Tuesday, November 17, 2020

All That Glitters by Danielle Steel

All That Glitters by Danielle Steel

Book Summary

All That Glitters by Danielle Steel has Nicole “Coco” Martin finishing her junior year at Columbia and starting an internship at TIME magazine.  She has two loving, supporting parents who will be departing for France for the summer.  Coco normally goes with them, but she could not pass up this important internship.  Coco spends a last weekend in Southampton with her parents before they depart.  While her parents are away, Coco spends a relaxing weekend with her best friend, Sam in Southampton.  On their way back into New York City, Coco hears on the radio about a terrorist attack in Cannes on Promenade de la Croisette.  Coco’s parents were in Cannes and she fears the worst.  Unfortunately, they both died when the first bomb detonated.  Coco is devastated and lost without her parents’ steadying influence.  Coco needs to find a way to move forward with her life without her parents’ guidance.  She meets a series of dazzling men who each provide Coco with a different life lesson.  As Coco goes through life, she will discover more about herself and, ultimately, what she truly wants in life.

My Thoughts

All That Glitters by Danielle Steel is a touching story. I have been reading Danielle Steel novels since I was twelve years old (I was bored).  I amazed at the variety and types of stories that Danielle Steel produces.  All That Glitters tells us about Nicole “Coco” Martin and her best friend since the fourth grade, Samuel Stein.  Despite opposition from his Jewish parents, the pair have remained close friends.  While Coco’s parents are kindhearted, loving, and supportive with her, Sam’s parental units have certain expectations of Sam as well as being judgmental and religious.  Coco is our central character who is devastated when her parents die in a terrorist bombing in Cannes.  She inherits her parents’ entire estate which leaves her vulnerable.  Coco is left anchorless which has her searching for someone to fill the gap.  She is attracted to bold men who are flashy.  Coco has relationships with various men who teach her a variety of different lessons.  Some of the experiences are good, but, oftentimes, they are painful and upsetting.  We get to see that we do not always get it right the first time.  Some people are lucky and find true love right out of the gate.  Others must go through a few bad eggs before coming upon the right life partner.  The hard part is picking up the pieces, dusting ourselves off, and moving forward having learned from our mistakes.  I like how close Sam and Coco were throughout the book.  They were there for each other through the good and the bad.  Their unbreakable bond helped them get through the grief and heartache.  I thought All That Glitters was well-written, with interesting characters, and it moved at a steady pace.  This is a book that I did not want to rush through.  I found myself wanting to shake Coco at times and yell at her, but I wanted to enjoy every single page.  There is some mild foul language as well as intimate relations in the story.  I enjoyed the descriptions of the London and the cozy house Coco lived in when she first moved to England.  The author captured Coco’s lifestyle and took us from New York to London, Frances, and beyond.  All That Glitters is a moving story with handsome homes, glitzy guys, gratifying jobs, terrible loss, devastating defeat, and a firm friend.  

All That Glitters is out today and available from Amazon* along with other major booksellers.  You can find Danielle Steel's other novels here.  Danielle Steel has Neighbors releasing on January 5, 2021, The Affair will be out on March 2, 2021, and Finding Ashley on April 27, 2021.  Thank you for reading my review today.  Tomorrow I am a stop on the Celebrate Lit Tour for To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano.  It is the first book in The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series.  I can count on Jen Turano to provide an entertaining historical novel.  I do hope that you have a satisfying day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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