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17 July, 2017

#BookReview :: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

Taking chances is part of life, but when you bet your future against the odds, it’s a high-risk game. Kate Madison’s stylish resale shop has been a big SoHo success, supporting her and her four kids since her husband’s untimely death. Now they are grown and ready to forge lives of their own. And they all choose to play against the odds, to their mother’s dismay.

Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him—but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, and moves to Los Angeles to be at his side—but is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they’re financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? And Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all, with a woman twelve years older.

Kate—loving, supportive, and outspoken—can’t keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten? Not often—as her children have to learn for themselves. For Kate, the hardest lesson will be that she can’t protect the children she loves from the choices they make—but can only love them as they make them.


‘Against All Odds’ is a story about Family and Life. After losing her husband early on, Kate raised her children as a single mother. She had taken on anything that life had to throw at her, with hopes of doing right by her children. Now they are all grown up and have lives of their own. All Kate wants now is for her children to settle down in their lives. But it is wishful thinking on her part as her children have their own sets of woes to face.

The thing about Danielle Steel books is that the characters always take the center stage. As a reader we can love them or hate them or feel exasperated at times, but we cannot deny that for most parts they are very real. Even in this book the characters we see are quite flawed and it is their flaws and follies that make them so real. I enjoyed reading about Kate, Lou, Isabelle, Justin and even Julie. It was only Willie, Kate’s youngest, that failed to make a mark. Each character has their own nuances and set of problems that they have to overcome. The way the author has portrayed Kate, a mother who wants to save her children from the proverbial ‘skinned knees’ is really amazing.

This book is full of family dynamics and drama. The plot is quite simple and easy to track even with so many parallel stories going on. The only hitch in the book is that the pace drags a bit at times. Aside from that, the book is a true Danielle Steel entertainer.


Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India



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