Author : Danielle Steel
Publisher : Pan Macmillan India
Genre : Thriller, Mystery
Source : Publisher
Rating : 3 Stars
Summary : Sydney Wells’s perfect life with her wealthy, devoted husband vanishes when he dies suddenly in an accident. Widowed at forty-nine, she discovers he has failed to include her in his will. With Andrew’s vicious daughters in control of his estate, and no home or money, Sydney finds a job in fashion, despite her own designer daughters’ warnings. Naïve, out of her element, and alone in a world of shady international deals and dishonest people, she is set up by her boss and finds herself faced with criminal prosecution.
What happens when you lose everything? Husband, safety, protection, money, and reputation gone, faced with prison, she must rebuild her own life from the bottom to the top again, with honor, resourcefulness, and dignity. Sydney finds herself, as well as courage and resilience. Taking life by the horns, she revives her own career as a talented designer, from New York to Hong Kong, risking all in an exotic, unfamiliar world. She is determined to forge a new life she can be proud of.
As a typical Steel book this has a middle aged woman who finds herself alone and in need of rescuing herself till she is rescued by a man (on the upside he isn’t romantically involved with her so that’s a relief). The character here is Sydney who finds herself alone after her husband’s death with no mention of her in the will because her husband has not changed his will before marrying her. So his daughters kick her out and she finds herself out on the streets, middle aged, out of touch with nothing but her clothes and a holiday home which he gifted to her. Being as naive as she is she gets embroiled with the wrong guy, as is expected from a Steel book, and is lost and needs to be rescued by the people whose advice she ignored.
The thing I will never understand, especially being an Indian where family is a priority and we support and respect our elders (atleast we are supposed to) is why her daughters couldn’t help her out. Both of them are into designing and their mother, Sydney, is perfectly capable of working for/with them. Yet they didn’t move a fingernail to help her out. WHY?
WHAT I LIKED
The portrayal of women as strong people, even if they are naive, they are focussed on their job and their lives and that is wonderful. it is ‘t as if they aren’t interested in men, it is also an aspect but it isn’t the only aspect so it’s very realistic. She also paints a nice picture of the various locales here, especially Hong Kong and the business class there. Ed as a character was absolutely delightful and it is nice to see a diverse character here.
WHAT I DISLIKED
I am bored of the same damn storyline. But there is something cathartic about it because let’s be honest, men tend to screw women over even when they don’t mean to and reading about women rising above it all is inspiring. BUT it felt too unrealistic because things just kept randomly falling into place. Tied up in a neat package because you just have to.
If you aren’t bored of the same trajectory with a different set of events that result in the same situation then you will enjoy this. If you are looking for a fast read you will enjoy this book.
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