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Complications : a novel

by Danielle Steel

  Print book : Fiction  |  First Edition

A contemporary romance novel   (2021-08-20)


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by TheAvidReader

Complications by Danielle Steel was not quite what I expected from the blurb.  I thought the story would be focused on the Hotel Louis XVI and its new caretakers.  The story begins at the hotel where we are introduced to its new manager and assistant manager as the Hotel Louis XVI reopens are being closed four years for renovations.  We are then introduced to a variety of guests that include a physician, a prime minster, an art consultant, and a couple celebrating their respective divorces.  The nervous new manager is hoping for a smooth opening, unfortunately, two incidents happen that will change many lives.  We are introduced to a number of people in the beginning (info dump).  It did feel that we were introduced to a few too many people in the beginning (can be hard to keep them all straight).  After a while the story focuses on the main characters and their storylines.  I did find one storyline to be particularly disturbing and wish it had not been included in the book.  Complications is a short book so no one storyline was looked at in depth.  Gabrielle and Alaistair ultimately become the focus, but it is late in the tale.  There is repetition of information especially regarding Gabrielle’s ex-husband and his new Russian bride.  Complications was a quick, easy read with a satisfactory conclusion.  The lesson in Complications is to live life to the fullest.  You never know what will happen in your life, so we should not waste a day.  My favorite line from Complications is, “Life is precious, and every day is a gift.”  Complications is a contemporary romance with a high-end hotel, an attractive art consultant, an ill internist, a surreptitious prime minister, a jumpy manager, an unflappable assistant, and scandalous actions.

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