Emily and Derek have been best friends since their school days. They both clearly feel an attraction towards each other but are scared to open up in cEmily and Derek have been best friends since their school days. They both clearly feel an attraction towards each other but are scared to open up in case it jeopardizes their friendship. On an unfortunate night, Emily and Derek’s relationship takes a new turn and Emily leaves town to pursue her higher education. When she returns after five long years, her feelings for Derek are still there. Does she stand a chance or have things between them broken far beyond repair.
As a person who does not believe in love at first sight and not a fan of modern day insta-love, this book feeds to my belief system quite a bit. I really believe that you need to really know a person in order to be able to love them truly and deeply. And who knows you better than your long term best friend? Emily and Derek share a bond that has been built of trust and friendship over the years and as such it is easy to believe in their love and in them. There were certain points in the story when I literally wanted to nudge them to drop their inhibitions and come clear. The author has put quite an effort into building the characters to their full strengths and weaknesses.
The plot is pretty predictable but it the author attention to narrating her story that keeps a reader hooked to the pages. The different relationships in the book also manage to keep your interest. What I would have loved to see more of in the book is depth to some of the side characters. The support system that the protagonists have can often help a reader to connect to the protagonists even more and that was lacking in the book. Overall, as a debut novel, this is a job well done. I hope to see the author, her characters and depth of the plots only grow with her books.
I read a Danielle Steel book after a gap of maybe about a year and it was like discovering the author’s works all over again.
Alix Phillips is a reportI read a Danielle Steel book after a gap of maybe about a year and it was like discovering the author’s works all over again.
Alix Phillips is a reporter with a passion for her job. She gets into dangerous situations in search of truth and then reporting it back. With Ben by her side, she launches an investigation looking into the life of one of the most powerful and influential person in the country. At first it seems like she is the only person who believes that this man has something bad to hide. But the deeper she digs in, the more dirt she uncovers. With threatening letters being sent to her, will Alix be able to complete what she started? Or will she give in?
I loved the narrative and the backdrop of the book. Set in a couple of different places, the book provides a kind of diversity. Along with that, I did enjoy the character of the protagonist. A strong woman who is passionate about what she does and takes on challenges. There are couple more character who the readers might find interesting as well. There’s an element of misfortune and heartbreak in the book though the author’s usual flair for heart-tugging emotions were missing. While the element kind of worked in getting me invested in the book, it wasn’t that hard hitting. The plot though was pretty straightforward and the surprise element was missing.
Overall, I think that this is not one of the author’s best. There were certain plot elements that seemed sudden, but the basic ingredients that we look for in Danielle Steel book were all there in smaller doses. ...more
I was excited to read this book because for us outsiders, the real life of a Hollywood star seems like glamourous and scandalous at the same time. WhaI was excited to read this book because for us outsiders, the real life of a Hollywood star seems like glamourous and scandalous at the same time. What would it be like in fiction?
“All That Glitters” is the story of Alexandria ‘Alex’ Moreno who arrives at Los Angeles with the big American dream of becoming a top Director in Hollywood. But life in Hollywood isn’t easy and Alex finds that out pretty quick. As the title suggests, she gets entangled in a life of Sex, Drugs, and glamorous lifestyles. But will she be able to fight her battles to emerge on top? Or will she be just another casualty of the complexities of the business?
With Alex, what catches your attention first is the fact that she has big dreams; and she has the zeal to follow it through even in the toughest of times. Her path isn’t easy but she shows strength of character for most part of the book. But there are times when she makes you wonder if she is finally broken or just doing what she needs to do in order to reach her goals. The other characters in the book do not really shine much and it maybe intentional on the author’s part in order to make Alex stand out more. They are just there as people who Alex meets on her way, but it feels like that they are all in the shadows while Alex is standing in the spotlight. The plot of the book is as promised in the blurb. It doesn’t disappoint, but neither does it surprise the readers. The author’s narrative though works provocatively throughout the book and is perhaps one of the best attributes of the book. The language and narrative welcomes its readers to a comfortable world.
Overall, it was quite entertaining though I would have liked the book better if it had a few more strong characters in order to pitch Alex against and compare their strengths in order to prove how strong a character she really is. ...more
I was hesitant to start on this book. I am a firm believer of the fact that there is no justification for extra-marital affairs (even an online one) aI was hesitant to start on this book. I am a firm believer of the fact that there is no justification for extra-marital affairs (even an online one) and the blurb of the book clearly indicated one. So, it is with some apprehension that I picked up this book.
31 Miles is the story of Mansa, a woman whose life could reflect that of many in our country. Married to a successful man and financially settled, Mansa’s need to reaffirm that what she has with her husband is indeed love makes a reader empathize with her. Though she has a husband who is caring and supportive, she feels that she is missing something in life. As such she takes an initiative to give her life s new turn, but is she ready for what comes with it?
For me characters in a book are like anchors. They really can provide a certain level of stability to the story if they are well developed. Mansa is such a character. She is strong and intelligent. As the protagonist her role in the story demands attention and as a reader I had to give it to her. The plot is mostly well paced though there were moments where I felt that things were a bit sluggish as certain parts felt bit repetitive. There were hardly any surprises. But what won me over was the way the convolutions of human nature was portrayed. Did I agree to them all? No, but that did not stop me from appreciating the fact that not once did the author try to make Mansa look like an infallible and larger than life character.
A faster pace along with tighter narration is perhaps what would have made the book more enjoyable along the way....more