Bungalow 2 was ok I guess. The heroine was boring and annoying and the storyline was very predictable. I know Danielle Steel has sold like a crazymillion copies of a huge number of novels in her career, but this one wasn't special at all. I was attracted to the synopsis on the jacket--full time mom/acclaimed writer who gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to write an Oscar-winning movie script as soon as all her kids are in or off to college. The read was a letdown.
The first half of the novel was drawn out and redundant--5 chapters could have been 2. Steel said in a million different ways that the heroine was a perfect wife and mother, perfectly juggling caring for her perfect children and her perfect husband and her perfect writing career. Predictably her perfect husband cheats on her (with her best friend) while she's on set for 9 months in LA and then there are a handful of lovers for her in Hollywood then finally a soul mate. I was bored. At one point I thought the novel was going to get good and actually stayed up reading into the wee hours to experience it, but it was flat.
It feels good to be reading again, and I guess I got my $6.99 worth, but I'm pretty sure this is a first and last for me and Danielle Steel novels. Her novels-turned-tv movies are a whole other thing. I remember looking forward to her Sunday night movies and mini-series when those were in during the late eighties/early nineties before reality shows took over. Even today, I'll put some time in on Lifetime TV to watch her novels come to life. The novels themselves (purely based on this experience), not a fan.
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