Valentine (Val) Denning is a young American photojournalist on the frontlines in Pec, Kosovo, where she and her two colleagues - British Tony Hampton and American Jake Newburg - are covering the war. In a nightmarish ambush, all three are shot, and it is only when Val wakes up in a Belgrade hospital that she finds out that Tony, her lover, is dead. Equally upsetting, when she and Jake go to Tony's funeral, it becomes clear that Tony was still married - a fact he had never revealed to Val. In the wake of this traumatic event, Val goes home to New York City where she realizes that her recent experiences have not only thrown her life in turmoil, but also dramatically shifted her perspective about her future.
Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. In 1979, her first novel, A Woman of Substance, was published. That enduring bestseller was followed by fourteen others. Her novels have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. She lives with her husband, film producer Robert Bradford.