The mistress – Danielle Steel

Some authors are so easy to read, you just know when you pick up a book from them that it is going to be great. Danielle Steel is one of those authors for me. Her books are easily digestible and different enough from each other. They are simply great and as she wrote so many there is always at least one in the sale bin and I do love a good sale. Specifically for these books as I go through the so quickly.

The book in short
Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life. Discovered starving on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha’s job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected and is careful not to dwell on Vladimir’s ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. She is unfailingly loyal to him in exchange.

Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world-famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo’s widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband’s paintings and treats it as a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most exquisite woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca’s artwork. Two dangerous obsessions begin.

Theo, a gifted artist in his own right, finds himself feverishly painting Natasha’s image for weeks after their first meeting. Vladimir enraged that Lorenzo’s works are not for sale, is determined to secure a painting at any price. And Natasha, who knows that she cannot afford to make even one false move, nevertheless begins to think of a world of freedom she can never experience as Vladimir’s mistress. She cannot risk her safety for another man, or even a conversation with him, as Theo longs for a woman he can never have.

From Moscow to the Riviera, London, and Paris, The Mistress is a riveting tale of vast fortune, cruelty, creative genius, and daring courage, as uncompromising individuals chart a course for collision.
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What did I think?
This book had so many layers, I cannot begin to describe how beautiful it was. It’s one of those things where we wonder about ourselves. If we were starving on the street. Would we corrupt forgo love for a nice life? The man Natasha was with wasn’t immoral, he wasn’t necessarily mean, at least not to her.

But the trouble is that at some point we want more out of life, don’t we? I did have some trouble with Theo because the way he paint her after seeing her once is only cute because Natasha actually likes him too. This book is in many ways a book for many women. It’s one of those I would tell my mother to read. I find this in most of Danielle Steel’s books. They are such easy reads, I find myself immersed in her story for the day. It’s always powerful and usually very fun. It makes me wonder what I would do if protection is all you ever wanted out of life, therefor I admire the writing. It’s easy to read yet it makes you think.

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