Book Reviews

Book Review – Winners by Danielle Steel

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Summary From Goodreads:
When a horrific chairlift accident leaves 17-year-old competitive skier Lily Thomas paralyzed, she must come to grips with the fact that she’ll not only be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but will never fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Olympic gold. Meanwhile, her wealthy father, who has doted on Lily since her mother died when she was three, is devastated as he watches his only child lose all she once cherished and suffer through the arduous road to recovery. But just as all hope seems lost, Lily meets Teddy, a young man even more badly injured than she, but as doggedly determined to live an enriching life. Danielle Steel is at her best in this powerful story of a father and daughter triumphing together over unthinkable tragedy, creating new lives for themselves and providing hope for others along the way.

Personally, I found this book to be inspiring. It has everything that you would hope would come out of every traumatizing accident. This novel instills hope in our society that is really hard to believe in at times. The characters carry this book. There is nothing too amazing or different about the plot line, so if you’re looking for a book that will strictly let you fall in love with the characters, then this is the one. I think Danielle Steel has really done a great job in capturing the emotions of different people going through trauma, but she has somehow done this in an idealized setting, which was something new in a book that I enjoyed.
It did feel a little unbelievable at times though, but I think it’s easy to overlook this minor flaw when the message of this book is just amazing.

This was a fairly easy read, so that was a bonus. If you’re into the total happy-ending-for-everyone kind of thing, then this would really be a book for you to read. Especially with the Winter Olympics that we had this year..it’s a great book to get into if you’re still in Olympic-mode, if you have a personal connection to the Olympics, or if you can’t wait for the next Winter Olympics.

Honestly, I didn’t love this book, it’s not one of my favourites by Danielle Steel. But it was enjoyable, and inspiring at times. And I cried a bit throughout the book, which is why I took so long to read it, because I needed to put it down every once in a while and collect my thoughts before I continued again.

Overall I think this book will get a 7/10 from me. It’s a great story, easy read, but it fell a bit under what I would normally expect from Danielle Steel. Have any of you read this book? What did you think?

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