Mixed Blessings

By Danielle Steel

After the marriage of Diana Goode and Andrew Douglas, Diana teases that they are going to make a child on their honeymoon.  But lengthy later on, she remains to be no longer pregnant.  As Diana and Andrew wait out every month purely to be bitterly upset, they're compelled to question simply how a lot they're keen to head via to have a baby.  

Charlie Winwood desires of a home jam-packed with children.  His bride, party-girl actress Barbie Mason, has different ideas.  When he discovers he's sterile, Charlie has to reconsider his private values -- and his marriage to a lady who stocks none of his dreams.

After ten years of residing jointly, Pilar Graham, a well-liked Santa Barbara lawyer, marries pass judgement on Brad Coleman, who's nineteen years her senior and father of 2 grown children.  They are pleased with their cozy lifestyles jointly, à deux, until eventually Pilar starts to wonder whether she is going to sometime remorse now not having a toddler with Brad.  Are they loopy to start now -- with Brad approximately to develop into a grandfather and Pilar with a hectic profession, and in her early forties, potentially placing herself at risk?

Through the lives of those undefined, Danielle metal exhibits us the combined blessingswe face as we construct our households and reside our smooth lives.  She touches us with the effective those that be successful, their victories, their defeats, their tragedies and joys, their compromises, their lives.

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I’ll be domestic round seven. ” And as consistently, he was once precise to his notice, and he or she had an excellent dinner awaiting him. She had used one in every of Eloise’s French recipes, and performed round with it just a little. She made leg of lamb with a mild garlic sauce, string beans, and wild mushrooms. And for dessert an apricot souffle that used to be perfection. “Wow! What did I do to deserve all this? ” he requested fortunately, as they comprehensive dessert and she or he poured him a cup of espresso. She used to be feeling larger than she had in decades, and he may possibly see it. “I simply notion it'd be enjoyable to have a pleasant dinner, seeing that i used to be a girl of relaxation this day. ” “Maybe you need to remain domestic extra frequently. ” She cherished doing that, yet she cherished operating too. not like her sisters, she had conflicts approximately that, and knew she may well nonetheless have, no matter if they'd a child. yet she didn’t need to face that but, all she needed to do was once “relax and gradual down,” in accordance with the surgeon. She advised Andy approximately that, too, and he cherished the assumption, and instantly urged they visit Santa Barbara for the weekend. “I’d like it. ” He’d additionally made a date with invoice Bennington and his bride-to-be that week. abruptly lifestyles felt like extra enjoyable, and he or she wasn’t definite why, other than that she felt certain that the surgeon was once going to discover the way to support them have their child, and that cheered her. that they had a great time that week, and so they have been loopy approximately Bill’s fiancée, Denise Smith. She was once every little thing he acknowledged she will be, and she or he invited them to her position for dinner the next week, yet Andy was once stunned while Diana positioned her off with obscure excuses. yet afterward she informed him that she will be ovulating then, she needed to visit Dr. Johnston for checks, and so they needed to make love on time table. She didn’t are looking to upload to all that the tension of a social time table. “Maybe it might be a aid rather than a strain,” Andy acknowledged testily, yet Diana nonetheless didn’t are looking to pass, and so they made plans with Denise and invoice for the next week as a substitute, even supposing Andy used to be nonetheless pissed off approximately it. yet Diana used to be busy pursuing their child. She persisted to take her temperature religiously each morning earlier than she bought up, and he or she started utilizing the LH equipment as she’d been informed to, and the try became blue on precisely the day the general practitioner acknowledged it should, and that afternoon she went to his place of work for him to envision the mucus in her cervix. He acknowledged it regarded wonderful to him, “Very great and friendly,” as he positioned it, and Diana laughed nervously. He steered that Andy and Diana make love the subsequent morning, and Diana used to be to return in once attainable afterwards for the postcoital try out that might express how Andy’s sperm have been behaving. She went again to paintings overdue that afternoon, and had espresso with Eloise, and that evening she introduced Andy brand new at the most recent advancements, and informed him they’d need to make love the following morning. “What an ordeal,” he stated jokingly, yet because it became out, it was once. He’d had indigestion the evening earlier than, and he particularly didn’t believe good whilst he awakened. He notion he was once getting the flu, and he didn’t imagine “things have been going to paintings out,” as he placed it.

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