Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.
Valerie’s daughter, April, has no love life, no rest, and no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, no man, no kids.
Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age. A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration — and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.
©2011 Danielle Steel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I really enjoyed this story as I have most of Danielle Steel's books. I bought it because of the author without sampling it.
Never again I started to listen but have to do it in small bursts. I have 60 audio books in my library however have not struck a book where the narrator reads it so quickly. it is not at all enjoyable or relaxing. Never will I purchase another book with this narrator she races through it so fast I have still not managed to finish it.
I'm usually a big fan of Danielle Steele, but I feel she's out of touch with reality. These characters are TOO perfect, nobody's that perfect. Right now I'm just hoping it will end.
Interesting story for light entertainment. My first Danielle Steel book .... I never thought I could be entertained by a story about a woman confronting the onset of later years in life.
I have been enjoying this book all week however I listen to books during a long commute and use them to unwind from a stressful job. I have not been able to listen for too long as the narrator of this book has a constant very rapid reading speed.I am not sure why they had her read it so fast. Maybe trying to save money on recording time. The book itself has a good story and I did like the characters. I will not purchase another Danielle Steele audio book without sampling.
Redundant, preachy, hackneyed. After a character makes a two line statement, Ms. Steele seems to think she needs to write another two paragraphs to explain it to the reader. Danielle must have gotten paid by the word.
I have never read a Danielle Steele book in my life and this book hooked me. I didn't want it to end and wished there would be a sequel. A definite read.
Store bought, sickeningly too sweet, wish I didn't eat the whole thing birthday cake, that's what comes to mind after barely making it through this tedious, redundant, go nowhere book. Did love the narrator, she was the best part.
I've never read any Danielle Steel and I don't plan to read more of her work.
Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
The birth of the baby of course and the moment the mother meets her new beau.
Voice was perfectly paced, easy on the ears and inviting.
yes. I usually use audiobooks for my running but I found myself not wanting to stop my ipod with this one.
This story is so much fun. Real life issues. Real people. You feel like you could be these characters. There's glitz and glam mixed in with real heart and soul of the working class as well and it's all about connecting with loves and finding a way through tough times...mostly that we make tough on ourselves. What a great story.
Warm, romantic, rushed
Her characters were all distinct and easy to follow.
The sommelier. He seemed very interesting and I wish his character would have been more developed and met some kind of resolution.
The book is a great listen but a couple of the characters seemed unnecessary and/or unfinished. It felt rushed several times, as if the author had to tell the story in x-amount of pages. It was such a good storyline that I was surprised when it ended. The time flew by.
Good, predictable, trite.
I liked the older lady.
When the baby was born.
The mother of April. She was a conceited lady, but she was normal.
I love Danielle Steel's books. They are sometimes predictable, but they are well written, usually have a good story, and are enjoyable to read and/or listen to. An escape from reality of life. This story was more trite than usual. Nothing seemed to phase those characters, everyone acted abnormally happy, and everything worked out for all of them. There was less angst than in some of her books.
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