At the start of Beautiful, twenty-two year old Veronique Vincent’s life takes a horrific turn. While at the Belgian airport, there is a terrorist attack which kills her mother and the man she is dating. Originally thought by the rescuers to have been killed, Veronique survives but has sustained critical internal and external injuries. The damage to her face abruptly ends her career as one of the world’s most beautiful models. Her famous face will never again grace the covers of the fashion magazines. Lost without her mother, Veronique has to find a way to rebuild her life. A letter left by her mother, to be opened upon her death, provides some shocking information that sends Veronique from Paris to New York City.
Famous for creating strong, heroic female characters, author Danielle Steel has done it again. This time, the subject of beauty is addressed. How does someone move forward after losing the beauty that had defined them? Can inner beauty replace what physical beauty may have been lost? The author based this story on the real-life 2016 terrorist bombings at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem and the Maalbeek metro station. It’s a relative short, fast-paced book that offers a heartfelt story. I enjoyed it.
Many thanks to Delacorte Press | Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read Beautiful in advance of its publication.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: April 19, 2022.
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