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The Whittiers–family ties

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The Whittiers

by Danielle Steel

If you want to relax with a good story, nothing too heavy, and one that doesn’t try to change the world, you might enjoy The Whittiers. The theme is family. A devastating accident occurs that changes the Whittier family forever. Although they share the same basic values, the three bothers and three sisters seek out individual paths to happiness Rather than rendering them bitter, the accident results in strong familial bonds.

The reader of The Whittiers meets each of the family members at the beginning of the book, and then romantic interests are gradually added to the mix. Amanda is the wife of Lyle, the oldest of the siblings. It becomes clear early in the book that she loves only herself and her initial attraction was not to Lyle but to his money.  As much as you will dislike Amanda, you will love Benjie, the young sibling who will always have special needs and require an adult’s supervision. Everyone else piles in to make a crazy, lovable family.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 4/5

Category: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Notes: contains mild swearing

Publication:  November 22, 2022—Delacorte Press

Memorable Lines:

Their father had worked hard too, though maybe not as hard as they did, in a less crazy publishing world, at a more gentlemanly time. The modern world moved at a much faster pace. Computers and the Internet had changed everything for all of them. Their father often said he was glad he wasn’t working now.

Annabelle watched the screen intently and then looked away. She wasn’t sure how she felt about the image, except she was shocked to see that it looked like a baby, not a blob. It suddenly made it all so real.

Her life was a filled to the brim with people who loved her. It shone in her eyes, and she had unlimited love to give as a result.


  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks for your review. It’s been a long while since I read one of her books. Good to know I may enjoy this one.
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend. ❤️🤍💙

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you for your review, she is a good writer.

    Liked by 1 person

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