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Without a Trace

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Charles Vincent appears to have everything he’s always wanted in life, his two children are grown and off doing their own thing, and while his marriage isn’t perfect, he’s worked hard to keep it together. I am pleased to say that this was a good one from her, and stories like these make me not want to wait for my next adventure with her. Feeling stuck in a stressful job and a loveless marriage, Charlie Vincent's life feels stagnate until turning upside down after a car crash. Danielle I feel like stepped out of her comfort zone on this book, but it 100% was one of the best works I’ve read.

It honestly makes me angry because I know there are probably some incredible authors out there looking to publish books that will knock us out of the park but they won't get the chance because DS has such power in the publishing world. This book is drivel, and it's taking up space in a competitive market just because of the author, and that author is no longer doing work that is worthy of being published. But his life changes forever one night as he drives along the Normandy coast, heading to their lavish château for the weekend. And get this-he lives and makes his way to a lovely little YOUNG french woman and makes love to her within several hours of her rescuing him. In one terrifying moment, Charles falls asleep at the wheel and veers off the road, plunging thirty feet down the face of a rocky cliff.Charlie is an empathetic character with a huge heart that readers will fall for, one who is faced with a choice many of us sometimes dream about, especially when we face insurmountable odds and relentless stress. A thought-provoking and moving story of second chances and living the best life from the world's favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel. First, the whole plot hinges on a man driving off of a cliff and walking for over an hour while marginally injured. He manages to stumble upon the house of a gorgeous younger woman living on the outskirts of town who opens up the door and lets said injured, bloody man in.

As his “widow” makes arrangements for his memorial service, he finds a job he enjoys, and makes new friends who become truly important to him. But Aude has secrets of her own, and before long their pasts catch up to them, threatening everything they have fought to build. Then, one night as the money-grubber is having a party in their fancy chateau, he falls asleep at the wheel as he is coming home and drives off of a cliff into the ocean. Charles hates his job, is unhappy in his cold marriage, and wants nothing more than to move on in his life. I don’t think they still have any contact with her (she did turn up about 200 miles away living a new life.As the story progresses, it seems to get a little bit better, but the first few chapters I was turned off by the writing style. In Without a Trace, Danielle Steel tells an irresistible story of the risks two people are willing to take in exchange for a chance at the life they’ve always wanted. I have read some of Danielle Steel, but the more I keep reading, the more I fall in love with each new adventure. I later realized that the first chapter was trying to convey what a boring life Charlie was leading.

Their connection is instant, and as she nurses him back to health, Charles begins to discover the passion he’s been missing for so many years. I wonder if the editors just take this super successful authors manuscript and send it to print without reading it first. In Without a Trace, Danielle Steel tells an irresistible story of the risks two people are willing to take in exchange for a second chance at the life they’ve always wanted. Steel has been skating by for at least 15 years being one of the top authors in the US and this book is a prime example. Repetitive, silly, unrealistic, far-fetched and without giving away character or theme storyline’s, I keep saying, “there’s no way that person would do that”.Also, the romantic relationship between Charles and Aud was very rushed and not all that believable to me. Many thanks to Danielle Steel, NetGalley, and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for the advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. The story kept me engaged for sure but was far fetched and slightly predictable, but I still couldn’t stop reading. They have an instant connection, and as she nurses him back to health, Charles begins to discover the passion he’s been missing for so many years.

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