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.
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.
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.
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