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The Cottage

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,716 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Danielle Steel’s New York Times bestseller weaves a compelling story of fame and friendship, charmed lives and private struggles…and of three very different men whose lives converge and collide at . . .

A gleaming Rolls-Royce pulls through the gates of the magnificent Bel Air estate known as The Cottage. The man behind the wheel is Hollywood’s ageless wonder, Cooper Winslo
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Dell (first published 2002)
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Ashley Daviau
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such pleasant, easy reading! I really enjoyed the mix of characters and watching them each grow snd evolve. I was also quite happy with how everything ended up working out, it was the perfect ending!
Jenny Laengle
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, boring, keeps repeating herself over and over and over again, no surprises.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and quick with a large variety of personalities in the character cast. I actually got into the book fairly quick because of the interesting backgrounds of the characters. I tend to read more Danielle Steel books in the winter but this past winter it has continued to extend into the summer months. Actually have a few more on my nightstand to read before trying to get more from the library because sometimes you need an interesting but not over intense. Great story that blends Hollywoo ...more
Deb Rankin-Moore
Jan 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel is worth $385 million. Good for her, I guess. She made this money writing toss aside novels, in my estimation.

My mom and sister devoured her books. I may have read my first and last. Her characters are out of my league, and so narcissistic and shallow, I can't foresee myself torturing myself with this drivel.

This is her 54th novel. Perhaps that is why she repeated words within the same paragraph. She repeated sentences - word for word - through the the book. Heck, she repeated ful
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this a long time ago but do remember really enjoying it. Easy reading, but satisfying.
Phil Williams
I read this book because my niece is a fan of Danielle Steel. I had expected that after writing ten thousand books, or however many she has written, that the words would flow over the pages as smoothly as a fine scented oil.
They don't.
The writing is as hard to wade through as a swimming pool filled with Jell-O. The characters are stiff and barely there. We know who they are, but not really what they feel, only the surface emotions. The point of view changes from one character to another, from pa
Alona Perlin
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I gave a Danielle Steel novel a 5-star rating. It was truly a mix of a very interesting story, with memorable characters and enough Hollywood glitz. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I took a break from it. I am a Jackie Collins fan and miss Jackie-type novels and this was close to what Jackie Collins wrote about. The characters were woven in well together and the story had an interesting concept. It was predictable, at times as I could tell who was going to end up wi ...more
Michelle Robinson
Wow, this book was overwraught and impossible to believe. I understand that it is a work of fiction but this stretches credibility a bit too far. There is a happy ending but this is a bit too much. It strains even the most forgiving reader's ability to accept. For me it is just too too much a of a fairytale. You will find yourself asking really????? Too convenient too contrived for one to enjoy the ending or the read. ...more
Sarah Waters
Was initially too embarrassed to publish that I have read this book on here then I though why not....everyone needs to read a predictable, trashy story occasionally. This book fits that description to a t.
Kind of silly
2.5 stars
Maxine Stevens
Excellent Read...
Mitsu Vaishnav
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cottage !!!

Against a glittering backdrop of celebrity and glamour, DANIELLE STEEL digs deeper to tell a story of friendship and love, tragedy and second chances…of the choices and unexpected turns of fate that can shape characters and lives.

Danielle Steel has always been one of my favorite writers. The way she presents various relationships with a stroke of a pen is simply mind-boggling. I myself have lost count of the number of novels I have read which have been written by her. But all of t
May Hui
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Danielle Steel fan but clearly it's like she's writing this book like she is drunk. Repeating the same thing over and over again. I don't even like it when my friends repeat stuff, let along reading the same thing. Disappointed in this book. Maybe her editors are failing her. Shouldn't someone say something to her? Her earlier books might be better because she cared more? I hate when authors do this, care less because they are now just a money making machine. ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romance novels.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Danielle Steel's books.
This was another predictable story by Danielle Steel, but I enjoyed the storyline & characters.
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit surprised that most of the characters in this were all men. Not really what I expected from DS. But it was a nice change of pace.
May 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Entertaining fluff. A bit 'rich'. ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK story but pretty predictable. But a good beach read fast and not deep. But there was a good moral - when you are honest, especially with yourself, things work out much better.
Elizabeth Mulligan
A happy read. I listened to the audio book and found myself giggling and smiling throughout!
Linda M.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. I gave it a 4 out of 5 because the word "girl" was used throughout the book to describe the female characters. Otherwise, it was a good book.

Cooper Winslow is a 70 year old actor who hasn't received a good movie offer in quite a while & is up to his hip waders in debt. His accountant, Abe, suggests he sell some of his cars, quite buying clothes, going to fancy restaurants, release all but one servant, and rent out the gatehouse & guest suite in order to bring in some additional money
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This story is about a seventy year old guy who was a Big screen movie star and Hollywoods biggest playboy. He never married, he enjoyed hopping from one scarlet to the next. He spent money like it was water, never put any away. now he is not getting any leading roles and he is in terrible debt and his accountant tells him he is about to be homeless if he doesnt stop spending money. Coop doesnt believe him, he thinks that he will be getting another big role soon, but everyone is telling him its n ...more
UGenius StaFa
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is a story about a well-renowned movie star who had everything going for him, until things took a turn for the worse, where he goes broke. With the only hope of getting a big role in a movie to redeem himself, Coop Winslow was faced with the decision of having to sell his most priceless possession or cut down on his extravagant lifestyle. His only ticket to redemption was to rent out part of his cottage. However, his new tenants Mark and Jimmy now in his life came along a whole different tr ...more
Jo Anne
I haven't read any Danielle Steel novels in a while, mostly because they are pretty much formula writing. Just happened to want a light read the other day and stumbled upon The Cottage. While it was very much a formulaic Steel novel, it was pretty good since the main characters were wronged men, for once. (Normally it's women.)
Cooper is a 70 year old movie star, still handsome, who thinks he's still in his 30s. He is broke but lives like a millionaire, and owes everyone. His greatest treasure i
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first and probably last Danielle Steel novel. I chose this particular book because I thought it would be interesting to see how the very rich lived. As others have said, Danielle has a habit of repeating herself which was really irritating. She also tends to say "gotten" alot. Another irritating habit.
Onto the book, we all have this fantasy of dating an older man, unfortunately at 70, Cooper was just too old to get excited about. They could have made him in his late 40s or even mid 50s, but a
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actor Coop Winslow had a great life, a great job and a great house when he was younger, but growing older in the limelight as a Hollywood actor makes it difficult to maintain the life style that he had become accustomed to. Playing a gigolo and being one was starting to take its toll on his personal image as well as his bank account. Changes had to be made, but at Coops age, that's easier said than done.

Danielle Steel books always have such good romance stories, this one has about three in it.
Randy Tramp
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cooper Winslow is a movie star, playboy, who is broke and must rent out his cottage. Mark Friedman and Jimmy O'Connor are those tenants.

What a great read. The characters are interesting, the plot exciting.

What I liked most about this book was the fact it was real. Even though it depicts a Hollywood star, it showed the consequences of a playboy life. In one conversation between Mark and Jimmy, the men talked about how that wasn't for them.

This was a book about friendships, life and good and bad.
Yana Goldman
To each his own, but for me this book was hard to read. I feel like the writer even though a woman herself writes about women showing them in a very weird light. Shows unlikely romantic relationships where the age difference is 40 years, the story is very predictable and lots of cliché moments. Maybe if I were older and lived several decades ago I would have liked it. Or maybe it's just not for me. ...more
Amber Griffith
I've always hated how Steele will flip flop between character perspective. I also hate how she repeats the same thing over and over and over again and this book was certainly no exception. The main character of her book was egotistical and boring yet she tried to hype him up. The best story in the book only had 2 or 3 chapters dedicated to it. I always say how much I dislike her writing style and yet I find myself getting sucked in again and again. ...more
Victor A. Chaungwe Jr
Whenever I go to the local bookstore there is a huge section of the author’s books and simply out of curiosity I decided to pick this one and it was an amazing read.
Though the main character Cooper Winslow was somehow overrated if not exaggerated but she still found a way of justifying it.Danielle was meticulous enough to allow the story to unfold in ways I never anticipated, I guess that’s what made it even more interesting.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mixed up love stories come true

I have come to really enjoy Danielle Steel novels. Some are very predictable, boy meets girl, both very attractive, blah, blah, blah. This one was different, because for once, the men are the stars of the show. And I fell in love with it even more. Going to download another one of her books. Hope she surprises me again
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished reading this after starting it since early January😁
Was not bad at all, typical Danielle Steel. Although there was a slight twist midway, in my opinion. A slight deviation from the typical "tie up everything nicely" scenario. Afterwards, however, the ending was predictable.I liked it.
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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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