Happy Birthday

July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday
By: Danielle Steel
352 Pages

Valerie has just turned 60 and she is not happy about it. Though she's the source on home decor, she doesn't want anyone to know she's now 60. April, Valerie's daughter, has just turned 30. Owner of a hugely successful restaurant that keeps her busy with 20 hour days, life is about to give a whopper of a birthday present. Jack has turned 50. The former football star is spending his birthday with a thrown out back when his fling the prior night is more than he can handle. These 3 characters are going to meet and become connected in ways they never thought they would.

It's been my experience over the last several years with her books, that Danielle Steel has become hit or miss with her stories. Sad to say, I didn't go into this book with high expectations. Truthfully, the story didn't sound like one of hers that I was going to melt into. Happily, I was wrong. I really liked this book. Color me shocked, but I actually thought she did a great job with Happy Birthday.

Valerie is the fictional Martha Stewart. She's made a very successful career out of it. Still, being 60 is not something she's embracing. While once upon many a year ago she was married, she doubts she ever will find love again at her age. Life for Valerie hits a massive turning point when several armed gunmen storm her building, taking over her floor. Valerie and numerous other people become hostages fearing for their life. While she is one of the survivors, she doesn't walk out of the situation unchanged. Can an almost stranger, turned hero be her knight in shining armor?

April has had one dream for as long as she can remember: own her own restaurant that people flocked to. Now that she has done it, she realizes that she only has her restaurant and not the husband & kids most people have by the time they were 30. However, a bad review alters everything. A one night stand turns into the one night stand that leaves a gift. The Daddy-to-be is anything but happy about it. Having lived through a miserable childhood, Mike is now afraid of repeating history. Can he overcome his fear? And will a kitchen fire change everything?

Jack is the former football player, now turned sportscaster. He plays the field with girls young enough to be his daughter. The king of one night stands may find love creep up on him when he least suspects it. But will he give it up when his network wants to relocate him to another state?

Happy Birthday was a great light read. It was nice seeing the stories unfold and connect. I liked watching Mike struggle with childhood demons. I have to admit, I didn't expect the outcome of it. I really had him pegged in a different outcome.

Rating: Borrow From Library/ Buy It (if in mass paperback or bargain)


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