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A Perfect Life

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,437 ratings  ·  445 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
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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 ...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 ...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 ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was my first ever Danielle Steel book, and was not impressed by the writing at all. The first 100 pages were painful, and terribly repetitive. This was a very predictable, semi-grown up fairy tale. Everything each character did was absolutely perfect...the interviews, the singing, the cooking, the talents.... too perfect it was a bit nauseating. and for such an ambitious and successful woman, she was a needy mess when it came to romance... I guess these types of books just aren’t my ...more
Jill Dodson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I liked some of the older historical romances from her but not this one. This one was kind of painful to read and I stopped part way through which I almost never do. I usually try to stick it out even with books I don't like, but I just couldn't swallow the story line and I get tired of all her perfect, beautiful and rich protagonists. I found the main character very unlikable and the idea that her daughter adored her after being shuttled off to a school for people with special needs for eleven ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I ve been reading Daniele Steel books for the last years and lately I feel like Im not connecting with the plot/characters as much as I used to. I wonder if its because I have outgrown this kind or read or maybe the author is losing her touch. It pains me to say this because her books have helped me a lot throughout the years and my love for reading has only grown over the year.

This book was quite basic and predictable. but I will give Steels books another chance and hopefully I will like them
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 ...more
Ruchi Talati
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Danielle Steel is an established author when it comes to pen down the story. Every character described in book forms a visual presentation at back of your mind while going through book. Twist and turns at right moment brings spark to the lengthy page read. Story for this book is quite predictable if you read a lot of romance and fiction. Nothing special but one extra star only for the perfect writing.
Carolyn E. Moreno

The last time I read Danielle Steele I was in high school. Not sure if she has always been this bad and I just got old enough to see it, but at times it felt like reading a grocery list, instead of a novel. I hated the main character immediately, and could predict the storyline down to the gender of the accidental pregnancy. If you are looking for fluff to skim, I guess this is OK, but for me I won't read another.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A better statement has never been written. ‘With all the humanity that made it special and unique, it wasn’t perfect, and it didn’t need to be. It was very, very close to perfect. It was exactly the life they wanted it to be.’ Danielle Steel
Trading perfect for real.
As expected of DS, a light hearted romance with all the trimmings and a happy ending
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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