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Happiness

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A very readable and charming book by Steel. Sabrina, despite being a successful author, has been isolated after a brutal childhood of parental neglect. Her equilibrium is upset when she receives news of an incredible inheritance from an uncle in England she never knew about.

It is in England that her world turns upside down. For the first time in years she allows a man to enter her life and finds herself enchanted by her extraordinary inheritance. Of course, there are more issues to resolve , but the reader will enjoy the experience of finding HAPPINESS with Sabrina.

I enjoyed this novel. I think there is a lot worth reflecting upon. What is happiness? How can adults remain impacted by parental nurturing? Do people need life partners to be happy?

Thank you Netgalley for this lovely novel.

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Danielle Steele has done it again…a beautiful love story for the hopeless romantic in some (not all) of us. It’s amazing to me that Ms. Steele has written over 150 books throughout her career. I marvel at that fact, but am of the belief that because of this, some of her stories seem a bit formulaic and repetitive. It must be very difficult to create stories that are fresh and unique. This novel is set in the Berkshires, USA, and England, so there is no lack of majestic scenery. The characters are flawed in their own ways, but nonetheless find love and happiness in the end. I would recommend it as a light summertime weekend read, but not if you are looking for something that will captivate you and leave you wanting more.

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Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC of this book; I appreciate getting an early peek at the author's latest book.

This was a short book. As typical for Ms. Steel's book, it's an easy read with engaging characters. However, I felt this book had too much repetitive backstory. I also felt that the friend of the main character was fairly one-dimensional. Despite these flaws, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to fans of this authori.

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This was a great book describing how a person’s life can get turned upside down and what you go through to right it again. It includes all kinds of descriptions of the emotions and thoughts that go into the thought process of coming to these conclusions. Another great book by the author!

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Danielle Steel brings us the story of Sabrina. Sabrina has gone through life without the love and affection from her parents which affects her more than she knows. Life experiences help her shape her new career as a writer of thrillers. She lives a quiet life with her two dogs and her friends. Her life is interrupted by a mysterious letter stating that she received an inheritance after the death of an uncle she never knew. Because of this new turn in her life, she embarks on a new adventure that leads to discovery. What will she find when she gets there? How will this affect her life after she visits and sees what her uncle left her?

Danielle Steel brings us the story of a woman who despite all that life has thrown her, decides to take a chance. Through it all, Sabrina will need to figure out what is most important to her and how to get what she wants most in life. I enjoyed reading Sabrina's journey as she learns more about her family and how that has shaped her own life and how she will take what she learned to shape her future.

I read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Delacorte Press for this privilege.

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2.5 Stars
I usually enjoy Danielle Steel’s novels as quick, entertaining reading, but this latest offering was very disappointing. The author’s style often includes a fair amount of repetition in backstory details and character perspectives. This book took that proclivity to the extreme and made for a tedious experience. The book could have easily been half the length without all the repetitive “filler.”

For a book entitled “Happiness” there is much angst in both the female and male protagonists’ lives and I found the statements concerning the cultivation of happiness cliched and trite. The character development felt inconsistent, and I only enjoyed the male protagonist’s father and the dogs. Several of the supporting characters were outright distasteful and even the female protagonist’s friend was manipulative with her own agenda.

Overall, this book does not represent the author’s proven ability to craft interesting storylines in the genre of women’s fiction. I look forward to her next publication.

My thanks to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for the privilege of reviewing this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

This review is being posted immediately to my GoodReads account and will be posted on Amazon upon publication.

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I liked the main character Sabrina who has been through a lifetime of heartache. Now in her 40's and with difficult times behind her she has built a successful life as an author and happy living with her two amazing dogs. She receives news she has inherited a English estate and soon finds she loves the estate and the gardens. She can see herself building a life there and putting her past finally behind her.

I loved Sabrina as a woman independent standing on her own with a successful career. She is smart and savvy as she takes on her new home and builds a life. She builds a life she is proud of and soon falls in love with the attorney and with all of her books we find her living happily every after. Its a compelling story that I read cover to cover as its engrossing and wonderful fast paced writing that captures the reader to conclusion. I highly recommend this Danielle Steele book for your reading enjoyment.

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Happiness is a gift and sometimes you have to gift yourself. Sweet story about finding one’s own happiness despite many negative life experiences. Absent parents, failed marriages, and abuse could all leave someone bitter, but that is not Sabrina. Sabrina has found her happiness in writing, but when she is gifted an estate she must decide if it will bring her happiness. Can she leave the comfort and seclusion of her home and venture on a different path?

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Sabrina is a successful author and has lived a quiet and sometimes lonely life. She has gone through two failed marriages, experienced her mother leaving her as a small child, and lost her emotionally disconnected father at a young age. One day her editor received a letter informing her that she had inherited an estate and farms outside of London. As Sabrina travels to visit the estate and learn more about her past, she is swept off of her feet by the attorney, Gray. Her history and hesitations lead her to some soul-searching about her future plans, both with Gray and concerning the estate.
This is a very fast read and could be read in one sitting.

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Who wouldn’t want to find out they inherited an English title and an estate they didn’t know exists? Danielle Steel’s writing comes at the reader fast and direct. In almost a continuous flow of information you learn about the lonely upbringing of Sabrina Brooks. Then it throws in brief descriptions of her two marriages before she settles into a successful career writing thrillers. Now at the age of 48 she is content living in the Berkshires with dogs Winnie and Piglet. An inheritance brings unexpected changes to her quiet settled life.

I only received this yesterday, opened my ARC and read it in its entirety. The story isn’t long, 256 pages and it is compelling. There is instant connection with Grayson Abbott the lawyer who is handling the estate matters. And Sabrina is crushed when she realizes he isn’t free to be involved. I think this comes under the category of first world problems. His obstacle is will he divorce his wife when it will cost a lot of money and it really isn’t done in their social circles. I usually really dislike cheating in stories but Steele gets around it to some degree. I liked Sabrina and her getting some answers about her parents and upbringing.

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Delacorte Press for an ARC via NetGalley and I am leaving a voluntary review.

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This is a short quick read about a mystery writer who falls in love. She meets a man when she goes to England to check out her inherited property. Love is chaotic. She lives n Massachusetts but when she returns home, she can’t forget this man. Chaos ensues. This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher and talented author. Steel has been a favorite of readers for decades. This is a short short book.

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