Carole Barber has come to Paris to work on her novel and to find herself. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But one fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives—and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified. In the days that follow, as the truth emerges, the paparazzi swarm. A mysterious stranger quietly visits the hospital to see the woman he once loved and never forgot.
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It was with avid curiosity that I read your February release, Honor Thyself , feeling quite out of the loop for not having read any of your previous work. After finishing the book, I was less curious but a bit confused, and so I went to Amazon to see what other readers thought of the book.
Unsettled and unfocused, Carole ventures back to Paris, a city she loves but has not visited since she broke off with her married lover 15 years ago, to see if she can find that big idea that continues to elude her. She tells her conscientious assistant not to worry about her — that she plans to do some traveling and will not be in close touch.
So when Carole is gravely injured in a terrorist attack to a Paris tunnel, she lays unconscious in the hospital for more than a week before her ex-husband begins inquiring about her, discovering the horrible truth that Carole may not survive her injuries. Carole does awaken, but she comes to without her memory, recognizing no one in her life and suffering an initial inability to talk, let alone remember the right words for her thoughts.
In the process of recovering her memory, Carole and Matthieu, now a widower himself, begin to rediscover their emotional bond, and Carole has the chance to re-examine her priorities, her life as lived, and the direction she wants to take in the future. I am not sure in what genre Honor Thyself would be classified.
Emotionally, Carole finds herself questioning things she never did before, especially the type of parent she was to her daughter, who feels she missed out on a lot while her mother spent so much time acting in different movies. And then there is Matthieu, who initially frightens Carole with his intensity and attachment to her before she recovers her memory , but who becomes a quick comfort to her as they begin to rediscover the strong friendship that always steadied their volatile passion.
Although Carole had been married twice, the second time much more happily, Matthieu is clearly "the one" and whatever conflict in the book revolves around whether or not Carole will be able to get past the hurt Matthieu inflicted on her in the past and adjust her newly discovered life to take the risk a relationship with Matthieu would represent.
For the most part, however, it was difficult to engage with Honor Thyself beyond the level of the narrative itself, because the narrative itself was simultaneously so strong and so weak. It was weak in terms of its construction, which consisted almost exclusively of short, declarative sentences that rarely varied in rhythm, structure, or emphasis.
This is what I mean when I say the narrative was too strong — it literally read like one long, repetitive, monotonous voice over:. She felt very old after listening to him. The story had taken two hours to tell.
She was tired, but she had the strong impression he had tried to be fair, to both of them. The only one who had been lambasted in the tale was the Russian supermodel, but it sounded as though she deserved it.
He had picked himself a major lemon, and he knew it. She was a dangerous young woman. Carole never had been, and had always tried to be loving and honest with him.
He had made that clear to her. She had little to reproach herself for except working too hard and being away too often. They cleaned up her burns, her arm was set, she stopped breathing on her own, and they put her on a respirator. It was morning before things calmed down in the trauma unit, and the neurosurgeon evaluated her again. Their main concern was swelling to her brain, and it was difficult to assess how hard she had hit the wall or pavement in the tunnel, or how great the damage would be later on, if she survived.
Almost a complete lack of narrative drama, excessive narrative repetition, shallowly portrayed emotional conflicts, and uninteresting prose made this an utterly boring reading experience. Referring to the bombing and its aftermath? Seriously, the only reason I can discern for that level of repetitive narrative hand-holding is to wake up the reader who has fallen asleep while reading the flat, unengaged, and unengaging prose.
I take my hot beverages very, very seriously, but until now, I have been mainly an English tea drinker Whittard Original and Yorkshire Gold are standbys. And the more I drink, the less disappointed I am with the book that gave me this wonderful gift of French tea.
Instead, I will merely say, "honor thyself:" try this tea. The book, however, is a D. This book can be purchased in hardcover from Amazon or Powells. No ebook format. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions! It was with avid curiosity that I read your February release, Honor Thyself, feeling quite out of the loop for not having read any of your previous work.
I feel no such compunctions to ever read her books. Judging by the grade alone, I feel that I am not missing much anyway. That way you can avoid her dull-as-dishwater prose, but get the soapy pleasures of the overemotional dialogue.
They all seemed to have the same theme: a heroine who was either a divorcee or a widow with daddy issues. The only book of hers that I can remember even remotely liking was Palomino. Never had the desire to read her ever again. Curious, I flipped through one one day, and was just amazed.
And completely unimpressed. Chicklet : I would have been happy for some overly dramatic dialogue in this book, lol. LauraD : A friend of mine just called me, and she was laughing hysterically over your comment. Kalen : Thanks! So I will likely be experimenting when I purchase my next batch.
Re John Grisham — one time read for me, too. Never bothered to read any more of his stuff. I get my kicks that way, giggling, rolling my eyes, and snorting my way through the works of Jackie Collins and that Bridges of Madison County guy oh, and yes! Sidney Sheldon! I was scandalized by Master of the Game when I was about thirteen.
But I cannot countenance Danielle Steel. I read one of her books several years ago—Ghost Story? Anyway, I could not get over not just the bad writing and cardboardy characters, but the numerous factual inconsistencies.
Tried her once as a pre-teen. I was nearly scarred for life. Had to pick up a Judy Blume to recover. No one I know actually reads her. I read a lot of Danielle Steele when I was a teenager.
Some of her earlier work was pretty good I think — at least at the time I read them. The characters seemed to fall in love on cue but for no real reason and on the basis of no real chemistry — only to move the plot along. I guess some people may find some comfort in that!
Apparently, about million. I find her later books unreadable — but her early ones are much, much better. The only one I can recommend is Jewels. They have real chemistry and it follows the long progression of their love believeable to boot! Plus, the descriptions of the amazing jewelry they buy and sell are to die for. I will give Ms. Unfortunately my love for that book led me to watch some of those made-for-tv movies.
They are all shades of craptastic. Some of those early ones are pretty juicy. But the later stuff is true, unmitigated tripe.
Also, S. But not recently, I swear! It was the most depressing read….. A pregnancy OMG just Shoot her and put her out of her misery. Who could have a HEA after all that???? The absolute last time I attempted a Steele. Lizzy: I forgot Wanderlust. Not like Faulkner where you could be in the middle of some horrendously long sentence and have to struggle to find your place again.
Also, I used to work in adult education and there are an amazing number of people out there who are not good readers. They may be literate enough to have graduated high school, but they really struggle with sentences with more than one clause. That probably means something like Steele short sentences, repetitive narrative hand-holding and not something more like Jo Beverley. Thank God for formulaic books! Thank you so much for the Steel and Sheldon recommendations, everyone! As for students of English, be they native speakers or not, I wish more professionally published prose could serve as good models of exemplary language use.
Just my opinion, of course. I read several Danielle Steel novels when I was a teen, and enjoyed them very much — probably because I was a teen. I read one Danielle Steel book…took me nearly a month because it dragged so. I only read it because mom did, and she was a fan of Gothics and Coulter, so I thought I would enjoy it. I tried to find it but theres so many and I cant really understand the website myself please get back to me I really want to order it. I have the black tea and it is wonderful.
It was painfully boring to slog through her assurances that a character looked fantastic and that someone was incredibly thoughtful. We, the readers, were never shown anything, only assured that this person was perfect and that one mature and this other one lovely. This writer violated every standard of interesting writing.
REVIEW: Honor Thyself by Danielle Steel
Look Inside. Carole Barber has come to Paris to work on her novel and to find herself. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But one fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives—and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified. In the days that follow, as the truth emerges, the paparazzi swarm. A mysterious stranger quietly visits the hospital to see the woman he once loved and never forgot.
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The book is Steel's 74th best-selling novel. World-famous actress Carole Barber has come to Paris to work on her new novel and to find herself. But on a cool November evening, her taxi speeds into a tunnel just past the Louvre, and into the fiery grasp of a terrible terrorist explosion causing her to be left unconscious and unidentified in a Paris emergency room for weeks. Carole' family and friends swarm to the hospital and pray for her recovery to find she has amnesia and doesn't remember her own family. Gradually, Carole slowly regains her memory, new friends and love along the way to begin to truly Honor herself in this tale of survival and hope.
June 5, Biblio is open and shipping orders. Read more here. Log-in or create an account first! Summary Discuss Reviews 0 A world-renowned actress falls victim to a terrifying explosion in Paris--and begins a courageous journey of survival, memory, and self-discovery in Danielle Steel's mesmerizing new novel. Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain-slick slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel--and to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight.