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Good But not her Best
posted by Belle44 on April 5, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2003
One of Danielle Steele's worst
Although I usually find Ms. Steele's period pieces her best, I was completely disappointed with this one. Everyone's true and understandable emotions were turned into obsessions. Kate's mom had genuine concerns for her daughter, yet she is portrayed as a shrew tryng to rule her daughter's life. Andy's love and concern for his wife (and best friend) gets turned around and he becomes a jealous, lying husband who will do anything to keep his wife. What galled me is that Kate, who never tried to keep her husband down and didn't complain about his constant traveling, is then portrayed as 'needy' because she's upset when her husband is gone for most of 6 months! Give me a break! But far worse was 'poor' Joe, who supposedly loved his wife, never spent any time with her, steals her away from a loving husband who gave her 2 children that Joe never wanted, and then walks out on her again because he can't take her devotion. I'm sorry, no matter how hard she tries, Ms. Steele cannot redeem this man. I also have a problem with the actual writing of the book. I have read almost all of Danielle Steele's books and find that in some of them, this one included, she doesn't seem to have enough subject material so she repeats things several times. You could probably cut the book by 1/3 if you took out the repetition. Example, pg. 34 'Never in his early life had he ever suspected he would know someone like her.' Pg. 36, 'He had never known anyone like her.' Sometimes I feel like shouting 'I get it already!'. There are also too many sentences beginning with the word 'but', a literary no-no. I understand 'writer's license', and once in a while it's okay, but there are way too many instances in this book - sometimes one sentence after another. I've read so many good books by Danielle Steele that when I come across one like this it almost seems like she has someone else writing for her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2013
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