The first half of this book I read in one day, I could not put it down. I finished the book while holding it in one hand and massaging my husband's back with the other. I liked the story, it's Danielle Steel, so she knows how to tell a story. It is the story of a womand whose huband walks out after 24 years of marriage with no warning, but I think that most women who have had a relationship end can connect with the emotion of the story.
Just imagine that your lovely life as wife and mother--the 24 years of marriage to the only man you've ever loved--ends one evening when your husband tells you he's leaving. The next morning, he's out the door and out of your life. How do you pick up the pieces? This is a book about the path(s) one woman chose. At times very funny, at others quite sad, the story told takes the reader through all the phases of grieving and rebirth in such a woman's life. Really good.
Disappointing end of the book for me. The author rushed the two most important events of the heroine in their telling and yet went into long details of people and things that happened that just weren't all that important. That is why I gave it 2 and 1/2 stars. I usually like her books a lot, although I am not an avid romance reader.
Also, Ms. Steel feels (or at least felt in this book) to be politically correct and an important relationship was a homosexual one. This is the first book of hers that has this type of relationship that I have read. Now, there may be more of them that she written that she has included homosexual as well as heterosexual relationships but it is the first I have read. It added nothing to the plot and just made it seem like a way for her do the right thing. Maybe she wants to appeal to the homosexual reader? Are there lesbian relationships in her other books? I don't know but, as I said, it was gratuitous and obvious that it was. If I were a homosexual, I'd be offended by that.
If life has slammed you with an unexpected divorce, this book will give you hope that things can still turn out for the best, that life might still have a few surprises(of the NICE variety) left to offer.
In the Dating Game, Paris thinks her life is perfect, she has a lovely home, a loving husband and her children are doing well. Her oldest daughter was on her own, had graduated college and found her perfect job, their younger son, was about to graduate from high school and head off to UC Berkeley. She was facing the empty nest sydrome, but she didn't know until after a dinner party just how empty her nest would become. She had been such a perfect wife and mother, she had bored her husband right out of the marriage. She finds herself after 24 years back into the dating game. I thought this book was very good.
"Paris Armstrong never thought she'd be divorced at 46, or at any other age. Her husband has dumped her for a younger woman just as their youngest child is leaving for college.
Picking up the pieces, Paris discovers new resources and talents in herself. Sam Freed refrains from the mawkish sentimentality so pervasive in Steel's work, instead focusing on the humor and developing the characters' vocal personalities. Paris's gay employer in San Francisco sounds both flamboyant and likable. Freed's portrayal of Paris herself carries conviction even beyond the material in the text. His finest work in this novel centers around the ridiculous people she encounters, from obnoxious blind dates to a spaced-out massage therapist." amazon review
In her 57th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel brilliantly chronicles the roller-coaster ride of dating the second time around--and tells a captivating story of the surprises one woman encounters when shes thrust into the terrifying, exhilarating world of the Dating Game.
Paris Armstrong never saw it coming. With two grown children and a lovely home in Connecticut, Paris was happy with her marriage, her family, her life. So when her husband of twenty-four years said they needed to talk, Paris couldnt imagine what he was about to say.
I want a divorce, Peter tells her. Just like that, the husband she adored had dumped her for a younger woman. And just like that, Peter and his thirty-one-year-old lover had made their plans for their future, leaving Paris to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. Within days, Peter was gone. And Paris was left to figure out how she intended to get through the next day, let alone the rest of her life.
The task could not have been more painful. First came the tears. Then the excruciating attempts by well-meaning friends to fix her up with men who paled in comparison to Peter. Worse yet, she still loved him. Finally, Paris realized she was in a fight for her very survival. Drastic measures were called for. Even her shrink agreed. It was time to move--as far away as possible, just after Peter remarried. Paris had never felt, or been, more alone.
Saying good-bye to the world she knew and loved, Paris heads west, to San Francisco, and discovers being single in a world full of men who were too young, too old, too married, or too good to be true. For Paris, the list seemed endless...the charming commitment-phobe...the drunken Neanderthal...the young Frenchman--so adorably sexy she almost forgot about his age, and did, for a while. With her dating track record veering between disappointing and disastrous, and her daughter now engaged to a man Pariss age, Paris finally comes to the conclusion that romance is not in her future. Thats when her small circle of offbeat, loving friends becomes more important than ever before. And a decision Paris makes only for herself changes her life once more. The secret, she discovers finally, is in finding the gifts in lifes unexpected twists and turns, and turning despair into freedom and loss into joy.
In a poignant, wickedly funny novel about getting dumped and getting over it, about tackling life with both courage and laughter, Danielle Steel explores what it means to start over, whether you wanted to or not, and finding something better than you had before.
Paris Armstrong never saw it coming. With two grown children and a lovely home in Conneticut, Paris was happy with her marriage, her family, her life. So, when her husband of twenty four years said they needed to talk, Paris couldn't imagince what he was about to say. "I want a divorce," Peter tells her. Just like that, the husband she adored had dumped her for a younger woman, leaving Paris to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. First came the agony and tears. Then the excruciating attempts by well meaning friends to "fix her up." Worse yet, she still loved Peter. Drastic measures were called for. It was time to move-as far away as possible. Heading west, to San Francisco, Paris discovers a world full of men too yound, too old, too married, or too good to be true. Not to mention the endlessly awful blind dates. With her dating game score hovering between disappointing and disastrous- and her daughter now engaged to a man Paris's age- Paris determines that romance is not in her future. That's when her small circle of offbeat friends becomes more important than ever. And Paris discovers that the secret of happiness is finding the gifts in life's unexpected twists and turns-turning despair into freedom and loss into joy.