It might seem as though I read a lot of Danielle Steel books, and that is because I do. I get given them and have a big pile of them - along with the large pile of Agatha Christie books - so it seems to be the thing to do to actually read them.
Yes, they are sappy and formulaic and easy reading, but sometimes that is OK isn't it. They certainly make good summer reading.
I finished this one in just over a week, which considering it has taken me months to read some books is pretty good going so I am pleased with that. It make a light read, but was a happy story, easy to follow, and yes, with a guaranteed happy ending, but again, nothing wrong with happy endings is there?
I used to know someone who thought that if the book gave you the ending and it was a happy ending that it wasn't a good book because it didn't "challenge" you.
Personally I don't want my books to challenge me. I want to be interested by them and to enjoy them. I don't mind if there are some challenging ideas in the book, or things that I have to think about more deeply, but I have no desire to read books that are never happy and never give me the ending!
The House on Hope Street tells the story of Liz and her husband Jack who are both lawyers living and working in San Francisco. Of course there is then the obligatory tradgedy, and then well, you know boy and girl meet, fall in love, fight, break up, get back together, all is well in the end. As I said, formulaic.
It was a pleasant story though, and as I said a good summer read and I am happy with that. Although I wouldn't suggest rushing to get this book, if it comes across your path you might well enjoy reading it.
This one is off to the charity shop, I am not going to read it again, but as I have said before that doesn't make it a bad read, I am just trying to limit the books that I keep to those I will read again and I have been there and done that with this one so it is someone else's turn now.
Another book read!
What did you enjoy about your summer reading? Do you like your books to challenge you, or do you just prefer to enjoy reading them?
Do share and let me know.
p.s. please read this post if you haven't already done so.