Danielle Steel’s novel Changes isn’t a great work of literature but it’s a story about topics that are always timely for women: second marriages, blended families, gender roles, and why men are such jerks.
The novel is the story of Melanie Adams, a woman who married a guy who didn’t want children and quickly found herself divorced and the mother of twin daughters.
Mel went to work to support her family. By dint of hard work, she rose from receptionist for a television network to a New York City news anchor before she was 40.
When she’s assigned to do a feature about heart transplants, Mel meets a widowed California heart surgeon with three children. Peter Hallam takes his job as personally as Mel takes hers.
Their recognition of each other as professionals who care deeply about their work is one part of the instant attraction between them; the other part is sex appeal.
There is a whirlwind, long distance romance that very nearly ends when they marry.
Aspects of the story have too much daytime television soap opera about them, but overall Steel does a reasonably evenhanded job of showing the strains faced by working couples trying to maintain careers and blend their families.
Changes by Danielle Steel
Delacorte Press. ©1983. 348 p.
1983 bestseller #6. My grade: B
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