From #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle
Steel comes a heartwarming and inspirational novel about a mother
and daughter who face challenges, cope with celebrity, and overcome
tragedy while maintaining the outward appearance of?
A Perfect Life
The epitome of intelligence, high-powered energy, and grace,
Blaise McCarthy is an icon in the world of television news, asking
the tough questions and taking on the emotionally charged issues of
world affairs and politics with courage and insight. A single
mother, she manages her well-ordered career meticulously, always
prepared on the air or interviewing world-renowned figures and
heads of state. To her audience, Blaise seems to have it all. But
privately, and off the set, there is another untold story she has
kept hidden for years.
Blaise?s teenage daughter, Salima, was blinded by Type 1
diabetes in childhood, and her needs have kept her away in a
year-round boarding school with full-time medical care and
assistance ever since. When Salima?s school closes after a tragedy,
Salima returns to her mother?s New York City apartment, and
suddenly they face challenges they?ve never had to deal with
before, and that Blaise feels ill-equipped to handle. A new
caretaker provided by Salima?s school creates as many problems as
he solves. Handsome, accomplished, thirty-two-year-old Simon Ward,
with strong opinions on every topic, questions how mother and
daughter view themselves and each other. Simon opens new doors for
both of them and refuses to accept Salima?s physical limitations.
He turns their world upside down, and the three become friends.
Then everything starts to unravel and Blaise can?t keep her two
worlds separate anymore. A beautiful young anchorwoman is hired at
the network; it is no secret that she is being groomed to take
Blaise?s place. Her career as she has known it is threatened, and
her previously well-ordered life feels totally out of control. For
the first time, Blaise?s life is not perfect, but real.
In this unforgettable tale, the incomparable Danielle Steel has
written a novel that pulsates with emotion and honesty as three
people face the truth about themselves. A Perfect Life is about
what we do when facades fall away and we can no longer run from the
truth. As old ideas fail, everything changes, and life is suddenly