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Happy Birthday

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  3,439 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future...





For April Wyatt, turning thirty is not what she had expected. She's single, with no interest in changing that in the foreseeable future. Her popular, successful restaurant in downtown New York - where she is chef and owner - consumes every ounce of her passion, attention and energy. Rea
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Bantam Press (first published July 19th 2001)
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Meg ♥
This was the first book I have ever read from Danielle Steel, and I picked it up simply because it had cake on the cover! Just kidding. :)

But yeah obviously she's pretty well known and I wanted to read something of hers. I didn't really know what to expect (maybe romance?), but I did enjoy this book. It's about 3 people who have birthdays coming up ,and how they deal with or feel about turning a certain age. An issue that has been done to death on TV shows (especially turning 30).

I don't even fu
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Mitch
Ok, so let me start off by saying I was so embarassed to admit to people I was reading a Danielle Steel book. Being a male, and having eyes on me as I read it in public made me embarassed. I had heard all her books are just sappy girly romances. But now, I am proud to say I am a fan so far! This is the first book of Steel's that I've read, and I love how "feel good" is was!!!! Because as of late I've been reading a lot of grisly thrillers and mysteries, it was fun to switch it up with this smile ...more
Gretchen
Two stars because it wasn't quite bad enough for me to put down. But, I should have. And, I would have never started it if I weren't in a foreign country with all the books I brought with me already read and someone handed it to me. Has Danielle Steele's writing always been this bad? I used to read her when I was a young adult, and loved her stories and I sincerely hope that the writing wasn't this insulting. In Happy Birthday, she writes as if a new reader is jumping into the story every third ...more
Laura Kay Bolin
Danielle Steel’s newest novel, Happy Birthday, follows three individuals marking milestone birthdays. Valerie Wyatt is top notch in the business of home décor and weddings. She has written numerous books and hosts her own television show and this year she is turning sixty. Jack Adams is a former NFL superstar and now anchors a sports show at the same network as Valerie. He is turning 50 this year and realizing his fast lane lifestyle is no longer working for him. Last, April Wyatt who owns and o ...more
Laura
I don't read Danielle Steel for a thought-provoking read, it is more of a quick, easy read. Although Steel's books are formulaic, I still enjoy reading them. This one was good, although there didn't seem to be a lot of true substance to the storyline. I feel like Steel has lost a step in the last few years...sacrificing quality for quantity.
Heidi
I guess I shouldn't really count this as a book that I read because I stopped reading it after a few chapters because it was just typical Steel garbage. I thought I was in the mood for a sappy romance novel, but when you've got the whole thing figured out at the end of the first chapter, the thrill is gone.
Jeanne
In typical Danielle Steel fashion, the lifestyles of the rich and famous are portrayed in a neat package that is tied up with a pretty little bow. And the obligatory "happy ending" is once again arrived at. I guess it's time for me to move on to more adventurous reading as I think I'm past enjoying reading the same thing over and over from Ms. Steel. It was a good story, just very expected. The one highlight for me, which actually caused me to laugh out loud, was the line "you've got more balls ...more
Carrie Allen
This was a little bit of a disappointment. I'm sad to say that, because I've read so many wonderful Danielle Steel novels, but this one wasn't one of her better books.

The storyline itself was good and there were parts that I really enjoyed and that made me smile. I like that there are different types of relationships being handled and explained and found that interesting.

It is such a shame that there was SO MUCH repetition in this book. If that had been cut out, the book would have only been ab
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Betty Sylvester
It was ok. I have read every book Danielle Steel has written. I don't enjoy them quite as much as I used to. She seems to repeat herself too much. She will say the same thing over and over. I just skip over the repeats and still enjoy the book.
Cathy
Estava eu há cerca de uma semana numa casa sem televisão ou computador, e o meu kindle fica sem bateria... Olho à volta e não tenho mesmo nada para fazer. Acabo por remexer nos livros da minha mãe e seleciono uma autora, que confesso ter alguns preconceitos. Começo a ler o “Feliz Aniversário” de Danielle Steel. O resumo do livro pareceu-me interessante e é sempre bom experimentar um autor novo.
O que dizer deste livro? Bom, creio que ideia base é uma crítica a uma sociedade muito focada na compon
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Loryn
I listened to this on my way to NYC last week, and finished it Thursday. It was pretty good! I've never read any Danielle Steel, but it's your basic fun, simple story line. I really liked the story, especially how it was set in NYC which was a total coincidence! I felt myself rooting for April the whole time, as well as Jack and Valerie. The ending was so happy and I'm glad I finished it after I came back from NY. The very only thing that kept it from 5 stars was the physical writing style. The ...more
Paul Lee
i was eager to read another danielle steel novels after finishing friends forever.

This book is about 3 people's birthdays - Valerie, her daughter April, and sportscaster Jeff. Valerie is turning 60 and she is a famous home decor and wedding speaker. April is turning 30 and is owner of April restaurant. Jeff is turning 50 and is into young ladies and having one night stands.

April on a labor day weekends drinks and have a one night stand with this guy she hardly knows. She ends up being pregnant
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Lynn
Danielle Steel's books are always light and entertaining reading, and I've read every one of them. This book centers around three people who share a birthday; a mother and daughter, and a sportscaster, and the angst that each of them feels about hitting a milestone. The mother is turning 60, the daughter 30, and the sportscaster 50. Events take place that forever cement the three of them, and make them realize that life shouldn't be lived in accordance with a pre-determined clock.

While Danielle
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Dianna
I truly enjoyed this book. It brought 4 people together and changed their destinies.

November 1st was Valerie Wyatts 60th birthday. Her daughter April Wyatt's having her 30th birthday. A retired NFL player, Jack Adams is also turning 50.

When Valerie and Jack meet in an elevator they could not possibly know what hand they had been dealt.

When Apirl goes to her accupunctris for a regular treatment she finds out she is in for more then she ever thought possible. April's story involves meeting Mich
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Sarah
I've never read Danielle Steel before, but I've been drawn to both this and Hotel Vendome by their covers for the longest time...I finally took the time to give it a try.

What I expected was smut. What I got was a lighthearted romance with sweet quirky humorous characters. In that sense, I was pleasantly surprised.

The writing was terrible, with sentences repeated multiple time, and the plot could have been fleshed out much more. The terrorist hostage situation was completely out of left field, an
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Absolutely boring! I've been reading Danielle Steel since I was a little girl and I'm still trying to figure out why I'm still reading her books. She comes out with a good book every once in a while (once every 10 years) but lately her books have been bland and beyond dull. Happy Birthday is one of the dull ones. I didn't even finish reading it. It got so bad I just starting skipping pages and reading a sentence here and there. Danielle Steel is like an old lover that you can't seem to let go of ...more
Dixie
Valerie is a Martha Stewart type character, turning 60, who thinks she needs to act & look like she's decades younger. Jack is a sportscaster who is turning 50 & has the same problem with the milestone birthday. Throw in Valerie's daughter, April, who turned 30 on the same day as the other two. Of course Valerie & Jack end up together, along with April and the guy (Mike) she had a one night stand with. I thought Ms. Steel placed way too much "fault" on April being pregnant, when Mike ...more
Charlie Jackson
I just finished reading this book and found it to be a great book. All of the characters are wonderful and the story I felt was an emotional journey for me during its many twist and turns. I found it somewhat predictable though.
Valeria spent a night with a guy who rated her restaurant. They hardly knew one another and he gave her restaurant a bad review. She wasn't sweating it until a little while later when she finds out she's having his baby. At first she isn't sure what to do but after seein
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Astrid
I read the book in no time! It was the third book of Danielle steel I read. Happy birthday was not like the others but also not extremely different.
The book was like I love it; quick, relaxing and compelling. The story is light and a bit predictable. It is about the birthday of Valerie, April, Jack and ,the son of April, Sam. It’s a typical Danielle Steel-story but it didn’t bothered me. I liked the book and I will read some more books of this author.
It’s worth the read!
Flitterkit
Ugh. I never liked this book very much, and almost abandoned it, but then it was there, and I picked it back up again, and finished it. It DID get a bit better, but not by much.

Characters not believable and somewhat annoying. Really, if you are severely opposed to EVER having kids, have a F*&^ing vasectomy, don't talk your GF into multiple f'ing abortions, then freak out at the woman when you HAD SEX WHILE DRUNK WITHOUT PROTECTION and wow, she got preggers. Stupidhead.

Feh.
Kirsty Hoggons
This was the first Danielle Steel book that I have read. I have always thought of her as being a good author so this book was slightly disappointing for me. It was very easy to read and quite predictable. By reading the blurb for this book you can pretty much tell what the outcome is going to be. I will admit that there are one or two moments that really make you go WOW because you were not expecting but overall I found that this book left a lot to be desired. I like how the characters in the bo ...more
Cherie
I''ve read everything Danielle Steel has written and find they've become very repetitive and predictable. This was a quick, light read about three people re-evaluating their lives when they reach significant birthdays.
Denise Jo
Another easy read by Danielle Steel. I have read all her books, and this was a typical one for you. You just about knew the ending when it started... But I did enjoy it..
Lisa
Classic Danielle steel! Very predictable quick read but sometimes you just need to sit on a beach and read a no brainer!
Debbie
This was an okay book...a light read which sometimes I need. Whenever I need a light read I always turn to Danielle Steel
Samantha Janning
Happy Birthday was the first book I’ve ever read by Danielle Steel. I know, right? Weird. As much as I’ve always heard her name and seen one of her zillion books on the shelves, her latest is my first. I think I had some pretty high expectations going into the novel, and they weren’t quite met. I enjoyed the book, but I wasn’t particularly wowed by the story or characters.

Readers follow three characters: Valerie Wyatt, who reminded me of a sort of Martha Stewart type. She has a successful TV sh
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Romancing the Book
Reviewed By~April
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher

I have read several works by Danielle Steel over the years. For the most part, I can't really think of one that I truly disliked. I know that many people feel that much of Ms. Steel's work follows the same formula and are more or less similar stories with different names and locations, etc. Personally, however, I find myself enjoying the stories of real life types of people working through real life issues and the complexities of family dynamics
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Nsbooklady
I have read one other Danielle Steele book a very long time ago and enjoyed it. This one looked appealing when I read the plot line so I decided to give it a try. I really did enjoy the characters - April Wyatt, her mother Valerie Wyatt and Jack Adams. The book begins on the birthday that all 3 share. April is working VERY hard at making her restaurant, April in New York, a great success. Her customers love it so she tries not to take too much offense when a reviewer, Mike Steinman, gives it a b ...more
Joana
Penso que nunca tinha lido nada de Danielle Steel. Já tinha ouvido falar da autora, mas nunca tinha calhado ler algo dela.

Esta é a história de três pessoas, mãe (Valerie) e filha (Apryl) e Jack. Valeria é uma importante estrela de televisão, mas faz 60 anos e isso fá-la passar o dia completamente deprimida. Apryl é dona de um restaurante que adora, mas ao fazer 30 anos apercebe-se que tudo aquilo que sonhava ter com esta idade não está nem perto de acontecer. E Jack, também uma celebridade, está
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Carol  MacInnis
Valerie Wyatt woke up November 1st to the realization it was her 60th birthday. Valerie started out writing for a decorating magazine and her career escalated to where her name was synonymous with Martha Stewart. Valerie was once married but in actuality she was more interested in her up and coming career than she was in her marriage. She has been divorced for years and her last relationship with a man was over 3 years ago. Her daughter, April, also shares her birth date and she will be 30 on th ...more
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