- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan (19 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509860673
- ISBN-13: 978-1509860678
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property 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. Danielle is famous for her powerfully emotional and inspirational stories about family, life and love. Her novels will be enjoyed by readers of Jodi Picoult, Penny Vincenzi and Diane Chamberlain.
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Danielle Steel, the #1 bestselling author, is back with her new adult fiction book called, Against All Odds that unravels the story of a widowed mother and her four children, who are now adults, and whose terrible life's choices land them up in a mucky situation, yet the mother, who already warned them against their decisions, stands strongly by their side, and fights for them against all odds, even though her own personal life goes haywire. A story that vividly portrays the parent's undying support for their children, no matter what.
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, they 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 – 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?
Kate Madison, a successful, widowed mother of four, whose husband died when her children were very young, and she raised them up all by herself all the while establishing a successful career for herself and supported their education and well being in an affluent manner despite of all the odds. Now that her four children have all grown up, and have their own established careers, yet Kate supports them strongly. But lately, her children are taking all wrong decisions, that Kate's children aren't aware of, but Kate is, and despite of her warnings, she stands by them. Like, her eldest daughter, Isabelle, who is a successful attorney, decides to settle down with a man with no career goals and a former convict, out of love, and Kate is sure that Izzy, a.k.a, Isabelle's relationship would not end well. Her other daughter, Julie, who is gradually building her own career in the world of fashion, decides to settle down with a man, Peter, in a different city out of the blue, and without knowing anything about his past or his background and Kate is dubious about Peter's background or about his way too goody nature. Kate's son, Justin, who is gay and lives with his partner, Richard, pushes him to have a kid through surrogacy, even though they are not ready mentally or financially, and even though Kate understands the gravity of their situation and knows in her heart that they will fall apart, yet she stays strongly by their side. Kate's youngest son, Willie falls for an older woman, whom Kate doesn't approve of, yet she supports him of his choices.
A mother's love is so deep and pure that can't be matched with anything in nature or in this world, that has author arrested strikingly in her new family drama book, that is both poignant and enlightening to read about. The author portrays a mother's love in an authentic and most realistic manner and not only that, the book is very much character-driven, hence every other characters are quite layered and grow through out the story line. Thus the story is very much relatable to any mother or father, especially for single mothers, who even though harbor a lot of insecurities and worries about their children, yet they can't do anything about it, but to stay strong by their sides. Right from the very first page itself, the story sucked me in, as the author develops the life of each character with intensity, passion and emotions.
The author's writing style is brilliant and is laced with evocative emotions that holds a power to deeply move its readers. The prose is eloquent and the plot line will only provoke the thoughts of its readers. Not only that, the story is very inspiring, as the author genuinely and sensitively resolves the trouble faced by Kate's children, which can be a lesson for many. The dialogues are free flowing and quite articulate and are easily comprehensible by the readers. The pacing is smooth and fast, as there are quite a few unpredictable turns that will keep the readers glued to the pages of this book till the very end. Although the only downside will be some cliched moments included in the lives of the characters, that could have been easily avoided.
The characters in this book are very much well developed, fleshed out with a realistic demeanor, that will compel the readers to stick with their stories. The main character, Kate, is one hell of a super mom, who puts her children and their wishes above everything else. Her priorities have always been her own children, even though they have grown up and have their own separate lives, yet Kate manages to keep them all unite with her constant support and undeniable motherly love. Kate is an ideal character, an epitome, who will motivate and enlighten many mothers around the world with her touching and profound journey. But not only Kate's children faces their own demons and bad choices, even Kate makes some terrible choices, that leaves her heart broken. Yet Kate manages to pick up the piece and move on from it, for the sake of her children. The children's personalities are equally real, multi dimensional and so their behavior and actions. The supporting cast is also quite interesting to read about.
In a nutshell, this is a must read book for one and all, especially the author vividly depicts the true value of a family through a very captivating and intriguing manner.
Against all odds by Danielle Steel is about the the lives of Kate Madison and her four children. It is her newest release and after reading Dangerous Games, I was hoping this book to be a little better.
Kate Madison is the owner of Still Fabulous, a store that sells vintage and unique clothes. She is very dedicated to it and is a great business woman. She has a widow and has four grown up children. She meets a Frenchman called Bernard who is a married man and they start a relationship. Even though it was complicated between them, it was nice to see a woman of her age being wooed and romanced. She is constantly worrying about her children but she needs to let them make their own mistakes and learn.
Isabelle Madison is a lawyer. She gets the case of Zach Holbrook who was caught in possession of drugs. He is an irresponsible and spoiled bad boy. Despite his faults, Izzy is attracted to him and they start a relationship.
I didn’t like Zach at all. He was immature and he never wanted to work in his life. He was mooching off his grandmother and Izzy.
It was awful to watch a strong woman like Isabelle destroy her life for him.
Julie was Kate’s other daughter and Justin’s twin. She was dyslexic and a bit shy. She meets Peter who seems nice enough but there’s something off about him.
Justin is Kate’s son. His partner Richard and he decide to have a baby through a surrogate. Everyone is wary of their decision but they are determined to go through with it. Justin was strong and brave and he really wanted a child.
Grandma Lou is an independent and adventurous woman who loves to travel. I wish there was a bit more of her in the book since she was really fun to read about.
I like that the author creates very well formed characters and gives them a rich back story. They are unique and fascinating and it makes us want to know more about them. But what I don’t like is that sometimes, one thing goes on for pages and pages.
The writing is nice and flows well and it is only that what makes the long narrations bearable. But still, the book drags on too much.
This is a family book. I don’t think I’ve read any book with that dynamic before. The whole family is a very close to each other and the plot revolves around their personal lives. I really liked the Christmas parts when the whole family would be together. All of their lives seemed to be heading for disaster except maybe Grandma Lou. They were all adults but had so much to learn.It also made me see how hard it is for parents when their children screw up. Mothers worry about their children all the time no matter how old they grow up to be.
I’d say this is a realistic fiction book. There are happy, sad and terrible times for all the characters in the book, just like real life. There is also a lot of character development. What I loved the most was that they all stuck together through the end and it shows us how important family is. This book is also very hopeful and ends on happy terms for everyone.
One thing I did not like was the lack of trigger warning for abuse in the book.
Even though the book was really slow in the beginning, I did end up liking it. I was really interested in what was happening with the characters and wanted the best for them. I definitely recommend this book if you looking for a slow-burn family book.
“I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
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