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Bungalow 2 [Hardcover]

Danielle Steel

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Book Description

June 26 2007
Danielle Steel takes us beyond the dazzle of Hollywood in her compelling new novel—the story of one woman’s journey from suburban mom to award-winning screenwriter...and all the joy, heartbreak, and challenges along the way.

Bungalow 2

The phone call came on a hot July day—a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call—from Tanya’s agent—was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she’s torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn—energized by the creativity swirling around her—yet the pull of her family at home is strong.

Suddenly she’s working alongside A-list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar-winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants–and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways.

As her two lives collide, as one award-winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity—one that could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself.

In Bungalow 2, Danielle Steel takes us into a world few ever see—a world of fame and fortune, celebrity and genius–daring to show us the real lives, real dreams, and real struggles hidden beneath the flash and glitter of Hollywood.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385338317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385338318
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #610,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Steel's latest, 42-year-old Tanya Harris loves her life as a mother of three, wife of a dashing San Francisco lawyer and moderately successful writer of short stories and soap opera scripts. She has long given up on her dream of writing a screenplay, but then her agent calls with a dream offer: a major director wants her and her alone to write the script for a new high-profile film. Tanya's first reaction is distress (her twin daughters are about to start their senior year, and her son is making the transition to his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara; how can she leave them?), but her detailed deliberations are cut short by her husband, who convinces her that this is her big opportunity. In Hollywood, Tanya's cosseted in every possible way, and she takes to the work immediately. But the weekend flights home aren't enough, and her worst fear is realized when her husband strays. Steel follows Tanya as she copes with domestic upheaval, all the time pushing ahead with her blossoming screenwriting career. Steel's characters spend a lot of time contemplating problems, and Tanya is especially adept at hand-wringing. Steel's many loyal readers will be entertained by this story of a dedicated mother and wife who embarks on a series of life-altering adventures in Hollywood. (June)
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From Booklist

Steel's latest novel follows the travails of a demure Marin County housewife who finds herself caught up in the glamorous world of Hollywood. Tanya Harris is a contented wife and mother (beautiful for her age, of course) whose children will soon be heading off to college. With that hole in her life looming, she accepts an offer from her agent (she is also a free-lance writer) to work on a Hollywood script for a big-time producer and director. For Tanya, returning to the work world full time is a tough choice, but after a lot of hand-wringing and platitudes about leaving her family, she decides to do it. She plans to work in Hollywood during the week (residing at the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel, in Bungalow 2) and return home every weekend. Of course, she finds herself working on weekends, and before long, her husband begins an affair with their next-door neighbor, and Tanya herself has begun to take a romantic interest in the producer she is working for. Not surprisingly, their marriage unravels, and Tanya begins a series of fruitless Hollywood relationships, all while trying to maintain her bond with her children. But this is a Steel novel, after all, and eventually she finds her man, works things out with her kids, and wins an Academy Award, no less. Kathleen Hughes
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous & Predictable July 6 2007
By LuvsLabs09 - Published on Amazon.com
Another Steel disappointment. The quality of a Danielle Steel story line is no longer important to her it seems.

This is another lifeless, predictable story. The first 50 pages go over and over how Tanya is a wife, mother and writer. She loves her life. She loves being a mother. She loves being a wife. She loves writing. SHe loves doing all three. Did we mention how much she enjoys her lifestyle? Get the picture?

Tanya takes a job which requires her to move to LA for 9 mos. Tanya misses her family and lifestyle...we hear about that chapter after chapter. Will it upset her fairy tale lifestyle? Well, the typical Steel book of late, proves yes, once again. Hubby starts hanging around the neighbor who has been helping out in Tanya's place. Tanya meets a director. Hmmm...wonder where this will go. 3/4 of the book goes no where. The ending seems rushed. There has to be a happy ending, and it seems Steel crams it in to fit.

Its amazing how Steel can say the same thing over and over , page after page and go nowhere. This is nothing like her original work. Don't waste your money on this one. If you must read it, get it at the library for free.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bungalow 2 Sept. 10 2007
By Leila Armstrong Winssinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is perhaps the worst written book that I have ever attempted to read. How did it get to the best sellers list? Does she keep buying all of her own books until they appear on the list? After just reading one of Anne Tyler's fabulous books, I picked up this book and felt that I was reading the equivalent of a fat-free white bread with fat-free bologna sandwich with a bottled water. All of which is beyond me to why they are on the market. Her named should be changed to Danielle Stole as in "Danielle Stoled my money!"
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment only---not literary genius July 9 2007
By Ann M. Macpherson - Published on Amazon.com
I have said many times that I won't read another book by DS. And yet I pick it up to read fully knowing that her style has seriously deteriorated over the years. It's only for the entertainment factor--to read it quickly,skim over all the repeated information and know that it's going to be filled with shallow characters, not much plot, poor grammar and did I mention how she repeats herself over and over and over again? Having lived in Southern CA and have known many "wannabes" in the film industry, the chances of someone making it big and getting an Oscar so quickly is highly unlikely. There's no substance to the story, just pure fluff. One must skim it-------ignore the repeating of information and just drift along with the characters. So maybe one of these days I will actually stop reading her work----it is a disappointment since the early days of "Message from Nam" and "Thurston House". She writes too many stories, doesn't edit the grammar and just doesn't seem to care anymore about the depth of the characters. And did I say she repeats everything over and over again?
Just read her stories for what they are-----a no brainer. It's an easy, quick summer read----doesn't require any thought. A great skimmer.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Change the Names But the Plot Remains the Same July 19 2007
By Barbara J. French - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, I no longer purchase Danielle Steel books. Instead I request them at the library. The reason being that she changes the title of the book, the names of the character, but the plot remains the same. She must have a template. Readers have become bored with this. They want something that is going to make them turn the pages, a book that is difficult to put down. This one was very easy to put down. If you want to read it, don't buy it but get it out of the library. You can save your money for a page-turner.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty sorry Sept. 17 2007
By kc - Published on Amazon.com
I'm about halfway through and debating whether to finish. I've got no sympathy for any of the characters. I got so sick of hearing about this woman's perfect husband, perfect children, perfect marriage, perfect family, perfect life . . . that it was a relief when the husband had an affair with her best friend.

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