Good Day! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. South of the Buttonwood Tree by Heather Webber and Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett (the 14th A Booktown Mystery) will release on July 21. Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard comes out July 28 along with Tea and Treachery by Vicki Delany. The Mockingbird's Song by Wanda E. Brunstetter publishes on August 1. There are some great new novels releasing this summer. Is there one in particular you are looking forward to reading?
Daddy’s Girls by Danielle Steel has sisters, Kate, Caroline, and Gemma reeling when their bigger-than-life father suddenly passes away. The three diverse sisters each had a different relationship with their father. Caroline was happy to escape the family ranch when she went to college. She is now married with two children and rarely visits. Gemma is an actress and the apple of her father’s eye. Kate is her father’s right-hand lady. She loves the ranch and could not imagine living anywhere else. When the ladies go through their father’s paper, they find a surprising discovery. The three sisters grapple with this new revelation and decide how they should proceed. It gives the sisters a chance to become closer and discover who they are without their father.
Daddy’s Girls is a light contemporary novel featuring three dissimilar sisters. Each of them had a different relationship with their father who was large and in charge. Their father moved them from Texas when they were all under four to California. JT, their father, eventually came to own 10,000 acres in Santa Ynez Valley, California. Kate loves the ranch and has ideas to improve it, but her father is the one in control. Gemma left at eighteen for Hollywood where she is now the lead actress on a television series. Gemma has a temperament just like JT and has no qualms about sharing her views with him. Caroline loved to read from a young age. She felt that her father did not understand her and ignored her. Caroline could not wait to escape the ranch and find culture in the city. She is happily married with two children of her own and writes young adult novels. They rarely visit despite having their own home on the ranch. With JT’s death, the three sisters must go through their father’s papers and belongings. Papers in the safe send them on a journey. I thought the story contained Danielle Steel’s trademark writing, but I did feel that the story was expected. It is easy to figure out how each sisters story will play out. There was quite a bit of repetition of details. Daddy’s Girls has a lovely feel good ending. I was, though, disappointed with how Caroline’s story turned out. It seemed like a step back for Caroline. Daddy’s Girls is a feel-good novel that was a good break for me from other types of books that I read. Daddy’s Girls is a lovely respite from reality and a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Daddy's Girls can be obtained from Amazon* along with other major retailers. You can find Danielle Steel's other novels here. Danielle Steel has Royal coming out on August 18, All That Glitters on November 17, and Neighbors on January 5, 20201. Thank you for joining me today. I am reviewing Murder with Clotted Cream by Karen Rose Smith tomorrow. It is the 5th A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery. I hope that you have a joyful day. Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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