Bungalow 2

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Bungalow 2

Tanya Harris is a part-time mother and writer but one does pay the bills her husband is a successful lawyer. But when she gets a call from her agent, Walt one day with an offer to write a screenplay by a famous Oscar-winning Hollywood producer her day is becomes anything but normal. She doesn't know how to react or what to say to the once in a lifetime offer she knows she will have to talk it over with her husband and 3 kids, she just can't make the decision of going to L.A. to work on a movie script without talking to them first.

The girls Molly and Megan and son Jason are all in school and fixing to go off to College they need her, it would be selfish of her to go off and leave them for up to nine months to work on this movie while they are back home in Marin. She tells him to hold the producer off one more day so she can talk to her family. She thinks about it a bit and realizes that she could never leave her family especially her girls they mean too much to her and they need her especially with this last year of school coming up this is their senior year. She decides to tell her agent no and not discuss it with her husband Peter, the next morning when Peter sees her however, he sees straight through her cover-up and asks her if she is hiding something from her and to fess up and she tells him all. He is very surprised especially at the amount that they are going to pay her which would help pay for the kids college tuitions. He thinks she should go he knows this is one thing she has always wanted and thinks she should go for it. That he and the kids can make it for those few months until she gets back especially if she is coming home on weekends. She said she would think about it and they could talk about it over dinner that evening he said he would take her to a nice restaurant. She called her agent and put him off one more day he told her that the producer would be fine with it because he wanted her over all the others anyway.

When they talked with the kids the next morning after dinner Jason and Molly were fine but Megan blew up thinking that her mother was leaving her and that she was being selfish and not thinking about the family at all. Peter convinced Tanya that it was just a typical teenager temper tantrum that the kids were not home during the week and when they got home they were gone with their friends they only really needed her when they were home on the weekends. Megan still doesn't let up on her mother about her decision even till the day she leaves.

When Tanya reaches L.A. she feels like she is in heaven. Everything she likes is in the bungalow down to her favorite color, chocolates and even her bathrobe, and shoe size as well. They had sent a questionnaire to Peter to make her feel at home while she worked on the movie script. On the days that she comes home things seem still do not to ease up between Megan and her mother at all. Things go down hill not only with Megan but with her and Peter after Thanksgiving Holidays and things get harder to patch up as the days go on while she works on the script. One person may not want to patch things up as much as another if you know what I mean.

Danielle Steel has given us another emotional attention getter in Bungalow 2. Ms. Steel never ceases to amaze with each of her books that I read I find a page-turner that I am captivated with. The characters are filled with depth, heart, soul and each one you can really associate with one way or another. I know this one will be on my keeper shelf for years to come.


Book Blurb for Bungalow 2

The phone call came on a hot July day—a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call—from Tanya’s agent—was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she’s torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn—energized by the creativity swirling around her—yet the pull of her family at home is strong. Suddenly she’s working alongside A-list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar-winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants–and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways. As her two lives collide, as one award-winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity—onethat could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2007 4.00