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Child's Play

A Novel
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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The lessons our children teach us are the hardest ones. What do we do when our children don't pursue our hopes for them? In this riveting new novel, Danielle Steel explores how families can evolve and grow in unexpected ways.

A senior partner at a prestigious New York law firm, Kate Morgan couldn't be prouder of her three grown children. Tamara, Anthony, and Claire all went to great schools, chose wonderful career paths, and would have made their father proud. A single mother for years after the death of her husband, Kate keeps a tight rein on her family, her career, and even her own emotions, never once asking herself if she truly knows her children...or if her hopes for them are the right ones, and what they want. She is about to find out. 

During one hectic summer in Manhattan, Kate's world turns upside down. One child has been keeping an astonishing secret while another confesses to an equally shocking truth. A wonderful match and picture-book wedding are traded for a relationship that shakes her to her core. A totally inappropriate love affair and an out-of-wedlock baby complete the chaos. Challenged as a mother and as a successful independent woman herself, Kate struggles to keep up with a dizzying and escalating chain of events, and begins to realize that she has a part to play in the chaos. Because Kate too has kept secrets from her children.

Sometimes the surprising choices our children make are the right ones...better than what we wanted for them. More often than not, parenting is about letting go of our dreams and embracing theirs.

©2019 Danielle Steel (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Sulubu
  • Carmichael, CA United States
  • 11-09-19

Fun and Lively

It ended all too soon. The snippets of motherhood were very realistic and endearing. The characters became fully developed with all the drama of each incident.s

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A story with a happy ending.

As a parent to adult children I could relate to this story of children who make major changes in their lives and as s a parent we have to adjust and love and support them.
I would recommend this book to all Danielle Steel fans.
I gave the 5 star ratings because overall it kept my interest, was a relatable story and I love Dan John Miller!

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predictable

Steele had always been one of my favorite authors but her books have become all too predictable. And it never fails that the protagonist is a woman of means and almost always finds love around the holidays. I guess she writes what she knows.

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Child’s Play

What a wonderful book, how could you go wrong with a Danielle Steel book?? I have listened to her through the years & they were all great. I want everyone of her books!!

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Boring

Worst Danielle Steele ever. Nothing ever happens. Save your credit. She has others that are okay

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A wonderful fairy tale for adults

Great narration! I loved this book from the moment I began to read it!

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  • Joan
  • 10-20-19

One of her recent best....

I really enjoyed this one. I listen to every DS book as it is published and she’s been even more prolific lately. Child’s Play is my favourite of the last dozen, Danielle Steel at her best and well worth a listen. Dan John Miller does an excellent narrating job as usual, and the plot is DS old school, well crafted, interesting and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it. I’ve had my feel good fix now, and the characters will stay with me for a while.