From #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel comes a heartwarming and inspirational novel about a mother and daughter who face challenges, cope with celebrity, and overcome tragedy while maintaining the outward appearance of...
A Perfect Life
The epitome of intelligence, high-powered energy, and grace, Blaise McCarthy is an icon in the world of television news, asking the tough questions and taking on the emotionally charged issues of world affairs and politics with courage and insight. A single mother, she manages her well-ordered career meticulously, always prepared on the air or interviewing world-renowned figures and heads of state. To her audience, Blaise seems to have it all. But privately, and off the set, there is another untold story she has kept hidden for years.
Blaise's teenage daughter, Salima, was blinded by Type 1 diabetes in childhood, and her needs have kept her away in a year-round boarding school with full-time medical care and assistance ever since. When Salima's school closes after a tragedy, Salima returns to her mother's New York City apartment, and suddenly they face challenges they've never had to deal with before, and that Blaise feels ill-equipped to handle. A new caretaker provided by Salima's school creates as many problems as he solves. Handsome, accomplished, thirty-two-year-old Simon Ward, with strong opinions on every topic, questions how mother and daughter view themselves and each other. Simon opens new doors for both of them and refuses to accept Salima's physical limitations. He turns their world upside down, and the three become friends.
Then everything starts to unravel and Blaise can't keep her two worlds separate anymore. A beautiful young anchorwoman is hired at the network; it is no secret that she is being groomed to take Blaise's place. Her career as she has known it is threatened, and her previously well-ordered life feels totally out of control. For the first time, Blaise's life is not perfect, but real.
In this unforgettable tale, the incomparable Danielle Steel has written a novel that pulsates with emotion and honesty as three people face the truth about themselves. A Perfect Life is about what we do when facades fall away and we can no longer run from the truth.
©2014 Danielle Steel (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This book was excellent, typical Daniel Steele. I have enjoyed every single book I have read by her so far. As a blind person, I was a bit disappointed about the way it was handled in some parts of the book. However, when Simon came into the book that is when it really came to life and the characters really began to change, I felt I was with them a lot of the time well deserved five stars.
The whole story was from the point of view of a narrator with so much repetition of a wonderful life and wonderful this, etc.
There really was no action. Narration was a monotone.
I wish I could get my credit back. I had to stop after 30 minutes and I deleted it.
"a good story"
I've been reading her books for many years. I enjoyed this story more than some of them
"My Favorite So Far"
Danielle Steel novels are my guilty pleasures. I've read and listened to several. This has been my favorite in a very long time. Great story. And as always a fantastic ending.
"very predictable, but sweet"
this was one of the first truly predictable stories I've listen to, but it was still so sweet and put a smile on my face at every turn.
"Not worth the listen"
First, what relevance did the school shooting have on the rest of the story? None! You're sucked in thinking that this would be somewhat political mixed with romance and after chapter 1, there was nothing connecting the school shooting to the remainder of the book. Weird.
This was ok at best. Wouldn't recommend.
"A love story of two people years ab"
A love story of two people years apart who find themselves involved in a love while caring for her daughter.
the story was really wonderful.. The narrator was very good. enjoyed the. love story. was so nice and pure .. It took all my attention to finish the story..
Take out all of the redundant words.
All she does is repeat the same thing over, and over again throughout the entire book! Don't release a book if you have nothing to say.
Don't waste your money/credits/time on this book. All she does is repeat the same thing over, and over again throughout the entire book!
"great story as usual"
loved it...certainly made my drive much more pleasant. always a happy ending. my children didn't even mine listening
"Made me wonder why I ever enjoyed Danielle Steel"
The narrator can't change a poorly written story. The characters were not likeable, the storyline was a series of "name dropping" situations, the situations were not consistent.
Yes, totally. I rolled my eyes more than once while listening to this book.
It was not him that annoyed me, it was the writing and the story.
Narration was OK, quality of the sound and reading was fine. The characters were not likeable.
I regret downloading another recent Danielle Steel book. I will give it a listen and hope it will be better than this one.
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