Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a good week. Death on the Page by Essie Lang (2nd A Castle Bookshop Mystery) comes out on March 10 along with Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George and Hope Deferred by Linda Byler. Berried in the Past by Peg Cochran releases on March 24. It is the fifth novel in A Cranberry Cove Mystery series. Is there a new release you are looking forward to reading?
|Downtown Greenwich, Connecticut|
The Numbers Game by Danielle Steel has the Jackson family living in Greenwich, Connecticut. Eileen Jackson discovered she was pregnant after finishing college and beginning her job in publishing in New York. Paul felt the right thing to do was to marry. He gave up business school and took a job in advertising. Eighteen years later, they have three children. Pennie, the eldest, will be beginning her senior year of high school in the fall. Her mother wants to make sure that Pennie gets the opportunity to make her dreams come true. Eileen notices perfume on Paul after one of his dinner with a client and wonders if he is having an affair. She confronts Paul and learns that he has been with Olivia, twenty-seven, for several months. Paul takes an apartment in the city where he does not have the day-to-day responsibility of the children. Eileen begins to wonder if she made the right decision eighteen years ago and wonders what she should do with her life now. Eileen makes a bold decision that thrusts Paul into the role of primary caregiver for the children for the first time in his life which upsets Olivia. Olivia does not like taking second place to Paul’s kids. Olivia runs a successful online art gallery and soon finds herself presented with a unique opportunity. No matter what your age, there are always difficulties as well as new avenues to explore.
I enjoyed reading The Numbers Game by Danielle Steel. I have been reading Danielle Steel’s novels since I was a tween and I look forward to each new book (so does my sister). I found it well-written with steady pacing and realistic characters. It was easy to read, and I quickly devoured it. The book has strong female characters which I appreciate. It provides good role models and gives the reader a new perspective on age (is 50 old or is it just a number). I like that it shows everyday life for a family of five living in Greenwich, Connecticut. Eileen and Paul married when she found herself pregnant after college. It is not a passionate marriage, but they have been happy or so Eileen thought. Paul ends up having an affair with a younger woman and it forever changes their lives. It not only affects Eileen and Paul but their three children. It also changes the mistress’s life and that of her family. I like that the novel is realistic and uplifting. We see that are age is just a number. You are never too hold to make a change or try something new. You can be old at 39 or be a spry 92 year old. My favorite saying from The Numbers Game is, “You can feel too old at any age, if you let yourself. You are never too old or too young for anything, you’re just the right age. It’s all a numbers game invented to frighten you.” We are living in different times where you do not have to do what is expected as we see in The Numbers Game. One of my favorite characters was Olivia’s grandmother. She is an artist who is lively at 92. I liked her attitude and gumption. I thought The Numbers Game was an uplifting, feel-good story. I look forward to reading Danielle Steel’s next creation.
|Eileen goes to Le Cordon Bleu|
The Numbers Game is available from Amazon*. Danielle Steel's next release is Daddy's Girls which will be out on June 9. Thank you for visiting today. Tomorrow I am featuring His Unexpected Amish Twins by Rachel J. Good. It is part of the Unexpected Amish Blessings series. I hope you have a stupendous day (aim for the stars). As you can tell, I am in a good mood today. Take care and Happy Reading!
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