For Olympia's husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees, while Veronica's identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there's Olympia's ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia's college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life, and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed.
From a son's crisis to a daughter's heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered, and new traditions are born, a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love.
©2006 Danielle Steel; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Steel sticks to what she knows best." (Booklist)
I couldn't get past the first couple of pages the writing and language was so bad. It was too painful and every time the same over effusive gushes issued forth I winced. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who cares about the English language but if you are just in it for background listening while you are trying to go to sleep it might serve some purpose.
Garrison reads as though he is entertaining a group of 6-year-olds. He raises his voice at the end of sentences and seems to feel the need to emphasis every point he comes across. I wasn't the inane nature of the story that made me quit reading this book, it was his reading of this book!
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