February 11th, 2009
I believe I’ve mentioned the predictability of Danielle Steel before. Perennially popular, Steel’s family sagas and stories of women and their successes despite the odds are comfort reads. You know the ending will be good, the woman will endure and triumph, and there’s plenty of fluff–fashion, jewels, mansions and exotic settings to provide escape.
Unfortunately, I think she phoned this latest one in. Rogue is the story of a successful psychiatrist, Maxine, who is divorced from her billionaire jet-setter husband, Blake (though she says repeatedly she bears him no ill will, it’s apparent that there’s a bit of a grudge). He re-enters her life just at the time Maxine has fallen for someone with more sterling qualities. I take issue with this novel for two reasons. One is the fact that we are told how everyone feels rather than being shown, so character development is sort of forced on us rather quickly. Two, characters are inconsistent. For instance, Blake tells Maxine during their marriage that he wants lots of children. Later on, we’re being told he has an endless string of girlfriends because they leave him once they discover he doesn’t want more kids. Huh?
Steel is prolific and and I find her to be generally consistent so if it’s fluff you want, Steel is for you. If you want a story that makes sense, try another of her many novels.
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