Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Danielle Steel - Secrets

29. Secrets by Danielle Steel (1985)
Length: 442 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 2 May 2015 
Finished: 5 May 2015
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 11 September 2001
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

Secrets by Danielle Steel is the behind the scenes story of a one-of-a-kind prime time television series. This story features all the drama that surrounds the creation and development of a major hit television series. Now America's number-one best-selling novelist, Danielle Steel, takes her readers from the intimacies and intricacies of family relationships, into the glittering heart of the nation's most glamorous industry: television.

When Melvin Wechsler first conceived the idea of a television show like 'Manhattan', he was a man already known to have the Midas touch when it came to the entertainment industry. Tempered by tragedy, seasoned by success, a man like Mel Wechsler was known to be a star-maker when it came to producing seriously ground-breaking television. In his casting of 'Manhattan', Hollywood's own 'King Midas' will assemble a truly dazzling cast.

For Sabina Quarles, 'Manhattan' becomes the springboard that propels her from respected actress to Hollywood superstar and gives her the money to protect her well-guarded secret. For the ravishingly beautiful Jane Adams, 'Manhattan' will be her chance for escape from a brutal marriage and the secret she's kept for years. For Zach Taylor, Hollywood's sexiest leading man, 'Manhattan' will represent a great personal opportunity. Zach is the paragon of professionalism, the epitome of the charming eligible bachelor - yet beyond his smooth good looks, his easygoing manner, and even with the charming warmth of Hollywood royalty - the man still remains an enigma.

For the young ingenue Gabrielle Smith, 'Manhattan' will represent the role of a lifetime - a stunning dream come true - if no one discovers who she really is. And for Bill Warwick, 'Manhattan' will ultimately become his lifeline. Plucked from the ranks of struggling actors, and propelled to national heartthrob status seemingly overnight, Bill's role in the show will become the key to a completely new life. Yet no one knows that he lied about one specific issue in his background; and when his secret is finally revealed, not only will Bill's future hang in the balance, but the success of the entire series may be jeopardized when he is forced to publicly confront the consequences of his little white lie.

'Manhattan' - it promises to be the hottest television series seen in years. The stars may share their secrets with millions, yet offstage they are just ordinary people with hopes and dreams; lives and loves. People who are every bit as real as the characters they play on television. And as the viewers watch the drama unfold on the small screen, they may never truly understand that the actors are the ones sharing their passion and pain in the performance of their lives.

In my opinion, this book was typical Danielle Steel fare. The story was very good and I must say downright addictive reading for me. Despite Danielle Steel's tendency toward a verbose writing style and her somewhat soap operatic storytelling, I still found Secrets to be immensely entertaining. I would give this book an A!

A! - (90-95%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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