Title: Silent Night
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
A shocking accident. A little girl struggling to survive. And the childless aunt who transforms her own world to help her . . . Danielle Steel’s latest novel is a deeply moving story of resilience and hope.
Paige Watts is the ultimate stage mother. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Paige channels her acting dreams into making her own daughter, Emma, a star. By the age of nine, Emma is playing a central role in a hit TV show. Then everything is shattered by unforeseeable tragedy.
Now Emma is living with her aunt Whitney, who had chosen a very different path from her sister’s. Whitney was always the studious older sister, hating the cult of celebrity that enveloped their childhood. Instead, she is a psychiatrist who lives for her work and enjoys a no-strings-attached love affair with a wealthy venture capitalist. But at a moment’s notice, Whitney drops everything to help her niece.
Once famous, outgoing, and charismatic, Emma is now a shadow of her former self—without speech, without memory, lost and terrified. But with her aunt Whitney’s help, along with a team of caregivers and doctors, Emma begins to find her way, starting her young life all over again—and changing the lives of everyone around her.
Emotionally gripping and richly involving, Silent Night explores how the heart has mysterious healing powers of its own, and blessings happen when we think all is lost.
Yes, here I am again picking up a Danielle Steel title after I’d just mentioned it had been years since I had enjoyed one. Just goes to show you that it’s easy to get hooked right back into her stories. Silent Night is completely different than the last title I reviewed but in many ways it is still the same, drama, romance and a lot of emotion.
Paige and Whitney are sisters that were born to famous Hollywood parents that now as adults are completely the opposite of one another. Paige relished the spotlight that their parents brought to the family and as she got older she tried her own hand at acting but just didn’t quite have the talent to make it big. Meanwhile Whitney despised the world that surrounded her parents and wanted to be as far out of the spotlight as she could be.
After Paige gave up on becoming famous herself she decided she wanted to focus on motherhood. However, missing a man in her life Paige went the route of a sperm donor which Whitney strongly disagreed with and thought was a mistake however as her niece grew Whitney came to love her. Paige then became the biggest stage mom out there thrusting her daughter into the spotlight with Emma’s career really taking off until one night it all came crashing down around them.
Silent Night is one of those books that shows just how quickly life can change for anyone in simply the blink of an eye. One moment life is headed one way and the next it can take a complete turn or even end for some. The story is highly emotional as it shows the struggle for this family involved to continue after a horrific event becomes all too real but even in the darkest of times there can still be hope and love. A definite page turner that the only reason I’m giving 4 1/2 stars would be a few moments of a little too much telling instead of the showing I prefer but overall a completely compelling read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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 Beauchamp Hall, In His Father’s Footsteps, The Good Fight, The Cast, Accidental Heroes, Fall From Grace, 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.