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Child's Play

A Novel
Written by: Danielle Steel
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The lessons our children teach us are the hardest ones. What do we do when our children don't pursue our hopes for them? In this riveting new novel, Danielle Steel explores how families can evolve and grow in unexpected ways.

A senior partner at a prestigious New York law firm, Kate Morgan couldn't be prouder of her three grown children. Tamara, Anthony, and Claire all went to great schools, chose wonderful career paths, and would have made their father proud. A single mother for years after the death of her husband, Kate keeps a tight rein on her family, her career, and even her own emotions, never once asking herself if she truly knows her children...or if her hopes for them are the right ones, and what they want. She is about to find out. 

During one hectic summer in Manhattan, Kate's world turns upside down. One child has been keeping an astonishing secret while another confesses to an equally shocking truth. A wonderful match and picture-book wedding are traded for a relationship that shakes her to her core. A totally inappropriate love affair and an out-of-wedlock baby complete the chaos. Challenged as a mother and as a successful independent woman herself, Kate struggles to keep up with a dizzying and escalating chain of events, and begins to realize that she has a part to play in the chaos. Because Kate too has kept secrets from her children.

Sometimes the surprising choices our children make are the right ones...better than what we wanted for them. More often than not, parenting is about letting go of our dreams and embracing theirs.

©2019 Danielle Steel (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-12

DS

Typical DS. It did not have the typical shocker she usually has in her books. Great story.

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  • stephanie
  • 2019-12-10

Another must read

Another Danielle Steel winner. Loved the story and characters. Every wed Danielle Steel writes is golden.

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  • Vicki Nathan
  • 2019-10-27

A story with a happy ending.

As a parent to adult children I could relate to this story of children who make major changes in their lives and as s a parent we have to adjust and love and support them.
I would recommend this book to all Danielle Steel fans.
I gave the 5 star ratings because overall it kept my interest, was a relatable story and I love Dan John Miller!

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  • Lynda Richards
  • 2019-10-16

Child’s Play

What a wonderful book, how could you go wrong with a Danielle Steel book?? I have listened to her through the years & they were all great. I want everyone of her books!!

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  • Karen Swain
  • 2019-10-15

Boring

Worst Danielle Steele ever. Nothing ever happens. Save your credit. She has others that are okay

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  • A. Ingraham
  • 2020-02-25

Great Story!

I love Danielle Steel and this was a nice read. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-17

Wonderful book. An absolutely beautiful story.

The narrator did a great job. I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening.

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  • bulldogmomma
  • 2020-01-17

Cookie Cutter Book

Steele has found a pattern...a boring pattern...Mature widowed professional woman with 3 grown, troubled children. Of course, she's slender, looks years younger, with long blonde hair. She finds her Prince Charming and they all live happily ever after. The End. They are all, predictably, the same. And I am, predictably, bored with it.

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  • JCM
  • 2020-01-13

Same story - different author....

Widow....three adult kids....sitting the world on fire....until...
Spoiler Alert:
1. Widow sleeping with a senator for years. No commitment.
2. Son engaged to a drama queen who meet someone else who is not a debutante.
3. Oldest daughter comes out about being a lesbian and has been living with a partner for 7 years! They proceed to both get pregnant by artificial methods at the same time.
4. Youngest is a spoiled brat who becomes pregnant by a mega rich person and refuses to marry him and treats her family like dirt.
5. The "f" bomb was unnecessary and not typical of DS novels.

Not a fan of Dan Jon Miller...

Sorry I wasted a credit on this weak book by a usually good/great writer.

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  • Sulubu
  • 2019-11-09

Fun and Lively

It ended all too soon. The snippets of motherhood were very realistic and endearing. The characters became fully developed with all the drama of each incident.s