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Happy Birthday

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  5,182 Ratings  ·  522 Reviews
In this beguiling new novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom, on the same day, reaches a crucial turning point in life—a rite both bittersweet and full of hope, a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future.

Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste. Since her
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Published July 19th 2011 by Brilliance Audio
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Mitch
Aug 04, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Megs ♥
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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helen the bookowl
If you've read a Danielle Steel book before you know what they're all about, and this one was no exception. Danielle Steel takes you on a bittersweet journey that makes me feel safe and relaxed when reading. In this particular book, we follow three characters and their destinies during the better part of a year, and even though the story is quite predictable and filled with clichés, I felt an attachments to the characters and I loved reading about them.
This story is kind of like a fairytale wit
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Gretchen
Jul 14, 2013 Gretchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
HÜLYA
Oct 18, 2016 HÜLYA rated it really liked it
Sımsıcak duygu yüklü bir roman..Güzel bir ikinci şans hikayesi...
Laura Kay Bolin
Jul 18, 2011 Laura Kay Bolin rated it really liked it
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
Dianna
Sep 17, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing
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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Laura
Aug 28, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
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
Jul 28, 2011 Heidi rated it did not like it
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.
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
Jeanne
May 12, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Yara
Sep 24, 2016 Yara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
had plenty of fun reading this novel .
I liked how April was stubborn and she was committed to her work life and no matter what she faced she got through it , I mean getting pregnant and building her precious restaurant from scratch yet she had to deal with mike who wasn't a big fan of her being pregnant with his child ! but what I didn't like and found a bit silly when he proposed to her at the hospital I mean they didn't have that much time together to consider taking a huge step like that ! I
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Rebbie
Oct 11, 2011 Rebbie rated it liked it
As always, Danielle Steel delivers a well written novel that is easily absorbed and entertains through to the end of the novel. Happy Birthday is a novel that revolves around a few characters who share the same birthday, and how quickly their lives intertwine and change in the course of one year. Steel is a master at writing about the feminine desires and hearts of most women, and this book is no exception. I only gave it 3 stars because it isn't a deep or life changing novel. It's perfect for s ...more
Astrid
Mar 09, 2014 Astrid rated it it was amazing
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!
Alina Grace
Dec 22, 2014 Alina Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: danielle-steel
Still love Danielle Steel's books. Shows that people no matter how hard their past were, do actually come around especially when met with the right person.

Sometime, life doesn't give us what we want but what we need which is good for us though many a times we don't see it at that time.
Betty Sylvester
Jul 27, 2011 Betty Sylvester rated it liked it
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.
Carol  MacInnis
Aug 08, 2012 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it
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
O Informador
Nov 30, 2015 O Informador rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se um aniversário é bom, três então é bom demais! Os trinta, os cinquenta e os sessenta anos juntam-se num romance de Danielle Steel, uma das autoras de maior sucesso mundial. Será que conseguirei apontar falhas nesta obra de Steel, cujo o trabalho me tem conquistado romance após romance?
Escrito e idealizado como todos os restantes trabalhos da autora para não enfadar o leitor, em Feliz Aniversário somos transportados pela vida de duas estrelas televisivas e onde a família tem uma grande importâ
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Cathy
Apr 19, 2014 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adulto
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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Paul Lee
Nov 13, 2012 Paul Lee rated it liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
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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Yulenka
Nov 05, 2014 Yulenka rated it did not like it
What the heck.
I've never read a book by Danielle Steele, but I've wanted to for a while and Happy Birthday seemed like a good shot. I did not enjoy it.

The storyline was so completely implausible, it made the whole story just seem like some kid's fantasy. Everything worked out perfectly in the end, the hiccups - although major at times - seemed too easily overcome. The characters seemed to live in a world that was a little too perfect, and the emotions they experienced just seemed very "book" a
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Carrie Allen
Jul 07, 2014 Carrie Allen rated it it was ok
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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Sarah
Nov 05, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive, ebook
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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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
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
Aug 07, 2011 Dixie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
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
Flitterkit
Nov 07, 2012 Flitterkit rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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.
Cherie
Aug 13, 2011 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Debbie
Sep 09, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
This was an okay book...a light read which sometimes I need. Whenever I need a light read I always turn to Danielle Steel
Denise Jo
Aug 14, 2011 Denise Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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..
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