Mirror Image

Kobo ebook | February 27, 2009

byDanielle Steel

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To look at one was to see the other. For family, even the girls' own father, it was a constant guessing game. For strangers, the surprise was overwhelming. And for the twins Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two remarkable young women coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond was mysterious, marvelous, and often playful--a secret realm only they inhabited.

Olivia and Victoria were the beloved daughters of a man who never fully recovered from his wife's death bearing them in 1893. Shy, serious Olivia, born eleven minutes before her sister, had taken over the role of mother in their lush New York estate, managing not only a household but her rebellious twin's flights of fancy. Free-spirited Victoria wanted to change the world. She embraced the women's suffrage movement and dreamed of sailing to war-torn Europe. Then, in the girls' twenty-first year, as the first world war escalated overseas, a fateful choice changed their lives forever.

It began when Victoria's life was about to become a public scandal. It led to a painful decision, and brought handsome lawyer Charles Dawson into the Henderson's life and family. Hand-picked by the twins' father to save his daughter's reputation, Charles was still mourning his wife's death aboard the Titanic, struggling to raise his nine year-old son alone, determined never to lose his heart again. Charles wanted to believe that, for the sake of his son, he could make an unwanted marriage work. But in an act of deception that only Olivia and Victoria could manage, the twins took an irrevocable step, which changed both their lives forever; and took one of the twins to the battlefields of France, the other into a marriage she longed for but could not have.

From Manhattan society to the trenches of war-ravaged France, Mirror Image moves elegantly and dramatically through a rich and troubled era. With startling insight, Danielle Steel explores women's choices: between home and adventure, between the love for family and the passion for a cause, between sacrifice and desire. But at the heart of Mirror Image is a fascinating, realistic portrait of identical twins, two vastly different sisters who lead their lives and follow their destinies against a vivid backdrop of a world at war.


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To look at one was to see the other. For family, even the girls' own father, it was a constant guessing game. For strangers, the surprise was overwhelming. And for the twins Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two remarkable young women coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond was mysterious, marvelous, and often playful--a secr...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 27, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307566684

ISBN - 13:9780307566683

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from rip snorting fun!!! Rarely has book been so action packed, so kidney failing funny.It all starts in a small shack in the Scottish Highlands. Warren McSporren is a hit man for a low level gangster. The story careens between Glasgow, Antwerp, Mississauga and Outer Mongolia. In between fabulous locations,the plot speeds along completely out of control. Dead milkmen, small frogs, biscuits, organ donation, Brampton Mayor Susan Fennal and many other assorted characters churn away to get in McSporren's path as he makes his way across this bewildering landscape shooting anyone with a middle name. Throw in a couple of inept Bible salesmen and you have the perfect caper. Enjoy with glass of 79 Chateau Rothschild Merlot.
Date published: 2001-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mirror, mirror on the wall... I liked this book although I knew from the start how it would have to end. Because of the time period the story takes place in, there really was only one conclusion possible. Steele provides a look at how close and how intense the relationship between identical twins can be despite the fact that their lives may each be vastly different from the other. It centers on Olivia and Victoria who look like mirror images of one another yet have unique personalities. It focuses on the man who comes into their lives and the impact he has on each young woman. As I stated, the book has a predictable outcome but it is nonetheless a good 'Steele' read.
Date published: 2000-02-10