17 March, 2018

#BookReview :: Fall from Grace by Danielle Steel

Fall from Grace by Danielle Steel
Sydney Wells's perfect life with her wealthy, devoted husband vanishes when he dies suddenly in an accident. Widowed at forty-nine, she discovers he has failed to include her in his will. With Andrew's vicious daughters in control of his estate, and no home or money, Sydney finds a job in fashion, despite her own designer daughters' warnings. Naive, out of her element, and alone in a world of shady international deals and dishonest people, she is set up by her boss and finds herself faced with criminal prosecution.

What happens when you lose everything? Husband, safety, protection, money, and reputation gone, faced with prison, she must rebuild her own life from the bottom to the top again, with honor, resourcefulness, and dignity. Sydney finds herself, as well as courage and resilience. Taking life by the horns, she revives her own career as a talented designer, from New York to Hong Kong, risking all in an exotic, unfamiliar world. She is determined to forge a new life she can be proud of.

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As is typical with most of Danielle Steel’s novel ‘Fall from Grace’ is the story of a woman who finds herself in unexpected circumstances. The book covers her trials and tribulations and whether she emerges victorious at the end of it all.

Sidney’s life has been as close to perfect as possible. She has a good husband, a wealthy lifestyle and a comfortable lifestyle. Her daughters and step-daughters are grown up and independent. As such, she is ‘settled’ in her life… That is until her husband dies and she finds out that he forgot to include her in his will. What ensues is a rollercoaster journey for Sidney while she tried to get back control of her life.

I enjoyed reading about Sidney. She is a smart and intelligent woman who can be really naïve at times. It was exasperating at times, but for most parts it was enjoyable and admirable to read about her journey. It couldn’t have been easy for her to go back to work after such a long time of living a wealthy lifestyle; living paycheck to paycheck. Yet when the times were hard, she toughed up and rode it through. She is the kind of woman you want to cheer for. At the same time her friend Veronica irritated me to no end. If Sidney was the picture of everything a woman can be, then Veronica was the perfect picture of almost everything that a woman shouldn’t be. There were quite a few supporting characters that were good addition and they each contributed to the story. 

The story flows well with a steady pace. Danielle Steel’s narrative style still holds a certain charm. I say still, because I have already read quite a bit of her and though sometimes the stories feel too predictive, the narrative continues to hold my interest. Overall, I think this is one of the better stories from the author that I have read recently.

Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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