Power Play by Danielle Steel

The life of business and power is not all it seems and Danielle Steel's latest novel gives an excellent example of the good and bad. Power Play runs two stories at the same time about powerful CEO's and the way they conduct their lives - one involving a hardworking devoted mother who sacrifices any type of personal life for her success, and the other a philandering, scheming man with no conscience who always seems to land on top. The way the two stories come together is excellently written.

Fiona Carson and Marshall Weston have made it to the tops of their games and both are respected leaders. They both are ambitious, brilliant, committed, and hardworking, but that's where the similarities end. Fiona is divorced and the mother of two well-balanced college students. She makes being available to her son and daughter a priority, and her work and her children keep her busy and happy. Marshall, on the other hand, has been a decent provider to his wife of twenty-seven years and their three children and, on the surface, he appears to have achieved a perfect balance between family life and corporate duties. But looks can be deceiving. For eight years he has been living a double life. You see, Marshall has a thirty-year-old mistress who he lives with for three days of the week when he flies to Los Angeles for business meetings. They also have twin seven-year-old daughters together. It is a very complicated secret web he has created for himself and it is amazing how he has been able to pull this off for so long. It all comes crashing down the day his company finds out and delivers an ultimatum - make a choice between the two lives or lose your position. Which life will he choose?

Of course there is romance in this novel, but more so, Danielle Steel uses Power Play to illustrate the difference between most men and women executives and their use of power. In many cases, men will use their power to cheat and lie and will let nothing stand in the way of achieving their professional success, where women CEOs are usually working very hard to maintain their difficult jobs while also trying to be a good wife and mother. Many times, if the women are successful they are labeled as cold, heartless, and having slept their way to the top. Power can be addicting, and used in the right way can be very rewarding, but when it is abused it can also be dangerous. There is an example of both in this novel and all I will tell you is that karma has a way of stepping in and threatening to take it all away. Great summer read from one of the world's most popular authors.

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