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I am an unconditional Danielle Steel fan and must have read every single book she published. However, I have to say that through the years, her writing has become nothing short of repetitions of previous novels. The interesting plot twists that served into making her America's most popular Bestselling author gradually faded into a series of pattern and predictability.
A typical, old-fashioned housewife is completely devoted to her family in body and soul. But when the chance for her to work in Hollywood arises, Tanya follows her dream to become a successful screen play writer. But the cost she has to pay can be very high...
Bungalow 2 is quite a thick book- exactly the kind of book I love reading. I was expecting lots of typical Steel intrigue but in terms of suspense and unpredictability it was quite disappointing. The book, for example, drags on and on about unnecessary details that seem to have no contribution to the plot. The first chapters are in fact largely devoted to a lot of elements in the protagonist's life- elements that do not have a single dose of importance for the book as a whole. In fact, there are numerous sub-plots and sub-characters in this book and all of them are very highly detailed to such an extent that the reader expects more of them. Sadly, I ended up with no further development from the anticipated character or plot.
Like I said, in terms of predictability, this was turned out to be only a mildly entertaining novel. You already know what will happen- with whom the protagonist will end up, the stories that won't work out and the numerous melodramas that will happen through the course of the novel. In addition, there are quite a lot of repetitions. Someone says something in the novel and after two pages, another person says the same thing to yet another character. Or, the exact same sentences are repeated all through the novel. I read Steel's Sunset in St Tropez right after having read this book and I was dismayed to see a lot of similarities with Bungalow 2 (mainly in terms of dialogue).
In terms of loose ends, I have to say that they were not at all tied very well in the novel. I would say that Steel emphasized upon the forces of human nature way too hard in this novel. She has always been acclaimed for her strong doses of realism, but she tried to hard for this one that it turned into quite an unrealistic book. There are things that could have been worked out, but that didn't because of some minor, somewhat pathetic reason. In addition, many of the characters were quite flat and dull, and quite mismatched to their respective dialogues. The characters were so flat that at some point I thought that the author now only makes it to the bestselling list merely because of the amazing reputation that she's earned through the years.
I never thought I would say that about a Danielle Steel novel but this one isn't really recommended unless you just want some mildly entertaining reading. If you feel you can overlook the repetitions, by all means go ahead and give it a try.
Thanks for reading!