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Is Danielle Steel still Winning?

December 6, 2013

I’m sorry to all the fans out there, but for me, the answer is no.   “Winners” was a mediocre effort, especially from an author as successful as Danielle Steel.  The plotline of the novel is good enough, but it was poorly executed.

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel

In my opinion, the main problem is the constant repetition, and belabouring the point – if this had been well edited, a quarter of the book would be gone.  At other times, certain things are glossed over in the space of a sentence which really needed more description.The story is focused around Lily Thomas, a seventeen-year-old aspiring ski champion, training for the Olympics.  Her widowed father Bill, a wealthy business person, adores her.  Tragedy strikes when Lily is paralysed in an accident.  Dr. Jessie Matthews, the local neurosurgeon, assures them Lily won’t walk again, but Bill refuses to accept that and undertakes a global search for a cure.  Eventually, he channels his energy into creating a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre “The Lily Pad” for young people.  Meanwhile, Lily has begun training for the Paralympics.

Throughout the novel, myriad other characters make their appearance; by the end, there is a fair proliferation of characters – a few too many for clarity I feel.Needless to say with a Steel novel, romance is at it’s heart.  Not only does Bill find love, but there are another four characters that also find love, and in the end … no, I won’t spoil it for you.  If you’re a die-hard Steel fan, you may enjoy this.  I’ve read other Steel books in the past which I did enjoy, but in my opinion, she could do with a long refreshing break to bring some vigour, balance and pace back into her writing.  2/5

– Natalie

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