Book Review

Bittersweet By Danielle Steel

India, the main character is Danielle Steel’s novel, Bittersweet, is an adventurous woman who used to be in the Peace Corp and takes photographs of events that made the world understand complex and often horrific stories around the world. She met her husband, Doug, during this time, but is now a quiet and unemployed house wife, which is exactly what he wanted. Now that the four children are old enough to give her more free time, India begins to miss the life changing stories that she photographed. However, Doug doesn’t understand that and perhaps worse, he doesn’t understand the concept of love. Over the summer at their vacation house, India meets Paul who is married, yet quickly becomes one of her best friends. When Paul’s wife suddenly dies, will Doug’s lack of interest and love push him and India apart or will India’s desire to work push Doug toward her more or further away? Will Paul’s grief pull India closer or dismiss her altogether? There are never ending twists to find out how this story ends.

I love Danielle Steel, but I have to admit I only pick up her novels when life is tough for the most part. And this one contained a special meaning for me, so it automatically gets bonus points. I easily identified with India’s nature; pure and rather naïve and ready to put her heart into everything. I was so frustrated with the way Doug treated her and his inability to even act like a human being. He is a character you will love to hate. The plot was full of twists and turns which created a lot of interest in continuing to read through this lengthy novel. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next, and then it would even out for a bit, just to take another dramatic turn. The assignment India is sent on towards the end of the book was by far my favorite part; like it was simply meant to be, and made me believe in Valentine’s, cupid, and real love again. Thank you for restoring my hope in most of humanity again Danielle Steel!

There really is no bad parts to this book, but I found Paul’s character hard to relate to a touch. His grief was understandable and contributed to his reactions, however, his love for India seemed complicated even before his wife was killed. I wasn’t completely sold on how he fit into the story exactly, but found him to be an enjoyable character and loved the way he treated people in his life and his connection to Sam, one of India’s children.

This is yet another epic and adventuresome novel from one of the queens of romance, and it won’t disappoint. The story is well and tastefully done. The characters are by far the greatest achievement; India is a character easy to relate to and one that readers will want to root for in particular. There are plenty of interesting adventures and plot twists to motivate the reader to keep going to the end of this beautiful tale.

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