Lone Eagle, Danielle Steel
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Lone Eagle

Author: Danielle Steel

Narrator: Ron McLarty

Unabridged: 13 hr 18 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 04/10/2001

Genre: Fiction - Contemporary Women

Synopsis

Danielle Steel's 51st bestselling novel tells the story of an extraordinary man, the woman who loved him, and a bond so powerful it could never be broken.  It is about finding the courage to let someone you love fly free...

The phone call came on a snowy December afternoon.  Kate was certain it was Joe, the brilliant, visionary man who had been her soulmate, her driving force since the night they met, almost thirty-five years before.  What she got was the one call she had never wanted, and didn't expect.  As the snow continued to fall, Kate's mind drifted back, to the moment when she and Joe first met.  She had been just seventeen and he was young, powerful, dazzling, and different from any man she'd ever known.

It was just days before Christmas, 1940.  The war is raging in Europe when Kate Jamison makes her debut in New York City.  In a room filled with the scions of East Coast society and the leading political figures of the day, it is Joe Allbright who catches Kate's eye.  At twenty-nine, Joe is the brilliant protege of Charles Lindbergh, and already a legend in flying circles for his record-breaking speed and state-of-the-art airplane designs.  All Kate sees is a tall, strikingly handsome man who seems at once awkward and larger-than-life, like a shining star- just out of reach.  Joe, too, is caught off balance by his response to Kate, seeing in this beautiful young woman vitality and youth, the lifelong soulmate he never expected to find.  As the months pass, they will meet again, forging a bond that will set the course of both their lives.  Kate will go off to study at Radcliffe.  Joe will skyrocket to fame in modern aviation.  Joe's planes are his life, his passion.  But irresistably drawn to her, moth moth to flame, he always comes back to Kate.  Even after the long dark years of World War II, when Kate was sure she had finally lost him completely, Joe returns.  Never willing to stay, always needing to fly away.  As planes are for him, Joe is the passion in her life.

When the war is over, at twenty-four Kate wants marriage and a family.  Joes wants the world, his limitless horizon, and the unique aviation empire he is building. Unwilling to wait any longer, Kate moves on with her life.  But when a chance encounter brings them together again, the time has finally come to make a choice, one that will have profound consequences for them both for the rest of their lives.

Against a vivid backdrop of war and thrilling innovation, Danielle Steel breaths life into history, weaving an intensely human story that spans three decades, of two intensely different people who, in spite of themselves, are irrevocably woven into the fabric of each other's lives.  With rare insight and emotional power, she brings to life a tale of unconditional love, sacrifice, and compromise.  The joinging of two remarkable halves into a single far more powerful whole.  It is a novel of extraordinary grace and compassion from a master storyteller, perhaps the best story she has told.

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About the Author

Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel was born on August 14, 1947 in New York. Her father was a descendant of the Lowenbrau beer family and her mother was the daughter of a diplomat. She studied both literature and fashion design, first attending the Parsons School of Design and then New York University, graduating in 1967. Danielle Steel is currently the bestselling author alive today, and the fourth bestselling author of all time with over 650 million copies of her books sold. Steel has written 129 books, 93 of which were novels, primarily romance. Every one of her novels has achieved best seller status. She has been published in 69 countries and in 43 different languages. She has had 22 of her novels adapted for television movies and two of those received Golden Globe nominations. Danielle releases three new novels a year and works on multiple books at a time, often as many as five at once.

Steel has been married five times and although she is currently divorced, she is a strong believer in marriage and family. An only child, she discovered the joys of a big family as a child through one of her friends. She has nine children (seven biological and two stepsons that she has always considered her own) that are her greatest accomplishment. Her joy in life is her children and she speaks of them frequently on her website and her blog. Many of her books have been dedicated to one or more of her children. She was based in California for most of her career and now lives in both San Francisco and Paris.

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