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A Perfect Life

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,961 ratings  ·  473 reviews
From Danielle Steel comes a heartwarming and inspirational novel about a mother and daughter who face challenges, cope with celebrity, and overcome tragedy while maintaining the outward appearance of . . .A Perfect Life

The epitome of intelligence, high-powered energy, and grace, Blaise McCarthy is an icon in the world of television news, asking the tough questions and taki
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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I wonder if I am getting too old for these books. They don't seem to hold my interest as they once did. A part of me was worried about this book when the daughter was described as a type one diabetic. My mother is also a type one diabetic and has been since she was a young girl, so I wondered how Danielle Steel would explain the disease. I'll get to that later. Let's begin with the main character. I can only describe Blaise as a red headed Barbara Walters. World famous, known for her TV specials ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
-maybe spoilers?-

This will be my first and last Danielle Steel book I read. I didn't think it was well written and it was extremely predictable. While I don't need characters to suffer to enjoy a book some conflict would have been nice. I feel like Blaise led a too perfect life and got pretty much everything she wanted which makes for a really boring read. Also, if Blaise or anyone mentioned the age difference ONE MORE TIME I was going to pull my hair out. It was too overused and not as taboo as
Minty McBunny
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, september-2014
While this is certainly not the worst Danielle Steel book I have read, it is definitely the most poorly edited. I don't know who was asleep at the switch, but there are sentences in here where the syntax doesn't match, where she clearly went back and changed the context in one part of the paragraph but not the other and no one caught it. It was quite a distraction, but not the author's fault.

Other than that, it was pretty much what I expect from Steel, no surprises but decently readable unlike
Nov 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can't even believe how poorly this book was written. I have a broken arm and my concentration level isn't where it normally is, so I wanted something really light and I figured I'd give Danielle Steel a shot. I may have read something by her years ago, but I can't remember. I figured she'd written so many popular books that she must be a great storyteller. I couldn't have been more wrong. The writing was completely abysmal. Perspective changed multiple time on the page, to the point you couldn ...more
Merrill Medansky
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Danielle Steel is a good story teller, but after having read several of her books, I realized that they are all basically the same... and actually not very well written. Little dialogue, lots of description and background that's repeated through the book.

This one was as quick a read as her others, set in the typical upper class of New York City. People meet, fall in love, have a conflict, and come back together... very formulaic.

A good diversion and summer read.
lacy white
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Danielle Steel
This was such a perfect fluff story after the disappointment that I had with the last book I read. Yes, it covers some serious topics but Danielle Steel's writing makes it easy to read and she navigates those tricky subjects with ease. Whenever I am feeling down, I just pick up a Danielle Steel book and get whisked away in the wonderful worlds that she creates.

The story follows Blaise McCarthy. She is an extremely successful reporter, who clawed her way to the top. She has daughter, Salima, who
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been reading Danielle Steel books since I was a teenager, and I've loved them. She has some truly great reads. This is not one of them. The story is tired and predictable. Strong, overachieving female character has the perfect, cosmopolitan life and doesn't need a man. That is, until she meets one. I have to say, I DESPISED Blaise. I'm supposed to admire a woman that has put her career over every facet in her life, including her child? No, thanks. For me, she wasn't admirable, and my ire fo ...more
Somehow this lacked the typical Steele magic, and was repetative at times. Still a decent read.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was good, I had read it before
Kathy Saunders
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Lately the same formula for all of her books the last few years-a high powered successful woman who is older than the man she becomes involved with, an unexpected pregnancy. This is a summer read and I'll continue to read her books but wish she would get back to her history oriented books centering in Europe or elsewhere.
Blaise McCarthy a single mother who managed her well-ordered career meticulously, always prepared on the air or interviewing world-renowed figures and heads of state. To her a
Desiree Watson
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Blaise McCarthy is a world renowned journalist. When her daughter Selima, ( who is blind), has to come home from private school because of the death of her caretaker, she is devastated. They have no one else to send home with Delima e crept for a man. (Simon). Blaise and Selima are both adamant about not having a man in the home, but since there is no one else to send besides Simon, they have to accept him.

In time, Blaise and Selima come to love and accept Simon. Blaise and Simon secretly begin
Smita Beohar
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy, 2014
a typical Danielle steel novel with a famous protagonist and her perfect life. same old description of her perfect life same old repetitions. same old formula of suddenly her world changing and later correcting itself.
what makes this book a little different is that it isn't as bad coz there are some actual dialogue there and not a passive writing. what doesn't work is that the book has no high point. it works on a linear frame and ends therein. no drama etc. possibly after having read so many b
Oct 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-like
Typical DS writing of late. Is she phoning these in now? I had figured out the (flimsy) plot about 10 pages into the book. Of course Blaise, the main character, was beautiful, successful, blah, blah, blah. Of course she's been unlucky in love before. And of course she's wealthy enough to afford not only a decent size apartment in NYC, but can keep her blind, diabetic daughter at a high class private school. Don't waste your time reading this crap.

That said, I used to love DS's books many years
Vannessa Anderson
A Perfect Life was a tender story about a relationship between an older woman with a diabetic teenage daughter and a younger man who was in a destructive relationship with a co-worker with sons and an abusive husband.

A Perfect Life is about the journey of three people who come of age after coming to terms with the curveballs thrown at them by life.

There was nothing original about A Perfect Life being the typical love story that’s been told many times by many authors but it was not boring and was
Helen Wilson
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another excellent book by Danielle Steel, I absolutely love her books, always have, there have been a few but this one was great, how people find each other and despite age they separate but find their way back to each other and manage despite all things in their life make it work and end up happy in the end, so to me age makes no difference at all if you are in love, age is only a number and love wins in the end, I recommend this book to anyone who likes this type of story
Denise Jo
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another typical Danielle Steel book, which to me is a good thing.. This one is about a news station icon, Blaise. She has a daughter that is 19 and does not live at home. If I tell you to much, it will not be a surprise when you find out about her. It also involves love, and romance. You will want to read this one
Mitchell Seier
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, I have tried to read multiple books by this author because of her flowing writing style. But this is the first and only one I finished, and I thought it was lovely. The romantic couple in the story isn't exactly conventional due to how different the two of them are, but I was satisfied with the book after I finished! ...more
Crista McCormick
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been reading her books for over 20 years and probably won't stop until she does. There is always tragedy of some kind but there is also always faith, hope and love and that I won't grow tired of. ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Typical Danielle Steel with slightly more imagination than her recent works, except for finding and losing love, only to find again. At least I could finish this story. 4 of 10 stars
Chiroya Gowins
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book. From the beginning I thought the story was going to be about her trying to keep her job and it was far from it . Great read
Jean St.Amand
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Typical Danielle Steel: Character 1: Attractive, wealthy, famous woman (journalist, this time) Character 2: Disabled person (type 1 diabetic and blind, this time) Character 3: Good looking, multi-talented Mr.Perfect who is unsuitable for some reason (15 years younger than Char. 1, this time). At first, Char. 1 wants nothing to do with Char. 3 because he is a MAN, and how can a man be a caregiver for her 19 year old daughter who can't (or won't) dress or bathe herself or put her own toothpaste on ...more
Crisel Blenda Fernandez
Aug 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
The first time I heard about Danielle Steel is through my third year English high school teacher. She is a great fan. And from the moment I heard it from her, I really got curious about what kind of a writer Steel is. So when I found this book on my sister's shelf, I took it and gave it a go.

After finishing this book... I realized Steel is not for me... Or perhaps just this book.

Because this book is nothing but... boring and bleh.

The whole book kept on talking about how great, perfect and old
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ms. Steel has been regularly churning out four or more books per year (seven so far in 2017, and this is only August), and I sometimes wonder if the quality of a particular book has more to do with the skill of the ghostwriter. In “A Perfect Life” the characters are one-dimensional, the depiction of how journalists work is farcical (with the heroine accepting an expensive piece of jewellery from an interview subject following an interview that she conducts; “Saudi men just give very generous gif ...more
Skye Yin
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Individuals are always satisfied with lifestyle they already had, which leads them to ignore the happiness and achievement in diversified lifestyle. In this book, author Danielle Steel depicts how adorable could life be after a sudden and miserable accident. Main character Blassie has a dreamful life that occupied top of position in network and a good relationship with surrounding people. Her life always is peaceful but no interest any more, because she acts more like a machine that conquer one ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
"A Perfect Life" is far from a perfect book. Creative Writing 101: Don't tell us what to think, make us feel it. This is not a technical "how to" manual. But with the exception of Simon's parents, speed writing Steele doesn't take the time to develop characters or justify any of their actions. She tells you what to think of every character and of significant issues such as disabilities and even gun control. The invisible omnipresent narrator is constantly telling us what we're not allowed to obs ...more
Savanah Rae
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel was very captivating and enjoyable to read. Its about a famous, wealthy and independent news journalist Blaise McCarthy who has a rather tumultuous year. Her blind daughter Salima, who has been in boarding school, is forced to come home after an illness outbreak at her school. Forced to come with her is her new assistant, who just happens to be an attractive 32 year old male, Simon. Used to her own routine, Blaise now is sharing her apartment with Salima and Simon for a few months unt ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Can anyone have A Perfect Life? It may look like it from the surface but so many things happen when you are trying to work things out. Blaise McCarthy is a TV icon. She is very tood at her job. She is a single mom, her daughter is blind and has been at school for the blind for many years. The school has to close down for 3 months, the only assistant who can help out is one of the male teachers. This proves to be questionable, as neither Blaise or her daughter are happy about having a man at the ...more
Teresa Biggie
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Like so many of the author's books I have recently read, she takes a real famous person or family and turns them into her characters. In this case I think the mom was probably based on Barbara Walters and it was a really sad relationship between mom and daughter and I can not believe how pleasant and forgiving her daughter was. Now to the romance, younger man caretaker comes in and over and over and over and over and over again... it is mentioned that the age difference should be a bigger deal.. ...more
Read N' Reviews
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I would give this a 3.5 book rating. It was not once of those "that only happens in books" kind of story. Blaise (the main character) goes through all sorts of different life situations with partners that could happen. I will admit that when I found out about Blaise's daughter's situation I got angry. I just don't understand how anyone could put their job before their child. Because I tend to read horror and mystery books, I kept forgetting I was reading a romance novel, and was waiting for some ...more
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s bestselling authors, with almost a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include All That Glitters, Royal, Daddy’s Girls, The Wedding Dress, The Numbers Game, Moral Compass, Spy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift ...more

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