It’s hard to accurately review books sometimes when what you read is varied. Not every book is over the same caliber, but what I consider a good book varies with the kind of book I’m reading. That said, I was kind of kicking myself for buying Danielle Steel’s Amazing Grace. Before this one, I had read exactly one other Steel book (Sisters) and HATED it. The entire book was cringe-worthy. So I’m not sure what possessed me to pick this one up, except maybe that it was a cheap, easy read for my iPad.
This was not a fantastic book, but honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be. It was a book with a cliched plot, bad storytelling (using terrible narrative and really unreal dialogue), and cliched characters (some of whom weren’t really that likable at all, ever). Something I’ve noticed is that Steel really likes to take a dramatic event (in this book, an earthquake; in Sisters, an accident) and show us what happens during the first year after the accident. I couldn’t help but think “I’ve read this book before… Oh yeah, it was the other Steel book that was more or less like this one.” For these reasons I cannot understand why Steel is the bestseller that she is. Escapism, I guess.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, but if you happen to see Amazing Grace in your library and you need an easy beach read for the summer, you wouldn’t die if you grabbed it. I probably won’t be reading anymore Steel because it’s just bad writing and as a whole pretty unforgettable, but it is what it is.