Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Beautiful by Danielle Steel


Book Summary

A renowned supermodel’s world is torn apart in an instant, sending her on an unexpected journey of discovery in this masterful novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel.

Veronique Vincent is a star. At age twenty-two, she is one of the most sought-after models in fashion, gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runways of haute couture shows across the globe. Yet, despite being the consummate professional, Veronique wants little of the glamorous life that modeling affords her. The beloved daughter of a hardworking single mother, she has always preferred spending time at home or with her kindhearted boyfriend to attending lavish parties. When a quick getaway presents a welcome break on the heels of Paris Fashion Week, and before a Vogue cover shoot in Tokyo, Veronique is thrilled, eager to escape the mayhem of her busy schedule. Then, out of nowhere, a tragic explosion at Zaventem Airport in Brussels changes her life forever.
The ruthless terrorist attack has the entire world on edge. Veronique finds herself hospitalized and alone, devastated to learn that the blast has killed both of the people she loved most. She is also forced to confront the harsh reality that she has been severely injured, her famous appearance forever altered. As she plunges into seclusion, the industry that once adored her believes her to have fallen off the map. In truth, she is struggling to find herself again after losing everything, and to discover what truly matters in life. But her mother’s will, accompanied by a letter Veronique never knew existed, reveals long-held secrets, introducing her to a world she hadn’t even known was possible.

As Veronique forges bonds old and new, she begins to see a light beyond the darkness she has come to inhabit, finding peace in opportunities to help others, and redefining for herself what beauty is, and what it truly means to be beautiful. Danielle Steel presents a story of one woman’s breathtaking perseverance in moving beyond tragedy to a life more meaningful than she could ever have imagined.
My Thoughts

Beautiful by Danielle Steel has Veronique Vincent, an in-demand model, getting caught in an explosion at Brussels Zaventem Airport.  Veronique survives the bombing, but she has severe damage that includes her face.  Her mother and boyfriend do not survive.  After spending months in the local military hospital undergoing numerous surgeries, Veronique is released.  Veronique must decide what she is going to do with her life now that she can no longer model.  Her mother left her a letter that reveals some surprising news.  Veronique has some important decisions to make.  Beautiful is a story about a woman who suffers a terrible tragedy and how she manages to overcome it.  I thought Beautiful was well-written with steady pacing.  Danielle Steel handles a difficult subject beautifully.  A terrorist attack forever alters Veronique Vincent’s life plus she loses the person closest to her in the world, her mother.  With Veronique’s face forever changed, she can no longer model.  Modeling has been her world for the last four years.  Veronique needs to discover who she is who she and how to move forward without her mother as well as her career.  Veronique also learns that her mother told her a lie about something significant and she needs to decide if she will act on the news.  Beautiful is an emotional story.  Veronique goes on a journey of self-discovery.  She finds a way to turn devastation into something wonderful.  People focus too much on outer beauty which can fade, but inner beauty lasts forever.  I like that we get to see something good come from a tragic event.  I enjoyed reading Beautiful.  It is an emotional novel that left me feeling hopeful.  Beautiful is a touching tale with an in-demand model, haute couture clothes, plethora of parties, a terrorist attack, a series of surgeries, a surprising secret, inward reflection, and shifting gears for a helpful future.

Beautiful is available from Amazon*.  Danielle Steel has Suspects coming out June 28, The Challenge on August 16, High Notes on October 11, and The Whittiers on November 22 (she is a prolific writer).  You can follow Danielle Steel on Amazon in order to receive an email when she has a new book release.  Thank you for visiting today and reading my review.  Next time I am featuring Three Tainted Teas by Lynn Cahoon.  It is the latest A Kitchen Witch Mystery.  I hope that you have a positive day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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