Danielle Steel’s ‘All That Glitters’ is a Parable for Our Time [REVIEW]

Sometimes we are too easily distracted by the flash. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Growing up, she had it all. Parents who loved her. A privileged life. And dreams as big as the sky. But just when she is about to begin living the life she’s always planned for, the world she knows changes with an explosive, blinding flash of light and suddenly she has to grow up very quickly. Will the lessons her parents taught her be enough to help her navigate her future? Find out in Danielle Steel’s new bestseller, All That Glitters.

Danielle Steel's ALL THAT GLITTERS
Delacorte Press

Before Coco Martin enters her senior year at Columbia, she plans to spend the summer working at Time as an intern. It prevents her from going to Europe with her parents like she usually does, but she doesn’t mind since she’s looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Besides, she has Sam, her best friend since fourth grade, and they can spend the weekends at her family’s beach house in Southampton.

As the duo returns from the beach one weekend, they learn that there was a massive terrorist attack in France and that her parents were two of the people killed in the explosion. It is a nightmare that Coco never saw coming. The two people she loves most in the world are now dead, leaving her with no family whatsoever, only Sam, and neither feels particularly grown up yet.

Devastated, Coco buries her family and inherits a fortune. But her beauty, wealth, and innocence make her a target for bad men. Eager to make her parents proud, she must learn to navigate life, live by her own rules and think outside the box. Doing so will take an impressive amount of inner strength, and the help of very good friends, if she’s ever going to see beyond the world’s glitz and discover what truly matters.

With All That Glitters, Danielle Steel once again draws us into a world populated by the rich and powerful and shows us that money alone doesn’t guarantee happiness, and everything but our personal integrity can be taken from us at a moment’s notice. She whisks us from New York to London, Paris, and beyond as Coco forges her way through life, drawn from one enigmatic man to the next like a moth to a flame.

All That Glitters is a parable for our time, a lesson that begs us to slow down and remember that real happiness comes when we find balance in our lives, learn to enjoy the exciting moments even as we come to appreciate the security that comes from friendship, simplicity, and joy. As always, Steel manages to peer into our heart of hearts, to see what we yearn for and believe in, even in the midst of chaos. Most of all, she reminds us to never, ever, give up. There are better days ahead!

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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s bestselling authors, with almost a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Royal, Daddy’s Girls, The Wedding Dress, The Numbers Game, Moral Compass, Spy, Child’s Play, and other highly acclaimed novels.

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; Expect A Miracle, a book of her favorite quotations for inspiration and comfort; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

For more information, visit her official website at DanielleSteel.com and her blog at DanielleSteel.net. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Danielle Steel
288 pp. Delacorte Press. $28.99

Purchase All That Glitters direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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