Matters of the Heart(CD)(Abr.) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"A dramatic and increasingly dark yarn glittering with enough luxurious settings... to keep the glam-fixated reader happy" -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.See all Product Description
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This is a predictable story. Since the book jacket and in my opinion the above copied reviews from other sources have given you all the details to the story, not much is a surprise. I found myself disliking Hope because she is such a weak woman. It was irritating to me that the story dragged on on if Hope stays with Fin when all the signs of this man not being good were plain as day. The ending is just as predictable.
I read the book in a day. Its a fast read. Get it from the library for free, certainly not worth paying for.
The characters of Hope and Finn were just not believable at all. I know I didn't form any kind of attachment at all to Hope or Finn which made this story even less believable. No woman would ever stay with a man as long as she did. He showed signs of being a sociopath in the early part of the book, then we had to endure waiting and waiting and waiting while Hope pondered, considered and wondered what on earth she should do next. He would slam her against the wall and then she'd tell him she loved him two hours later? I think not. There was no thread of a realistic human experience. A reader wants to root for the character(s) but in this story, by the end, I didn't care what happened to either of them. That has never happened in any book I've ever read. Literally 90% of the book was about Finn's Sociopathic behavior with no character development of any other except Hope and Finn. It was torture. Then it felt like two seconds before the end of the book, she suddenly hints that a life with this briefly introduced male character and his daughters is going to be happily ever after for Hope? Hope goes through absolute hell, goes to India to find herself, does it in a heartbeat, comes back home and jumps right into a new relationship 5 minutes after returning home? They sail off into the sunset and BAM! the book is finished? Just really strange. It felt like a rushed ending and certainly left me feeling cheated. Several times I considered shutting the book on CD off and just forgetting the whole thing, but when you pay a fair amount of money for a book on CD, you want to at least give it your all.
Choose another Danielle Steele book. This one isn't worth the money. An all around bad experience for me.
Her agent Mark Webber asks if she would like to do a shoot of popular Irish-American author Finn O'Neill; she agrees. She meets her assistant on the job Fiona Casey and they travel to Ireland together. Hope finds the bodacious warm Finn a delightfully charming opposite of her quiet manner. He seems attracted to her and overtly displays his feelings as he tries to sweep her off her feet. At his remote estate, she falls in love only to begin to unravel his tale of omissions and lies, but mostly it is his jealous rage when there is no remote reason bothers her. She realizes she is acting schizoid as her heart tells her to trust Finn, but her brain tells her to flee back to Manhattan before it is too late. She wonders if he is an overly concerned somewhat possessive lover, a sociopath, or worse.
This is a typical Danielle Steele contemporary character driven thriller that fans of the author will devour once Finn enters the picture as the audience will wonder if he is a villain or hero; if he is a hero than Hope is paranoid. The story line is filled with angst, perhaps too much as everyone carries tons of baggage even secondary players like Robert. Yet readers will relish Hope's dilemmas she believes she has found love but fears she has found obsessive love; either way she understands it is MATTERS OF THE HEART dictating to the mind how to feel and act.
Finn takes her to his palatial estate in Ireland,which he claims is his ancestral home, and woos her unrelentingly. They make passionate love and seem to have everything going for them. Finn is kind, generous, and sweet and swears he loves her, and soon succumbing to his charm, Hope happily accepts his proposal of marriage. But before long cracks begin to appear in the perfect facade. Hope catches Finn in several lies, small at first, but increasingly serious that leave her shaken. She begins to wonder if for all his boyish charm and professions of undying love Finn is really sincere, and when she questions him he gets angry and belligerent. But it isn't until he demands that she give him an unspeakable amount of money, in the millions, that he really gets nasty and threatens her when she refuses. Before long Hope, alone in a desolate part of Ireland, with no friends nearby, becomes terrified and is afraid for her life as she realizes,almost too late, that Finn is a dangerous sociopath who will stop at nothing. The suspense is thrilling and never lets up, and proves once again that Danielle Steele is a top-notch story teller.