Review: Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

This book can best be described as a delicious looking chocolate cake that for some unfathomable reason tastes like vanilla. I liked the vanilla, but I’m pretty sure there was a slice of chocolate cake on the plate. Wait a second. What did I want to talk about? Oh, Danielle Steel’s Rushing Waters about this hurricane that interested me because I thought it was only about a hurricane and I found that there was more to it than that.

It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy hit New York. Now, Hurricane Ophelia is heading for the Big Apple. People have been instructed to evacuate the city. Ellen’s mother Grace wants to do no such thing, so she decides to stay with her. Somewhere else in the city, two friends stock up on food and decide to stay right where they are. This hurricane will take, but it some ways, it will also give.

Mother Nature has a mind of her own. She can be bright and full of sunshine one day, but come this time next week, she can be a big old hurricane meanie. Before Hurricane Ophelia hits New York, the author cleverly shows us how, when a hurricane is predicted, not everyone will take that prediction seriously. Ellen Wharton, a woman that leads a life that has so little time for things to go wrong, is among these skeptics.

Ellen has more business to deal with in New York than the need to wait out and survive a hurricane in New York. Many a mile away over in London, she has a British husband that is as traditional as they come. For years she has tried living according to his standards. In the process, she has lost herself. I liked seeing how her time in New York, although interrupted by a hurricane, allowed her to find herself again.

The author shows us how some terrible thing like a hurricane doesn’t always lead to a terrible result. In fact, it can be that something terrible that leads to nothing but a bright new, happy and love-filled future. We find out how our own beliefs of what people think of us aren’t always true. For those of us that are all work and no play, this novel also has a valuable lesson for us to learn in that regard.

When Grace, Ellen’s mother decides to stay at her apartment even though a hurricane is on its way, her reason for staying there doesn’t seem logical enough. I can understand why someone who had experienced the effects of a hurricane five years ago wouldn’t want to experience the same thing again with a second hurricane, but we’re talking about some pretty high flood waters. When these waters come, Grace is almost like: I’m sorry. My bad.

I think Danielle Steel succeeded in showing readers how people can come out of experiencing something like a hurricane intact, although changed in certain ways. It’s a genuinely good story about love, forgiveness, and being happy with yourself when it comes to what you can and cannot have. This is one of those books you walk away from feeling satisfied that you’ve just read something meaningful and brilliant. I recommend it to all good story seekers.

Free paperback received from Penguin Random House SA.

Kindle Edition:

Publisher: Transworld Digital
Date Published:
September 8, 2016

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Published by Frank Frisson

Living in Cape Town, South Africa. People often tell me that I should get out more, but I'd rather read my brains out.

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