Title: The Numbers Game
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Page Count: 288
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Danielle Steel’s stunning novel, modern relationships come together, fall apart, and are reinvented over time, proving that age is just a number.
Eileen Jackson was happy to set aside her own dreams to raise a family with her husband, Paul. Together they built an ordinary life in a Connecticut town, the perfect place for their kids to grow up. But when Eileen discovers that Paul’s late nights in the city are hiding an affair with a younger woman, she begins to question all those years of sacrifice and compromise. On the brink of forty and wondering what she’s going to do with the rest of her life, is it too late for her to start over?
Meanwhile, as Paul is thrust back into the role of suburban fatherhood, his girlfriend, Olivia, is in Manhattan, struggling to find herself in the shadow of her mother, a famous actress, and her grandmother, a fiercely independent ninety-two-year-old artist. With their unique brands of advice ringing in her head, Olivia takes a major step, expanding her art gallery business internationally. Seeing her mother pursue old dreams and even find new love, Olivia realizes that there is so much she must learn about herself before committing her life to someone else.
Ultimately, Eileen decides to chase her own dreams as well. She’s off to Paris to attend Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. What awaits is an adventure that reinvents her life and redefines her.
At every age, there are challenges to be met and new worlds to discover. In this surprising, illuminating novel, Danielle Steel gives us a warmhearted portrait of people driven by their emotions, life experiences, and loyalties, who realize that it’s never too late to turn a new page and start again.
The Numbers Game is yet another solid contemporary romance from the well known Danielle Steel. This book is one that follows several different characters, relationships and changes the point of view between them to give readers a look into all angles of those relationships.
The story begins with Eileen Jackson who is an ordinary wife and mother who has put her family first her whole marriage. Eileen was happy with how her life turned out until she finds out her husband, Paul, has been hiding an affair which makes Eileen question just what she gave up being the faithful wife.
After Eileen and Paul split up they both begin to go their own ways and follow the paths that seem right for them. Eileen decides to go back to school to take cooking lessons as she always wanted to become a chef all the while Paul finds the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Again, I must start with Danielle Steel’s novels have been one of those guilty pleasures for years for me so I always go in expecting to enjoy the story. Thankfully again The Numbers Game did not disappoint and I found myself easily caught up in the story and with the characters. The story flows easily from one character to the next and it’s great to see things from all sides as it expands to include more than the original couple. Definitely another I think long time fans and new fans alike will enjoy.
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.