013 Nelima Nice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is just another one of danielle steels extreme writings.istill hate th fact tht she makes evrythng seem so black and white.buh wel atleast i lykd ths one well enuff to mek a review.the story is sad ofcos bt from pg1 enroute...which i also found very refreshing.only at the end wen the sistas finally reunite somehow ol th pieces a supposed to b pieced bk togethr buh t dnt feel tht way at ol.i tried to listen so hard for tht waving flag of victory o to feel for th happines tht th oldest sista ...more
Sep 22, 2013 mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to mark by: father
Shelves: relationships
My father just sent me this book, yesterday. (He's 93 & has read every Nora Roberts book and is now into DS.) So I read it this AM. Ok, I just read Hilary's part. I don't know how I feel about these types of books - if they do no harm or in fact, are harmful because they take serious things and kind of make them unreal. Domestic abuse, infidelity, murder, rape, foster care, abandoned children, abortion, juvenile jail, love & romance, marriage, etc. and so on. And there's always a happy e ...more
Somayeh Pourtalari
شهر فرنگ داستان زندگي خواهر است كه به دليل كشته شدن پدرو مادرشون از هم جدا ميشن و براي هركدوم سرنوشت خاصي رقم ميخوره .
از زماني كه اين كتاب رو خوندم بيش از سال ميگذره اما هنوز ماجراي غم انگيز و دردناك هيلاري تو ذهنمه.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"When a beautiful young Frenchwoman and a brilliant American actor meet in wartime Paris, their love begins like a fairy tale but ends in tragedy. Suddenly orphaned, their three children are cruelly separated. Megan, the baby, adopted by a family of comfortable means, becomes doctor in the rural Appalachia. Alexandra, raised in lavish wealth, marries a powerful man whose pride is his pedigree and who assumes that Alexandra is her parents' natural offspring. Neither of them has the remotes
Anupama Ma
A love story that begins in the midst of the second world war ends in a tragedy with the man strangling his wife in a fit of anger and then committing suicide. Their three daughters get separated, two of them adopted and the eldest one ending up drifting from foster homes to juvenile hall. And hardened by the horrors of ill-treatment, rape and apathy, Hilary grows up seemingly cold and unfeeling. As with all Danielle Steel women, you have the rich , posh and titled Alexandra, married to a man de ...more
Nermeen Mohamed
such an outstanding novel with so much sincere and authentic feelings and emotions. yet the tremendous amount of tragedy inherent makes us
believe that despite all the calamities that life can sometimes so callously render upon us, life can take us towards a new path, a new beginning full of hope and happiness again...
I kept putting off reading this book for the longest time. A friend of mine had lent me her copy, swearing up and down that it was the best thing she'd read. Ever. I wasn't entirely convinced since her idea of in-depth reading was gossip magazines and what was on sale at Walgreens (and no, I am not exaggerating in the slightest). Regardless, after some time, I finally picked it up and read the damn thing. It was ... I don't know. Interesting, I guess?

There were a lot of issues addressed that wer
Sep 27, 2008 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading Danielle Steele, I loved her books.
I was obsessed with her books. Not I can't even pick up one of her books.
Jun 23, 2008 Sonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book so far. Not your usual Danielle Steel story. I am enjoying the journey.
Jan 09, 2013 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romans
L'un des rares de Danielle Steel qui m'a réellement touché !
A lire !
Aug 09, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't seen the 1990s TV movie version of this classic historical romance from Danielle Steel, or want to read the book version, get ready to be propelled back in time to wartime Paris in Kaleidoscope. When one sister, Hillary Walker, wanted to be reunited with her two sisters, who were torn apart, when their French mother and American actor father's lives were snuffed out by tragedy. She was unsuccessful on locating her two younger sister and weren't able to find them. They went their ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Danielle Steel
Recommended to Brittany by: Gillian
Shelves: mass-market, fiction
How I Came To Read This Book: Gillian owned it I believe.

The Plot: I vaguely remember this book being about 3 sisters - I mostly remember the quiet, naive one that grew up in the mountains and how the oldest one had a hellacious life and some sort of Danielle Steelesque romance with the detective she hires to find her sisters.

The Good or Bad: Steel, like her contemporaries in the mass market genre, is a master at creating a gripping, fantastical portrayal of the everyday. In other words, she's g
Oct 29, 2012 Jamztoma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie for this book on KVZK tv in American Samoa back in the 90's? Anyway, it starred Jaclyn Smith. Okay the book was far better and more detailed. Three sisters separated in their childhood after their parents destroyed themselves. Now they are all successful and grown and an old friend/ enemy? of theirs hires an investigator to bring them all back together for a family reunion. The oldest, Hilary, has a secret that will shatter this reunion for all of them. It was a great book, espec ...more
Sarah Spelbring
I've read this once before, so I had an idea of how it went but it'd been so long that I couldn't remember the ending very well. It surprised me in a 'I didn't remember that' kind of way.

Anyway, it's a good book, a passionate romance, personal healing, drama, secrets, lies, love affairs, death. This book pretty much has everything, even murder and suicide. I'll be lending this to a cousin next time I see her.
Taffey Champion
Mar 26, 2014 Taffey Champion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the TV movie many years ago and liked it. However, the novel swayed my emotions like no movie could. Hilary, in particular, was so traumatically abandoned, mistreated, and abused (even sexually) that she could only live life by existing. As we all know, existing is not living by any means. An excellent book, but a truly melancholy story until towards the end. Nevertheless, I've always loved it.
Lynn Maserejian
Sep 04, 2015 Lynn Maserejian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This wasn't like other Steel books I've read. Well done. I very rarely cry in movies or in general, but this book had me bawling several times. If you like drama and despair, you'll like this one. I'm not sure I'd recommend it. Sad, horrible, lonely, tragic coupled with romantic all can describe this book.
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