Danielle Steel's books are sadly becoming monotonous and the storylines totally predictable. I have everything she's ever written, began reading her books back at the beginning (the first was Now & Forever), but over recent years her writing has totally deteriorated, she no longer so much as tells a compelling story that draws you in, but simply dictates a series of events. Her books are no longer page turners for me. And to be honest, this book, given that the world is in a devastating recession and millions of people are struggling to pay bills and survive financially, wasn't an escapism into the delights of richness and wealth, but rather a dismaying example of tastelessness and a total lack of awareness of 'real life'! It seemed to demonstrate to me that Steel, living her own life of vast wealth, is cut off from the realities of life and the struggles therein. I don't mind reading about rich people, but at least give them real personalities instead of the wooden characters she talks about, and tell a real story, perhaps even find a moral message that money isn't the only way to find real happiness because in most of Steel's books it seems that you have to be rich and lead an affluent lifestyle...or be nothing!