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Mixed Blessings
Mixed Blessings
Author: Danielle Steel
While Diana Goode and Andrew Douglas, successful career people, struggle with the pain of infertility, Charlie Winwood tries to persuade his actress wife Barbie Mason to have a baby, and a forty-something attorney contemplates late motherhood.
ISBN-13: 9780385299107
ISBN-10: 0385299109
Publication Date: 11/1/1992
Pages: 369
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3.8 stars, based on 72 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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An interesting look at relationships and the desire for children and family.
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Danielle Steel shows us the mixed blessings we face as we build our families and live our modern lives.
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This was the first Danielle Steel book I read and I truly enjoyed it.
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As usual, Steel kept me reading.
Could not put the book down until
I was finished, it was THAT good!
JoJo
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The prolific Steel ( No Greater Love ) turns her attentions to a contemporary topic: infertility, and the desperate measures that couples resort to in the hope of biological parenthood. Steel's approach, however, is often maudlin and simplistic. Here, three California couples are married on the same day; none of the women proves able to conceive. The couples never meet, but Steel tracks their common fate with a vigor that rivals her characters' quest for children. Various partners consult fertility experts, and ultimately every conceivable aspect of reproductive medicine, including surrogate motherhood, is given its due. Steel explores the emotional strain on the couples: Diana and Andy, who previously led charmed lives; bubbleheaded would-be starlet Barbi and unexciting but wholesome Charlie; and 42-year-old Pilar, a successful attorney, and 61-year-old Bradford, a judge and widower who has two children. Marriages founder, but conventionally good characters find their way to happy endings. While Steel sets up potentially complex family relationships, she forgoes developing them; just as it wreaks havoc on the characters, the single-minded pursuit of babies damages the narrative.
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