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Mar 14, 2010

To me when I first started reading "Loving" I could tell by the writing and the style that this was one of her earlier books. There was a lot of repeating (of the emotions that she was trying to convey) in the beginning and it got to the point where you felt like the feelings that you were supposed to be feeling were being shoved down your throat. As the book went on it got considerably better. I felt like you grew with the character and that the character came out into her own.

The quote at the To me when I first started reading "Loving" I could tell by the writing and the style that this was one of her earlier books. There was a lot of repeating (of the emotions that she was trying to convey) in the beginning and it got to the point where you felt like the feelings that you were supposed to be feeling were being shoved down your throat. As the book went on it got considerably better. I felt like you grew with the character and that the character came out into her own.

The quote at the beginning of the book from "The Velveteen Rabbit" really made this book for me. I saw what Steel was doing and it did come true at the end, the main character after all the love (and all the hurt and scars) had become real and had become herself not someone that someone else wanted her to be.

The ending was done nicely and although I thought that the book was rushed it was a good book over all. ...more
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Sep 01, 2011

The is possibly the most dreadful book ever. Hated the characters and totally felt like she needed to grow up! UGH If ever there was a book showing how weak a woman can be, Danielle Steel has accomplished it in this one. I cannot even force myself to be sympathetic to this poor girl's situations. Seriously. She loses her father then moves in with his editor and close friend. She falls in love with him and they get married despite their age difference. She winds up leaving him for someone closer The is possibly the most dreadful book ever. Hated the characters and totally felt like she needed to grow up! UGH If ever there was a book showing how weak a woman can be, Danielle Steel has accomplished it in this one. I cannot even force myself to be sympathetic to this poor girl's situations. Seriously. She loses her father then moves in with his editor and close friend. She falls in love with him and they get married despite their age difference. She winds up leaving him for someone closer to her age but just looking for a free pass to the US, so on and so forth.
PLEASE! Call me heartless or uncaring, but this book did not leave me feeling sorry for her at all. Personally with all the Steel novels I've read, she's really over-rated. ...more
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Jul 25, 2011

Enough already! How stupid can the main character be? She just kept jumping into one relationship after another; marry, divorce, marry, divorce, etc. Can't figure out why Danielle Steele would create such an empty-headed character; she wasn't given any intelligence at all. The book just barely earned the three-star rating. I was very disappointed; not up to snuff for a Danielle Steele story. Not a book I would recommend.
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May 05, 2018

Ok not great

It was ok! The end kind of blunt! Enjoyed other of her books a lot moreHope the next one I read is better. I think the reviews could de open what yo have to say and leave it at less than 20 words
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May 18, 2018

I really enjoyed Loving, and I have to admit that at some scene I had to stop reading because I couldnt see the words, because I cried, actually ugly cried. It is a fast pace novel, a novel of stolen childhood, of lost, betrayal and hopes.
Bettina Daniels is a young lady who had lived all her life taking care of her eccentric father Justin. He is a famous author and had took his daughter for granted, no matter what she does for him, he never compliment her. She acts as his secretary, her I really enjoyed Loving, and I have to admit that at some scene I had to stop reading because I couldn’t see the words, because I cried, actually ugly cried. It is a fast pace novel, a novel of stolen childhood, of lost, betrayal and hopes.
Bettina Daniels is a young lady who had lived all her life taking care of her eccentric father Justin. He is a famous author and had took his daughter for granted, no matter what she does for him, he never compliment her. She acts as his secretary, her assistance and in the evening, she hosts glamour parties for him, while in the morning she goes to school. One day after returning from school, she had the shock of her life. All of a sudden, she found herself alone. How she will survive in the real world? Who can she trust?
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Sep 14, 2018

The author of this book was quite populars in 80s, so the story itself is also a bit old stylish.
Our heroin in this book was someone who worked like a slave for her dad, in require, she only wanted some accpetences and compliements, but all was took granted. Then, dad passed away, what remained was huge debts and a hot, rich, caring, best friend from daddy for her.
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Jul 04, 2015

Yes, the cover is beautiful and the writing style is easy to read, but the actual story pissed me off in so many ways. I won't blabber about specific plot details since I don't want to spoil anyone but the characters (especially the main heroine, Bettina) were so unconvincing and there was a tone of instalove in this book. It was also super easy to predict what was about to happen.
Anyways, I have a lot of Danielle's books on my shelf, that I'm looking forward to reading so I hope the others Yes, the cover is beautiful and the writing style is easy to read, but the actual story pissed me off in so many ways. I won't blabber about specific plot details since I don't want to spoil anyone but the characters (especially the main heroine, Bettina) were so unconvincing and there was a tone of instalove in this book. It was also super easy to predict what was about to happen.
Anyways, I have a lot of Danielle's books on my shelf, that I'm looking forward to reading so I hope the others will be great and that this one was just an exception. ...more
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Jun 04, 2012

So far, I read 3 novels for Danielle Steel (Loving, Star and The Long Road Home) and I can't tell the difference between them. they all have the same plot and similar main character whose a female suffers in her life. this may refer to a weakness in the character and weakens the image of woman in general.

There should be more activities for the secondary characters or at least let another character takes bigger part in the novels.
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Jan 05, 2011

I started out loving the book. As I continued to read, I began to dislike it, then I cried over it, then I liked it again. However, by the time it was over, I don't believe this will be a book I will read again. It was an interesting book, just not exactly my style.
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Jun 24, 2018

I'd heard so much about Danielle Steel's writing - that she was so good, it warmed the heart. So when I went to a HUGE book sale, and my box was missing just one small book, my eyes found 'Loving' and I dropped it in. But how was I to know that this would be a bad way to enter the world of Danielle Steel?

'Loving' is about Bettina Daniels, a 19-year-old whose father Justin Daniels is an acclaimed author who spends lavishly on parties. But when he leaves, he leaves her with nothing - no I'd heard so much about Danielle Steel's writing - that she was so good, it warmed the heart. So when I went to a HUGE book sale, and my box was missing just one small book, my eyes found 'Loving' and I dropped it in. But how was I to know that this would be a bad way to enter the world of Danielle Steel?

'Loving' is about Bettina Daniels, a 19-year-old whose father Justin Daniels is an acclaimed author who spends lavishly on parties. But when he leaves, he leaves her with nothing - no inheritance, no security, nothing. Bettina has to navigate her way through the world. The question is - will she be able to find that one person who will help her do it?

The gist of the story is so interesting but the story itself is disappointing to the point where I wondered why I even read it. The narrative tries to show Bettina as a strong character and maybe she is in a way. But what the narrative also does is show Bettina falling in love every few pages. Given, the time difference is quite a bit, but there is no spacing between them. In such cases, I began to wonder (I did this a lot in this book), how someone can fall in and out of love this easily. Then again, it is the fault of the writing and not the concept of falling in love, per se. Because who in the world can control that?

Bettina cries, she falls, she picks herself up - but if she makes the same mistake twice, I cannot consider her strong. We may say that failure is the stepping stone to success and all, but I don't know... Given the amount of crying and whining that's in this narrative, I was too annoyed and irritated not even halfway through. What a weak character Bettina is! She makes stupid choices and then wants to kill herself! My God!

I thought that at least the writing style redeemed the book to a certain level, but at places, I found it to be repetitive - in the sense that something like that had just happened a few chapters back or a sentence here and there was exactly like one I read earlier. Talk about a bad sense of deja vu!

All in all, I think I'll stay away from Danielle Steel for a long time now. Not a great book to start reading an author you've heard so much about! ...more
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Jul 01, 2019

This is one of the most God awful books I've ever read. I don't ever want to burn a book, but this one, I do. I honestly didn't get the point of this. So, the author is basically saying that no matter how gold-digging, self-centered, pretending to be a damsel in distress, slutty a person is...we gotta respect her decision to be that way? What the hell! I'm angry. I finished reading the book just because I don't like giving up on a book I've started. The only thing I've learnt from this book is This is one of the most God awful books I've ever read. I don't ever want to burn a book, but this one, I do. I honestly didn't get the point of this. So, the author is basically saying that no matter how gold-digging, self-centered, pretending to be a damsel in distress, slutty a person is...we gotta respect her decision to be that way? What the hell! I'm angry. I finished reading the book just because I don't like giving up on a book I've started. The only thing I've learnt from this book is how to be a professional gold digger. If I ever make up my mind to marry someone my father's age for his money, and "support" (which is basically his amazing apartment to live in), I'll definitely put in practice what this woman did. I'll act like a helpless little mofo who is never ashamed of depending on others. She basically goes around sleeping with people (despite being married) and saying, "How did that happen?" BECAUSE *YOU* LET IT HAPPEN WTH. I'm so angry at myself for starting this book. This book is pointless, annoying, and should not exist. I would have burnt it if I hadn't borrowed it from a friend. I think I should buy a copy of it and then burn it. Yes, I'm *that* enraged right now by the book. ...more
3

Nov 23, 2019

omg..... when I first started to read this book, I thought what a pathetic sounding, needy girl-child who loved her eccentric author father and from an early age acted as his confidante and right-hand assistant, all the time wanting the praise, the love, the nurture from a parent! And when he was gone how she attached herself to men who wanted to mold her into their servant . except for Ivo and Ollie who wanted her to be the most she could be in her life and career. Amazing! Towards the middle omg..... when I first started to read this book, I thought what a pathetic sounding, needy girl-child who loved her eccentric author father and from an early age acted as his confidante and right-hand assistant, all the time wanting the praise, the love, the nurture from a parent! And when he was gone how she attached herself to men who wanted to mold her into their servant …. except for Ivo and Ollie who wanted her to be the most she could be in her life and career. Amazing! Towards the middle and into the end I couldn't wait to read till the final page!! ...more
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Feb 23, 2018

3.5 rounded up. Loving is one of Steel's earliest works and the immaturity shows here. The characters lack depth, there is a lot of bad language and the main character flees from one man to another, from one elaborate apartment to another leaving to wonder when this gal will get a dose of reality. She does, in the form of losses but I felt like so much more could have been done with this character. I can say I read it but will not keep it.
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Aug 07, 2019

Bettina Daniels is the daughter of author Justin Daniels & leads a life of luxury & glamour. After her father dies, she finds out that her father left her with enormous debts to repay. Bettina is clueless about the real world. With the help of Ivo Stewart, a close friend of the Daniels, and after many years & many mistakes, she becomes a person in her own right.
3

Feb 12, 2019

My mom read lots of Danielle Steel and I remember reading one in high school or college so I thought Id give this a try (I was looking for a free soft-cover book that I wouldnt mind leaving in Mexico). Bettina goes through 4 or 5 different men and lots of heart-ache. I enjoyed the book and it did give me some empathy for people whove been through more relationships and loss. My mom read lots of Danielle Steel and I remember reading one in high school or college so I thought I’d give this a try (I was looking for a free soft-cover book that I wouldn’t mind leaving in Mexico). Bettina goes through 4 or 5 different men and lots of heart-ache. I enjoyed the book and it did give me some empathy for people who’ve been through more relationships and loss. ...more
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Jun 19, 2017

I actually gave up in the middle of chapter 9. The book just bored me to desth, I couldn't relate to the characters at all, even as far as I'd come the love story still hadn't really started apart from one innocent kiss and lots of hints that lead to nothing. Very disappointed.
5

May 26, 2018

amazing... I have read Danielle Steel before, but i think this is the best one yet.
a book full of intrigue, love, pain, change, winter and summer, self discovery and all that is part of life.
just amazing
2

Feb 05, 2020

I have read a lot of Danielle Steel books a d this one is not a favorite. Very unrealistic and nothing but marriage and then divorce repeatedly.
2

Dec 08, 2017

This is a book that my Aunt Katherine had bought and read. It was part of a trash bag of books she gave me the last time I saw her before she passed.
4

Apr 01, 2020

Very emotional book, don't read it if you're not in a good head space because a lot of tragedy happens and all quite heavily depressing but great plot.
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Jul 06, 2019

I am surprised by this story of love between people. It was great for me
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May 25, 2014

I only skimmed this story because of the summary since I couldn't believe Danielle Steel would go there, and yes, she does.

(view spoiler)[This book is about a girl who can apparently only be defined if she has a man/husband in her life, and she marries frequently within a week or divorcing the last one. It's really sick that a 62 year old man acts on a 17/18 year old saying she was in love with him (so was he with her!), takes her virginity but says that he'll let her go one day because he's too I only skimmed this story because of the summary since I couldn't believe Danielle Steel would go there, and yes, she does.

(view spoiler)[This book is about a girl who can apparently only be defined if she has a man/husband in her life, and she marries frequently within a week or divorcing the last one. It's really sick that a 62 year old man acts on a 17/18 year old saying she was in love with him (so was he with her!), takes her virginity but says that he'll let her go one day because he's too old for her (how noble of you!)

A few years after marrying him, she goes on a trip and guess what? There's a younger guy there she starts an affair with, and at the same time news papers arrive that have her husband spotted with females his own age, an ex even, so she continues her affair with less guilt. Coming back home, after her affairs guy has said he wanted to marry her, her husband takes the 'I'm divorcing you' line first, and one week later she's married to affair guy.

When she gets pregnant he's not happy, they're struggling to put food in their bellies, and she has to work herself into exhaustion. He doesn't care she'll lose the baby if she doesn't rest immediately, he never wanted it, and...she loses the baby and oops, the guy only married her because after 6 months he could divorce her and stay in the country legally. U has been used.

Her next doctor (?) husband, or was it the one after that, she has a child with - and nearly died while birthing it (she so nearly dead of pain that they wondered if she'd mentally recover - which might have almost been a blessing at this point), and later when he finds out she's writing a play and actually travels to see if she can get it to go on stage, out of nowhere becomes a caveman and offers her an ultimatum: play home wife while I work, or else follow your dreams and have a divorce. Divorce it is.

The next husband is one who's in the plays business, if I'm not mistaken, and he just dies, so this time she's a widow (with another child).

The book ended with another guy name so that was her next husband. (hide spoiler)]

Very disappointed that a woman wrote this, honestly. Very disappointed that something like this was written at all, and much less by a 'celebrated author'. ...more
4

Sep 26, 2012

Loving by Danielle Steel
Bettina has just lost her father, a millionaire who's given her everything she's ever wanted.
The family friend, Ivol Stewart helps her sell all the houses around the world and other items and now she has to pay back his debts and there's not much left.
She planned to go to a woman's shelter til she gets a job and a more permanent place to stay.
Love the details of the items, very descriptive and I can't even imagine seeing never mind having these items in my hands.
He Loving by Danielle Steel
Bettina has just lost her father, a millionaire who's given her everything she's ever wanted.
The family friend, Ivol Stewart helps her sell all the houses around the world and other items and now she has to pay back his debts and there's not much left.
She planned to go to a woman's shelter til she gets a job and a more permanent place to stay.
Love the details of the items, very descriptive and I can't even imagine seeing never mind having these items in my hands.
He started buying some furniture from her sale, for her to keep. Some were very pricey.
She is in love with him and he with her but he's old enough to be her father. She gets a job she's going to love and her life seems to be in order.
She feels so betrayed upon her return from the tour of the show she was assistant for.
She is an adult now and learning things the hard way...He gets the divorce and she marries the main actor and puts her jewelry away as a nest egg-just in case.
Anthony Pierce is now her husband-she needed to keep him in the country and it was the only way...
She moves on again to another husband, John Field strange circumstances and another pregnancy.
She loved to direct the play and starts her own play after the child is born. But John although he helped save her he shows no interest in her play. She is so
determined to make a living for herself with what she knows and loves.

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Nov 11, 2013

Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of glamour, endless parties, and luxury among America's top celebrities--simply because she was the beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her father was dead, and Bettina discovered the truth--he had spent every dime he'd ever earned and run up millions in debt. At eighteen, penniless and alone, she had lost everything except her father's dearest friend, Ivo Stewart. A wealthy, handsome publisher Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of glamour, endless parties, and luxury among America's top celebrities--simply because she was the beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her father was dead, and Bettina discovered the truth--he had spent every dime he'd ever earned and run up millions in debt. At eighteen, penniless and alone, she had lost everything except her father's dearest friend, Ivo Stewart. A wealthy, handsome publisher of sixty-two, he offered Bettina a way out: marriage. But only for a time. What lay ahead for Bettina was a life filled with shocks and surprises--and eventually a chance to become a playwright, and a writer like her father. Having learned her lessons dearly, Bettina blossoms into her own person at last ...more
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Oct 03, 2013

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a very good book about life. How can a daughter of a famous and wealthy author survive in an adult life? When she has a very close Relationship with her father and that this one passed, leaving behind him gargantuan liabilities? This Young lady will have to learn what the real life is, without her father. Fortunately her father's bestfriend is here to help her. Danielle Steel invites us to follow this woman across life, her life, to share her love stories and her evolution. If you are This is a very good book about life. How can a daughter of a famous and wealthy author survive in an adult life? When she has a very close Relationship with her father and that this one passed, leaving behind him gargantuan liabilities? This Young lady will have to learn what the real life is, without her father. Fortunately her father's bestfriend is here to help her. Danielle Steel invites us to follow this woman across life, her life, to share her love stories and her evolution. If you are not interested by love stories this book is still a book to read because Danielle Steel shows the psychologically aspect of love stories at different part of the life,when you are Young, less yound and older. ...more

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