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It's amazing to think that Journey is Danielle Steel's 50th novel. What's even more amazing is the high standard she has maintained throughout all her books: when an author is this prolific, there is usually a falling off in inspiration, but Steel seems able to add new elements to each book that keep the level of invention fresh. Journey uses elements familiar from earlier Steel bestsellers, but manages a totally novel spin on the private problems of a very public marriage.

Madeleine and Jack Hunter are one of Washington's glittering couples. Jack is the head of a TV network, while Maddy is an award-winning anchorwoman. All around, people regard them as a golden couple: he advising the president on media issues, she at the top of the tree in her profession. Needless to say, the relationship we are shown behind the closed doors of their lavish Georgetown home is far more troubled than the public could ever know. As Maddy enjoys more and more career success, Jack's resentment and desire for control grow daily, and her life becomes hell in this fracturing marriage. Steel manages, as always, to convey character in concise paragraphs:

The diamond studs and her eight-carat engagement ring were her prize possessions. Not bad for a kid from a trailer park in Chattanooga, she often admitted to him, and he called her "poor white trash" when he wanted to really tease her. It was obvious that he thought calling her that was funny...
When Maddy joins the president's wife in the latter's newly formed commission on violence against women, the grim stories she hears from other terrified wives start her on a journey which will help her break the cycle of fear she is living through. Steel makes this situation resonate with a strong emotional impact, and the dark marriage is painted with the kind of skill we have come to expect from her. When Bill Alexander, a high-flying scholar and diplomat, enters the narrative and realizes what is happening in Maddy's marriage, the story is taken to a powerful new level, with their growing affection treated intelligently and sympathetically. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Marital abuse in its most insidious form is the focus of Steel's (The House on Hope Street, etc.) dependable page-turner, her 50th novel. To the outside world, Washington, D.C., television coanchor Maddy Hunter appears to have an enviable life. Married to her boss, former football star-cum-media mogul Jack Hunter, she's got brains, beauty, a prestigious job, a glamorous marriage and all the trappings of success. Yet MaddyAwhose current husband saved her from a physically abusive former spouseAis trapped in another relationship that's as devastating and destructive as her first. Jack doesn't hit Maddy, but he subjects her to mind games, put-downs and constant undermining; it's obvious psychological abuse to observers, though not to Maddy. Using Maddy's participation in a commission on violence against women chaired by the nation's First Lady, Steel explicates the various forms of spousal abuse, and although the text occasionally gets preachy, the desperate plight of women who remain in destructive situations is clearly delineated. Meanwhile, Maddy warily builds a friendship with Bill Alexander, a fellow committee member and former ambassador to Colombia whose wife was killed by kidnappers. Maddy's experience interacting with women like herself and the appearance of a daughter she gave up for adoption as an unwed teenager (and whom Jack forbids her to see) both have an impact. Still, it takes a life-threatening event to convince her finally to change her life and accept the gift of a good man's love. Steel has her formula down pat, and she executes her story with her usual smooth pacing.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440237025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440237020
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wanted to read this book because it was on the best-seller list and I had just finished reading His Bright Light, the story about the life of Ms. Steel's bipolar son. The subject matter interested me as the topic of a novel because I prosecute domestic violence cases as misdemeanors and know how hard it is for women to get out of the cycle of violence. Ms. Steel certainly did her homework. The thoughts Maddy had are very common among victims who are emotionally abused. Having been a victim in my first marriage of all those subtle put-downs, the book was somewhat painful to read. The book had a great deal of repetition. I thought it could have been shorter and just as effective. It bothered me that Maddy, who was a top-drawer anchorwoman, never got out of the abuse without a man to help her. I would have liked the story better if she had not gone from one man to another to another. What about a break in between so that she can figure out who she really is? That would have shown real growth on the part of the main character. Maddy was a real likeable character, however. I did enjoy the book for raising the consciousness of those of us who like fiction.
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Format: Hardcover
Journey is the story of Maddy Hunter, the victim of lifelong abuse. She witnesses her father being abusive to her mother and then is abused herself by her boyfriend-turned-husband Bobby Joe. After joining a commission on violence she discovers the husband who rescued her from Bobby Joe may not be the hero she thinks. Along Maddy's journey she meets a part of her past and her future.
Ms. Steel did a fantastic job of writing about abuse, and not just physical abuse but emotional abuse, or invisible abuse, because it is harder for everyone to see. I must say this book opened my eyes to the subject. Overall journey is a good book. I found parts to be repetitous. I guess that could be chalked up to the fact that during Maddy's journey she keeps thinking about incidents from the past. I just found some of these parts to be (and I hate to say this) a little boring.
I think every woman should read this book. It gets the messge of emotional and verbal abuse across very well. Towards the end the book is very good and reminds me of Ms. Steel's early work.
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Format: Hardcover
As usual Danielle has taken a subject that is much on the minds of women today. Abuse, for years abuse was thought of as black and blue marks on the outside but in reality more women suffer from the black and blue marks on the inside. These women can be seen just as our Maddy is,as beautiful, successful, and with a got it together attitude. But all of this is a front, many a night these women are abuse through bad language and put downs that creates a feeling of being useless, ugly,un-loved and a feeling of never doing anything right. This book tells of someone who escapes the a life of black and blue on the outside to be plunged into a life of black and blue on the inside. This is a story of Maddy's escape a second time. I would recomend this book to all women but especially the one's that live a life like Maddy's, a life that makes them wonder if they can take the journey and be happy or are they destined to a life of co-dependency that they will never escape from.
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The salient feature of Danielle Steel's "Journey" is that it not only brings up the topic of abusive relationship, but also the more subtle forms of abuse. Especially the latter, together with the description of the ambivalent feelings Maddy had had towards her more subtly abusive second husband gives the story depth and makes it close to reality. An abusive relationship is not that easy to "get out", as it appears to some bystanders. One could even become "addicted to it". As for Maddy, she had become the one constantly looking and longing for Jack's love AND approval. (For Jack, approval and love will go out hand-in-hand. Maddy knew that.) Of course, most importantly for a romance novel, Steel told the story as a true love story and it is enjoyable to read.
The story, specifically, Jack's character, will be more credible if Steel can give a less abrupt course of development of Jack's abusive behavior. For example, some subtle put-downs from Jack could be hinted or implied sporadically in the first half of the story, so the readers can be more prepared for Jack's ugly side to show up later.
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Tihs is Danielle's 50th book and maybe she's just out of new ideas. How many times does she need to tell us that the abuse that Maddy faces with Jack is just as bad as what she faced with Bobby Joe? If she took out all the paragraphs where she said that we'd only have a novella! And why does everyone who is "white trash" have two names? We could do without all the stereotypes. Beyond that, I find it a little too convenient that just as her long-lost daughter finds her, Maddy gets a baby. An adoption in less than a month through social services? It's obvious that Danielle didn't check that out too closely. Why is it that Maddy wasn't required to take the 30 hour MAPP class, submit references, have home visits and a homestudy done, get fingerprinted and so on like the rest of us adoptive parents? It takes at least 6 months. And what case worker is going to approve someone who has just announced that she's leaving her husband, is out of a job and has no home? Get real Danielle and write about believable characters solving their problems in realistic ways!!!
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