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Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
I spent all of the pandemic re-reading nearly 40 hardback books from my own library, many of which were by Danielle Steel. When I ran out of previously read books, I purchased this new release of hers. It was of particular interest to me because I am an adoptee whose biological family dropped into my l life at age 21. I am also a writer and my 11th book was my memoir which explores the impact of adoption on a child and as an adult. Frankly, the first chapter failed to capture my attention because it was all narrative and no dialogue. Then, when the backstory began to reveal itself, I thought I was reading the script of the movie 'Philomena'. Adding Hattie's 'Me Too' experience so late in the story seemed more like an afterthought and perhaps Ms. Steele's need to voice her take on the issue. Don't get me wrong -- I LOVE Danielle Steel's books. This just wasn't one of my faves.