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Monday, May 25, 2015


I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel's Novels. And this year when I drew up a list of books to read for the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, I made sure to include 4 books from my favorite author. Here is the first in the list...

This is yet another women centered book,meaning its about Madeleine Hunter and her journey through her life,the hurdles she faces and how she overcomes it all.

The story goes like this....

Madeleine is rescued from an abusive husband by Jack Hunter and he transforms her into an award winning anchor woman for his his network.Madeleine or Maddy as she is fondly known, marries Jack Hunter and their life becomes an envy for everyone!

Maddy's life revolves around Jack, the network, expensive gifts, elaborate parties, exotic tours etc.But deep within she feel deprived of kids.Jack had expressed his wish to never had kids and Maddy gladly accepted it back then.

Meanwhile,Jack's ego hurts Maddy both mentally and physically.She realizes that when she attends a meet for women who have undergone abuse. She open ups to Bill and he becomes her confidant.

Jack becomes even more abusive and in turn Maddy get's emotional relief by talking about her life to Bill.

Meanwhile, a girl comes looking for her claiming to be her daughter. Maddy finds out that the girl- Elizabeth / Lizze is indeed her daughter whom she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager.

Jack is furious when he learns about Lizze and abuses her even more. But Maddy is determined to make up for the lost years with her daughter.

Finally, Maddy decides to leave Jack but before she can actually face the situation, she is caught in building bombing and is almost buried alive.Bill is very worried but Jack is more worried that she is not around to do a report for the network. Both are not aware of Maddy's condition.

Maddy is rescued and Jack visits her in the hospital and emotionally abuses her. She finally tells him that she is leaving him and Jack vows to destroy her and also her career so that she will realize that Maddy can never live without Jack.

He replaces the locks in their house, disposes off her cloths and everything that belonged to her and also makes a press statement that she had a mental breakdown.The last one was to ensure that she never has a career after that!

But Bill helps her through all these crisis and there is a press release that Jack had falsely accused her since she split from him.Offers come pouring in and life seems to be returning to normal. She and Bill want to get together and they look forward to a peaceful life.

She also adopts a baby that was rescued from the building where she was stuck in the rubble and Lizze joins her mom...

This book has a very touching story. The emotions of Maddy are portrayed in a very realistic manner.Also the ways in which one can recognize and overcome spousal abuse is something worth knowing. If not for self, it can be used to help others...

Until the next post....

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