A proper family story is how I describe Danielle Steel’s latest novel Against All Odds. So go on and read what I thought about it and hope y’all have a good Monday.
Title: Against All Odds
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
Published: May 2017
Location: New York
Lead characters profession: Vintage Fashion shop owner.
Buy it here: Amazon India
Kate Madison’s stylish second-hand clothing shop has been a big success in New York, supporting her and her four kids since her husband’s untimely death. Now her children have grown up and are ready to forge lives of their own. They all choose to play against the odds, much to their mother’s dismay . .
Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm, when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him – but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, moves to LA to be at his side, ignoring the danger signs. Is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they’re financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all, with a woman fifteen years older . . .
Kate – loving, supportive and outspoken – can’t keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten? No matter how much she loves him, in the end, the risks are their own and the hardest lesson as a mother is that she can’t protect them from the choices they make.
Against all odds is a story about survival, families, beating the odds and curve balls life throws at us. It is a lesson in learning life. Humans though taught life’s lessons through many examples still end up making their own mistakes. They make mistakes and only then realise the value of the lessons they already know because this time around they went through it. They lived the mistake, they bore the brunt, pain, anger and every thing that comes with it. Parents or loved ones have this compulsive need to protect their loved ones even when they know there is only so much they can do. Every one has to make their own mistakes and learn from it themselves.
That’s what happens in this story, Kate Madison brings up 4 children on her own when she is suddenly left widowed at a young age, with all her children under the age of 10. She has some very strong support in the face of her mother Louise and close friend Liam. As she deals with grief and a daunting future Kate slowly builds a life from scratch. She fulfills her professional dreams and brings up her children the way she wishes. The story revolves around Kate’s grown up children making their own perosnal decisions, falling and getting back up again. All through which Kate is afraid on their behalf and anxious as they face their own odds in life.
In the end it’s how Kate and her family overcome their personal odds with help from their family and their own strength.
What I loved about this story is it’s tone. There are some terrifying experiences the character go through yet there is no extreme bitterness surrounding them. The beauty of human resilience shines through the behavior of the characters. The author skips the usual drama of human nature and shows a more mature, strong side of them. The story showcases warmth and importance of friendships, family bonding and values. Reading it was like having a leisurely chat with a good friend, relaxing and refreshing.
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with nearly a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers includeProperty of a Noblewoman, Blue, Precious Gifts,Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless;and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.