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To the outside world, Sarah and Oliver Watson had the perfect marriage. Happy and successful, with three beautiful children, they seemed to have it all. But under the surface, Sarah felt lost, empty and inadequate. And one Christmas, after eighteen years of marriage, she walked out.

Left alone, Oliver struggles to cope with raising his three children. Seventeen-year-old Ben
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 1989 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1979)
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OK so when I was in high school my girlfriend was very into Danielle Steel, to the same extent that I was into Stephen King. And my girlfriend also read a few Stephen King books, so somehow she convinced me that it was "only fair" that I read a Danielle Steel novel. She recommended "Daddy" because it had a male protagonist.

What I learned from this book was that one Danielle Steel novel is enough.
I've read this. I didn't bring another DS with me, so I'll read another short Rosamunde Pilcher. My new holiday fave <3

But how will I get through my 100+ pile of DS novels if I don't read them in summer?!
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: محبي الروايات الاجتماعية
انتهيت للتو من رحلتي الاولى مع دانيال ستيل وكتاب (( أبي ))

هل يحق للأم ان تتصرف بأنانية وحب نفسها اكثر من اي شيء اخر كما يفعل اغلب الآباء؟ وما تأثير هذا القرار على الاطفال وعلى العائلة ككل؟؟

تروي لنا الكاتبة في هذا الكتاب قصة شابة طموحة تتزوج وتهمل طموحاتها واهدافها بسبب انجاب الاطفال وتربيتهم. تقرر بعد ان تصبح في الخامسة والأربعين من عمرها ان تترك كل شيء وراء ظهرها وتهجر زوجها ( الذي كانت تحبه وكان بمثابة الزوج المثالي ) واطفالها الثلاثة وتلتحق بالجامعة في ولاية بعيدة عنهم. وكيف سيتأقلم الاب والا
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book I've ever read in my entire life. I had to finish it to see how it would end and MAN, it did not disappoint. Just the worst.
Mashael Alamri
روايات دانيال ستيل أفلام خفيفه جداً تقرأ في إستراحة مستشفى في الطائرة شيء خفيف عن الحياة اليومية لشخص ما , تتحدث عن المجتمع الأمريكي تقتص من أحداثه وتكتبها بعيده عن التكلف والفلسفه هي فقط تكتب لتروي قصةً ما , أقتني لها رواية في كل زيارة للمكتبه لتكون وجبه خفيفه بين الكتب الثقيله التي أغوص فيها أحياناً , هذه الرواية تتحدث عن مشاعر الأنثى حين تترك كل شيء من أجل منزلها وعائلتها ( وجها أبنائها )حينما تتقدم بالعمر تفكر الجميع له حياته الخاصه ونجاحاته إلا هي تعيش على الهامش وغدا ستكون وحيده جداً , ماذ ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was good but very predictable. I didn't like how the mom Sarah was a major character in the beginning and the first few chapters were from her point of view and then when she leaves the family, her character is basically gone form the book. It then picks up and has to rebuld characters again with the other family members. It was good, a great pool read but too predictable.
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that got me hooked on reading. I had never been a reader until a friend introduced me to this book. LOVED LOVED IT.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
'Daddy' turned out to be a better experience that I anticipated. Not a big fan of lifetime movies or that sort, I was pleased to find this wasn't a melodramatic story that induced eye-rolling. Instead it was a very real drama with grief, trauma, and ultimate triumph over life's obstacles. The characters helped keep things afloat; the protagonist, "Daddy", "Oliver" was a man easy to understand. Even the woman who caused everyone conflict, Sarah, was written to be sympathetic in the beginning (som ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august, fiction, read-2015
After 18 years of marriage Sarah decides she wants more from life and walks away from her family to go back to university to complete her masters degree. Oliver can't cope with his wife having moved out and his children blame him, because he must have down something wrong. With all that's happening Oliver's mother later develops Alzheimer's and his father is struggling to keep her safe. It takes Oliver a while but he eventually gets his life in order and falls for a woman, but is it all too good ...more
Kathy Piper
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want to read this book. I had a pre-conceived notion that anyone who writes as many books as Ms. Steel must just grind them out in a formula -- or has a staff of 20 or so doing the writing in her name. In any case, I just wasn't interested. But this was our book club pick for this month, so I jumped in and started reading. And to my surprise, I couldn't put it down! I was hooked -- really, really hooked! There are real life issues in this story - real life sorrows and pain and drama. I ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of Steel's better books. The story is engaging, she doesn't keep repeating herself. Their are characters you love and hate. And by hate, I mean Sarah who was nothing but a selfish biatchhh. I loved Oliver as the main character, even if at times I didn't agree with how he handled some situations, like with his son and his baby. His kids were cute and likeable and the romances in the book were handled well, even if the last one happened super fast but I will let that slide as it is a ...more
Julie Barrett
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daddy by Danielle Steel
This book is about George, Oliver and Benjamin, 3 generations of one family, are all learning to cope with their struggles in life.
Their spouses: one is dying, another is heading off to college and one is expecting a baby.
Moments of joy and some tragedies as the twists and turns in this book leave you wondering what will happen next to each of them.
Lots of travel and much more loving.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Devi
ع قد ما كنت أحب روايات دانييل ستيل ل فترة على قد ما أكرهها الحين
تحس قلبك يتفتت مع آخر الرواية وليه الحب ما ينتصر بالأخير ما أعرف بس دايماً
تخلي الوحدة تتخلى عن زوجها وأولادها وما أعرف إذا هذا له علاقة ب حياتها
الشخصية انه ما غير تتزوج وتطلق :)؟
المهم إنه خلاص ما بقرا رواياتها الا اذا انا يائسة ما عندي شي اقراه
هيت يو داننيل :(
Ramyaa bommareddy
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is the only book by the author i've read,and that doesnt make feel like worshipping
its one emotional piece about dads(hey,u guys rock!!!:D) and oh,bdw,that mom is a bitch.
simply put,a great piece!
Aisha Adnan
التضحية أمر رائع و أكثر من ذلك ..، ان تتخلى عن احلامك لأجل الأشخاص الذي يحبونك .., و لكن من رأي ان من السهل تحقيق الاثنين ، لم تعجبني النهاية على الرغم من انها سعيدة.، و بالمناسبة شخصية أوليفر أنانية و ليست زوجته أو حبيبته .
Julie Hoffpauir
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this's not all the time you find the roles of teenage parenting reversed but I think this story was written to just perfection. I remember watching the movie on Lifetime and thinking that it was just outstanding.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

- سوْفَ تواجهك الحياه بالعديد من المشاكل بنىّ ، و الواقع أنّ ما تفعله بهذه المشاكل ، هوَ ما يجعلك رجلاً أو يحطّمك !
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relationship between a daughter and her father
Alina Grace
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: danielle-steel
Absolutely love this book. Brought tears to my eyes reading it.
Randy Wiggins
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that I've always loved and read many times.
Jul 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it when I read it....have grown over such books but the story is very heart breaking...i remember having tears in my eyes
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome book by an awesome Author!!!
Carol Waters
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap
I should not read this stuff, just should throw it away when I find it in my bookshelf. That was a waste of an afternoon.

This is the painfully long story of a man who talked his wife out of three abortions and then got stuck with the kids. He tries to talk his teen son into an abortion for the ugly and stupid girlfriend that this child supposedly trips over at his upscale high school. Daddy then falls in love with a series of women who seem to want him for his body and then meets The One. This
Axis El
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't find the right words to describe this novel...
There's something different about man's tears that it touch the heart, especially dads.
At first, the book wasn't anything special, maybe because I wasn't fond of Sarah's points. But as I go on, I can hardly put the book down as Oliver (daddy) takes the spot. His character is fragile and strong at the same time; the latter being him in most times.
The reality and weight of the story hit me. I admit, matters about family touch me but not trying
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book from hotel book shelf to kill time during holidays. It was easy read, but so ANNOYING.

From the begining I could not attach to main characters -
Why is there so much sympathy for Ollie? Why is everybody accusing Sarah of being selfish? This initial plot twist made me angry. What is so wrong about the woman who wants to go back to school (that is like 2-3h away??) after being a good mother for so many years? Why is nobody asking what she plans to study? What are her dreams after
Rachel Koch Gonzalez
What a horrible beginning! I absolutely detested Sarah, and I hate that she had no character development. She became this horrible mother and wife and she didn't seem to learn anything! I was not a fan of that. I did, however, find it interesting that the first several chapters are in her perspective until she leaves or decides to leave and it switches to his perspective, cutting her out of the novel and his life. Very well done.
Connlou Ross
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(c)1989 Exceptional read. I have to admit that I was tempted to read the ending because I really wanted to know what happens to Oliver. Sarah is a stay at home mom who seems to go through a midlife crisis and signs up for a MA course away from home. She tells herself or maybe she knows she won't ever come back to her children or husband. Oliver lives through a FT job, parenting and tackling everything else that family goes through. Good read for those that love D. Steel and romance.
Judit Rozsonits
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
<3 <3 <3
And the movie too <3
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very unrealistic falling in love time frames which would make it more lust - not love.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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