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Author: Danielle Steel / Genre: Fiction

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      17.01.2013 19:24
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      One the whole a good yarn

      Identical twins to look at one was to see the other even their own father,could not tell which one was which first Victoria and the Olivia, it was a constant guessing game.
      For strangers it was difficult at best to work out which girl was which, and they used it to their best interest often changing places at school and switching when one or the other didn't want to do something the other didn't mind doing, so for the twins Olivia and Victoria Hendersonit was a big game.

      The two remarkable young women were coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond a close and dangerous one, playful but dangerous leading them into unknown terretory.

      Olivia and Victoria were the beloved daughters of a man who never fully recovered from his wife's death during their birth. Shy, serious Olivia, born eleven minutes before her sister. Free-spirited Victoria wanted to change the world.
      Embracing the women's suffrage movement and dreaming of sailing to war-torn Europe. Little knowing events were about to take place that would allow her to do just that.
      As I have previously said The girls were constantly swopping places with one another so it comes as no suprise when Victoria asks her sister Olivia to do it just one last time. It also comes as no suprise that this has a way of backfiring as it is a momentous moment where both Victoria and Olivia have to face their own demons and make a life changing decision.
      It comes about when Victoria's life was about to become a public scandal. This due to a silly liason with a ruthless Rue. It led to a painful decision, and brought handsome lawyer Charles Dawson into the Henderson's life and family. He was the family lawyer and was chosen by the father to save his daughter's reputation.

      Charles mourning his wife's death aboard the Titanic, wanted to believe that, for the sake of his son, he could make an unwanted marriage work.Little did he know that the twins took an irrevocable step, which changed both their lives forever; which took Victoria to the battlefields of France, and Olivia was to live a lie as his wife and a marriage she longed for but could not have.

      Both living a lie, both finding happiness of a sort, their tales is heartfelt and thought provoking. I found it very well written and this made me not want to put it down.
      Needless to say it almost all works out in the end but I felt a bit let down as the book seemed to me to finish a bit hurridly.
      I felt for both sisters in their fight for happiness and would have liked a more cheery ending but it did I suppose finish well. At least for one of them.
      It is a good read when you are trying to recover from a broken arm and I needed the tissues at least twice while reading it. So all in all a good read.

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        11.09.2009 09:42
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        Olivia and Viola are as different as can be

        This has to be the most different Danielle book that I ever read. It also happens to be one of her best books- and I would put this down to the raw emotion that is depicted in the story. I have to say that the book cover is perfectly suited for the story: An optical illusion artwork that can depict the profile of two women. Usually I just open the book and dive straight into the story but it that case, I particularly admired the book cover and at that point, I had no idea to what extent the cover would enhance the plot as a whole!


        PLOT:
        The story is about the lives of two identical twin sisters, Olivia and Viola. One is wild and reckless, while the other is characteristically shy and somewhat demure. While the sisters are as different as can be, there is an amazingly strong bond that links them no matter what happens. However, with the turbulence of the First World War, certain incidents happen that might put their friendship to test. When a switch might just abruptly end up their bond, will the sisters manage to overcome difficulties and become best friends and sisters again? Danielle Steel delves deep into the shackles of human emotions to depict a brilliant relationship of love, strength and independence.


        While the plot might sounds rather simple and straight to the point, I can assure you that the actual story is far from being so simple! She really delves extremely deeply into emotions; I have rarely seen an author paint so many vivid emotions in such little space. I would say that most of the spaces in the book are filled with feelings and emotions- there is quite a little amount of descriptive narration but the feelings are obviously given number one priority in this book.


        This was a rather positive element for be because I could relate to many of the feelings thanks to the strong friendship that I have with my own sister. While the story explores identical twins, the description of such a bond and the sentimental aspect of the prose would encourage all sisters to relate to such a story. The plot is certainly filled to the core with new dramatic events and occurring but they seem to contribute towards enhancing the friendship that Danielle Steel depicts within the sisters.


        The negative point that I have with this story, however is that the pace does not gradually quickens up to a climax. It rather seems that the sentences were going slowly, and the plot advancing at a normal pace when suddenly, everything just rushes up to build quite an unexpected climax. I would really have liked the book better if it had not been so suddenly rushed like that!


        In addition, like I said, I loved the way and intensity in which Steel depicted sentiments, but I did not like her choice of words for these aspects. I think that her knack for providing details and feelings is really good since she dives deep into them but her choice of words were quite inappropriate: Some sentences are really extremely long and complicated with overly strong words. I think that this might somewhat hinder a reader's appreciation of the sisterly love depicted within the book.


        Overall, I would say that his is extremely wonderful as a story but the styling could have used some polishing off. Recommended especially to those who have a sister, identical or not!


        Thanks for reading!

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        18.06.2001 01:12
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        I first read this book when I was 13. I found it very interesting and moving (I was crying by the end) but possibly a bit too deep for someone so young. It starts off like a one of these aristocrat stories about really rich, beautiful women who live a life of luxury with two houses and loads of servants, but as the story progresses it turns out to be a very moving story of love and friendship with additional bits about the world around e.g. the first world war, suffrage etc. Although it seems that life goes too badly for just two people and also that it is a bit far-fetched in parts, it is quite true to life and will bring out the sensitive, emotional side of everyone who reads it. I would recommend this book but only to people who are at least 16 as it is a bit hard to follow in parts.

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          13.04.2001 04:56
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          The year is 1912 and the story is based around two sisters, Olivia and Victoria. These are no ordinary sister though, they are twins and identical at that. Their mother died during childbirth and they live with their father and live a very wealthy life. From the outside, Victoria and Olivia look identical and not even their own father can tell them apart. On the inside though, they are both very different indeed. Olivia is the typical woman of her time. She is quite happy running the house for her father and carrying out his wishes. Victoria is the complete opposite. She smokes and she has even taught her herself to drive which is not what is expected of a lady!! Above all, she is a fighter and she would love to be like her heros the Pankhurst sisters. Following the suffergette movement is her life and she longs to be a part of it all. Victoria's life takes a dramatic downturn when she meets and falls in love with a married man. He promises her that he is in a loveless marriage and that he will divorce his wife and marry her. Victoria is so young and so naive that she believes him. The couple get seen and the news is reported back to her father. He cant believe the scandel his daughter has caused. Not only has she hurt her family but she has also destroyed her reputation. Her father does the only thing he can think of and forces her to marry a man that is willing to take her on. Things do not turn out well for Victoria. Her heart still belongs to Toby and she cant stand the thought of her husband touching her. There is a war growing in Europe and Victoria is longing to get out there to do her bit, no matter how small it may be. Victoria talks Olivia into a future full of lies and deceit and neither know where it will all end. Although this book is quite "gushy" in places it is still quite a good read. The small details she gives about the war and its conditions are enough to turn your stomach and I
          cant help but wonder how so many people survived something so herific. The actual plot of the story though is still in typical Danielle Steele fashion and is very predictable throughout the whole book. There was a few thing that made me giggle throughout the book though and made me marvel at how much our world has changed in such a short time. The funniest has to be when Olivia was disguised when she saw a woman out around town when she must have been at least eight months pregnant...so shameful!! On the whole then, this is a very easy to read book. You dont need to concentrate too much on it and there isnt an in-depth plot to worry about. It is a nice little story and it shoulnd't take you too long to read it. It does make you wonder though about how much the world has come on in 90 years and makes me wonder what will become of the world in another 90.

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            07.12.2000 01:20
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            If you are expecting a formulaic Danielle Steele book, then think again. Mirror Image is set in a bygone day, but not one that the reader cannot empathise with, and the two characters, twins Victoria and Olivia Henderson, start to differentiate themselves from the opening pages. We meet Olivia, she is a homebody, happy to clean and help cook, and generally look after their aging father. She has no dreams of equal rights for women, as does Victoria, but she feels that the woman's place is in the home. Victoria, from the outset, seems to be headstrong, tempestuous and eager to look for trouble. She has no such desire to be tied down, not by her father's expectations, or society's rules. Sister Olivia is always bailing younger Victoria out, hiding her scrapes from their father, and never appreciating the pains Olivia goes to to keep her sister's reputation and the family name. Until Victoria has an affair, secretly, and finds herself pregnant, and alone, apart from Olivia. A marriage is arranged for Victoria, who is not happy with husband or son, and it is Olivia who once again steps into the breach, taking her sister's place in a marriage which only one of them really wants. Steele's story takes the reader from fine country house to smart cities around the world, the war torn countryside of France, and back, with Olivia's love for a husband who is not actually hers, and Victoria's secret life overseas. The writing is full of emotion, some humour, and dark moments, but true Steele fans should be satisfied with the depth of this story.

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              19.11.2000 19:57
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              I enjoyed reading this book, its about identical twins and being an identical twin myself I could empathise with it. This books looks at the relationship between twins, the constant guessing and people asking which one they were. It looks at the bond between the two sisters –Olivia and Victoria Henderson. Its quite a mysterious bond, playful and unique. They share their ups and downs. The twins are quite opposite-ones a free spirited person wanting to change the world the other more caring, wanting to visit the war torn parts of Europe. It’s a really good read and has a excellent ending. You actually feel sorry for them but you are amazed by their long journeys and where they end up. This book explores loads of themes between home and adventure, between the love for family and the passion for a cause between sacrifice and desire. A very good book to read enjoyed even more if you are a twin. It’s well written the only criticism is that at times you get a bit lost and even wander of through some pages.

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              Relates the tale of two sisters, identical twins, at the turn of the twentieth century.