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* Review * HAPPINESS by Danielle Steel

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * HAPPINESS by Danielle SteelHappiness by Danielle Steel
Published by Delacorte Press on August 8, 2023
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Sabrina Brooks is a wildly successful bestselling author of gripping thrillers. Unlike her fictional characters, Sabrina lives a quiet life in the Berkshires with her two beloved dogs. But behind this peaceful exterior is a dark, painful past. As a child raised by an emotionally distant father, Sabrina rarely felt love. And as an adult, her marriage twisted into an abusive relationship from which she had to escape.

Sabrina channeled that fear into her writing, and now she has everything she’s ever wanted. Until the arrival of a mysterious letter disrupts it all, declaring that Sabrina, as the only living relative of her recently deceased uncle, is now the heir to his title and estate outside London. This shocking news forces her to cross the Atlantic and see the manor for herself, stirring up her father’s past and the secrets he kept.

Determined to sell the estate quickly and return home, Sabrina is surprised by how much she loves roaming the gardens and exploring the historic manor. She can’t help but admire her surroundings, especially with the handsome estate attorney, Grayson Abbott, acting as her tour guide. As she learns more about the family history, Sabrina begins to wonder what life would be like as “Lady Brooks,” and if she could upend the stability she has worked so hard for. Is she brave enough to choose a different path?


I was hooked from the very first page as is very typical of a Danielle Steel novel. Steel always manages to weave a tale of woe in all the very best ways and takes her reader along for an emotional journey of healing, prosper and love. With HAPPINESS we meet a successful author who seems to have it all, but who we learn has memories and baggage just like the best of us which almost stops her from taking a chance on an even more fulfilling life. I loved Sabrina’s story and adored her happily ever after!

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys seeing a heroine reach outside of her comfort zone to take a chance on a change that just might change her life even though doubt is riding on her shoulder the entire time. Great characters, heartwarming revelations and a rewarding romance once all is said and done along the way.


* Review * ROYAL MOM FOR THE DUKE’S DAUGHTER by Jennifer Faye

* Review * ROYAL MOM FOR THE DUKE’S DAUGHTER by Jennifer FayeRoyal Mom for the Duke's Daughter by Jennifer Faye
Series: Princesses of Rydiania #2
Published by Harlequin Romance on July 25, 2023
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A ready-made family…
for the princess?

Princess Beatrix knows widower Duke Rez turned away from high-society life to raise his daughter. But Bea needs his help to dispel vicious rumors circling the palace. Summoning Rez, she never expects him to bring baby Evi. The little family is a painful reminder of her own infertility. But when attraction sparks between them, dare Bea hope that her future might include motherhood?


Sweet, sentimental and oh so satisfying! The second book in Jennifer Faye’s Princesses of Rydiania series for Harlequin Romance is a delightful read that brings a sweetheart of a Princess the knight in shining armor that she needs even before she knows she needs him. The plot was quick to hook me and the characters were down to earth and real with tough subjects of grief and infertility being tackled with a gentle voice and understanding. I enjoyed them very much.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series so far to anyone that enjoys a modern day royal romance with intriguing characters and sweet romance.