I haven't read a Danielle Steel novel in about 20 years. A friend read it recently and said it was okay so I thought I'd check it out. It seemed like an interesting story, different from Steel's usual formula.
This story had so many possibilities ... it's a topic that most women today deal with. But Steel didn't do a good job with it ... it was very superficial.
Victoria's parents were horrible. Her dad was an A-hole and her mother was a wimp. Her dad kept reminding her that men don't like fat girls. At her heaviest, Victoria had 25 pounds she wasn't happy with ... the way her parents went on and on and on, you'd think she was at least 1000 pounds overweight.
Her mother kept reminding her that men don't like smart women. The reason her mother and sister went to college was to find a husband. In this day and age, my reaction was "Really??!! Are you serious??!!" What reality is Steel living in?
Victoria was surprised that Grace and her boyfriend had gotten engaged without asking their father's permission first. Really??!! Are we back in the 1800s?
The writing is very repetitive ... we are constantly reminded over and over and over and over:
- Boys don't like fat girls
- Boys don't like smart girls
- Victoria was named after Queen Victoria because she was so ugly
- Victoria looked like her ugly fat great grandmother
- Victoria was a tester cake and they got the batter right with Grace
If you are a Danielle Steel fan, you'll probably enjoy it ... I didn't.