Picks and Pans Review: The Cottage
By Danielle Steel
There must be a catalog company somewhere that supplies cardboard characters to overextended authors. How else to explain the cast of clichés in Steel's 54th novel? First there's Cooper Winslow, an aging movie star whose profligate spending forces him to rent out parts of his Bel Air estate. His tenants, two newly single men, are nursing love hangovers, as is the rich do-gooder doctor who falls for Cooper and changes his life.
Limp dialogue and insights such as, "She didn't need Coop, she just loved him. She wasn't even emotionally dependent on him," sabotage this effort. You can just imagine Steel playing with her paper dolls, pairing them off for the obligatory happy ending. (Delacorte, $26.95)
Bottom Line: Cottage cheese
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