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Happiness

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Happiness by Danielle Steel has Sabrina Brooks, a bestselling author, inheriting an estate from her uncle in England. We get to follow Sabrina as she goes on a journey from her cozy converted barn in the Berkshires to a lavish estate in England. Sabrina learns about her father’s family and about herself.

After falling head over heels, Sabrina learns that Gray is still married. Heartbroken, she returns home and tries to forget about him. But Gray is not ready to give up on her yet... And even though she's been hurt many times before, Sabrina isn't quite ready to give up on him, either.

While I enjoyed the book, I didn't think it was Steel's best. The plot is thin and repetitive, and contained few surprises

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When Sabrina learns she’s a heir to a estate outside of London her life is about to change but Is it for the better?
After She inherits the family manor she also learns more about her father a man she really didn’t know.
This was a easy fast story but it does make you think about the choices we make in life.
Happiness is a choice, and a gift.
So do we choose to happiness or is being unhappy just familiar and something we get use to and except from life.
Thank you netgalley and Random House Publishing for letting me read this

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This is typical Danielle Steel. Sabrina Brooks is a successful bestselling author of gripping thrillers that mimic her past relationships. As a child raised by an emotionally distant father, Sabrina rarely felt love. She has two failed marriages, one involving an abusive husband. Sabrina now has everything she’s ever wanted, until the arrival of a mysterious letter disrupts it all, It seems that Sabrina is the only living relative of her recently deceased uncle, and now the heir to his estate outside London. Sabrina decides to make the trip and learns so much about her father and the reasons he was an emotional cripple. She also meets her handsome estate attorney, Grayson Abbott. Her heart wonders if there is a new chapter awaiting her there. Loved the story and the book!

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Very predictable. No character development. The premise of the book was that you're not happy until you meet a man.

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Super quick read (couple of hours). Typical storyline for this author - successful female with drama or tragedy in her past, has something unexpected happen to change her life, and which time she meets a handsome stranger but circumstances keep them from being together, until things change, and then they are together and they live happily ever after. It wasn't a bad book; it wasn't a spectacular book. The characters were all very likable. The storyline was okay (but incredibly unrealistic). If you're looking for a fast, light, no-thinking-necessary book, then this is a great option.

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I loved this book by Danielle Steel. It was well written, and fun to read. The character was stuck in a rut of a lifestyle she thought she enjoyed, until life presented her with other options. The character development was interesting to watch, and kept the reading smooth.

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Danielle Steel never disappoints! I love her style of writing. I recommend reading anything Danielle Steel writes!

Sabrina Brooks is a wildly successful bestselling author of gripping thrillers. Unlike her fictional characters, Sabrina lives a quiet life in the Berkshires with her two beloved dogs. But behind this peaceful exterior is a dark, painful past. As a child raised by an emotionally distant father, Sabrina rarely felt love. And as an adult, her marriage twisted into an abusive relationship from which she had to escape.
Sabrina channeled that fear into her writing, and now she has everything she’s ever wanted. Until the arrival of a mysterious letter disrupts it all, declaring that Sabrina, as the only living relative of her recently deceased uncle, is now the heir to his title and estate outside London. This shocking news forces her to cross the Atlantic and see the manor for herself, stirring up her father’s past and the secrets he kept.
Determined to sell the estate quickly and return home, Sabrina is surprised by how much she loves roaming the gardens and exploring the historic manor. She can’t help but admire her surroundings, especially with the handsome estate attorney, Grayson Abbott, acting as her tour guide. As she learns more about the family history, Sabrina begins to wonder what life would be like as “Lady Brooks,” and if she could upend the stability she has worked so hard for. Is she brave enough to choose a different path?
In Happiness, Danielle Steel creates an unforgettable story about inner strength, following your joy, and the rejuvenating power of love.

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In this latest by Steel, an author inherits an estate outside of London. After so much unhappiness in her past, Sabrina is determined to sell the property, but after seeing it for herself, she may reconsider.

Once again, I can't go wrong with a Danielle Steel book. She always takes us on adventures to beautiful countries, large sprawling estates with grand architecture, and dashing men. Sadly, our characters rarely find love the first time around, so we have to wait to see which love interest will be the one to last. This is always what makes Steel an author who continues to reel me in with every new book. In this latest book, you follow Sabrina on her journey and wait for her choices to be made. I'm glad that I did.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group (Ballantine) for this ARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Danielle Steel is dependable for a classic romance with some tragic elements. I loved Happiness as I’m a fan of all she writes. I especially loved the dogs!

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As with all of Danielle Steel's stories, Happiness was a fairly quick read. It follows the format of all of her books. This is nice because you know exactly what you're going to get when you pick up one of her books. In Happiness, we meet Sabrina, an author who resides in the Berkshires. She hasn't had the best life but she's very successful with her career. Then, she gets the surprise of a lifetime. We follow her across the pond to England where things change for her. This book really felt like a Hallmark movie. It was a great read!

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Happiness by Danielle Steel has Sabrina Brooks, a bestselling author, inheriting an estate from her uncle in England. We get to follow Sabrina as she goes on a journey from her cozy converted barn in the Berkshires to a lavish estate in England. Sabrina learns about her father’s family and about herself. I have been reading Danielle Steel’s novels since I was twelve (really), and I look forward to each new release. Some of them I find more captivating than others. Once I got into Happiness, I liked it. I thought Happiness was easy to read. The main characters are developed and realistic. I like that they are flawed. There are secondary characters that need fleshing out. I enjoyed the author’s vivid descriptions. They allowed me to picture the Berkshires, Sabrina’s converted barn, London, and the estate that Sabrina inherited in England. Sabrina’s dogs, Winnie and Piglet are adorable. They are good companions for Sabrina. I could understand why Sabrina had trust issues after learning about her previous relationships. Of course, her childhood was not exactly rosy. These facts are repeated over and over. I do not understand why the author feels the need to repeat certain details. After inheriting the family estate, Sabrina heads to London where she meets the estate attorney, Grayson Abbott. The attraction is instant between the pair (a fact that is mentioned frequently). Of course, the road to happily ever after is not smooth. The story had an expected but happy ending. Happiness is a good book to read during the summer or while on vacation. While Happiness was not a homerun with me, I am looking forward to the author’s next novel. Happiness takes readers from the Berkshires to England with an unanticipated inheritance, a dour father, cute canines, bestselling thrillers, an appealing lawyer, omitted information, and a romance riddle.

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In Happiness, Steel recounts the story of Sabrina, a reclusive writer of thrillers who has sheltered herself from close relationships after a difficult childhood with neglectful parents and two bad marriages. Her second husband was physically and mentally abusive, and she has no desire to get involved in another romance. She's happiest being alone, living a safe life with her two dogs and a few close friends. But when she inherits an English estate and learns that she's the heiress to a great fortune (and the title of Viscountess), her world is upended. Not wanting the stress or responsibility, she tries to sell the estate. But at last she decides to visit the manor she has inherited. And when she does, she unexpectedly falls in love with the estate attorney, Gray.

After falling head over heels, Sabrina learns that Gray is still married. Heartbroken, she returns home and tries to forget about him. But Gray is not ready to give up on her yet... And even though she's been hurt many times before, Sabrina isn't quite ready to give up on him, either.

While I enjoyed the book, I didn't think it was Steel's best. The plot is thin and repetitive, and contained few surprises. But if you're in the mood for one of her formulaic books, this one hits the spot.

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Happiness can literally have many meanings. As is the case with these latest book. You are going to need to read and find out what happens.

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I found this to be an enjoyable read. We're faced with an adult main character who deals with her issues in a roundabout way. She is taken out of her comfort zone and deals with it first, by "jumping to a conclusion", then by stepping back and examining it more closely and finally, working through it and arriving at a decision that works for her. I would recommend.

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Another amazing story by Danielle Steel. Sabrina Brooks is a successful bestselling author of gripping thrillers. She lives a quiet life with her two dogs in the Berkshires leaving behind a painful past. As an adult her marriage was twisted and abusive from which she had to escape. Upon the arrival of a mysterious letter she finds out she is the only living relative of a deceased uncle and is now heir to his title and estate outside London. She goes across the Atlantic to see the manor stirring up her father’s past and the secrets he kept. This was a very enjoyable story following along in Sabrina’s experiences to decide to stay in the Berkshires or start fresh in the historic manor.

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Cute story, like most of Danielle stories repeat the same information over and over again. I recommend this if you have the time but it won’t take long. If I inherited a castle, I’d want an attorney just like the one in this book.

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Sabrina Brooks has a pretty good life, she is a successful author, she lives in a beautiful location, and has two loving dogs. But something seems to be missing from her life. She grew up in a house without much love. Her father loved her but in his own way. Her mother left when she was young. And then there were the two disastrous marriages. Sabrina was fine being on her own. She loved her life full of her books and a few close friends. Then all of a sudden she finds out that she has inherited a castle from an uncle she has never met in a country she has never been to. What she finds when she checks it out will turn her life upside down. Her life will not be the same again and it will become fuller than she ever thought possible.

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I have grown up reading Danielle Steel. My Nana, my aunts, my mother....you get the picture. While her books have always entertained me and I have always looked forward to the next one being released. I have to say that while I liked this book, it kind of was just "Meh" for me. As with the trend of her books, I feel like there is a build up of story and then, BAM! The bulk of the storyline is figured out within the last 25-50 pages of the book. This one was no different, if not more so, for me. There was introduction of a newer character, and then he just kind of "rode off into the sunset." While reading this on my Ipad, and still so much of the story left up in the air, I was shocked to look down in the right corner and see that I was 99% through this book. I will forever continue to read Danielle Steel, but like I said...this was "Meh" for me.

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The one thing that I got out of this novel is happiness is a choice. I agree with that sentiment.
Sabrina didn’t know love for most of her life so she secluded herself away from the outside world until she gets an inheritance and meets the London lawyer. I thought he was a ratfink.
It annoyed me how after making such a huge fuss about Gray lying to,her, she quickly forgets that and they’re all over each other.
The ending was abrupt.
Not one of my favorite DS stories.
I did like Philip’s characters and the dogs.

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I love Danielle steel, every time i read one her book i am sure I’ll be satisfied and she does never disappoint me. GREAT

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