Acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel delivers her most moving, emotionally charged novel yet, in which lives are transformed after a series of heartbreaking accidents, and healing is achieved through the redemptive power of hope and love.
When a horrific chairlift accident leaves 17-year-old competitive skier Lily Thomas paralyzed, she must come to grips with the fact that she'll not only be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but will never fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Olympic gold. Meanwhile, her wealthy father, who has doted on Lily since her mother died when she was three, is devastated as he watches his only child lose all she once cherished and suffer through the arduous road to recovery. But just as all hope seems lost, Lily meets Teddy, a young man even more badly injured than she, but as doggedly determined to live an enriching life. Danielle Steel is at her best in this powerful story of a father and daughter triumphing together over unthinkable tragedy, creating new lives for themselves and providing hope for others along the way.
Winners by Danielle Steel is my first Danielle Steel book. I had seen a lot of Danielle Steel books in book stores and libraries since I was a kid and I so wanted to know what a Danielle Steel book would be like. I got my chance with Winners. It was a good read but it didn't blow me away.
Lily Thomas is a competitive skier. One day she meets with a horrific chairlift accident which leaves her paralyzed from the waist down. Overnight, Lily's life changes and she has to accept the fact that she's going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. I liked Lily. She was a sensible girl and accepting of her situation. She was determined to become the best she could even with her circumstances.
Through this all we get to see the side of Lily's father. Bill has raised Lily on his own since she was three. He is extremely protective of his daughter, like any father would be, especially after her accident. Bill has the power and money to get Lily the best of treatments and he leaves no stone unturned. When there seems to be no other solution, he admits Lily to Craig, a place where she can cope with the wheelchair.
Where Lily and Bill's lives have changed forever so has Jessie's and her children's. Jessie is the surgeon who operates on Lily the night of her accident. But the same night Jessie's life is completely changed through tragic events. Jessie and Lily form a bond which leads to so many new things. New friendships are formed.
I don't want to spoil more of the story, but basically what Winners tries to convey is that how horrible situations can be turned around. How unexpected incidents can bring people together and change lives forever. There are threads binding each one of us together. You just have to be determined and work with what you have and hope for the best.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Random House India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.