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Past Perfect: A Novel Hardcover – November 28, 2017
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Praise for Danielle Steel
“Steel is one of the best!”—Los Angeles Times
“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops. . . . She delivers!”—Publishers Weekly
“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.”—San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Fairytale, The Right Time, The Duchess, Against All Odds, Dangerous Games, The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, 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; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.
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Sybil and Blake Gregory, with their three children, live in a four bedroom Tribeca apartment. When Blake is offered the job of a lifetime at a San Francisco startup, he convinces Sybil to uproot the family and quickly move to the west coast for at least two years.
While searching for an appropriate four bedroom rental, he happens upon a 22,000 square foot boarded up mansion on one acre of land in Pacific Heights. For reasons that make sense only to Danielle Steele, the bank that owns the house sells it to Blake for a song.
Blake is unaware that the mansion is occupied by the ghosts of the entire Butterfield family, who are “living” 100 years prior. The two families become fast friends, dining in splendor most nights. Everyone, including two college aged children, dons formal dress for dinner, which magically appears on the formal banquet table.
As time passes, past and present intersect. The Gregory family adapts to the lifestyle of the 1917 rich and famous, while members of the Butterfield clan become computer literate.
The couple hired to keep house wonder if they have entered the twilight zone because they hear the Gregorys constantly talking to themselves. I am in some sort of zone myself. Do the housekeepers see the formal dining table with its elaborate place settings for a large party almost nightly? Who cooks the multi-course spreads?
More perplexing to me than the ghosts are more practical matters, such as the math. One acre of prime land in San Francisco - priceless. A vacant 22,000 foot mansion that needs only a coat of paint and updated upholstery fabrics - highly improbable. Buying kitchen appliances and utensils at IKEA - bizarre. People who own a large Tribeca apartment and a San Francisco mansion would be more inclined to shop for a Subzero and Wolff at a luxury appliance store and buy kitchen and dining supplies at Williams Sonoma.
And imagine convincing college kids to dress in tuxedos and gowns for dinner, much less putting a harried husband in tails! Yes, books are intended to entertain, but Danielle Steele expected this reader to suspend all credulity.
The writing style is unique to Danielle Steele. Run-on sentences, repetition, inconsistencies and minutiae that do not advance the story - only Danielle Steele gets away with such shoddy writing.
The book, which I read in two hours, was a waste of time and money but it was preferable to staring into space while I waited for my connecting flight.
I think you may too. Families from 1917 and 2017 somehow meet and become friends after the younger clan purchases the elder's home in San Francisco. The house had been cherished by its original owners. After the new ones obtain and reposition much of the 19th century fittings and furniture, the spirits appear and new friendships span a century.
Though this is a love story, it involves the love of family and friends in addition to romance. Anyone merely in the mood for 'mush' may be disappointed.
I, however, found this to be an engaging and heartwarming novel.
When I read the preface, I was encouraged by Ms. Steel's remarks about not being completely comfortable with the paranormal aspects.
I actually like a lot of paranormal and time travel books. But this book was so far fetched that I never made it all the way through - I finally gave up about 2/3 of the way through the book. The lead character is feeding cookies and milk to a ghost child? Teaching a woman who has been dead for almost 100 years how to use a computer? Please!
I was excited about the house aspect, but this book was just too awful to even finish. I donated it to a retirement home and felt almost guilty doing so!
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A mix of the past, present and the future all about family .