Beautiful by Danielle Steel
Published: April 19, 2022
Genre: Women’s Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with nearly a billion copies of her novels sold. Her recent international bestsellers include Against All Odds, The Duchess, and The Right Time. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood. Danielle divides her time between Paris and her home in northern California.
“What else is there to say?”
Véronique Vincent had spent the last four years as one of the most sought-after supermodels. Every designer wanted her in their runway shows and as the face of their latest campaigns. When a tragedy leaves Véronique scarred, she has to figure out how she continues living when the life she had is over.
This was my first ever Danielle Steel novel, and I can see why she has amassed such an intense following. She brings a story to a life filled with raw emotion, civic characters, and in-depth descriptions.
There weren’t a lot of characters with significant roles, mostly just Véronique, but I enjoyed the role each character played. Véronique was such a beautifully tragic character.
She starts as rather apathetic. She’s gorgeous, with a face that everyone notices. She inspired photographers, traveled the world walking in fashion shows, and photographed for Vogue magazine.
After the attack, Véronique is left with terrible scars she can’t hide. She’s told they may fade with time but will always be there. Now she doesn’t know how to move forward.
Having spent so much of her life being seen and being declared a beautiful face- her world has shifted significantly. More than the scars on her face, Véronique has to learn how to live with the wounds in her heart.
This is a beautiful representation of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and true beauty. Second chances are a huge theme, and I loved how the story unfolded. The way feelings were described helped put you in Véronique’s position, making the pain palpable.
A slow burn, this novel truly explores what beauty is, what love means. And how to keep moving forward when all you want to do is collapse. Powerfully written, with so many beautiful moments, Beautiful will break you heart.