Thursday, March 3, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Country by Danielle Steel


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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she’s stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off.

Despite her children’s grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting—and her whole life changes forever.

She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can’t be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world.

As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel’s moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America’s most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.

MY REVIEW:

One of my ongoing reading challenges is to branch out to categories and/or authors I've never read before. Danielle Steel is one of those names that I'm very familiar with, but I had never read any of her books. After reading Country I can see why people enjoy her writing so much.

Country is a nice, clean romantic story about a woman named Stephanie Adams whose husband dies suddenly at just 52-years-old.  Stephanie is left with a lot of money, an empty house and no career or life of her own to keep her busy.  Not long after her husband's death, Stephanie unexpectedly meets Chase Taylor, a handsome country music star who is about her age.  The two begin spending time with one another and fall in love, but Stephanie approaches the relationship cautiously. For various reasons she is unsure about entering into a relationship with Chase, one of which includes the reactions of her grown children who aren't ready for their mother to move on with her life.

It is easy to get caught up in this story.  I found myself getting a little bored towards the end, but I still enjoyed it and would certainly read anything else by Danielle Steel. If you're a fan of romantic fiction, I recommend this one.