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I love Danielle Steel and this is a more recent read of mine. I have to say that I deeply enjoyed this book, although, I would have liked to have read a more complete ending. After reading this book I feel so blessed to have been born to such supportive loving parents. This story is about a girl named Victoria. Her parents named her after queen Victoria. It wasn't until Victoria was about 6 and saw the first picture of queen Victoria that she realized how her parents really saw her. She was different. She was very white with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her parents had another baby when Victoria was 7 and Victoria loved her baby sister. Her sister Grace was beautiful and looked exactly like both get parents, olive skin, brown hair and brown eyes. Her father and mother never fail to put her down and belittle her. This story is about acceptance and love of one self. How important it is to be yourself and love who you are. The story is that good you really feel for Victoria and understand how everything is affecting her, I would love to see how Graces life ends up , maybe this could be some kind of follow up story?
I am a self confessed Danielle Steel junkie! I grew up with her books. Have dozens of them scattered all over the house, each on in tatters from being read over & over. So I knew, even before I purchased this book that it would be worth reading. And for anybody out there who 'judges a book by its cover', then this does not fail to disappoint.
From the first chapter I was enthralled. Completely and Utterly lost in fantasy world. Steel has a way of capturing your heart within the story as she writes with honesty and truth, tells of real life stories, makes her characters as real as you and I. Bliss!
First, you are dragged in by the cover, then the storyline and as the story unfolds it becomes impossible to put down. For anybody who has ever felt like they don't belong, this is a story for you. For anyone who has never fit in within their family, this is a story for you. For anybody with a sister who means more than anything in the world, this is for you. And for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in this busy lonely world, then this is a story for you. I became totally enthralled with Victoria (the main character), felt her highs and joyous moments and cried when she cried.
Brilliant read and it is a book that you would read over and over without ever getting bored!!
This was my first Danielle Steel's book I have ever read and certainly will not be my last.
**The Story (No Spoilers involved)
You would think any child born weather initially wanted or not would be idealised by there mother or father...Obviously not even when a better thing comes along.
Two beautiful parents have a baby and are disappointed when there first child (Victoria) doesn't exactly follow suit and doesn't meet there expectations but it's a different story when there second child (Gracie) arrives and is exactly what they imagined. Victoria's father refers to Victoria as there "Tester cake baby" before they found the perfect recipe (Gracie).
Victoria knows exactly how her parents feel about both their children and they make it openly clear. Her narcisstic father is always telling her she is a "Big Girl", "You're too smart and not pretty enough, no man will ever fall for you".
Victoria remains strong to her decisions she make through the book even at her expense and her parents (especially her fathers) disapproval.
Victoria moves to New York and starts a whole new life, as far away from her parents as possible.
**Back of the Book
Victoria struggles to find a life far from the hurt and neglect of her childhood, the damage created by her parents, the courage to find freedom, and become who she really is at last.
As I stated this was my first Steel book and I was impressed by her style of writing. The novel was a brain in neutral one where I could enjoy the storyline and characters and not have to think too much about the plot and twists.
I enjoyed the book but would understand others who didn't as it isn't very taxing on the imagination and very simple.
I would recommend this book if you like easy reading.
Amazon - £3.99 (paperback)