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Millions adored Daphne Fields, for she shared their passion, their pain, their joy, and their sorrow. But America's most popular novelist remained a closed book to the world — guarding her life with a fierce privacy no reporter could crack. Her life hides a myriad of secrets. The husband and daughter she lost in a fire. The son who barely survived it and would be deaf forMillions adored Daphne Fields, for she shared their passion, their pain, their joy, and their sorrow. But America's most popular novelist remained a closed book to the world — guarding her life with a fierce privacy no reporter could crack. Her life hides a myriad of secrets. The husband and daughter she lost in a fire. The son who barely survived it and would be deaf forever. The victories, the defeats, the challenges of facing life as a woman alone and helping her son meet the challenges of his handicap. A strong woman, she would not accept defeat, or help from anyone... until she found she could no longer face it alone.From the Paperback edition....

Title : Once in a Lifetime
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ISBN : 9780307566720
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Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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Once in a Lifetime Reviews

  • Blair
    2018-10-02 16:21

    I decided not to rate this book.The only reason why i decided to read this book is because my friend told me that the author writes good.The author does write good,but this book just didn't do it for me.I had so much expectations and tell you the truth i got a little dissapointed.The story was good.I liked the plot,but still...P.s:I thought the reason why this book is titled "Once in a Lifetime" because the character falls in love(true love) only once,not 4.

  • Kath
    2018-09-24 17:24

    Every girl needs a Danielle Steele now and again and this didn't disappoint. All the expected ingredients were there to make a rich cream sponge of a novel.

  • J Jahir
    2018-10-02 11:38

    debía esta reseña desde hace tiempo, pero no lo había escrito antes. es un libro que sencillamente me ha encantado.Es tan bueno como yo pensaba que sería, e incluso más. es fuerte, dramático, vemos por todo lo que tuvo que pasar Daphne para sobreponerse a las tragedias de la vida, y cómo inesperadamente llega un angelito que sería su sostén ante tanto sufrimiento: Andrew, su niño, que nació siendo sordo.Daphne se encarga en cuerpo y alma de él, queda al principio devastada como toda madre, pero nos damos cuenta que la aceptación de su discapacidad es el mejor camino para poder ayudarlo, y no negarte a recibir ayuda especializada.este libro creo que nos pega a muchos porque aunque es una discapacidad difícil, me hace identificarme un poco con la situación, pues yo que soy ciego, tengo mucho que agradecer, principalmente al cielo y mi familia, porque gracias a eso el logrado hacer todo lo que yo hago y porque mis padres consiguieron esa fortaleza, resignación y aceptación de mi condición, pues si no fuera por eso sería otro, y gracias a un triángulo entre mi maestro, mis padres y yo mismo pude y puedo hacer bastantes cosas. Y sinceramente, hoy diría que ser sordo sería una de las discapacidades más terribles para mí, y bastante difícil. pero bueno, nos desviamos un poco jaja.ahora bien ¿qué sige ahora en la vida de la prolífica escritora? Pues que necesitará aprender a volver a vivir, a abrirse a esas oportunidades y disfrutar, en especial de amar de nuevo, pues la vida sólo se vive... "una vez en la vida".Libro magnífico realmente, lleno de drama pero también que nos muestra lo que es luchar ante una situación de discapacidad con entereza. como una madre, ninguna.

  • Simin Yadegar
    2018-09-28 16:15

    ...از این فرصتهای طلایی فقط یک بار در زندگی پیش میاد و حالا که اونو بدست آوردیم باید نگهش درایم ... چیزهای دیگه ای هم اتفاق می افتن ولی هر لحظه و هر تجربه چیز متفاومتیه ... هر کدوم فقط یکبار اتفاق میافتن و اگر ای لحظه ها ازدست برن دیگه برای همیشه رفتن ..............( از متن کتاب )

  • Andrea
    2018-10-12 14:33

    This was one of the first Danielle Steel books and I think it will always be my favorite!

  • Evija
    2018-09-21 09:29

    Very easy to read, but it's not that kind of book, than you will rememmber for a long time. Typical romance story, and with very predicable ending.

  • Éride
    2018-10-14 12:34

    Reseña de UNA VEZ EN LA VIDA.Una vez en la vida es otra de las múltiples novelas de la afamada escritora Danielle Steel. Fue escrita en 1982 y tiene un total de 347 páginas.Daphne es una famosa escritora que aparentemente lo tiene todo en la vida: fama, dinero y un hijo. Pero lo que nadie sabe es que enviudó inesperadamente siendo muy joven, y, tras varios fracasos amorosos, perdió todo interés en este tipo de relaciones. Pero un día, cuando va a cruzar la calle, es arrollada por un coche y se debate entre la vida y la muerte. En ese momento, recordará muchas cosas de su pasado, y se preguntará si puede ser feliz otra vez.ASPECTOS POSITIVOS: es de fácil lectura, y me ha gustado mucho la manera de redactar los sucesos en el tiempo, moviéndose entre el pasado y el presente. También me ha gustado la personalidad y el desarrollo psicológico de algunos personajes, considero que están muy bien logrados. La novela en sí entretiene, pero no alcanza mayor finalidad.ASPECTOS NEGATIVOS: es predecible, como todas las novelas de esta autora, siempre utiliza la misma estructura. Muertes predecibles, diálogos predecibles… Hacia el final del libro hay una parte que cansa al lector y que puede ser considerada machismo. Se parece muchísimo a otras novelas que ha escrito, sin dejar nada a la imaginación. Y otra cosa que he despreciado y que ha hecho que baje puntos es dejar el final del libro semiabierto. Aunque se intuye lo que pasa pienso que si has sabido describir todo lo que ha ocurrido hasta ahora con tanta precisión, ¿por qué dejas el final así? ¿Acaso te has quedado sin ideas? No lo entiendo. Otra cosa que me sigue molestando y siempre repito es el ambiente rico y señorial, con situaciones que rozan lo absurdo. ¿Es que no puedes hablar de una chica normal y corriente que vive en una casa normal y corriente? ¿Tiene que ser necesariamente un palacio, viajar en aviones privados y vestir los más caros vestidos?No lo recomiendo. Sí que es verdad que para ser de esta autora no está tan mal, tiene novelas muchísimo más deplorables que esta, pero en general deja bastante que desear, al igual que la anterior que leí. Lo peor de todo es que no esperaba mucho más.PUNTUACIÓN: 7/10.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-04 16:21

    Although I'm not a big fan of romance and/or Danielle Steel I will read them between other heavy reads to lighten it up a bit. This is one of her earlier books and I was actually pleasantly surprised that it wasn't super cheesy or too romance like. I found myself finishing this book in a day and was very shocked that I really really enjoyed her writing in this novel. I may continue to read a few of her older novels and see if they fair as well. The story was good and kept me wanting to know more.

  • Robin
    2018-10-18 13:15

    This is one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. :)

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-19 09:28

    Sad storyline

  • Mara
    2018-10-16 11:32

    how many time can one person love?after a terrible accident, can you really give life a chance?a second one?

  • Teresa Cooper
    2018-09-18 11:20

    I liked this book a great deal

  • Julia
    2018-10-01 12:21

    Ugh. I picked this up from a Little Free Library in my neighborhood during a time when I needed a quick distraction. This was my first Danielle Steel novel, and it was distractingly bad, so mission accomplished, I guess. I'm not just being snarky about bestselling authors; if this novel is representative of Steel's work, several dozen of them are worth one by Mary Higgins Clark, which used to be some of my favorite beach reads. The plot was a foregone conclusion, and the characters were one-note and boring. In fairness to Steel, however, this is a particularly difficult climate in which to attempt to swallow her approach to gender (e.g., "She looked up at him again and for a mad moment she wanted to fold herself into his arms, to feel the safety she had once felt, protected by a man."), so that's a big part of what I found so noxious. Lesson learned!

  • Prathibha S
    2018-10-13 14:16

    My last few reads were non-fiction,so I was eager to pick this book. It was a light read and was very engaging. I have always liked Danielle Steel's writing. This book was no exception. Daphne Fields loses her husband and daughter in a fire. She finds solace in her son Andrew, who is born deaf. But, she feels lonely again when her son goes away to a special school. It's all about how she finds courage and strength to live on without Andrew, how she becomes a writer and how she finds love again. The narrative starts with a car accident of Daphne Fields and everything from there on are flashbacks that lead to the accident. There are only a few characters but they are so effortlessly woven into the story that they emphasize the importance of love and friendship in one's life. It's a beautiful love story. This book was a refreshing and a romantic read for me. So four stars from me.

  • Nan
    2018-09-20 14:36

    Now that I know this book was actually published in 1982 (not the 1985 that my book says) things make more sense. This was not a time yet in which people with special needs had a lot of options. Still I've been lead to believe there were more options out there and there is and has been a community for quite sometime willing to help and teach. Anyway, very interesting view on life and a mother's life-her choices once she has children to care for. The freedoms in this book are still very much a part of our culture so that's not "out of date."Another interesting "What would you do if this happened to you" book.I love the writing theme too!

  • Adeline Kam
    2018-09-28 17:24

    The first few chapters of the story is very interesting.....the loss of her husband & daughter in a fire, and later to give birth to a son that is deaf. In this story, I would like to be the Barbara character....I love her job. This story also shared on insights into the making of a film from a novel. Overall it is a nice and easy book to read, with a happy ending.

  • Ana
    2018-09-22 14:17

    Entretenido, es la historia de Daphne Fields, una célebre escritora que sufre un accidente. El libro va llevando a escenas del pasado que permiten entender el presente. La protagonista creía que sólo se podía tener el amor una vez en la vida, pero ésta se encarga de demostrarle lo contrario, puede encontrarse más de una vez, y de dos...

  • Linda
    2018-09-24 11:27

    Reading now.

  • Jamie Casey
    2018-09-23 16:17

    This novel is about a writer who loses every man significant to her. Her first husband and daughter in an awful fire. And when someone else breaks down her wall, he dies working in a quarry. She has a son whom is all she has left and lives for. Her son is in a special school because he is deaf. Daphne begins writing to help with her pain and becomes a wonder writer. She overcomes all of her pain and starts to live her life for herself again. On Christmas Eve, she walks out in front of a car while lost in thought and ends up in intensive care. Where her real true love comes to her and confesses and brings her out of her coma. And I am sure they will live happily ever after. A true heart wrenching novel where love and strength overcome.Favorite moments and quotes from book:"What you've gone through has made you better and stronger. Easy roads aren't always the best ones. We think they are but look at the people you respect in life. They're usually the people who've made it when the going wasn't easy, people who survived and grew from all the pain. The ones who have it easy don't have a hell of a lot going for them. It's the others, the ones who climb the mountains with their heads banged up, and their shins bleeding who're worth knowing. (It's not easy to watch but it may be that way for your child.)"You pay a price for the people you love in life.""You know, maybe one gets to a point in life when it's better to be alone. (I didn't used to thing that but I do now.) I don't agree...I don't want to be alone forever, but I don't want to be with the wrong person. I think I've finally gotten to the point where I'd rather be alone than with the wrong woman. Yet I still believe, must believe, that there's someone out there who would meet my needs and make me happy. I just haven't found her yet.""You don't make all the rules...not for me. I make my own rules, and you can either respect them or stay away from me. Because I won't deal with you at all if you won't respect how I feel."Once In A LifetimeIt only happens once, not twice,The moments vanishing like mice,Scurrying past,Life much too fast,And only for the very brave,The strong, the true,And when the moment comes for you,Don't let it pass you by,For in the twinkling of an eye,The love is gone,The moment dead,An empty ringing in you head, Your heart will know when fate has,Whispered in your ear, Oh never fear beloved friend,For in the end it's worth the price,the fee, the cost,When all is lost, But love is won,when true love comes,There is but one.

  • Christiana
    2018-10-07 10:26

    Opinião aqui: http://www.diariodachris.com/2014/08/... Daphne Filds é uma escritora de romances de sucesso. Um dia na Noite de Natal ao sair de uma festa ela decide regressar a casa e enquanto caminha começa a pensar no passado e atravessa a rua sendo atropelada por uma carrinha. Rapidamente é enviada para o hospital onde é tratada. Durante os tratamentos Daphne começa a ter uns pesadelos com o seu passado. E é assim que vamos conhecer a história dela meio que em retrospectiva, enquanto ela está entre a vida e a morte.O livro pode parecer à primeira vista bem romancezinho mas é uma montanha russa de emoções. Daphne casa-se cedo e também cedo tem a sua primeira filha. Eram uma família feliz até ao dia em que a casa se incendeia e Daphne é a única sobrevivente. Ela e o Andrew que acabara de ser concebido. Sozinha e com um filho que descobrira mais tarde ser surdo, ela vai ter que enfrentar um mundo preconceituoso. Vai entender que o amor pode acontecer mais do que uma vez na vida e nos momentos e nas pessoas mais inesperadas. E acima de tudo vai aprender que precisa de baixar os muros à sua volta para poder enfrentar o mundo com mais clareza e força e, acima de tudo representando uma mãe para o seu filho Andrew. Neste livro é bastante interessante ver como a Daphne mudou ao longo do livro, consoante as várias situações e acontecimentos porque ela passava. É interessante ver como ela abraçou o dom da escrita e de como ela evoluiu como mãe de um menino surdo. Sabemos que quando cuidamos de alguém com algum tipo de incapacidade podemos ser um pouco protectores de mais, como se eles nunca pudessem fazer nada. E a Daphne passa por todas essas fases, a fase em que não sai com ele de casa até à fase em que já o deixa até quase andar de avião sozinho.Confesso que gostei muito do livro porque depois de me prender à história, aos personagens eu só queria saber como tudo ia terminar. E, apesar de achar que a autora apressou o final eu, acabei por gostar muito de todo o livro.

  • Lindsay Gillis
    2018-10-06 11:16

    So good! One of my favorites!

  • Darlene Holley
    2018-10-03 14:39

    I loved this story! It pulled me right in and had all of my emotions going. What a great story with such a heart tugging ending. I think that this is my favorite one so far by Danielle Steel

  • Julie Barrett
    2018-09-23 09:29

    Once in a Lifetime by Danielle SteelAuthor Daphne Fields was struck by a car and her flashbacks she has of all the extreme heartache over the years she suffered.The story of her life then is told to us...Christmas eve and the annual party of her friends Daphne is there. On her walk home she is hit by a car and a nurse at the hospital knows who she is and she loves her books and they have made a difference in her life.Her past college life, getting married to Jeff, having a baby Amy, fire on Christmas that took them away from her but left her pregnant with a baby boy 9 months later. He's deaf and mute and others want to institutionalized.She finds love again as she lives close by where her child is being raised in the school with kids his age...Her novel takes off and she does the screenplay in LA with visits to Andrew and sometimes he comes to her. Her love life was going good til she returns one trip. She's always confided in Matthew who spends more time with her son than she...Love the places this book took me to and the story behind it all. Just a handful of characters, easy to keep track of who is who.Lots of heartache and pain and faith she will find another 'once in a lifetime' love..I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  • Dana
    2018-09-26 17:23

    In my opinion, this book was a very well thought out book. It seems like Danielle Steel has a plan, did some research, and sat and wrote the book. Although I like the book a lot, I find it to be a typical Danielle Steel theme, losses and loves. This woman, Daphne Fields, loses so many people but gains a son, her love and main focus. Her son, though, is deaf. She goes through two different relationships after she puts her son in a school. Throughout the book, Danielle Steel portrayed Daphne as a strong, tough woman, but then she shows a side of Daphne which seems more stupid than relateable. The main point of this story is that Daphne, a successful author, is not a typical author, but a very down-to-earth and sweet and very beautiful woman. As much as I love Danielle Steel books, I think I've read too many of her books that they all seem very similar to me. Beautiful, strong women who have been through so much and they find someone who can make them feel safe and takes some of the stress off of their shoulders but then something happens to him. I'm tired of the repetition, but if I didn't know this was a Danielle Steel book, I'd have said it's an awesome book. It is an awesome book, but I know for a fact Danielle Steel could do much better.

  • Renata R.
    2018-09-30 10:13

    How is the life of Daphne Fields? What's behind this successfull author who keeps her private life as far as possible from the media? Struggle and loss made Daphne who she is. Will she be able to open her soul to the world once again?Danielle Steel puts drama and romance in a short and easy to read book. The main character is strong enough to make you join her hopes and fears. The secondary characters are also good but not great.The plot has a strong start making the reader curious and surprised but after the hot start it just gets a little cold and stays that way untill the end.Halfway through the reader already has a pretty good clue on how it's going to end but at that point you might just well enjoy the ride untill the end.To me Danielle Steel has been successful in creating an afternoon by the park kind of read but I was waiting a little bit more and if I had a say in this I would definetely change the title.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2018-10-14 11:15

    This was on a recommendation list for women's fiction, so, despite Steel's reputation, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I found this book confirms her reputation for writing forgettable trash. The novel is fronted by a truly treacly poem of the author that makes the text of Hallmark Cards seem Shakespearean in comparison. The heroine, Daphne Fields, is an obvious Mary Sue (glamorized projection of the author.) Beyond the similarity of names, she's described as a "notoriously prolific" and popular novelist. The prose commits the sins of designer-label name dropping, is cliched and melodramatic. Within the first five pages we have sentences like this: "She was quieter, the laughter of the past only showed now in glimpses in her eyes, its echo buried somewhere in her soul." "There was a loneliness in the woman's eyes, which tore at your very soul." Truly--this is a wretchedly written book and I will never understand why the author has such a following.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2018-09-21 15:31

    1 STARS"Millions adored Daphne Fields, for she shared their passion, their pain, their joy, and their sorrow. But America's most popular novelist remained a closed book to the world guarding her life with a fierce privacy no reporter could crack.Her life hides a myriad of secrets. The husband and daughter she lost in a fire. The son who barely survived it and would be deaf forever. The victories, the defeats, the challenges of facing life as a woman alone and helping her son meet the challenges of his handicap. A strong woman, she would not accept defeat, or help from anyone... until she found she could no longer face it alone." (From Amazon)Originally when I read Danielle Steel novels I would have rated them 3-4 STARS, but now I would classify them as 1-2 STARS. These are great for those who like mild sex, unrealistic dramatic romances and grand plots.

  • Christina Koniari
    2018-10-18 13:24

    A romance story, easy to read, the perfect relaxing company for your holidays. We all -women-need a Danielle Steel once in a while.

  • Kimberly Erskine
    2018-09-25 12:38

    It has the typical love story that all of Danielle Steel's novels have, but it was cool because it also tells a story about the girl's son who was born deaf. He has to go to a special school that he lives at as if he were in college. He learns how to communicate with the outside world and becomes very good at reading lips, so good that if whoever he's talking to doesn't know sign language he can still talk with them just by reading their lips. I thought it was a really cool book and it gave me a sense of hope I guess since I am hearing impaired and my hearing constantly drops. It makes the prospect of going death seem less scary (although I definitely still hope that's something I never have to face...)

  • Shellbell3584
    2018-09-28 16:26

    This book was a real page turner. Daphne has dealt with enough loss to last ten lifetimes and in turn has put up walls around her heart. The only man she needs in her life is her son who is deaf and requires more help than she can provide him. Reluctantly she puts him into a wonderful school and is very pleased with how helpful and understanding the staff is. Daphne is a writer and writes a screenplay for her most popular book which forces her to relocate to California for a year as she counts down the days to when Anthony and her will be reunited. During that year so much happens and then tragedy strikes when she finally returns home and she ends up in a coma. However, some good comes of it and she finally finds her happiness (I don't want to ruin it)! Great Read!!!