Later in life, the one thing Victoria knows is that she has to get as far away from home as possible and, after college in Chicago (which her parents disapprove of), she moves to New York City. Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria finds joy and excitement working with her students by day--and by night continues to wage war on her weight among the sleek and buff at Manhattan’s fitness clubs. Victoria keeps a lifeline open to her family through her close relationship with her sister Gracie. For though they can’t be more different the two sisters love each other unconditionally. By contrast her parents, though across the country, still have an emotional hold on Victoria and instinctively seem to know just what to say to bring her down. Victoria knows she has been a disappointment to them all her life. No matter what she does, she can never win their approval.
When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their handsome, materialistic, narcissistic father Victoria cannot help but feel even more ostracized, and like a failure once again. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and win the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is a gem!
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Von Gerlinde Am hilfreichsten 07.06.2012
Finally Danielle Steel approached a different path in her writing. This one was more authentic, away from the rich, the beautiful and the famous who would die for the love of their lives. This book was real and I dare to say many of us might be able to relate to many scenes described in this book..... about having parents who never stopped comparing us to other siblings, about how we try to go from one diet to another just to gain more weight in the end, how desperate we were to get away from our parents just to choose a college as far as possible........ I loved it as it touched me.