Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
A Novel

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Steel’s style is speed-writing with little colour but with a surprising sense of humour that creeps up on you.


In this beguiling novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom reaches a crucial turning point on the same day—a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future.
Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s created a successful TV show and reached the pinnacle of her profession, with a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? Because all the hours with her personal trainer, hairdressers, and cosmetic surgeons can’t fudge the truth: Valerie is turning sixty.
Valerie’s daughter, April, spends every last ounce of her energy on her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York. She has no love life and no prospects. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it?
Jack Adams is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he still has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age.
In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration—and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Danielle Steel's Friends Forever.

About Danielle Steel

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Best-selling novelist Danielle Steel was born in New York City on August 14, 1947. She spent much of her early years in France where as a child she was often included in her parents dinner parties giving her a chance to observe the habits and lives of the wealthy and famous. She was raised in both N.Y. city and Europe by her father. She started writing stories as a child and by her teens had started writing poetry. She attended and graduated from Lycee Francais de New York. she studied literature, design, and fashion design - first at Parsons School of design and later at New York University. Her first novel Going Home was published in 1972. She also wrote children's fiction - authoring a series of 10 illustrated books entitled Max and Martha series aiming to help children face real life problems. In 2002 Danielle Steel was decorated by the French government as an "Officer" of the Order des Arts et des Letters, for her contributions to world culture. Her novels have been translated into 28 languages and are found in 47countries. Twenty-one of her novels have been adapted into TV movies or miniseries.
Published July 19, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 354 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Other, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Aug 07 2011
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Reviewed by Jeffery Taylor on Jul 31 2011

Steel’s style is speed-writing with little colour but with a surprising sense of humour that creeps up on you.

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Reviewed by Betty Lytle on Jul 24 2011

I thought the plot was shallow and superficial. However, Steel's hard-core fans will probably love it.

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Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on Aug 04 2011

I particularly loved the interaction in this novel between mother Valerie and daughter April as they both have significant birthdays which bring about a year of surprises.

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Reviewed by Amanda Keats on Aug 24 2011

Overall, I found it patronising and tame, even when very dramatic events are taking place. The core issue I have with it is why Steel feels the need to explain every single point. Nothing is left to your own imagination.

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Reviewed by Deborah Jackson on Sep 01 2011

Danielle Steel has woven a warm and entertaining tale. The characters are memorable, and the story line has plenty of twist and turns.

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