The Dark Side by Danielle Steel

The Dark Side by Danielle Steel

The Miracle of a Child

It has been many years since I have picked up a Danielle Steel book. I think I was in high school the last time I read a good DS book. Until this one that is. I loved this very much. Thank you to NetGalley and all parties involved in me receiving a copy of this book. I get pulled into books that are on the darker side of things. This was totally that. Zoe has a difficult childhood where her younger sister ends up dying from leukemia and during the time of the progression of the illness Zoe is ignored and left to her own most of the time. Even after her sister’s death the parents excess in their own worlds and Zoe is left in the cold. Zoe grows up and leads a very isolated life with few friends. Until she meets Austin and falls in love. After they are married, they have a baby girl named Jamie.  I loved Jamie as a character. I thought that Zoe and Austin deserve a little bundle of joy after everything she has gone through. But as the story progresses you learn that this child is either accident prone or her mother needs help. The more the story continues I as the reader wanted to throttle Zoe as a mother. While there are sicknesses that inflict people, I just felt this anger for Zoe then toward the end I was sad. If Miss Steel continues to write in this vain, I will be a big fan in no time at all. A solid four stars from me.

 

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