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Wanderlust by Danielle Steel
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Wanderlust (original 1985; edition 1986)

by Danielle Steel (Author)

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young, Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always be there for them. Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she herself makes the daring decision to leave. As the 1930s unfold, alone, camera in hand, she will shock friends and outrage family as she plunges headlong into the wider world.

Crossing the Atlantic aboard the luxurious Queen Mary, Audrey meets James and Violet Hawthorne, who will draw her into a sophisticated circle of artists and expatriates. And it is they who will introduce her to Charles Parker-Scott, in who Audrey will come to recognize a twin soul, a man propelled by relentless curiosity and driven by conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. Together they will spend an exquisite summer at Cap d'Antibes, then board the Orient Express on an adventure that will carry them to a remote outpost in China. But at the farthest reaches of this journey Aubrey must choose again. Japan has attacked China. Charles knows he must return to Europe at once. But Audrey becomes involved with a besieged orphanage and decides to remain in China without Charles, caring for the abandoned children until help arrives.

In time Audrey will return to America with a daughter of her own. While she must come home to San Francisco to confront a world irrevocably changed by time, she finds she cannot stay. From prewar Germany to London during the Blitz, from a wrenching reunion with Charles to a war zone in North Africa, again and again she must choose between the dictates of her conscience and the yearnings of her heart. For Audrey Driscoll and the men and women whose lives touch hers, wanderlust is the inescapable element. Born at a time when women were expected to stay close to home and fulfill traditional roles, Audrey is compelled to follow the thread of events that will destroy the complacency of the past and shape the future. From Europe to China, from San Francisco to North Africa, she is irresistibly drawn into a man's world of conflict, discovery, and danger.

In a vivid novel of breathtaking scope, Danielle Steel has once again surpassed herself in creating an unforgettable tale of men and women caught in the tides of personal drama and historic event. Wanderlust is Danielle Steel's finest journey.

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For the most part, I consider myself a Danielle Steel fan. "Wanderlust" was a well thought out novel. The plot was captivating, the characters interesting and the settings were well described. Even though his novel is fiction, the story felt quite realistic.
The main character, Audrey Driscoll, and her sister were orphaned after a tragic accident took the lives of their mother and father. They were taken in my their cantankerous grandfather, Edward Driscoll. Audrey quickly found herself not only raising her younger sister, Anabelle, but also taking over the duties/responsibilities of running the household of her grandfather's mansion in San Francisco. As the years pass, Audrey realizes that she had forsaken her dreams of travel and that her family does not appreciate her efforts, but takes them for granted. She makes the heart-wrenching decision to forgo their needs and place her needs first. Thus, the adventure begins!
The only reason that I did not give this novel 5 stars, is that at the end, the story dragged on a bit. Several chapters with too much detail could have been eliminated. Overall, a good read. I would recommend. ( )
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
I am not a fan of books about travels. Those neverending journeys, dramatic landscapes, description of different cultures and traditions don’t entertain me for some reason. So I was a little bit afraid of what to expect of this book.

But the author combined this topic with many others. She writes about relationship with parents, siblings relationship, value of human’s life, a sense of duty, humanity and, of course, about love.

The main heroine, Audrey, was disappointing me at the beginning. I couldn't understand how one can love another person so blindly and not see that they just use you. But during the events in the book, Audrey grows up, makes a lot of important, though uneasy, decisions and learns how to balance her wishes and her love for others.

This was my first book about people that are not famous, but are very rich. It was a real pleasance to see that in such luxurious world some people still value love and friendship more than money.

I also enjoyed the fact that Danielle Steel added some historical background to her story (the election of the USA President, World War II, change of rulers in the UK). I appreciate such things very much, because they help to understand the book characters better and at the same time improve my knowledge of history.

So if you are not afraid of travelling topic in books, you definitely have to read “Wanderlust”. ( )
  Diana_Hryniuk | Aug 28, 2021 |
After taking care of her family for year and years Audrey decides that it is time to explore the world like her father did. She finally takes a short trip which she meets a couple how introduce her to her soul mate and they travel around the world to china where the come upon an orphanage that she stays to help with. This story is bout love and self-exploration. I read this book many years ago and at some point will most likely reread it. ( )
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young, Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always be there for them. Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she herself makes the daring decision to leave. As the 1930s unfold, alone, camera in hand, she will shock friends and outrage family as she plunges headlong into the wider world.

Crossing the Atlantic aboard the luxurious Queen Mary, Audrey meets James and Violet Hawthorne, who will draw her into a sophisticated circle of artists and expatriates. And it is they who will introduce her to Charles Parker-Scott, in who Audrey will come to recognize a twin soul, a man propelled by relentless curiosity and driven by conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. Together they will spend an exquisite summer at Cap d'Antibes, then board the Orient Express on an adventure that will carry them to a remote outpost in China. But at the farthest reaches of this journey Aubrey must choose again. Japan has attacked China. Charles knows he must return to Europe at once. But Audrey becomes involved with a besieged orphanage and decides to remain in China without Charles, caring for the abandoned children until help arrives.

In time Audrey will return to America with a daughter of her own. While she must come home to San Francisco to confront a world irrevocably changed by time, she finds she cannot stay. From prewar Germany to London during the Blitz, from a wrenching reunion with Charles to a war zone in North Africa, again and again she must choose between the dictates of her conscience and the yearnings of her heart. For Audrey Driscoll and the men and women whose lives touch hers, wanderlust is the inescapable element. Born at a time when women were expected to stay close to home and fulfill traditional roles, Audrey is compelled to follow the thread of events that will destroy the complacency of the past and shape the future. From Europe to China, from San Francisco to North Africa, she is irresistibly drawn into a man's world of conflict, discovery, and danger.

In a vivid novel of breathtaking scope, Danielle Steel has once again surpassed herself in creating an unforgettable tale of men and women caught in the tides of personal drama and historic event. Wanderlust is Danielle Steel's finest journey.

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