Mirror Image by Danielle Steel

reversed, identical female silhouettes against gold oval look like a chalice
See the two women?

By literary law, every prolific novelist is required to write about two look-a-like individuals who change places.

Danielle Steel fulfills her obligation with Mirror Image, a preposterous story about the Henderson twins, who come of age just as World War I erupts in Europe.

Olivia, the elder sister by 11 minutes, and Victoria are distinguishable only by a tiny mole that one sister has on her right hand, the other on the left. The sisters are very close, but very different.

Olivia is the dutiful, domestic daughter to their father, who turned elderly when his wife died birthing the twins.

Committed to women’s suffrage, smoking cigarettes, and driving motor cars, Victoria is sure of herself, naïve, and totally shocked when the man by whom she’s pregnant won’t divorce his wife for her.

To prevent a scandal, Mr. Henderson arranges a marriage for Victoria with his lawyer, a widower with a young son.

Victoria hates children, hates her boring husband, and wishes her father had pushed Olivia off on Charles Dawson instead of her.

You know what happens. The only open question for Steel to settle is which of the sisters gets killed off in order for the story to end happily.

Mirror Image by Danielle Steel
Delacorte ©1998. 426 p.
1998 bestseller #5; my grade: C+

©2020 Linda G. Aragoni

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I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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