When my Mother died, there were close on a thousand books to sort- I didn't have room for them all so most had to go to the PDSA charity shop.
Now when it came to sorting the fiction books- I chose to keep those that looked as if they had never been read, as I felt she would want them read, and I also retained those where the synopsis made me want to know more.
Among those I kept were several Danielle Steel books and having just finished reading The Kiss, I think I will have to accept that Ms Steel is not an author I am particularly fond of. The story is detailed in part and then scant of information elsewhere, I was able to keep reading it- so it wasn't a complete no-no- but I wanted to get to the end- not because I was desperate to know how the story turned out- but because I could move onto another book.
The story is based on two families, one living in the USA and the other living in Paris. Both marriages are all but non-existent and so it is not surprising that when the lady in Paris, Isabelle, and the man in Washington, Bill, meet, they form a deep, yet platonic friendship. They need each other, but not least because Isabelle has an invalided son, they have no future other than their close friendship and can only meet very rarely.
But on one of the rare occasions that they can meet, not only does their friendship become more than platonic, but fate intervenes to change both their lives forever. The event, which I will not give away, so as not to spoil it, means that they both have to take the steps on a journey into the future, a long arduous journey.
You follow their lives, some happy times, but mainly sadness, amidst the tangle of human relatinships.
Finally a conclusion to their story comes, and maybe had it been in shown as a tv movie- I would have been swept away with the events that unfolded- but I wasn't. Maybe because the outcome was there for all to see once their story took it's fateful turn.
Danielle Steel is a prolific and very very wealthy author, so who am I to question her story telling- but I cannot help but find that she is able to churn the stories out at such a pace, at the expense of quality.
*With regard to my Headline- I would say if you are a fan of Danielle Steel, you will enjoy this book, but if you are not and are looking for a good read- this would not be on my list of recommendations.