Book Review – Precious Gifts

by Danielle Steel (Transworld) ISBN: 9780593069035


Paul Parker, a successful business man but absent father to his three
daughters and son, has died peacefully in his sleep. As his children and
ex-wife gather for the reading of his will, they realise that Paul has left
them each a legacy that will face their future and destiny.
As a plot premise, it all sounds very intriguing — but the story doesn’t
live up to this promise.  After chapter after chapter of backstory, the
narrative fails to come to come to life.  Most of the story focuses on
Veronique, the ex-wife, which plays out every romance novel cliché to the point
of irritation — and the three daughters are not developed as likeable
The story has all the usual Danielle Steel glamour and fabulous settings
— Paris, Venice, and New York — which makes it an easy holiday read. But there
are too many characters in the book for each to be developed properly. I’m a
fan of Danielle Steel, but this wasn’t her best book. Precious Gifts is
a hastily wrapped holiday present. You may find yourself wishing you could
return it.

Anthony Ehlers

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Posted on: 27th January 2016