Mixed Blessings (novel)

a gold and silver image represents a child in the womb
The image represents a fetus.

In Mixed Blessings, Danielle Steel splits her attention among three couples and their decisions to have or not have children.

One couple are young, hard-driving professionals in glamorous jobs. She wants a baby desperately and immediately; he thinks she should relax and let nature take its course.

The second couple are a lawyer in her 40s and a judge in his early sixties. She’s never had the least interest in babies until her stepdaughter has one.

The third couple are lower-class. The man, an orphan, wants babies to love because he never had love. The woman doesn’t want babies because they mean families and she hated hers.

Steel has one or more of the spouses in each couple to visit ob-gyn specialists, and treats readers to the details of the 1990s examination procedures.

None of Steel’s characters is fully developed, which may be for the best. The women are all immature and silly. Like a bunch of fifth graders, they scream, “That’s not fair” when things don’t go their way. And like fifth graders, upon reflection, they conclude that things don’t turn out the way you planned.

Steel herself philosophizes, “Fertility as well as infertility can be a mixed blessing.”

Mixed Blessings by Danielle Steel
Delacorte Press. ©1992. 369 p.
1992 bestseller #4; my grade: C-

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