Against All Odds

Against All Odds

A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | First large print edition
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Taking chances is part of life, but when you bet your future against the odds, it's a high-risk game. Kate Madison's stylish resale shop has been a big SoHo success, supporting her and her four kids since her husband's untimely death. Now they are grown and ready to forge lives of their own. And they all choose to play against the odds, to their mother's dismay. Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him -- but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, and moves to Los Angeles to be at his side -- but is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they're financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? And Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all, with a woman twelve years older. Kate -- loving, supportive, and outspoken -- can't keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten? Not often -- as her children have to learn for themselves. For Kate, the hardest lesson will be that she can't protect the children she loves from the choices they make -- but can only love them as they make them.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524755607
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 420 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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VaughanPLDaniela May 01, 2020

A light and engaging story that reads like a soap opera. Kate and her four grown children are all navigating new relationships, marriages, pregnancies, and babies. But they all seem to be rushing into things, taking big chances, and making plenty of mistakes along the way. Kate struggles to voice her concerns while staying supportive of her children. Steel keeps the pages turning, keeping us wondering how each relationship will evolve in the face of life's most difficult challenges.

Nov 12, 2017

It was hard to get into the book initially. Not a whole lot going on. I stuck with it and not a bad read - more interesting as it went on. Not spellbinding but okay.

Nov 12, 2017

I am so upset that you keep putting Steel's books in the Cloud Library. I can't access it no matter how hard I try. It shows checked out to me, but when I try to read it, I have no luck. I do fine with the regular ebooks. Have a little pity on those of us who are elderly and please stop doing this!

Sep 30, 2017

This was a good book! It showed the relationship of a mother with 4 grown children. The characters were well developed and interesting. Had trouble putting it down. A good read!

Sep 27, 2017

This book is great, had a hard time putting it down - real page turner. One of her best!

Jun 23, 2017

In 'Against all odds," Danielle Steel has given a very detailed account of five relationships. Kate Madison has been widowed at a very young age and left to bring up 4 children. She does a great job till they grow up and enter into relationships. Will their suspect relationships - both gay and straight - succeed against all odds or are Kate's fears well-founded. The book provides a good account of these relationships.

Jun 18, 2017

I would rate this one of her better novels.
Interesting characters, and their stories kept me turning the pages.
Read it in one day.
Her use of conjunctions to start sentences is grating, but otherwise Steel is a pleasant, easy read.

Jun 04, 2017

A couple of the characters created good story lines. A lot of predictable events which are becoming very common in her writings. Good read, would recommend.

May 10, 2017

Slow start but a nice story to pass away a rainy afternoon.


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