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Now and Forever - Danielle Steel

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Danielle Steel / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2009-05-29 by Sphere

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      11.02.2010 18:08
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      Can they make it work?

      It is very rare that I appreciate a book with broken flow and somewhat tight, compacted sentences. But Now and Forever has such an amazing plot with exquisitely placed twists and turns that I remained riveted to the book- neglecting my dissertation in the process. There are a lot of repeated sentences, a lot of misplaced words, and quite a fair amount of unnecessary details and/or paragraphs that seemed to have been added just to fill up space- but I will yet maintain that this is by far, one of the best Danielle Steel books I've ever read. The outstanding plot really made up for all shortcomings.


      Jessica and Ian nearly have it all. Good looks, a happy marriage and money. Until one fateful day when Ian sleeps with another woman. And get convicted of rape. Their marriage is soon put to test by a tough jury, an exhausting journey of pain, hope and debts...Is their love strong enough?


      In true Danielle Steel fashion, the author dives straight into the plot without any messing about. The book itself begins with Ian as he contemplates his wife's absences and notices the pretty woman who will soon convict him of rape. However, I was dismayed to see that Steel's direct approach to writing soon faded as soon as the plot moves into the hardships faced by protagonists. Like I mentioned above, she starts fiddling around with words and including quite unnecessary details. I can't be sure but the impression that I got was that she was trying to make the story advance. However, I have to say that the plot was really riveting enough- hence turning blatant details into unnecessary additions.


      In fact, the whole plot, especially the court cases, were a bit like watching a rougher version of Kramer VS Kramer. I loved the ruthlessness in which Steel portrayed the fairness- and sometimes unfairness- of the law. I have to say that I've grown quite tired of books that constantly try to depict the same image of court cases. My cousin is a lawyer and he often talks to me about some tough cases and I have to say that based upon what I know, Steel's court cases in this book were sustained with quite a high dose of realism. The whole effect of two protagonists going through such a grueling process would have been more relatable had it not been for the constant breaks in the flow of the words. Some paragraphs do not seem to follow each other and at times, lines seemed to have been seriously misplaced- hence somewhat drawing the reader out of a captivating plot.


      But what I truly loved about the book was the romantic side of it. Danielle Steel draws a picture of a man whose one time, almost drunken fling turns into disaster. To add to the spice and drama of it all, yet another picture is drawn, this time of the wife who has to cope with both her husband's sleeping with another woman, supporting him through court and trying to come up with enough money for the numerous trials. On the surface, it merely appears as man mooching off his wife, but I loved the manner in which the author delves deep in order to show how appearances can be deceiving. Under the wife-who-works-husband-who-fools-around image, she artfully gave a depiction of the uniqueness of their relationship, as well as the strong love and bond that exists between them, despite how society might judge them. I would say that the unconventional background that she laid out for Ian and Jessie as a couple really served into enhancing the originality of the plot as a whole.


      Overall, this is quite a highly recommended book if you can stand long drama, long words and lots of twists and turns. But it would be worth getting through all the shortcomings just to be rewarded with a fantastic plot and setting.


      Thanks for reading!

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      23.01.2010 10:53
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      Ok read for the Dannielle Steel fans just not her best book

      I will start with the short plot of this story. It is about a woman who is madley in love with her husband, she has no family and no friends a court case is bought forward against them and she has to face demons and finds new friends.

      Dannielle Steel has always been one of my favrouite authors, I find she is a brilliant love story writer that alway has a happy ending in her books. I have found that she writes very moving situations and would say that she is like the upto date mills and boon writers. Her books can be very raunchy and the descriptions of movements and dress sence you can imagine very easily.

      This book however had its fault as well as its upside. The faults that I can think of off the top of my head are that she repeats sentances very often as soon as one is said this may not be her fault totally this may be the editors. The story is very far fetched this really made me struggle reading it, I find the more believable the story is the more I want to read it. However on another level it did keep me wanting to read it but in my own time not at evey available minuite I could pick it up the tv seemed more interesting at the time than this book. The refrences of rape in this book was very overpowering and made me feel a little uneasy when reading it which I didn't like and the main charactor being a woman made me feel that all women are like her and I must say that I am very liberal and don't find men run the world, this did make me think a little though if really I was in denial and that I was not as powerful in my household as I thought.

      I also found this book hard to read because it repeated itself alot I kept getting lost where I was and re reading parts which got very frustrating. The book was slightly boring because parts being the same as some which had already been written so it was if half the book could have been taken out to make just one half decent read. The only reason that I persisted with this book was because I was hoping that it would get better because of her being a big selling aurthor.

      The good points about the book were the thoughts that it gave me and made me look at my own life and how uncomplicated it is. It made me think from the main charactors point of view which in some ways I could understand her.

      The front cover is very sweet and appealing with a simple picture of a very pritty blonde woman who makes you think is the main charactor in the book.

      I wouldnt advise anyone who is not a Dannielle Steel fan to buy this because I do not think you would enjoy it. To the Dannielle Steel fans this is an ok read for you but go to asda and buy it for £1 like I did it is not worth more than that to be perfectly honest. It is definatley not the best book that she has ever written but I also do not find it the worst. If you collect her books like me then it may be worth some money if you have it with the collection some day, I suppose we can all live in hope.

      Thank you for reading I hope it was helpful.

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