Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reading My Books - A Perfect Life

The tag line on the front of this book, A Perfect Life, is "What if perfect isn't possible?"  Of course perfect is never possible most of the time is it.  Life just isn't like that.  We have good times and not so good times and downright bad times, but sometimes things are just perfect aren't they.  The sun is shining and it is lovely and warm, but not too hot, you have nothing to do but sit in the garden, which is magically all tidy and done, with a glass of something cold in your hand, a good book, some crochet, good company or just the time to sit and stare into space.  That sort of moment is pretty perfect even if it doesn't come along too often!

Of course this book isn't about sitting in the garden, but the cover photo made me think of that, and on the day that I am writing this, that is just how I spent my morning and I have to say, it was pretty perfect and I did enjoy it a lot.

That doesn't tell you anything about the book though does it.

I quite liked the blurb on A Perfect Life, it gave a good summary, didn't give lots away and still enticed you in.

"An icon in the world of television news, Blaise McCarthy seems to have it all: beauty, intelligence and courage.  But privately there is a story she has protected for years...

Blaise's daughter Salima, blinded by juvenile diabetes, lives at a year round boarding school.  But when the school suddenly closes, she returns home to Blaise's New York apartment with her new carer, Simon.  As new challenges change the way they see one another, the bond between mother and daughter deepens as never before.

Then Blaise's personal and professional words collide, and the well guarded secrets of her home life are exposed.  Suddenly her life is no longer perfect, but real.  Can mother and daughter together learn how to face a world they can't control?"

The cover also says that this is an "unforgettable novel".

While I am not sure that I totally agree with what the blurb had to say compared with the actual content of the book, it is a fairish, but rather more sensationalised that the story really is.  If you are expecting dramas between mother and daughter or difficulties then you will be disappointed.

I liked the story, it had a good pace, kept moving, was clearly a here and now and relevant story - albeit of a rich person living in New York, so not exactly my lifestyle! - and was told well.

The book does indeed tell of the lives of Blaise, her daughter Salima and Simon who comes to New York to assist Salima after she returns from boarding school.  Events are rather less dramatic though than you might imagine them to be, although Salima does return to New York because of something very sad happening.

Once in New York and all under the same roof the three have to learn to live together when they have all been used to living their own very separate lives.  They come together quite quickly and soon get used to each other and actually grow together very well.  The second half of the book moves away from the sensational parts that the blurb mentions and moves more to a classic love story, with the will they won't they drama played out.

Overall I liked the book, as I said before, well told and well written.  It was very light and easy to read, but I don't think that is a problem.  As I have said before I don't want my books to challenge me, I want to enjoy them, and this book was enjoyable.

I would give it an 8 out of 10, or possibly a 9.  Perhaps that means an 8.5 out of 10 really!  My copy is, due to my perennial lack of space issue, off to the charity shop and I really hope that someone else will enjoy it.  I think this is one of the more enjoyable Danielle Steel books that I have read recently.

So, a little question for you to end on.  Do you really think that life can be perfect?  What perfect moments have you had recently?  Do share!


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  1. I can't remember if I've read any of Danielle Steele's books before or not, glad you enjoyed this one. I'm the same, I like a nice, easy read which I don't have to give too much thought to. I think a happy life is as near to perfect as it will get, there's always bumps in the road for anyone, I suppose it's how we handle them as to how they affect us.

  2. Perfect moments, yes, for sure, but a non-stop perfect life - actually, I am not sure that is even desirable. We need to experience all the ups and downs of life in order to achieve maturity and knowledge. My most perfect recent moment was today: speaking to my daughter on the other side of the world, and hearing of her plans for our time with her for Christmas. Blissful!

  3. I think it's just as you said, we have those moments that feel perfect. I can be sitting in the garden or curled up with my husband and take a big satisfied breath feeling contentment flow through me. It's hard to remember those moments when moments when things are very bad, but they happen and make everything worthwhile xx

  4. I suppose whether life can be perfect depends on how you describe "perfect". I think life can be perfect if you perceive it to be so .....I have the perfect husband for me. Is HE perfect? No, he's human. I live in the perfect city for me to be in. Is IT perfect? No, it's a big city with all the non-perfection that entails, but my view of my life is ............pretty well perfect.

  5. Perfect. Sure. I have perfect days occasionally. SOmetimes the imperfections reveal themselves as perfection later....

  6. It would be pretty beige and boring if it were perfect in perpetuity!Perfect for me was yesterday morning when my two perfect Grandaughters climbed into bed beside me (on an overnighter due to school holidays) and told me all about their visit to the zoo the previous day.Not so perfect was the time it took me to get my house back in order after they'd gone home in the early evening!!!

  7. One person's perfect is another's boring. I'm happy to experience 'perfect' moments in my life but I wouldn't want it to be like that all the time – how would I appreciate the good times otherwise? I had a lovely few hours gardening yesterday, weeding, dead-heading, planting – it was pretty perfect for me but my kids would hate it! Hope you have plenty of moments yourself. x

  8. we're having some pretty perfect family moment in our holiday currently... (with three boys, not everything is always perfect... but perfect enough for me!)

  9. Hi Amy,
    I do love reading book in the summer and this one looks really nice. I do not think that there is a perfect life because of the ups and downs with real life. I do think that you can have a happy life though.
    I hope all is well with you and that you are having a nice summer. Take care.

  10. Perfect is a rather subjective adjective, and no, life isn't perfect, nor can it be. Or maybe a perfect life is one composed of ups and downs, good days and bad days. It all depends on the definition.

  11. I think perfection is impossible but your own individual form of perfection is there for the taking but of course you have to go for it and too many people don't.

  12. Amy, I enjoy very deep books as well; but there are times when what one really needs is what I call a light read, something with a happy ending. Perfectionism isn't a good way to live, so I only aim for perfect-for-me.

  13. I believe that we are all works-in-progress, never perfect, just as good as we can make it.

  14. Perfect sounds good in theory but not in practice!
    Lisa x


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