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Poor Paris, dumped after 24 years of marriage and not so successful at the dating game. But when Paris turns to a new circle of friends, her life starts looking up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The numbers say it all. This is novel number 47. Over 500 million Danielle Steel novels have been sold the world over. The market for Dating Game is described by her publisher as 'millions of loyal fans'. It seems safe to conclude, then, that the new novel by Danielle Steel does not represent a radical new departure for the author. She has not discovered chick-lit or cyberpunk. Dating Game is not an experimental novel, except in the sense that it is always an interesting experiment testing whether you can produce the same result with the same formula. Condensed version? Thrust into the world of contemporary dating by an unexpected divorce, Paris Armstrong eventually triumphs through adversity. Not to all tastes, but 'millions of loyal fans' evidently disagree. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440240751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440240754
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quinn Wyatt on July 24, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
This is by far my favorite of Danielle Steel's novels. The character development is exquisite. Totally believable. She takes her time telling the story in this unabridged edition, and if you are listening to this story for the first time, this is the version I would highly recommend. I love the way the main character thinks things through, logically and thoroughly. Even as a fictitious character, she serves as an inspiration to women. I still think she should have clocked the "other woman" over the head with the punch bowl at her daughter's wedding, but she's so likable I can forgive her diplomacy. If you are a fan of Ms. Steel, you will love this book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Morgan on April 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Paris Armstrong is the perfect wife and mother of two grown children. She lives in a beautiful house in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her perfect world is shattered when her husband of twenty-four years, Peter, announces after a dinner party that he is leaving her for another woman. One who is barely older than their daughter. Paris is distraught to say the least and tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life. Part of this process includes her moving to the West Coast and finding a job. There she meets Bixby Mason, party planner extraordinaire! She becomes friends with Bixby and through his encouragement decides to get back into the "dating game".
This book was an OK read. I felt sorry for Paris at first when Peter dumped her and thought he was a jerk. It was good to know that Danielle Steel could still write about people and pull the proper emotion out of me. I quickly became bored though when she moved to California and started dating. Her dates were funny but they all seemed the same. The storyline seemed to me to get stuck halfway through the book. It was like Danielle Steel got Paris to California and then didn't know what to do with her. The direction of the book appeared to be going nowhere fast.
I am getting a little tired of reading about women who are treated badly by their husbands and that is what the last few Steel novels have been. It also seems to me as if she's bringing in the same quirky characters but with different names, example: Bixby Mason. I loved this character, he definitely added entertainment to the story, but wasn't he in a previous novel but with a different name? Ms. Steel's characters all seem to be the same anymore.
I am beginning to wonder if Ms. Steel hasn't run out of ideas. After 50+ books maybe she is.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Years ago I was enthralled with Danielle Steel, after all, everyone dreams of a love story, even with the drama. However, I grew tired of the same descriptions of the characters, repeated storylines interwoven. I stopped reading her books. Then I saw this one, read the online reviews, and excitedly purchased it. I wish I could say I loved it. After being in the dating world forever, I certainly laughed at some of her awful dates, but it feels almost insulting to have every paragraph repeat the one before, or to repeat what the character is thinking a page later, only with different words. I wish I had loved it, I just was frustrated, and three-quarters of the way through, I jumped to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pisces on July 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After all, I am the Danielle Steel expert. I've read pretty much everything she's done. And, I'm hardly shy when it comes to admitting she's got some pretty bad stuff out there.
"Dating Game" is not one of them. The sense of movement, action, and adventure is very prevalent here, as divorcee, Paris Armstrong, endures being dumped by her long-time husband, moving cross-country, forging a new life, enduring several typical flaky "California" type men as dates (very realistic), and through it all, keeping her sense of humor.
This has got to be the funniest Danielle Steel I have read in a long time. What else is new here? A gay subplot. Yes, you heard correctly. I can't remember a Danielle Steel novel ever featuring gay characters. All right, there was a little blurb, right at the end of "The Wedding" about lesbianism---but not the somewhat in-depth treatment gays and AIDs gets here in "Dating Game."
Danielle Steel hasn't had San Francisco as a setting for one of her novels in a while. Well, at least not since 1999's awful "Irresistible Forces." Danielle Steel actually lives in the town, so if there's anyone who knows San Francisco, and can write with authority on the town and it's wacky eligible bachelors, it's Danielle Steel.
"Dating Game" is quite a page-turner and quite a happy novel as you follow along with Paris and her San Francisco dating adventures. It's fun to try to guess which parts of this novel are autobiographical, as Danielle Steel has talked about her own return into the San Francisco dating world, and how she based this book on her own personal adventures.
It's incredible that after all these years Steel can still turn out fresh and invigorating ideas when she wants to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W on January 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After a few novels that just weren't up to par, Danielle Steel seems to have found her inspiration again.
Dating Game is about Paris Armstrong whose husband comes home one day and tells her he wants a divorce, he's in love with another woman & would rather be with her than his wife of 24 years. Now Paris is forced to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and try & make a new life for herself. The first question is: does she want to? The second: how does she do that? Third: Will she ever want to be with another man again, be able to trust him?
I put myself in Paris's shoes and it was heart-wrenching, what this woman went through. We've probably all been there (being left), so it's kind of neat to read about someone & how they deal with their struggle. I enjoyed not only the story, but the characters. Danielle really did a good job with this book, she makes you care about the characters & what will happen to them, as she does with most of her books. The best aspect about this book though were all of the funny dates Paris goes on. It's too funny!
If you're looking for something newer of Steel's to read, try this book or Answered Prayers & Safe Harbour- they all are examples that she can still write moving love stories.
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