Preston and Constance Whittier raised their six children in a large Manhattan mansion. The couple's passion remained after all their years of marriage, and they faithfully took their annual "wintermoon" ski trip holiday. This year, tragedy struck. The siblings are now forced to confront their new loss. Lyle, the eldest, is the father of two and loves his children, but his marriage is failing. Sister Gloria is devoted to her high-powered job with little time for a personal life. Twins Caroline and Charlie run a fashion label which is in need of financial help. Benjie has special needs and finds himself lost. And Annabelle, the youngest, dropped out of college and has been living an irresponsible life. To cope with their new situation, the family must come together like never before.
I've lost count of how many Danielle Steel novels I've read. There's something very comforting about her books. Are they predictable? Sure. But do they tug at your heart? Yes, most definitely. Her new book, The Whittiers, appealed to me as it is about family dynamics and dealing with the unexpected. While the siblings were divided on how to handle major family issues, their love and loyalty to one another made this a very heartwarming story. And the emergence of romance for these characters was a nice addition. This was a quick and light read even when the subject matter was often sad. And though the story has the family going through rough times, you know how things will turn out. That's why we read Danielle Steel books and keep coming back.
Many thanks to Delacorte Press | Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read The Whittiers in advance of its publication.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: November 22, 2022.
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