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Review: Danielle Steel – Property Of A Noblewoman

Danielle Steel

A great read but something just too predictable from Danielle Steel

Plot: Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?
Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogate’s court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie’s auction house. They are simply doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But for both Jane and Phillip the search turns personal—and their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations.
Eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson left America with a broken heart in the shadow of World War II. She found a new life in Europe but forever mourned what she left behind. As the truth about Marguerite’s extraordinary history—her forbidden love affair and her family’s treachery—is slowly revealed, more people are drawn into the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and one among them will inherit the most unexpected gift of all.

Remarks: Danielle Steel is one of my favourite authors. She has a marvelous way with words and she really knows how to bring a story to life. This time, however, everything just felt too predictable. Danielle seems to stick to a formula when writing her books and after reading many of her books, I seem to have caught on to that formula. Danielle is a brilliant author and this is a brilliant love story. The author manages to capture the emotions between Jane and Phillip. We feel the intense passion when they are in love and we feel the sadness when things aren’t going their way. The character development is beautiful and you really see these characters grow will taking the journey with them. However, I did feel that Danielle needs to start shaking things up a bit. She has become a legendary author but I’m losing the sense of excitement when reading her books these days…

Rating: 3/5

Published By: Penguin Random House

Property Of A Noblewoman is out now at all good book stores.

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