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Happy Birthday: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Steel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this beguiling novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom reaches a crucial turning point on the same day—a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future.
 
Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s created a successful TV show and reached the pinnacle of her profession, with a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? Because all the hours with her personal trainer, hairdressers, and cosmetic surgeons can’t fudge the truth: Valerie is turning sixty.
 
Valerie’s daughter, April, spends every last ounce of her energy on her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York. She has no love life and no prospects. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it?
 
Jack Adams is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he still has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age.
 
In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration—and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Danielle Steel's Friends Forever.


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About the Author

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 Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385340303
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Slp Ltd Sg edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WLDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but not completely terrible July 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover
It's been awhile since I've read a Danielle Steel book. This book sounded interesting to me because I guess I have birthdays on my mind these days. Amazing how they come around so quickly.

And the truth is Happy Birthday wasn't a horrible book (I have read worse), but it was nowhere near as good as her earlier books. Still, the book has all the elements that Steel lovers enjoy, and for summer reading, you could do a lot worse. The book moves swiftly and Steel dishes out love and pain, as usual, with a happy ending. The book wasn't as well fleshed out as other books by Steel. The characters didn't have a lot of depth and the plot could've been a lot stronger. Steel formula varies little, so there are no huge surprises or differences. If you love Steel, you'll love this book. If you've overdosed on Steel, give it a skip. If you've never read Steel before, read one of her earlier, preferably earliest, books before starting with this one. (You'll be a lot happier with any one of the first five to ten.)

I give it three stars because it wasn't terrible and was pretty much what I expected it to be.

Overall, okay read. I recommend the book to Steel fans and diehard Steel lovers. Other romance fans may prefer to pick a different book and wait for this one to come out in paperback or get it from the library.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining contemporary romance July 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Valerie Wyatt is the leader of home decoration. She has a popular television show and several bestselling books. Everyone in the media wants her as a guest or interviewee.

Her daughter April works as diligently as her mom. April is a master chef and owner of a popular trendy Manhattan restaurant. She is pregnant carrying Mike Steinman's child, but is unsure whether to tell her lover or not. Besides the successful pair working extremely hard, they share in common the encroachment of an undesirable milestone birthday.

Jack Adams is a former NFL quarterback but retired a dozen years ago to become a diligent successful TV sports analyst. Women still want him, but as he turns fifty he feels his age after a night like none before leaves him in pain as if blindsided by a middle linebacker. He and Valerie meet and are attracted to one another.

Happy Birthday is an entertaining contemporary romance that fans of Danielle Steele will enjoy due to the two couples who garner reader empathy especially aging boomers. Although the story line is thin, readers will relish the birthday presents as two pairs of relationships are forged, but surviving intact for the next milestone birthday remains to be seen as each person's idiosyncrasies places some doubts on this occurring.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
When Valerie Wyatt's 60th birthday rolls around, there's no reason to celebrate as far as she can see. In spite of the fact that she looks closer to 40 than 60, is the much-loved television queen of home entertaining, and has an empire that includes glossy books, furniture, fabrics and gourmet food, she finds it hard to enjoy her success on this dreadful day. Especially once an intrepid reporter unearths her true age and announces it on a particularly popular radio show for everyone to hear.

"Danielle Steel takes three birthdays that fall on the same day, all of them uninspiring to the birthday girl or boy, and turns them into the start of something life-altering."
April Wyatt, Valerie's daughter who happens to share her birthday, feels much as her mother does as she passes a mile marker that makes her take stock of her life. While 30 isn't exactly ancient, marriage and children have eluded April up to this point. Like her mother, professional success resulting from hard work and dedication are her entire world. Her restaurant that features exquisitely tasty home-cooked cuisine consumes every aspect of her days at the cost of a personal life.

Jack Adams, former NFL superstar and four-time Super Bowl winner, is also celebrating a birthday --- his 50th. What should be a cause for celebration turns into a case of recrimination for this Hall of Famer after he suffers an excruciatingly painful herniated disk in the midst of a night of wild abandon with a much younger woman. Feeling like a has-been, Jack isn't exactly ready for cake and confetti himself.

In spite of themselves, however, these three birthday mates will soon realize that their best days are definitely not behind them.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday August 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Danielle Steele used to be one of my favorite authors but they are becoming all the same. Just different names with very predictable endings. Everything is about wealth and beautiful people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book From Danielle Steel! August 25, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Danielle Steel is still, in my opinion, the best author. I have read and reread all of her books because they are so well written. She really writes all of her characters, good or bad, so well that you feel you really know them. She not only writes fantastic books, she releases at least 2 a year! The woman is a writing icon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading!! August 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just could not stop reading this novel!! It's about letting yourself open new doors, and find that you become old when you stop doing it. I can hardly wait for the next book to come out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a real tear jerker but my wife love the book
Published 3 days ago by Robert E. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I couldn't put this book down. I read it in two days.
Published 3 days ago by Dawn Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Loved the story . So glad I chose this book to read during my greatest summer off love to read books with happy endings
Published 4 days ago by loops
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday
I loved every pages. Blessings are a gift from God, this is what this novel reminded me of. God Bless.
Published 5 days ago by Bonnie Dittman
3.0 out of 5 stars typical Danielle steel
This was good. Typical D. S. story. That is what I like about her books. You immediately begin a relationship with the I characters. I cried.
Published 8 days ago by C. Damrose-mahlmann
5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy Danielle Steel books
I always enjoy Danielle Steel books. It was a very light and easy read. Not a lot of thinking involved. Great for the summer.
Published 8 days ago by Tess Mulholland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 18 days ago by Linda L. Augustson
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday
Heartwarming story of a family that has gone through the challenges of life, met them, and come through the good and bad times. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Deedee
5.0 out of 5 stars Will never be disappointed
I love Danielle Steele's books. She is truly a gifted writer.
Published 19 days ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This book hods your interest till the end. This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 22 days ago by jacqueline gamache
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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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