Danielle Steel’s ‘Blue’ Is Uplifting and Inspiring [REVIEW]
In Danielle Steel’s latest bestselling novel, Blue, former journalist Ginny Carter works in the trenches of some of the most dangerous hot spots on the planet, helping others as a human rights activist. She pays no heed to the danger she faces every moment of the day, much to the chagrin of her sister.
Yet having suffered from so much personal loss herself, Ginny feels she has nothing left to lose, at least until the fateful night a 13-year-old homeless boy named Blue enters her life. As the two become friends, old wounds open and suddenly Ginny finds herself on a new crusade, one that could bring the entire world down on both of them and ultimately change both their lives forever.
Danielle Steel is a writer who is as fearless as her heroine, and with Blue she proves that she is still at the top of her game as she deftly juggles tough topics other authors shy away from, including: grief, loss, dementia, child abuse, and homelessness, not to mention the myriad problems plaguing third world countries.
But don’t let those topics deter you from picking up this book. As with all of Steel’s work, Blue resonates with hope, despite the dark subject matter. Most of all, this is a novel about forgiveness, redemption, and second chances, and it is is beautifully punctuated with the author’s trademark optimism, even in the face of tragedy.
Readers will undoubtedly connect with this novel on multiple levels. Blue speaks to the humanitarian in each of us, particularly as Ginny strives to take on some of the largest problems facing mankind today.
On a smaller scale, Ginny’s struggle to find balance between her career, family, and helping the very special child in her life is an equally precarious challenge most of us can identify with. These thematic layers is what makes Steel’s novel shine and is what brings her characters vividly to life, and you will surely find yourself cheering for each of them.
A book that is tumultuous and heartbreaking, Blue is equally uplifting and inspiring. But perhaps Steel sums the theme of this novel up best when she writes, “Every day, good stuff and bad stuff happens to us. It’s what you do about it and how you handle it that matters. You just can’t let it break you. You have to keep fighting.” (300)
Pick up a copy of Blue today. I promise you that it is one of the most heartfelt, inspiring, and ultimately rewarding reads of the year.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, Danielle Steel has more than 650 million copies of her novels in print.
Many of her books have become international bestsellers, including Precious Gifts, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, and more.
The mother of nine children, Steel has also written children’s books, including Pretty Minnie in Paris. She also wrote His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.
A humanitarian and philanthropist, she has done much to help the homeless, and chronicled her work in the book, A Gift of Hope.
She divides her time between San Francisco, California and Paris, France. Visit her homes on the Web at daniellesteel.com and her blog at daniellesteel.net.
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