Happy Birthday

A Novel

Steel, Danielle

(Large Print - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Happy Birthday
Random House, Inc.
In this beguiling new novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom, on the same day, reaches a crucial turning point in life—a rite both bittersweet and full of hope, a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future.

Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.

Valerie’s daughter, April, has no love life, no rest, and no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, no man, no kids.

Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age.

A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration—and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
A famous lifestyle arbiter and her shy chef daughter have their lives profoundly transformed on the eve of their 60th and 30th birthdays when a chance encounter in an elevator and a holiday weekend indiscretion lead to new chances at love. (romance). By the best-selling author of Family Ties. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

A famous lifestyle arbiter and her shy chef daughter have their lives transformed on the eve of their sixtieth and thirtieth birthdays when a chance encounter in an elevator and a holiday weekend indiscretion lead to new chances at love.

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2011
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 0739378252
Branch Call Number: LG-PRINT FIC S
Characteristics: 384 p. (large print) : 24 cm.


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I like this novel although the story is not so dramatic, it is written in simple easy English.

"As her 60th birthday approaches, famous arbiter of style Valerie Wyatt finds herself alone. So too does her hard-working chef daughter, April, who is herself nearing her 30th birthday with a successful restaurant to show for it - but no love life. But life has surprises in store for both of them, and a chance encounter in an elevator and a romantic indiscretion lead to new chances at love. As in her other novels, author Danielle Steel delivers high drama, sad stories, and happy endings for her strong female characters. Grab it if you've got a hankering for romance, but if you don't, try Cathy Kelly's charming Always and Forever, which is also about women reevaluating their lives and priorities." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

Dec 17, 2012
  • tmbpl rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Very predictable, forgettable characters

Sep 29, 2012
  • milleya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great DS novel. Over the last few months as I have tried to get back into my leisure reading, i have completely felt in love with her novels. This novel was very predictable however at times I did question what would happen next. Overall she did an excellent job at developing her characters and putting together the perfect plot. I did feel that the ending was a little rushed but maybe there will be a part two. I am curious how the characters turned out.

Sep 27, 2012
  • texasbooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book very much.
I really enjoy reading danielle steel books . I have read most of her books. Some I have read several timesz.

Aug 22, 2012
  • dpicone1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Book, Fast read and very enjoyable

Aug 20, 2012
  • Freckels25 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Love this book. Could not put it down.

Jul 27, 2012
  • sablegirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I stopped reading Danielle Steel's books for a while because they all seemed to be the same. I decided to pick this one up and try again. It was worth the effort! Very different from what I remember her books were like. I enjoyed this book as I could really relate to the character!

Nov 30, 2011
  • COURIER3 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.


Oct 14, 2011
  • porcelainheart87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book has romance-novel aspects but is more about adjusting to life's changes. It was a good read but I expected more of a love story.

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