Title: Child’s Play
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The lessons our children teach us are the hardest ones. What do we do when our children don’t pursue our hopes for them? In this riveting new novel, Danielle Steel explores how families can evolve and grow in unexpected ways.
A senior partner at a prestigious New York law firm, Kate Morgan couldn’t be prouder of her three grown children. Tamara, Anthony, and Claire all went to great schools, chose wonderful career paths, and would have made their father proud. A single mother for years after the death of her husband, Kate keeps a tight rein on her family, her career, and even her own emotions, never once asking herself if she truly knows her children . . . or if her hopes for them are the right ones, and what they want. She is about to find out.
During one hectic summer in Manhattan, Kate’s world turns upside down. One child has been keeping an astonishing secret while another confesses to an equally shocking truth. A wonderful match and picture-book wedding are traded for a relationship that shakes Kate to her core. A totally inappropriate love affair and an out-of-wedlock baby complete the chaos. Challenged as a mother and as a successful independent woman herself, Kate struggles to keep up with a dizzying and escalating chain of events, and begins to realize that she has a part to play in the chaos. Because Kate too has kept secrets from her children.
Sometimes the surprising choices our children make are the right ones . . . better than what we wanted for them. More often than not, parenting is about letting go of our dreams and embracing theirs.
Danielle Steel is an author that I recently picked back up and began reading again that I first read all the way back as a kid in school. Those that are familiar with her writing know she has a style that is similar from book to book and the same can be said with this new release. As much as I’ve enjoyed returning to her wonderful writing Child’s Play wasn’t a favorite of mine.
In Child’s Play readers are introduced to fifty something Kate Morgan. Kate is the mother of three grown children that spent most of her time raising them on her own after her husband’s passing all the while keeping up with her own hectic job. Kate always pushed her children to be the best and is now proud of their “perfect” lives…until that perfection comes crashing down around them.
The reason I wasn’t a huge fan of this story was Kate’s narrow mindedness in how she perceives her children’s lives should be. Maybe it’s just me but even at my age I’ve never known anyone to push so hard for marriage and the idea of a “perfect” family so Kate’s whole character just seemed so way out of touch and intolerable. Then on top of her really old fashioned views we have one of the daughter’s being childish and petty seemingly to just purposely go against her mother which seems odd to happen as an adult and more something you’d expect from a teenager. Between these two characters the story just felt too out of date to me leaving me with a meh feeling on this one.
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 Dangerous Games, The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, The Apartment, Property of a Noblewoman, 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.