You know that I much prefer the older Danielle Steel books, this one, Once in a Lifetime, was published originally in 1982 and it definitely shows that this is one of her early works. In a good way.
The story is long, has a very short beginning and a very short ending, but the bit in the middle is good and tells a good story. Of course as these books always are it is about loves hard fought for, lost and then won again. This time the story of a writer Daphne Fields, her marriage and then other lost loves before finding her true love. There is a good dose of tragedy - several in fact which wasn't so good when I was reading this as I was in the midst of my own tragedy - but things come good in the end. In fact, thinking about it, this is basically one tragedy leading to another, unrelated, one! The book also bears no resemblance to anything in the story. I don't know what that is all about.
The book is set in New York with visits to Boston and then Los Angeles. While I have never been to New York I could certainly picture it in my mind from the descriptions and could also easily imagine the small New England town that is described. Very much, in my mind of course, like one we visited a few years ago when we went on holiday to Boston and New Hampshire.
In a way it is another silly formulaic story, but in another it is a nice gentle and kind read. No bad language, nothing graphic and nothing awful and right now these sorts of books suit me down to the ground. I have said before that I don't want my books to challenge me just for the sake of challenging me. I have enough real life challenges to face. This wasn't a challenge, it was comfort and that is OK with me.
Would you enjoy this book? Yes, I think you would. If you haven't given any of the older books by Steel a chance you should. They really are different from the more current ones and are, I think, much better written with better stories.
What is happening to my copy. Well this one is being passed to someone who asked to read it when they saw me reading it. From there I know they will send it to the charity shop, and if I wasn't passing it to them that is what I would do with it. Not because it is a bad book, but my usual space issue. I enjoyed it once, but don't need to read it again.
At this rate I will be reading far more than I did last year, which I just went and checked on and I wrote 17 reviews for books I had read or listened to in 2016 and in 2015 there were 15 so things are increasing. Perhaps I will get to 19 or even a magic 20 this year! Overall I am doing more than the one a month that I have been hoping for.
I am two books down so far this year. What about you? How is your reading coming along? Do share and tell us what is on your bedside table, in your bag or travelling along with you.