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The Butler

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Another of Danielle Steel's well-done novels, The Butler was a solid read.  The story is perhaps a bit slower and quieter than her usual stories, but they always bring me in and keep me turning pages through the end.  This was a heartbreaking story of a family divided through death and lost souls.
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This is the story of a man and a woman trying to make it in Paris. The man was a butler in England until the masters passed on, and he returned to stay with his mother while he tries to find something else to do. The woman is a former magazine owner that went belly up and she is trying to find something to do. She starts to set up her apartment in Paris, and hires the man to help her. Then, a friend suggests that the woman help renovate a mansion, and again, she hires the man to help her.
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Once again Danielle Steel takes into one of her stories where it requires us to suspend our realistic mind and believe in the fact that anything is possible. Meet Olivia White, a lovely woman in her early 40’s who has spent the better part of her adult life focusing on her career in publishing a home décor magazine and staying away from serious relationships. With a complex childhood and a negligent mother, Olivia has become a very independent and self-sufficient person.  When her career suffers a setback and she comes into some unexpected money, Olivia takes her life in hand by moving to Paris for a year. How many of us have ever wished for that to happen?

Enter Joachim von Hartmann, a handsome, extremely well-organized professional butler. Joachim, a native of Argentina, trained in England at a school for professional butlers. Who knew there was such a place? After completing a lengthy period of employment in England, Joachim has returned to Paris for a visit with his mother, who is a native of Germany and a very interesting and independent woman herself. When Olivia begins her search for an assistant to help her get settled in Paris, she finds herself employing a butler instead. 

Don’t miss reading this enjoyable story that encompasses everything from home décor to Russian drug dealings to the Argentine underworld and so much more! The novel is written with Steel’s flair for opulence and drama. A great read for a rainy fall day! 

This ARC copy was received from Delacorte Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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This is a story of a man, Joachim, who decides to go to a school to learn to become an English butler. When in France, he meets Oliva who is at a crossroads in her life. Working together on a project makes them reevaluate whether they want to be single for the rest of their lives. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Delacorte Press for my honest review.
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This is a typical Danielle Steel book.   A predictable, but enjoyable story that will allow you to escape the real world.   Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.  

2 stars. 

Meh story line.  Lots of repetitive text.  Lost a full star with: “the Texan child bride would probably have raped me, which might not have been an unpleasant experience, but then her husband would have killed me.”  Huh really?  No thanks.
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Typical Danielle Steel Novel + Twins Twist = THIS BOOK! I am a Steel fan, but this book is really topping the list of favorites from her. A set of twins are led to grow up apart from one another, and this book follows the aftermath of that and how it impacts their upbringing and future lives. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Delacorte Press for a copy of this book for an honest review.
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The Butler is the sweet story of an employer and her butler/assistant, both of whom have given their lives to their careers, only to find themselves alone in their middle years, searching for a connection to someone. When her magazine folds after ten years, Olivia moves to Paris for a new beginning. She needs an assistant to help her with the transition into her new apartment, so she hires Joachim, who has recently lost his job as the head butler for an old British house after his previous employers passed away. Joachim is originally from Argentina, and his closest relationship is with his mother. He has long been estranged from his identical twin brother, Javier, a drug dealer in South America. 

Olivia and Joachim grow very close and dependent on one another. Although they try to keep their personal lives from intruding on their professional relationship, the walls inevitably begin to crumble, and their backgrounds begin to sneak into their working relationship and help them to grow closer. But things take a dark turn when Joachim's dark horse brother makes an appearance.

Since this is a Steel novel, you know everything is probably going to work out in the end. But the story is about the journey, not the ending, and I enjoyed meeting Olivia and Joachim and watching them rise above their issues. As usual, Steel tells her story from a twenty-thousand foot level, and she often repeats certain story elements. But the book is relaxing and enjoyable, especially when you're looking for an escape from the minutiae of everyday life.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for my opinions.
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Thank you Net Galley for generously providing me an ARC of The Butler by Danielle Steel.  Danielle Steel never fails to get me out of a reading slump.   She is a great story teller.  I loved the story of Olivia and her butler.
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Danielle Steel never fails to write a novel that keeps me turning the pages. I’ve been a fan since her early writing years. 
The Butler kept my interest from start to finish. Loved the characters and the storyline is typical Danielle Steel.
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There is something so comforting about a Danielle Steel novel. I have been reading them for years. I must admit that the title of the book intrigued me since butlers are not something that are prevalent in this day and age. Of course, Ms. Steel does not disappoint. This is the story of two brothers, twins, who take two different paths in life and how it affects not only them but those around them. As in most families, there are family secrets that come out, but it does not detract from the mother/son relationship. The characters, at least most of them, are likeable and strong. I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book.
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Loved reading the engaging and engrossing novel.  When Joachim's butler's position ends, he begins working for a single, beautiful woman, Olivia, as her assistant.  When unforeseen circumstances arise, Joachim leaves his position with Olivia.  Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, full of twists and turns, and another great story by Danielle Steel.
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Reading a Danielle Steel book is always like eating comfort food. At first I thought this was an odd idea for a book, a butler in these modern times, but it was very original. I loved the whole premise of the book and was sad to see it end. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for this early copy for review
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My first Danielle Steel novel was “The Promise” back in 1977; I was a big Danielle Steel fan for many years and could not wait until her next novel was release. I read nearly forty of her novels ‘back in the day’! Although I have moved on, there is a loyalty magnetic hold on me and yes a soft spot for Ms. Steel. 

I went into this thinking this Butler might be a ‘Downton Abbey’ Carson type story.
Aww what a nice treat ~ young, handsome, likeable, superman Joachim! 

Want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for this early release granted to me for my honest professional opinion.  
Publishing Release Date scheduled for October 5, 2021.
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I always love Danielle Steele novels as her descriptions of the settings transport me. This one was no exception and took me from Argentina to London. I felt the story was a bit flat and Unlike her other novels the character s didn’t pull me in.
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Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒

The Butler by Danielle Steel is about love, family, and brothers.  It’s a family saga that starts out in Argentina, and goes to Paris, New York and London.  It’s an inside look into a dying profession, the butler, but so much more.  The characters are strong, memorable and very likeable.  

Joachim and Javier, twins, are raised by a single mother in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  When the twins are teenagers, their mother remarries and moves to Paris.  Javier doesn’t go with them and instead stays in Argentina with his friends.  Joachim finishes his schooling, and then is lost without his twin brother and does odd jobs until he finds an ad for a butler school in England.  Without a passion, or a career, Joachim decides to go to butler school and learn the trade.  Joachim is surprised that he loves the job, and spends the next sixteen years working as a butler for a noble family in England.  After his employers pass away, and his job is over, he returns to Paris to spend time with his mother, who is now widowed until he can find another job as a butler.  As butler jobs are rare, he takes a temporary job in Paris helping a woman set up a home and acts as her personal assistant.  Olivia, his employer is taking a break after her high end decorating magazine failed after ten years.  She decides to spend a year in Paris, and hires Joachim, a master of four languages, to help her set up her apartment.  

Danielle Steel is a master at developing deep and realistic characters and this book does not disappoint.  Joachim and his mother are such loving characters,  and so is Olivia.  I’ll admit there is a bit of an info dump in the beginning of this book, but it’s worth it to plow through it, as the story is so very good.  I just loved Joachim, his relationship with his mother and then his relationship with Olivia, it all seemed so real, and true.  

I highly recommend this book, especially to all who love Danielle Steel Novels.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Danielle Steel provides a good base in this novel of two people with different childhood's colliding in the city of Lights.  Joachim is a mirror twin who at an early age is forced to leave Javier his twin behind in Buenos Aries.  Their mother Liese von Hartmann provided her twin sons love and stability despite difficult circumstances. Joachim was content without having riches, Javier felt resentful and went out on his own.  When darkness takes over Javier's life, the brothers are distanced not only by location but in life decisions.. Struggling to make peace with his brother's rejection of the family, Joachim forges a new life for himself. trying to find himself he studies to become a butler, he helps others clean up their lives not realizing that he's running from his own sadness and disconnection from love.  Taking a job near his aging mother, Joachim returns to Paris.  Olivia White, who is also running from her past, she escapes to Paris for a new beginning. Olivia White has recently gone through the loss of her mother and is wanting to just get away from the daily life and take a break. Her magazine has just folded and she needs a change of scenery. Olivia decides to move to Paris for a couple of months. She finds a lovely apartment but needs help getting the kitchen ordered and decorating the place.  Offered the opportunity to remodel a chateau, the difficult project forges a friendship between employee and employer.  

Thank you to the publisher (Delacorte Press), the author (Danielle Steel) via NetGalley, for the ARC. This book is schedule to be release on October 5,2021.
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This is the fourth book by this author that I have read in seven months. As I have said in previous reviews there is really nothing new or earth shattering in this books. 
We have an American woman who had a less than happy childhood who decided to go to Europe for an extended amount of time. She meets a man who learns that what he thought he knew about his childhood isn’t necessarily accurate. Throw in a drug lord and you’ve got the latest book by Danielle Steel.
Yes, it is full of idyllic European settings and romance and you will find this quick read light, sweet, decadent respite in between the other book in your TBR pile.
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Enjoyed this book,. A change from the typical Danielle Steel plots. The book gives an insight into the world of being a butler. I was able to connect with the characters.
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Thank you NetGalley, Danielle Steel and  Random House Publishing Group for the ARC  of The Butler. This is my personal review.
Joachim and Olivia would normally never have met in life, but their paths do cross in Paris. Joachim is a successful Butler and had been with an English family in London  for many years. Due to life changes he moves back to Paris to be closer to his mother.
Olivia had worked for a magazine for many years, but it folded, and her mother passed away, so Olivia looks to change her life and moves to Paris.   
Not being familiar with life in Paris she looks to find someone to help her set up an apartment. This is when she meets Joachim. He is the perfect fit for what she needs while he looks for another job as a Butler.
Olivia gets the opportunity to fix up a huge home and asks if Joachim would be willing to stay with her longer and help with this project.
This book has so much happening and so much emotion in it I was drawn in and I enjoyed this book as much as I do all of Danielle Steel books.
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