A NovelBook - 2018
Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together. But after two marriages, she prefers to avoid the complications and uncertainties of a new love.
Then, after a chance meeting with Zack Winter, a television producer visiting Manhattan from Los Angeles, everything changes. Inspired by the true story of her own indomitable grandmother, Kait creates the storyline for a TV series. And when she shares her work with Zack, he is impressed and decides to make this his next big-budget project.
Within weeks, Kait is plunged into a colorful world of actors and industry pros who will bring her vision to life. A cool, competent director. An eccentric young screenwriter. A world-famous actress coping with private tragedy. A reclusive grande dame from Hollywood's Golden Age. A sizzling starlet whose ego outstrips her abilities. L.A.'s latest "bad boy" actor, whose affairs are setting the city on fire. An unknown ingénue with outsized talent. And a rugged, legendary leading man. As secrets are shared, the cast becomes a second family for Kait. But in the midst of this charmed year, she is suddenly forced to confront the greatest challenge a mother could ever know.
The strength of women--across generations and among friends, colleagues, and family--takes center stage in this irresistible novel, as all-too-real people find the courage to persevere in life's drama of heartbreak and joy.
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Once again, Danielle Steele has written a gently paced story about a professional woman who overcomes many trials as she shifts careers and navigates changes in the lives of her grown children and ponders trying again at finding love. Kait Whittier is the successful writer of the "Ask Kait" advice column in a popular magazine. When she pens a story that mirrors the life of her beloved and very successful grandmother and sends it an agent acquaintance who views it as magical her life takes a dramatic turn. The story is to be turned into a TV series; the Wilder Women who puncture the glass ceiling in the field of aviation in the 1940s and 50s. In addition to the deep bond Kait has with her three grown children, she builds an extended family with the colorful Hollywood stars who are tapped to play roles in the series. Inevitably, the lives of the stars are as complex as those of her children with elements of tragedy impacted both while love creeps in from one of the series stars. While the formula is familiar, Steele does have a way of connecting the reader to the characters in her stories and The Cast is no exception.
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