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From Publishers Weekly

In Steel's latest, 42-year-old Tanya Harris loves her life as a mother of three, wife of a dashing San Francisco lawyer and moderately successful writer of short stories and soap opera scripts. She has long given up on her dream of writing a screenplay, but then her agent calls with a dream offer: a major director wants her and her alone to write the script for a new high-profile film. Tanya's first reaction is distress (her twin daughters are about to start their senior year, and her son is making the transition to his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara; how can she leave them?), but her detailed deliberations are cut short by her husband, who convinces her that this is her big opportunity. In Hollywood, Tanya's cosseted in every possible way, and she takes to the work immediately. But the weekend flights home aren't enough, and her worst fear is realized when her husband strays. Steel follows Tanya as she copes with domestic upheaval, all the time pushing ahead with her blossoming screenwriting career. Steel's characters spend a lot of time contemplating problems, and Tanya is especially adept at hand-wringing. Steel's many loyal readers will be entertained by this story of a dedicated mother and wife who embarks on a series of life-altering adventures in Hollywood. (June)
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Steel's latest novel follows the travails of a demure Marin County housewife who finds herself caught up in the glamorous world of Hollywood. Tanya Harris is a contented wife and mother (beautiful for her age, of course) whose children will soon be heading off to college. With that hole in her life looming, she accepts an offer from her agent (she is also a free-lance writer) to work on a Hollywood script for a big-time producer and director. For Tanya, returning to the work world full time is a tough choice, but after a lot of hand-wringing and platitudes about leaving her family, she decides to do it. She plans to work in Hollywood during the week (residing at the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel, in Bungalow 2) and return home every weekend. Of course, she finds herself working on weekends, and before long, her husband begins an affair with their next-door neighbor, and Tanya herself has begun to take a romantic interest in the producer she is working for. Not surprisingly, their marriage unravels, and Tanya begins a series of fruitless Hollywood relationships, all while trying to maintain her bond with her children. But this is a Steel novel, after all, and eventually she finds her man, works things out with her kids, and wins an Academy Award, no less. Kathleen Hughes
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440242061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440242062
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Another Steel disappointment. The quality of a Danielle Steel story line is no longer important to her it seems.

This is another lifeless, predictable story. The first 50 pages go over and over how Tanya is a wife, mother and writer. She loves her life. She loves being a mother. She loves being a wife. She loves writing. SHe loves doing all three. Did we mention how much she enjoys her lifestyle? Get the picture?

Tanya takes a job which requires her to move to LA for 9 mos. Tanya misses her family and lifestyle...we hear about that chapter after chapter. Will it upset her fairy tale lifestyle? Well, the typical Steel book of late, proves yes, once again. Hubby starts hanging around the neighbor who has been helping out in Tanya's place. Tanya meets a director. Hmmm...wonder where this will go. 3/4 of the book goes no where. The ending seems rushed. There has to be a happy ending, and it seems Steel crams it in to fit.

Its amazing how Steel can say the same thing over and over , page after page and go nowhere. This is nothing like her original work. Don't waste your money on this one. If you must read it, get it at the library for free.
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This is perhaps the worst written book that I have ever attempted to read. How did it get to the best sellers list? Does she keep buying all of her own books until they appear on the list? After just reading one of Anne Tyler's fabulous books, I picked up this book and felt that I was reading the equivalent of a fat-free white bread with fat-free bologna sandwich with a bottled water. All of which is beyond me to why they are on the market. Her named should be changed to Danielle Stole as in "Danielle Stoled my money!"
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Format: Hardcover
I have said many times that I won't read another book by DS. And yet I pick it up to read fully knowing that her style has seriously deteriorated over the years. It's only for the entertainment factor--to read it quickly,skim over all the repeated information and know that it's going to be filled with shallow characters, not much plot, poor grammar and did I mention how she repeats herself over and over and over again? Having lived in Southern CA and have known many "wannabes" in the film industry, the chances of someone making it big and getting an Oscar so quickly is highly unlikely. There's no substance to the story, just pure fluff. One must skim it-------ignore the repeating of information and just drift along with the characters. So maybe one of these days I will actually stop reading her work----it is a disappointment since the early days of "Message from Nam" and "Thurston House". She writes too many stories, doesn't edit the grammar and just doesn't seem to care anymore about the depth of the characters. And did I say she repeats everything over and over again?
Just read her stories for what they are-----a no brainer. It's an easy, quick summer read----doesn't require any thought. A great skimmer.
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By kc on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm about halfway through and debating whether to finish. I've got no sympathy for any of the characters. I got so sick of hearing about this woman's perfect husband, perfect children, perfect marriage, perfect family, perfect life . . . that it was a relief when the husband had an affair with her best friend.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't even believe this was a professional endeavor. The first 150 pages basically said the same thing over and over and over; the main character loves being a wife & mom and feels guilty that she's pursuing a once in a lifetime career opportunity. WE GET IT. When the story finally gets going and hubby goes astray our protaganist uncharacteristically bounces back with an "Ok well I guess that's life" attitude. Every character in this book (except for the directors dog)is beyond boring and cliche. Admittedly, it's been a long, long time since I've read a DS novel and I doubt I'll ever read another. My middle school students write better stories.
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Format: Hardcover
I know, I've said this before, but honestly, this will be the last DS book I ever attempt to read. Normally, I suffer through to the end, but this one is unreadable. I was so distracted by the poor punctuation that I could not continue. Poor writing and plotline is one thing, but there's no excuse for bad punctiation - commas where there aren't supposed to be commas and none where they should be. Maybe I'm too picky, but I think a best-selling author should have an editor who is familiar with the English language. This book is an insult to educated readers.

Doesn't anyone from Ms. Steel's publisher read these reviews? As long as people keep buying this trash, they won't change anything.
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This is probably Ms. Steel's worst book yet. The first half of the book was monotonous and unmoving. I felt no attachment to the characters at all and could not figure out what she would be doing with them in the future. The first half of the book is written in an overly-narrative form that is too glossed over for the time frame. The second half of the book picks up pace, and she changes from the overly-narrative into the present tense. I never became attached to the characters and I never rooted for any character or outcome in particular. Obviously Ms. Steel has traded in talent to be prolific. I'd rather re-read The Promise then this new junk.
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