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Child's Play

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,390 ratings  ·  150 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The lessons our children teach us are the hardest ones. What do we do when our children don't pursue our hopes for them? In this riveting new novel, Danielle Steel explores how families can evolve and grow in unexpected ways.

A senior partner at a prestigious New York law firm, Kate Morgan couldn't be prouder of her three grown children. Tama
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Babydimps (Suzy)
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In Child’s Play, Danielle Steel tackles some tough subjects that are very common and relevant in today’s world.

It’s difficult to review a DS book - not because they are not enjoyable, but because most people know what to expect when they crack one open. They are always predictable, but that’s one of the things I love about her books. Surprises, yes. However, you know they are coming!

Widowed Kate Morgan has raised three “perfect” children. They are very successful adults, with good
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Sherri Thacker
What can I say? This is my 23rd book I’ve reviewed on Goodreads by Danielle Steel. And since I started reading her books in the 1970’s I know for a fact I’ve read so many more “back in the day”. This book was a fast, easy read. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book. All opinions are my own.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Child’s Play by Danielle Steel is a story that parent’s will be able to understand and relate to. Parents have certain expectations for their children. We forget that they must make their own mistakes and follow their own path in life. Kate Morgan always set the bar high for her children and worked to be a good example for them. Kate is in her 50s and a senior partner at a law firm in New York City. After her politician husband passed away in a helicopter crash nineteen years previously, Kate we ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooksiown
Kate Morgan loves her three grown children and only wants whats best for them. It is only when they decide to do what she doesn't want them to do that turns her life upside-down. Can Kate accept the paths her children have decided to go down and support those decisions? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read and my very first read by Danielle Steel. It was a great read about family, forgiveness and more. If you love stories about families, be sure to check this
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me mad early on, when the Mom felt her children weren't holding strong to the "perfect" lifestyle they were raised to and what Mom thought they were living. When the kids decide to start following their own beliefs, Mom reveals that she and her deceased husband were not so perfect themselves. Once this is revealed, Mom accepts the kids life choices which strengthens the family. I think Danielle Steel really went in a different direction with this story and I appreciated the change ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me preface this by saying that I have read every book that Danielle Steel has ever written. Some I've loved, and some, well, I haven't loved. This one is in the second category.

The reason I didn't love this book is that the majority of characters were not people I would like. Kate, our main character, is so judgmental and self-centered. Every time her children come to her to share some sort of news, she makes it about herself and gives them some superficial reason for their news
Neelam Babul
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another touching and heart warming story from Danielle Steel.

Kate raised three close to perfection as any mother could dream and hope for her children. She was a good wife and utterly devoted to her family. She plays the role of a supportive parent even after her husband passes away.

However, in a span of one year all of, their life is completely. She including her children find love, joys of parenthood, broken hearts and ultimately enable them to forge strong bonds amongst themselves.

A good s
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Danielle Steel but so far this was my least favorite book. I really didn’t like the relationship changes and they didn’t seem to care. It really made me not like the characters. I normally love all of her books but this one just missed the mark for me.
January Gray
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always and always will love books by Danielle Steel. She certainly has a standard writing style she uses and I always enjoy her books!
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Another easy, breezy enjoyable read. Kate is a widowed, mid 50s attorney with three children who keep her on her toes with lots of relationship and life drama as she tries to keep her “perfect” life and family moving forward. When each child brings changes into their own lives, it shakes up Kate’s. (You have to love Kate’s mother who is the true rock in the family.) Nice to continue to see Kate, a character of “a certain age” portrayed as sexy and vibrant. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House fo ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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What I think I liked best is that the man character is older and a self-reliant as well as competent. What she also is, is a single mom of 3 adult “kids” who are dealing with a lot amongst themselves. As the lives of her children start to unfold, and she finds out, she questions everything she thought she knew.

Danielle Steel is one of the best at women’s lit and this is exactly why. As an older mom I really could relate to Kate. Of course, not the trauma but the worr
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in two days and I enjoyed it very much. Kate has three grown children. She likes to say that they are perfect. They all went to good colleges and have wonderful jobs. Her son is engaged to be married to a beautiful, wealthy woman. All at once all three of her children make an announcement that causes Kate to rethink everything she believes in and taught her children. Kate reveals secrets about herself that she never told them. I especially liked Kate's mother. She seemed to ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate reared three as close to perfect children as any mother could dream. However, in a span of one year all of,their lives would be transformed. All would find love, babies would be born, hearts would be broken and healed. Some of the plot was totally predictable but that doesn't take away from Steel's story. The author has a gift for conjuring vile characters and Claire fulfills that role. Child's Play is a pleasant easy read about accepting family, faults and all. Thanks to NetGalley for the ...more
Doreena Silva
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Danielle Steel fans
Shelves: net-galley, arc, kindle
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Another fast, easy life affirming story by Danielle Steel.
Great story about a family with major differences of opinions and secrets and how they all find ways to get along despite these differences and the secrets revealed.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
It was good....a fast read.....again, I turn to Danielle Steel for a easy read that I usually can predict the ending before getting to the ending.....I've always liked her books, but read them fewer than I used to. The book was diverse and forgiving, and a bit to easy for me if that makes sense.
Melissa Borsey
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley, I have read many Danielle Steel books this year and have enjoyed them all. This book has definitely been my favorite one to read. The characters were so true to life and I liked the way the story progressed moving all the different storylines along together. An enjoyable and heartwarming read.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Danielle Steel did not let me down. One of my "pet peeves" is spelling and grammatical errors when reading published books and I am always pleasantly surprised to find that her books are so well written and edited prior to publication.
I found Kate's heartache followed by her love, strength and endurance, when faced with the realization that her children were not perfect and made mistakes or had secrets, to be both heartfelt and inspiring. I am the proud mother of a homosexual so
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

I loved the first 3/4's of this book. It deals with each one of us being our true selves in adulthood regardless of what our parents expectations are. In this novel there are three very distinct differences in how they are living compared to what their mother thinks her three high functioning adult children are living.

I appreciate the themes of dealing with the reality and still accepting the diversity and sometimes unconventional way these adult c
Barb Lie
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Child’s Play by Danielle Steel is another one of her wonderful heartwarming standalone novel revolving around a family. Child’s Play has some romance, but it is mostly about a family, children, life changing situations that had a bit of everything.

Kate Morgan is a successful senior partner in a law firm, who is in her mid-50’s, widowed and has three grown up children. She is content and very happy; adores and is very proud of her wonderful successful children (Tammy, Anthony and Clai
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Kate Morgan, a beautiful, efficient corporate attorney, widow of a prominent politician, and mother of three adult children. Widowed 19 years earlier, Kate raised her children to be good upstanding adults and seemingly perfect in her eyes. Meet the children; Tamara, 32 year old senior vice-president of a prominent fashion house, Anthony, 29 year old technology guru building video games with a prominent tech company, and Claire, the youngest at 26, an attorney with a prominent New York firm. ...more
Lynn Brooks
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

Danielle Steel's latest release CHILD'S PLAY brings us the story of an accomplished woman who portrays the perfect life and how it all plays out when the perfect things in her life turn out to have crumbling foundations. It shows the emotion a person goes through as things in life don't go exactly as planned, but also has a very strong foundation of loving no matter what. I really enjoyed it and found it to be pretty fast paced.

Kate Morgan was an easily redeem
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Over the years Danielle Steel has tackled historical novels, thrillers, romantic comedies, and of course, domestic dramas. This book falls into the final category, which is probably the genre she is most comfortable in. The novel follows Kate, a widowed attorney in her mid-fifties with three "perfect" children who aren't really so perfect. Her younger daughter, Claire, announces that she's pregnant and refuses to marry her boyfriend, much to Kate's chagrin. Then Kate's son Anthony, who is engage ...more
Jennifer Vido
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Morgan is a single mother in Manhattan working as a senior partner at a prestigious law firm. Balancing her career and motherhood after the sudden death of her husband hasn't been easy. Her three adult children are her pride and joy for each is successful in his or her own right. Then one summer, her whole world changes when she learns that each of her kids has been living a lie. Despite Tamara, Anthony and Claire having attended impressive schools and chosen highly desirable professions, t ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Steel has written a book about a woman named Kate who is in the next stage of her life, her children are all adults and she’s a widow and she’s an excellent attorney. Kate’s wants nothing but the very best of her children and holds them to a high bar of excellence and she knows she’s lucky that her three have never acted out or been in trouble. Anthony is a video game designer, Tammy is a top fashion executive at Chanel, and Claire is an attorney at a prominent firm. Her husband passed ...more
Jonathan Williams
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Danielle Steel. This book was very poignant and straightforward!! It tells the story of a mother and how she deals with her 3 children and the decisions they ultimately make in their life.
I found the book very interesting and very heartwarming. I loved all the characters except Claire (one of the three children). The characters in the book are very relatable and although I’m not a parent myself, the book really does show you how tough it is to be a parent. You’re alwa
Mandy Williams
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was the first Danielle Steel book I have ever read. I saw it at the library and figured, why not? I just wasn't too impressed by it. The characters were flat and I felt like the story moved along like a journal. Well on this day this happened. On this day this happened. Just over and over. Like someone else wrote in their review - rich people problems. Wow I am super thrilled you all get to travel to exotic locations all over the world but how about some real drama? Plus it annoyed me how m ...more
Donna Hines
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Single, successful, vibrant mom Kate has raised three grown kids so well that her husband would be proud.
Life is full circle and in this case it's not just 'Child's Play' as it doesn't get easier with age only more dramatic and cumbersome.
Enter Kate's world from her marriage to Tom that resulted in Anthony, Tamara, and Claire.
Now folks these three are no saints but they are not all sinners either!
Anthony of course is sowing his wild oats and unsure of his romance partners
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019
Kate Morgan is a mother of three children, who lost her husband Tom Morgan, 19 years ago in a plane crash. Tom was a successful congressman and Kate was a perfect political wife, who wanted to be a lawyer.
A year after Tom’s death They had a comfortable life with the insurance money. and Kate considered going to law school and fought all the challenges of being a student and taking care of her three children.
Today, she is a senior partner at Berrigan Feldman and McCarthy for fifteen years.
Kathy Miller
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Morgan loves a perfect, organized life. She has been widowed for 5 years and has been a single model mother to her three adult children. Tamara, Anthony and Claire. Luckily she has the type of mother she can lean on.

Within a year, Kate's world is in turmoil. Her children have been keeping secrets from her, and add a baby from an inappropriate romance, and another child has a confession to make to air everything out. Even Kate has kept some secrets locked up.

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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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