I have this uncontrollable urge of buying books on Amazon without thinking. But the moment the books are delivered, my regret of buying them in the first place is lost. That's what happened when "The Right Time." got delivered. I wanted to buy James Patterson but ended up preferring to read Danielle Steel. By God, She's awesome. The inside flap of her book claims that almost a billion copies of her works have been sold worldwide. Yeah, you read it right. It's a billion with a "B."
What's the story about?
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Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination and talent far beyond her years. After her father’s untimely death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.
Alex writes in every spare moment, gripped by the plots, themes and characters that fill her mind. Midway through college, she has finished a novel – and manages to find an agent, then a publisher. But as Alexandra Winslow climbs the ladder of publishing success, she resolutely adheres to her father’s caution: men only read crime thrillers written by men. Consequently, she publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known only to those closest to her, creating an isolating double life.
Her secret life as the mysterious and brilliantly successful Alexander Green – and her own life as a talented young woman – exposes her to the envious, the arrogant, and the Hollywood players who have no idea who she really is. The right time to open up always seems just out of reach and would cost her dearly. Once her double life and fame are established, the price of the truth is always too high.
Things I loved
To aspiring writers like myself, I believe that this novel will inspire you. The story shows the difficulties the protagonist faces as she goes on her journey to become an established writer. The supporting characters like Eric - Alex's father, Bert - her editor, Mother Mary Meg - the nun of the convent where she lives, Rose - her literary agent and Miles McCarthy - a film producer whom Alex meets and eventually falls in love. Everyone is quite likeable. Eric and Bert were the best. Dialogues were quite straight-forward and at times, deep whenever Eric and Bert shared words of wisdom to Alex.
Things I disliked
The narration at times - no, most of the time had pages and pages of passive voice; there was a lot of telling than showing. The conflict faced by Alex wasn't that big. All she ever faces are a few annoying men who are envious of her writing style.
At the end of the day, Danielle Steel managed to hook me throughout the novel. If you are an aspiring writer, go grab it. Others who are looking for a nice Saturday evening cosy read, go for it. You'll read it once or twice perhaps