About the Book:
An uplifting, inspiring story about taking back control of your life, by the world’s favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel.
Winona Farmington can’t help but feel that life is passing her by, in backwater Michigan town. She hates her job, her boyfriend won’t commit. But she escapes the dreariness of everyday life with her favourite TV show, Beauchamp Hall, an English period drama.
When she makes a shocking discovery, Winona knows it’s time to make a change and travels to the picturesque English village that’s home to the world of Beauchamp Hall, in pursuit of a new adventure.
Beauchamp Hall, the latest release by the very prolific Danielle Steel, is a truly delightful novel, very much a modern fairy-tale with an absolutely gorgeous heroine at its heart. From the blurb, I quickly ascertained that the TV show within this novel, ‘Beauchamp Hall’, is very much a fictional version of ‘Downton Abbey’, which I loved, so there was the first tick of approval from me. The second comes from Winnie herself, whose love for books and reading mirrors my own.
‘There was always something comforting about holding her mother’s books. She loved the familiar feel and smell of them. The pages were yellowed, and it was like meeting up with an old friend as she began reading.’
Like I mentioned above, this novel had a modern fairy-tale feel to it which appealed to me greatly. After setbacks in both her working and personal life, Winnie leaves her small town in Michigan, USA, and travels to the English countryside, where she intends on visiting the set of her favourite TV show, Beauchamp Hall. In a series of events stemming from Winnie’s natural curiosity combined with her lovely nature, she ends up working on the set of the show. While her working life has improved immeasurably when compared to what she left behind in America, her love life is just as tragic, because she seems to have a knack for picking men who are single for a reason! One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel was that even though it is a romance, that’s not what defines Winnie’s happiness. Her happiness, when she finds it, comes from being in a place that she loves and from doing a job that she finds fulfilling and rewarding. When true love eventually does fall into her lap, she’s already happy, not desperately seeking it. I find this a refreshing way to present romance to modern women.
‘It had started with two DVDs in the white elephant game at Christmas in Michigan a year before. They had turned out to be the best gifts she had ever received and the key to her future. The dream had become a reality once she had the courage to pursue it. Who could have known? Who could have dreamed it or imagined it? Beauchamp Hall had changed her life. And in turn, she had come to Haversham and changed the lives of those who lived there. Reality had turned out to be so much better than her dreams.’
Beauchamp Hall is a novel I highly recommend this holiday season. It’s undemanding, quaint, and ultimately feel good.
Thanks is extended to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of Beauchamp Hall for review.
About the Author:
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 many international bestsellers include Dangerous Games, Against All Odds and The Duchess. 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.
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia
Released on 27th November 2018