Danielle Steel is an author I never thought I would read again, but recently that changed and here’s why.
Back in the day I read a couple of Danielle Steel’s books. And if we’re honest, after the second one I thought, same ol, same ol in each book. I think she’s a great writer (the sheer number of books written and best sellers can attest that she can captivate a reader), but I lost interest rather quickly, mainly because it simply isn’t my preference of story. Fast forward several years and on my blog reader pops up this post about Danielle Steel and her work she does and the foundation she started after her son committed suicide in 1997 after a long battle with bipolar disorder. She wrote a book on her son’s story, with the proceeds going to start a foundation to help with mental illness. It’s always inspiring to see people truly commit to making the world a better place.
Anyway, since the post also mentioned bits of Steel’s love history, I became intrigued. Enter one of my favorite websites: wikipedia. Talk about drama! Her first two novels were based off an affair she had with an inmate (as in jail), who she married after she divorced her first husband and then divorced a few years later. Wha?? After that, I went on a Danielle Steel internet investigation (I know, the things that happen when I’m on wiki), which led to discussion of her writing, her style, themes and how it’s changed over the years. All that to say, that is why I picked Jewels to read. With World War Two as the setting and reviews of how different it was from the normal Steel novel, I was curious enough to read it.
It wasn’t a bad read. It was different from the Steel novels I remember reading, but there was definitely plenty of the drama and scandal. I enjoyed the story of the parents (which was the focus for a large chunk of the book), but as the story started focusing on the children’s lives, good jolly people! Way too much drama. It left me wondering if people are seriously like that in real life. What’s scary is they probably are – gotta love humanity.
Anyway, while I did enjoy the story, I don’t think I’ll pick up another Danielle Steel any time soon. I don’t think this genre is for me.