Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Going Home (1973)
- Passion’s Promise / Golden Moments (1976)
- Now and Forever (1977)
- The Promise (1977)
- Season of Passion (1979)
- Summer’s End (1979)
- The Ring (1980)
- Palomino (1981)
- To Love Again (1981)
- Remembrance (1981)
- Loving (1981)
- Once in a Lifetime (1982)
- Crossings (1982)
- A Perfect Stranger (1983)
- Thurston House (1983)
- Changes (1983)
- Full Circle (1984)
- Family Album (1985)
- Secrets (1985)
- Wanderlust (1986)
- Fine Things (1987)
- Kaleidoscope (1987)
- Zoya (1988)
- Star (1988)
- Daddy (1989)
- Message from Nam (1990)
- Heartbeat (1991)
- No Greater Love (1991)
- Jewels (1992)
- Mixed Blessings (1992)
- Vanished (1993)
- Accident (1994)
- The Gift (1994)
- Wings (1994)
- Lightning (1995)
- Five Days in Paris (1995)
- Malice (1996)
- Silent Honor (1996)
- The Ranch (1997)
- Special Delivery (1997)
- The Ghost (1997)
- The Long Road Home (1998)
- The Klone and I (1998)
- Mirror Image (1998)
- Bittersweet (1998)
- Granny Dan (1999)
- Irresistible Forces (1999)
- The Wedding (2000)
- The House on Hope Street (2000)
- Journey (2000)
- Lone Eagle (2001)
- Leap of Faith (2001)
- The Kiss (2001)
- The Cottage (2002)
- Sunset In St. Tropez (2002)
- Answered Prayers (2002)
- Dating Game (2003)
- Johnny Angel (2003)
- Safe Harbour (2003)
- Ransom (2004)
- Second Chance (2004)
- Echoes (2004)
- Impossible (2005)
- Miracle (2005)
- Toxic Bachelors (2005)
- The House (2006)
- Coming Out (2006)
- H.R.H. (2006)
- Sisters (2007)
- Bungalow 2 (2007)
- Amazing Grace (2007)
- Honor Thyself (2008)
- Rogue (2008)
- A Good Woman (2008)
- One Day at a Time (2009)
- Matters of the Heart (2009)
- Southern Lights (2009)
- Big Girl (2010)
- Family Ties (2010)
- Legacy (2010)
- Happy Birthday (2011)
- Hotel Vendome (2011)
- 44 Charles Street (2011)
- Betrayal (2012)
- Friends Forever (2012)
- The Sins of the Mother (2012)
- Until the End of Time (2013)
- First Sight (2013)
- Winners (2013)
- A Perfect Life (2014)
- Pegasus (2014)
- Power Play (2014)
- Prodigal Son (2015)
- Country (2015)
- Undercover (2015)
- Precious Gifts (2015)
- Blue (2016)
- Property of a Noblewoman (2016)
- The Apartment (2016)
- Magic (2016)
- Rushing Waters (2016)
- The Award (2016)
- The Mistress (2017)
- Dangerous Games (2017)
- Against All Odds (2017)
- The Duchess (2017)
- The Right Time (2017)
- Fairytale (2017)
- Past Perfect (2017)
- Fall from Grace (2018)
- Accidental Heroes (2018)
- The Cast (2018)
- The Good Fight (2018)
- In His Father’s Footsteps (2018)
- Beauchamp Hall (2018)
- Turning Point (2019)
- Silent Night (2019)
- Blessing in Disguise (2019)
- Lost and Found (2019)
- The Dark Side (2019)
- Child’s Play (2019)
- Spy (2019)
- Moral Compass (2020)
- The Numbers Game (2020)
- The Wedding Dress (2020)
- Daddy’s Girls (2020)
- Royal (2020)
- All That Glitters (2020)
- Neighbors (2021)
- The Affair (2021)
- Finding Ashley (2021)
- Nine Lives (2021)
- Complications (2021)
- The Butler (2021)
- Flying Angels (2021)
- Invisible (2022)
- High Stakes (2022)
- Beautiful (2022)
Max & Martha Children’s Books In Publication Order
- Martha’s New Daddy (1989)
- Max and the Baby-sitter (1989)
- Martha’s Best Friend (1989)
- Max’s Daddy Goes to the Hospital (1989)
- Max’s New Baby (1989)
- Martha’s New School (1989)
- Max Runs Away (1990)
- Martha’s New Puppy (1990)
- Max and Grandpa and Grandpa Winky (1991)
- Martha and Hilary and the Stranger (1991)
Freddie Childrena s Books In Publication Order
- Freddie’s Trip (1992)
- Freddie’s First Night Away (1992)
- Freddie and the Doctor (1992)
- Freddie’s Accident (1992)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Love (1984)
Picture Books In Publication Order
- The Happiest Hippo in the World (2000)
- Pretty Minnie in Paris (2014)
- Pretty Minnie in Hollywood (2016)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- His Bright Light (1998)
- A Gift of Hope (2010)
- Pure Joy (2013)
- Expect a Miracle (2020)
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Danielle Steel Books Overview
Danielle Steel, the author of dozens of stunning bestsellers, is one of the world’s most renowned and popular novelists. Now her devoted readers can once again cherish her very first novel Going Home. Here, in a special keepsake edition, is the book that sparked Danielle Steel’s sensational career and endeared her to millions of fans worldwide. In the sunswept beauty of San Francisco, Gillian Forrester is filled with the joy of a love that will surely last. But a painful betrayal forces her to flee to New York and a new life. There she discovers an exciting new career and a deep, enveloping passion…
only to have her newfound happiness shaken to its core. Now Gillian must choose between her future and her past, to find in the deepest desires of her heart the one way, the only way of…
Smart, beautiful, and very rich, Kezia Saint Martin leads two lives: one as a glamorous socialite jetting between the poshest places in Europe and America; the other, under a false name, as a dicated journalist committed to justice and her profession. But the two worlds are pulling her apart, leaving her conflicted about her identity and the lies she tells to every man she meets. Then she meets Lucas Johns, a bold, dynamic crusader for social change and an ex con. Their attraction is immediate, but their love may be just one step from tragedy at any time.
Although Jessica and Ian Clarke have been married seven years, they insist the thrill and excitement haven’t dimmed. At Jessica’s urging, Ian has quit his advertising job to become a struggling writer, and she supports him with her successful San Francisco boutique. Ian’s financial dependence on Jessica upsets him more than he admits, and in a moment of bored malaise, Ian’s first casual indiscretion will create a nightmare that threatens everything Jessica and Ian have carefully built. What he does changes their lives, and them, perhaps forever, as they struggle to pay the price of his foolhardy affair.
Young architect Michael Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother’s disapproval. Then, minutes before their wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Michael and Nancy perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life Nancy in California, Michael in New York. But eventually nothing and no one can keep them apart as they keep their vow never to say good bye.
Kate is only eighteen when she meets Tom Harper, one of America’s biggest pro football stars. They share an idyllic and glamorous first love. But the bullet that suddenly ends Tom’s career also ends their life together. A failed suicide attempt will leave him mentally and physically disabled forever. Kate will be left alone, heartbroken, and pregnant with their son. Soon she will have another chance at love, but it will mean learning to let go of the past and learning to trust again.
Deanna was eighteen when she married a handsome Frenchman, attorney Marc Edouard Duras. Now, at thirty seven, she should be happy with Marc, her elegant home in San Francisco, and their teenage daughter, Pilar. But one summer changes it all when she realizes her failing marriage is a trap she must escape.
In Germany engulfed by war and hatred, the beautiful wife of an influential banker fell in love with a German author. His Jewish heritage led them both to death. The husband who survives her lives on to protect her memory, and their children. And The Ring he pas*ses on to his daughter, Ariana von Gotthard, remains a bond of love between them. Separated from her family, and unable to escape Germany, Ariana is finally arrested. A young Na*zi officer offers her survival and hope for the future. Tragedy and a sudden twist of fate carries Ariana to America, to a chilling deception, and a new life of unfamiliar terrors. Her past seemingly lost forever, her future uncertain, The Ring she still clings to is all she has left of her father and brother. And in time it will become the bridge from her past to her future.
Samantha Taylor is shattered when her husband leaves her for another woman. She puts her advertising career on hold and seeks refuge at a friend’s California ranch, where she loses herself in the daily labor of ranch life. Here, she discovers the healing powers of trusted friends, simple joys, and hard work. She also meets Tate Jordan, the ranch foreman, and a tumultuous relationship ensues. When Tate disappears and a fall from a horse changes Samantha’s life forever, she is confined to a wheelchair and must look deep inside herself to finds the courage to begin again. Now, fighting the battles of the handicapped, she finds new challenges, new loves, and even the adopted child she’s always longed for.
In Rome, Isabella and her husband, Amadeo, have created an idyllic marriage and the House of San Gregorio, the most exciting name in European high fashion. But in an act of terrorism, Amadeo is kidnapped and taken from Isabella forever. Fleeing to New York, she fights to build a new life for herself and her son, as they discover new worlds and a new life together.
Her beloved Italian homeland shattered in the wake of World War II, exquisite Serena, Principessa di San Tibaldo, has nothing left except her name, her ancestry…
and her heart which she gives completely and forever to Major Brad Fullerton. But not even Brad’s ring or his child can protect her from the calculating wrath of the powerful Fullerton dynasty, and the woman who will become Serena’s bitter enemy. Sweeping from the war torn palazzos of Rome to the glittering avenues of Manhattan and the glamorous world of high fashion. Here is the vibrant story of one woman’s triumphant yet bittersweet journey of the heart. From the Paperback edition.
Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of glamour, endless parties, and luxury among America’s top celebrities simply because she was the beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her father was dead, and Bettina discovered the truth he had spent every dime he’d ever earned and run up millions in debt. At eighteen, penniless and alone, she had lost everything except her father’s dearest friend, Ivo Stewart. A wealthy, handsome publisher of sixty two, he offered Bettina a way out: marriage. But only for a time. What lay ahead for Bettina was a life filled with shocks and surprises and eventually a chance to become a playwright, and a writer like her father. Having learned her lessons dearly, Bettina blossoms into her own person at last.
Millions adored Daphne Fields, for she shared their passion, their pain, their joy, and their sorrow. But America’s most popular novelist remained a closed book to the world guarding her life with a fierce privacy no reporter could crack. Her life hides a myriad of secrets. The husband and daughter she lost in a fire. The son who barely survived it and would be deaf forever. The victories, the defeats, the challenges of facing life as a woman alone and helping her son meet the challenges of his handicap. A strong woman, she would not accept defeat, or help from anyone…
until she found she could no longer face it alone.
Sailing to France aboard the majestic Normandie amid rumors of an impending world war, the glamorous Liane De Villiers, wife of the French ambassador, meets a handsome American steel magnate trapped in a loveless marriage. Reissue.
After the collapse of his first marriage, Alex had given up all hope of ever finding the right woman. Until he saw the mysterious and beautiful Raphaella…
A Perfect Stranger. Raphaella was young, rich and desperately lonely. Sentenced to an empty life in her mansion, bound by her sense of honour and duty to her elderly husband, she denied herself any right to personal happiness…
until she met Alex…
A Perfect Stranger. She knew their love was wrong, yet it was so perfect. Made up of stolen moments bittersweet and poignant waiting for ‘someday.’ Could she ever find happiness with A Perfect Stranger?
Jeremiah Thurston built Thurston House, San Francisco’s grandest mansion. When he found himself alone with his infant daughter, Sabrina, he was determined to bring her up to run the biggest mining business in California. Nothing would stop her from taking over his dynasty not the San Francisco earthquake, the deadly schemes of a cunning rival, the Great depression, or her own needs and determination as she carries on the traditions established by her father.
Coming of age during the turbulent 1960s, Tana Roberts dreams of having a successful career and is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve her goal, only to discover that she can have a life that includes a career, love, and peace of mind. Reissue.
Through forty years from Hollywood’s golden days in World War II to the present Faye Price would create first a career as a legendary actress, then a family, and finally she would realize her dream of becoming one of Hollywood’s first woman directors. But nothing was more precious to Faye than her five children. In a changing world, a milieu where family values are constantly challenged from without and within, the Thayers would face the greatest challenges and harshest test a family can endure, to emerge stronger, bound forever by loyalty and love. It is only when Faye is gone that they can each as*sess how far they have come, and how important their Family Album is.
As the stars of the screen they shared their Secrets with millions. Offstage they were ordinary people with homes and dreams, lives and loves, every bit as real…
When Manhattan was conceived as a new TV series it offered more than just a chance for a network to make the ratings. For the stars involved it meant the chance of a lifetime if they were prepared to pay the price. Sabina Quarles saw a second chance to love when it had seemed her life was over. For Bill Warwick it meant salvation from a tangled web of unhappiness he’d been powerless to escape. And as the viewers watched the drama unfold, the actors shared their passion and pain in the performance of their lives.
Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young, Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always be there for them. Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she herself makes the daring decision to leave. As the 1930s unfold, alone, camera in hand, she will shock friends and outrage family as she plunges headlong into the wider world. Crossing the Atlantic aboard the luxurious Queen Mary, Audrey meets James and Violet Hawthorne, who will draw her into a sophisticated circle of artists and expatriates. And it is they who will introduce her to Charles Parker Scott, in who Audrey will come to recognize a twin soul, a man propelled by relentless curiosity and driven by conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. Together they will spend an exquisite summer at Cap d’Antibes, then board the Orient Express on an adventure that will carry them to a remote outpost in China. But at the farthest reaches of this journey Aubrey must choose again. Japan has attacked China. Charles knows he must return to Europe at once. But Audrey becomes involved with a besieged orphanage and decides to remain in China without Charles, caring for the abandoned children until help arrives. In time Audrey will return to America with a daughter of her own. While she must come home to San Francisco to confront a world irrevocably changed by time, she finds she cannot stay. From prewar Germany to London during the Blitz, from a wrenching reunion with Charles to a war zone in North Africa, again and again she must choose between the dictates of her conscience and the yearnings of her heart. For Audrey Driscoll and the men and women whose lives touch hers, Wanderlust is the inescapable element. Born at a time when women were expected to stay close to home and fulfill traditional roles, Audrey is compelled to follow the thread of events that will destroy the complacency of the past and shape the future. From Europe to China, from San Francisco to North Africa, she is irresistibly drawn into a man’s world of conflict, discovery, and danger. In a vivid novel of breathtaking scope, Danielle Steel has once again surpassed herself in creating an unforgettable tale of men and women caught in the tides of personal drama and historic event. Wanderlust is Danielle Steel’s finest journey.
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff’s, New York’s most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five year old Jane O’Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Alone with two children, Bernie must face the loss and learn how to move on. New people, new experiences, a new life alone with two kids. He meets it with courage and humor, and learns some of life’s hard but precious lessons as he does. From the Hardcover edition.
When a beautiful young Frenchwoman and a brilliant American actor meet in wartime Paris, their love begins like a fairy tale but ends in tragedy. Suddenly orphaned, their three children are cruelly separated. Megan, the baby, adopted by a family of comfortable means, becomes a doctor in the rural Appalachia. Alexandra, raised in lavish wealth, marries a powerful man whose pride is in his pedigree and who assumes that Alexandra is her parents’ natural offspring. Neither of them has the remotest suspicion that she is adopted, or what turbulent tragedy lurks in her past. And Hilary, oldest of the Walker children, remembers them all, and the grief that tore them apart and cast them into separate lives. Feeling the loss throughout her life, and unable to find her sisters, she builds an extraordinary career and has no personal life.
When John Chapman, lawyer and prestigious private investigator, is asked to find these three women, he wonders why. Their parents’ only friend, he did nothing to keep them together as children and has been haunted by remorse all his life. The investigator follows a trail that leads from chic New York to Boston slums, from elegant Parisian salons to the Appalachian hills, to the place where the three sisters face each other and one more final, devastating truth before they can move on.
Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution and World War I Europe, Zoya, young cousin to the Tsar, flees St. Petersburg to Paris to find safety. Her entire world forever changed, she faces hard times and joins the Ballet Russe in Paris. And then, when life is kind to her, Zoya moves on to a new and glittering life in New York. The days of ease are all too brief as the Depression strikes, and she loses everything yet again. It is her career, and the man she meets in the course of it, which ultimately save her, as she rebuilds her life through the war years and beyond. And it is her family that comes to mean everything to her. From the roaring twenties to the 1980’s, Zoya remains a rare and spirited woman whose legacy will live on.
Young, innocent and strikingly beautiful Crystal Wyatt was an outcast, envied and resented by all but her devoted father, with whom she shared a deep love for their remote California ranch. When her father dies, Crystal is alone and unprotected. Devastating events shake the once peaceful valley. With nothing but her dreams, her beauty, and her awe inspiring voice, Crystal escapes to embark on the career that will ultimately make her a star. But stardom itself is shadowed by danger and violence and haunted by a memory that must be resolved before Crystal can find happiness and peace. From the Paperback edition.
Oliver Watson’s world suddenly dissolves around him when Sarah his wife of eighteen years, returns to Harvard to get her master’s degree. Oliver is left on his own, with three children and a freedom he never wanted and doesn’t completely understand. His family’s needs and demands suddenly consume his life. When Oliver’s mother is diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease and dies soon thereafter, Oliver’s father’s life is changed as well. Braver than his son with less of a future before him, George Watson, at seventy two, quickly embraces new relationships and, eventually, a new life. The sudden changes come as a shock to both father and son. Ben, Oliver’s oldest son, rejects his father and reaches outward, under the illusion that he is grown up and can make it on his own. Melissa, the middle child, blames Oliver for her mother’s desertion. And Sam, the ‘baby,’ is too shaken to deal with it at all. Now the only parent, Daddy must somehow cope this, his troubled family and explore a world of new responsibilities, new women, and new experiences. Each of the three men must start a new life: Oliver in New York and then in Los Angeles with his children, once he faces the biggest change in his life; his widowed father with the woman next door; and seventeen year old Ben with his girlfriend and baby. Nothing is as it was before…
nothing is as they once thought it would be. But in the end, different is better…
different is more…
for each of them and especially for Daddy.
As a journalist, Paxton Andrews would experience Vietnam firsthand. We follow her from high school in Savannah to college in Berkeley and then to work in Saigon. For the soldiers she knew and met there, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways they could never have imagined. For the men in her life, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways hey could not escape or deny. Peter Wilson, fresh from law school, was a new recruit who would confont his fate in Da Nang. Ralph Johnson, a seasoned AP correspondent, had been in Saigon since the beginning. He knew Vietnam and the war inside out. Bill Quinn, captain of the Cu Chi tunnel rats, was on his fourth tour of duty and it seemed nothing could touch him. Sergeant Tony Campobello had come to Vietnam from the streets of New York to vent a rage that had followed him all the way to Saigon. For seven years Paxton Andrews would write an acclaimed newspaper column from the front before finally returning to the States and then attending the Paris peace talks. But for her and the men who fought in Viet Nam, life would never be the same again.
Bill Thigpen, writer producer of the No.1 daytime TV drama was so busy watching his career soar that he never noticed his marriage collapse. Now, nine years later, living alone in Hollywood, even without his wife and kids, his life and success are still reasonably sweet. Top of the chart ratings, good natured casual affairs, and special vacations with his two young sons. His life is in perfect balance, he thinks. Adrian Townshed thought she had everything: a job she liked as a TV production assistant and a handsome husband who was a rising star in his own field. In as enviable life they’d worked hard for the American Dream. Until she got pregnant. Suddenly all she had was chaos. And Steven’s ultimatum. Him or the baby. The question was: did he mean it? He did. Bill Thigpen and Adrian Townshed collided in a supermarket. And the very sight of her suddenly makes him want more in his life…
. a woman he really loves, a real family again. But does he need the heartache of another man’s baby, another wife? Neither does. But they couldn’t help it. Danielle Steel touches the Heartbeat of two wonderful people as their friendship deepens into love, as they meet the obstacles that life presents with humor, humanity, and courage.
It was the maiden voyage of the Titanic, the greatest ship ever built, and in one fatal, unforgettable night, the sea shattered the lives and future of an extraordinary family, the Winfields. Edwina Winfield, returning from her engagement trip to England with her fiance and her family, instantly loses her parents, the man she loved and her dreams. Without even time to mourn, she courageously defies convention to run her family’s California newspaper and care for her five younger siblings. Unable to forget her fiance Charles, she is determined never to marry, to hkeep her family together, and to fight to survive as a woman alone. But Phillip, her beloved oldest brother, sets out for Harvard and tragically betrays her trust. Madcap brother George turns to the excitement of Hollywood during its magical days, not to the Winfield publishing empire. And lovely Alexis, who narrowly escaped death when the Titanic went down, grows into a troubled runaway whom even Edwina’s love may not be able to save. The two youngest, Fannie and Teddy, remain with Edwina at home. Compelling and deeply moving, No Greater Love questions a woman’s choices and the price she must pay for making them. And in an unforgettable climax, it offers an answer as Edwina confronts the ghosts haunting her and take an extraordinary risk for her future and her heart. From the Paperback edition.
On Sarah Whitfield’s seventy fifth birthday, memories take her back to New York in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarah shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little to raise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield. In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the British throne to make Sarah his dutchess and his wife.
On their honeymoon, the newlyweds buy an old French chateau, but not long after, the war begins. William joins the allied forces, leaving Sarah, their first child, an infant, and their second child on the way, in France. After the Na*zi forces take over the chateau, Sarah continues to survive the terror and deprivation of the Occupation, unwavering in her belief that her missing in action husband is still alive.
After the war, as a gesture of goodwill, the Whitfields start buying Jewels offered for sale by impoverished war survivors. With Sarah’s style and keen eye, the collection becomes the prestigious Whitfield’s jewelry store in Paris. Eventually, their jewelry business expands to London and Rome, as their family grows. Phillip, their firstborn, is stubborn and proud; Julian, their second son, is charming and generous and warm; Isabelle is rebellious and willful; and Xavier, unusual and untamed, is the final unexpected gift of their love. They each find their own way, but will be drawn to the great house of gems their parents built. In Jewels, Danielle Steel takes the reader through five eventful decades that include war, passion, international intrigue, and the strength of family through it all.
From the Hardcover edition.
After the wedding of Diana Goode and Andrew Douglas, Diana teases that they will make a baby on their honeymoon. But long afterward, she is still not pregnant. As Diana and Andrew wait out each month only to be bitterly disappointed, they are forced to question just how much they are willing to go through to have a baby. Charlie Winwood dreams of a house filled with children. His bride, party girl actress Barbie Mason, has other ideas. When he discovers he is sterile, Charlie has to rethink his deepest values and his marriage to a woman who shares none of his dreams. After ten years of living together, Pilar Graham, a prominent Santa Barbara attorney, marries Judge Brad Coleman, who is nineteen years her senior and father of two grown children. They are happy with their comfortable life together, deux, until Pilar begins to wonder if she will someday regret not having a baby with Brad. Are they crazy to begin now with Brad about to become a grandfather and Pilar with a busy career, and in her early forties, possibly putting herself at risk?Through the lives of these couples, Danielle Steel shows us the Mixed Blessingswe face as we build our families and live our modern lives. She touches us with the triumphant people who prevail, their victories, their defeats, their tragedies and joys, their compromises, their lives. From the Paperback edition.
Vanished tells the story of a man and woman faced with an almost unthinkable tragedy the mysterious abduction of their son. In the late 1930s, in the shadow of the Lindbergh kidnapping, and as war looms in Europe, Marielle Patterson shares and elegant Manhattan brownstone with her husband, Malcolm, and their little boy, Teddy. Though the couple’s lives are filled with secrets, Marielle is a devoted wife and mother, and Malcolm is a man everyone admires. On the eve of Teddy’s disappearance, Marielle runs into her first love, American expatriate Charles Delauney. And when Teddy is kidnapped, Charles is first blamed, then arrested. But as the search for Teddy widens, even Marielle is scrutinized by the FBI and special agent John Taylor. Suspicions and accusations mingle with terror and heartbreak as every threat, every failure, every fear, is remembered, examined, explored. During Charles Delauney’s trial, a series of revalations begins to unravel the about Marielle, Charles, and Malcolm, uncovering the motives and passions controlling their lives. Vanished is a tale of guilt, desire, suspense, and of people drawn inexorably together, seeking the child who…
Vanished. From the Paperback edition.
Accident is a powerful and ultimately triumphant novel of lives shattered and changed by one devastating moment. Although frequent business meetings keep her husband, Brad, away from home, Page Clarke feels blessed with her happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven year old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson. Allyson, at fifteen, is trying her wings and one weekend, instead of an evening with her friend Chloe, the girls lie and go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun ends in tragedy when their car collides head on with another. At the hospital, Page finds Chloe’s divorced father, Trygve, and, unable to locate Brad, she leans on his strength throughout the the long hours of tormenting questions. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart as she is forced to confront the fact that Allyson may not live, and if she does, she may never be the same again. In an inspiring novel that explores how many people are affected by one tragic Accident and how they survive it, Danielle Steel brings us close to the characters whose lives are as familiar as our own…
and who live, as we all do, in a world where everything can change in a single moment.
On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn’t intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child’s senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family’s dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them. The Gift, Danielle Steel’s thirty third best selling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability and the wonder of life. From the Hardcover edition.
From a house on the edge of her family’s dusty farmland airstrip near Chicago, the child Cassie O’Malley would sneak into the night to look at the planes sitting shimmering in the moonlight. Her World War I veteran father, Pat, wanted his son to be a pilot, not his reckless, red haired daughter. But it was Cassie who had the gift. Ever since she could remember, Cassie felt the pull of getting in a cockpit and taking to the skies. Observing all the while was her father’s junior partner, Nick ‘Stick ‘ Galvin, a fellow war ace and airborne daredevil. Nick would become her confidant and best friend, willing to break all the rules to teach her to fly, knowing that the greatest gift he could give her was the freedom of flying. When California entrepreneur Desmon Williams sees Cassie in a local airshow, he invites her to California where she breaks new ground as a test pilot. Soon Cassie’s record breaking flights make her a media darling. Drawn by Desmond’s plans for her to break Amelia Earhardt’s records, but determined to avoid her mistakes, Cassie trains for the remarkable journey around the world. From public appearances to press conferences, easily used by both her husband and the press, Cassie realizes that there is more to life than making headlines. Risking her life, pushing herself to her limits, she decides to chart her own course and pursue her own destiny, whatever it costs her. Wings is set in a time of constant change, when the world was on the brink of war and the skies were filled with adventurers, a time when courage and daring forever changed modern day aviation.
As a partner at one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, Alexandra Parker barely manages to juggle husband, career, and the three year old child she gave birth to at forty. But Alex feels blessed with her life and happy marriage until Lightning strikes her. Suddenly a routine medical check up turns her world upside down when tests reveal shattering news. Sam Parker is a star venture capitalist, a Wall Street whiz kid, and is as proud of his longtime marriage to Alex as he is of his successful career. As a major player in New York’s financial world, Sam is used to being in control until he is caught off guard by Alex’s illness. Terrified of losing his wife and family, and haunted by ghosts from his past, Sam is unable to provide any kind of emotional support to Alex. Unable to cope with her needs, Sam takes his distance from her, and almost overnight she and Sam become strangers. As Lightning strikes them yet again, Sam’s promising career suddenly explodes in disaster, and his very life and identity are challenged. With their entire future hanging in the balance, Alex must decide what she feels for Sam, if life will ever be the same for them again, or if she must move on without him. What happens to people when every aspect of their lives and well being is threatened? In Lightning, Danielle Steel tells the story of a family thrust into uncertainty and explores whether the bonds of love and marriage can withstand life’s most unexpected bolts of Lightning. From the Hardcover edition.
As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything. Power, position, a career and a family, which mean everything to him, and for which he has sacrificed a great deal. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskell’s life, and integrity is the base on which he lives. Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband’s ambitions and career until her soul is bone dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows. When her son died, a piece of Olivia died too. Accidentally, on the night of a bomb threat, they meet in Paris, at the Ritz. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vend me, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. As the two strangers meet, their lives become briefly enmeshed. In a caf in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so sure of his path, so certain of his marriage and success, but suddenly faced with his professional future in jeopardy. Olivia, no longer sure of anything except that she can’t go on anymore. When Olivia disappears, only Peter suspects that it may not be foul play. And if he finds her again, where will they go from there? Five Days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. At home again, they both must pursue their lives, despite challenges, compromise, and betrayal. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life’s challenges head on. From the Paperback edition.
In her thirty seventh bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells the compelling story of a woman who must struggle to overcome a shattering betrayal, and the cruelest kind of Malice.
At seventeen, the night of her mother’s funeral, Grace Adams is attacked. It is not the first time, and a brutal crime ensues.
And to everyone’s horror, Grace will not tell the truth. She is a young woman with secrets too horrible to tell, with hurts so deep they may never heal. She is also beautiful enough for men to want her no matter how much she does not want them. Whatever the outcome, Grace Adams will have to live with whatever happened during those terrible years. And after a lifetime of being a victim, now she must pay the price for other people’s sins.
From the depths of an Illinois women’s prison to a Chicago modeling agency to a challenging career in New York, Grace must carry the past with her wherever she goes. And in healing her own pain, she reaches out to battered women and children who live a nightmare she knows all too well.
When Grace meets Charles Mackenzie, a New York lawyer, she has found a man who wants nothing from her except to heal her, to hear her secrets, and to give her the family she so desperately wants. But, with happiness finally within her grasp, and precious loved ones to protect, Grace is at her most vulnerable in danger of losing everything to a vicious tabloid press and an enemy from her past, an enemy bent on Malice at all costs.
With rare insight and power, Danielle Steel writes this extraordinary woman’s story, portraying her struggle to triumph over Malice and betrayal, and to transform a lifetime of pain into a blessing for others. Revealing both the stark reality of domestic abuse and the healing power of love, Malice is more than superb fiction. It is a piece of life. /Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Only veteran author Danielle Steel can make dysfunction this fashionable! In Malice, her 37th potboiler, the gloves come off. Life is no fairy tale for teenager Grace Adams. The preternaturally quiet and dowdy daughter of Watseka’s favorite son, lawyer John Adams, and his lovely, cancer stricken wife Ellen, Grace has an ugly little secret that she’s kept for four years. When her father brutally rapes her following her mother’s funeral, Grace kills him. Only 17 years old, she faces the death penalty in a town all too willing to perpetrate the fiction of John Adams, even when it means prison for Grace. Upon release two years later, Grace heads for Chicago where life starts looking up when she finds a job as a receptionist in a downtown modeling agency. Unfortunately, Grace encounters an unscrupulous photographer and a slimy parole officer. As soon as her parole is over, Grace escapes again, running to New York City to disappear among the hordes. Working as a secretary in a law firm, she’s asked to work for a partner. After a rocky start, Charles Mackenzie and Grace establish a comfortable routine. But when Grace is brutally beaten by the husband of a woman in the crisis center where she volunteers, Charles is at her side constantly, arranging for the finest medical care and talking her out of her coma. Love blooms as Grace slowly recuperates. Finally whole again, inside and out, Grace and Charles marry and start a family. Life couldn’t get much better as Charles enters politics and Grace tends to their growing family. But when tabloids release the story of Grace’s sordid past and explicit photos of Grace taken while she was drugged, their family is left reeling, with Charles’s campaign in shambles and Grace’s life crumbling around her. Danielle Steel doesn’t even pretend that Malice is a piece of romantic fiction, but loyal fans will happily make the transition as she charts a new course! Alison Trinkle
In her 38th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel creates a powerful, moving portrayal of families divided, lives shattered and a nation torn apart by prejudice during a shameful episode in recent American history.
A man ahead of his time, Japanese college professor Masao Takashimaya of Kyoto had a passion for modern ideas that was as strong as his wife’s belief in ancient traditions. It was the early 1920s and Masao had dreams for the future and a fascination with the politics and opportunities of a world that was changing every day. Twenty years later, his eighteen year old daughter Hiroko, torn between her mother’s traditions and her father’s wishes, boarded the SS Nagoya Maru to come to California for an education and to make her father proud. It was August 1941.
From the ship, she went directly to the Palo Alto home of her uncle, Takeo, and his family. To Hiroko, California was a different world a world of barbeques, station wagons and college. Her cousins in California had become more American than Japanese. And much to Hiroko’s surprise, Peter Jenkins, her uncle’s assistant at Stanford, became an unexpected link between her old world and her new. But in spite of him, and all her promises to her father, Hiroko longs to go home. At college in Berkeley, her world is rapidly and unexpectedly filled with prejudice and fear.
On December 7, Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese. Within hours, war is declared and suddenly Hiroko has become an enemy in a foreign land. Terrified, begging to go home, she is nonetheless ordered by her father to stay. He is positive she will be safer in California than at home, and for a brief time she is until her entire world caves in.
On February 19, Executive Order 9066 is signed by President Roosevelt, giving the military the power to remove the Japanese from their communities at will. Takeo and his family are given ten days to sell their home, give up their jobs, and report to a relocation center, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans, to face their destinies there. Families are divided, people are forced to abandon their homes, their businesses, their freedom, and their lives. Hiroko and her uncle’s family go first to Tanforan, and from there to the detention center at Tule Lake. This extraordinary novel tells what happened to them there, creating a portrait of human tragedy and strength, divided loyalties and love. It tells of Americans who were treated as foreigners in their own land. And it tells Hiroko’s story, and that of her American family, as they fight to stay alive amid the drama of life and death in the camp at Tule Lake.
With clear, powerful prose, Danielle Steel portrays not only the human cost of that terrible time in history, but also the remarkable courage of a people whose honor and dignity transcended the chaos that surrounded them. Set against a vivid backdrop of war and change, her thirty eighth bestselling novel is both living history and outstanding fiction, revealing the stark truth about the betrayal of Americans by their own government…
and the triumph of a woman caught between cultures and determined to survive.
In her 39th best selling novel, Danielle Steel brings to life the story of three women, old roommates from college, who come together after twenty years, one summer at The Ranch. They had been inseparable in college, Mary Stuart, Tanya, and Zoe. But in the more than twenty years that followed, the three had moved on with their lives, settled in different cities, and found successful careers and new roles as mothers and wives. By chance, each would find herself alone for a few weeks one summer, wrestling with the present and the past. At a sprawling ranch in the foothills of Wyoming’s Grand Teton Range, the three women come together and find courage, healing, and truth, and reach out to each other once again. Despite the honesty they once shared, now pretense between them runs high. Mary Stuart Walker, married for twenty two years to a Manhattan lawyer, kept herself busy with volunteer work, and now masks the loneliness that consumes her life. A year has past, and Mary Stuart still hasn’t gotten over the guilt, or the fear that her husband will never forgive her for their son’s death…
Tanya Thomas, an award winning singer and rock star, enjoys all the trappings of fame and success a mansion in Bel Air, legions of fans, and a broken heart. All the Grammy awards in the world can’t make up for the children she wanted but never had, the men who have taken advantage of her, and just gone along for the ride, and still are…
Dr. Zoe Phillips has her hands full as a single mother to an adopted two year old, and as a doctor at an AIDS clinic in San Francisco. Predictably, as they all know, she is as liberal as she ever was, and marriage was never a dream she coveted or shared with them. Tending to her patients is a full time job that leaves Zoe little time for herself until unexpected news forces her to reevaluate both her future, and her current life. But despite the changes in their lives, their friendship is still a bond they all treasure and share. For each of the women, a few weeks at The Ranch will bring healing and release, as old hurts are buried, ancient secrets revealed, and love replaced or renewed. In The Ranch, bestselling novelist Danielle Steel brings reality to the meaning of friendship, with dramas whose truths we all share. From the Paperback edition.
In a novel that explores the fun and challenge, and occasional absurdity, of new beginnings, Danielle Steel tells the story of two people who find love where and when they least expect it. At fifty nine, Jack Watson owns one of the most successful boutiques in Beverly Hills, has two adult children who are the light of his life, and his choice of Hollywood’s most beautiful women. After a failed marriage in the distant past, and a brief, tragic affair years afterward, Jack has become the perfect bachelor. And he loves it. Amanda Robbins knew Jack Watson only as her daughter’s father in law, an incurable playboy whom she dislikes intensely. Theirs had been a relationship based solely upon the marriage of her daughter to his son. And Amanda wants no other relationship with him. But when she becomes a widow unexpectedly, twenty six years after she retired from Hollywood stardom to become a wife and mother, Amanda finds herself on unfamiliar ground, and is surprised to find herself both befriended by, and attracted to, Jack Watson. Worse yet, she likes him. There is a lot more to him than she previously suspected. Amanda’s shock at her attraction to Jack is equaled only by her children’s. Then suddenly, a startling announcement stuns both families, as Jack and Amanda are faced with an unexpected gift that neither thought possible, and with a choice that provides them both considerable challenge. But at a time in their lives when they least expect to feel that way, they not only feel young again, but are blissfully happy, in spite of the confusion, opposition, and obstacles all around them. Special Delivery is about what two people do when life gives them everything they wanted, twenty years after they expected to find it. In her fortieth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel makes us laugh and cry as she touches the heart with tenderness and accuracy.
In her forty first bestselling novel, Danielle Steel creates a spellbinding story that weaves together two centuries and two lives. With a wife he loves and an exciting London based career, architect Charles Waterston’s life seems in perfect balance. Nothing in his comfortable existence prepares him for the sudden end to his ten year marriage or his unwanted transfer to his firm’s New York office. With nothing left to lose, Charlie takes a leave of absence from his job to drive through New England, hoping to make peace with himself. Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden, blinding snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There, as if by chance, Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her most precious possession: a remote, exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived and died there two centuries before. Her name was Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau’s graceful depths, he feels her presence, and longs to know more about the life she led. It is Christmas Eve when Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet black hair. He thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke on him, until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, Sarah Ferguson comes alive. Intrigued and unafraid, Charlie immerses himself in the diaries, eager to learn more about the woman for whom the house was built. Sarah’s first entry is dated 1789, the year she arrived in America. Without self pity or sentiment, she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. Determined to start a new life in the vast new world, Sarah finds freedom and danger as she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life. His name is Fran ois de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, caught between Sarah’s world and his own, their story is a gift one that gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes. In The Ghost, Danielle Steel has created a stunning blend of history and drama. Brilliantly interweaving past and present, she brings to life two stories, centuries apart, in a timeless novel of courage, healing, and love.
Bestselling novelist Danielle Steel takes us on a harrowing journey into the heart of America’s hidden shame in a novel that explores the power of forgiveness, the dark side of childhood, and one woman’s unbreakable spirit. From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents’ lavish Manhattan townhouse. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents’ party, in her parents’ life. But she can’t resist the magic. Later, she waits for the click, click, click of her mother’s high heels, the angry words, and the pain that will follow. Gabriella already knows to hide her bruises, certain she is to blame for her mother’s rage and her father’s failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents’ aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, respects no person, no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide. Even as a child, her only escape is through the stories she writes. Only writing can dull the pain of her lonely world. And when her parents’ marriage collapses, Gabriella is given her first reprieve, as her father disappears, and then her mother abandons her to a convent. There, Gabriella’s battered body and soul begin to mend. Amid the quiet safety and hushed rituals of the nuns, Gabriella grows into womanhood in a safe, peaceful world. Then a young priest comes into her life. Father Joe Connors never questioned his vocation until Gabriella entered the confessional and shared her soul. Confession leads to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love. Like Gabriella, Joe is haunted by the pain of his childhood, consumed by guilt over a family tragedy, for which he blames himself. With Gabriella, Joe takes the first steps toward healing. But their relationship leads to tragedy as Joe must choose between the priesthood and Gabriella, and life in the real world where he fears he does not belong, and cannot cope. Exiled and disgraced, and nearly destroyed, Gabriella struggles to survive on her own in New York. There she seeks healing and escape through her writing again, this time as an adult, and her life as a writer begins. But just when she thinks she is beyond hurt, Gabriella is once again betrayed by someone she trusts. Brought to the edge of despair, physically attacked beyond recognition and belief, haunted by abuse in her present and her past, she nonetheless manages to find hope again, and the courage to face the past. On a pilgrimage destined to bring her face to face with those who sought to destroy her in her early life, she finds forgiveness, freedom from guilt, and healing from abuse. When Gabriella faces what was done to her, and why, she herself is free at last. With profound insight, Danielle Steel has created a vivid portrait of an abused child’s broken world, and the courage necessary to face it and free herself from the past. A work of daring and compassion, a tale of healing that will shock and touch and move you to your very soul, it exposes the terror of child abuse, and opens the doors on a subject that affects us all. The Long Road Home is more than riveting fiction. It is an inspiration to us all. A work of courage, hope, and love. From the Paperback edition.
Stephanie had a rat for a husband. But after 13 years of marriage and two kids, she was devastated when he left her for a younger woman. Suddenly Stephanie was alone. And after months of trying to find a little romance on New York’s wild singles circuit, she was ready to give up, reconciled to just raising her two great, but outspoken, kids. Then a spur of the moment trip to Paris changed everything. She met him on the Left Bank. Peter Baker was a marvelously handsome high tech entrepreneur also visiting the city. Stephanie was certain it couldn’t possibly work. Peter was just too perfect. But much to her amazement, he contacted her when they returned to New York. And at the Long Island rental cottage she shared with her kids, Stephanie embarked on a bizarre and hilarious adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Shy, serious Peter, chairman of a bionic enterprise, was supposed to be away on business. Instead, he’s standing at her door, wearing day glo satin and rhinestones. Naturally, Stephanie thinks it’s a joke until the truth suddenly dawns: this isn’t Peter playing a role. This is his double! Calling himself Paul Klone, this wild, uninhibited creature isn’t even remotely like Peter except for his identically sexy good looks. This uproarious novel explores the outrageous love triangle that develops between Stephanie, Peter…
and the Klone. In a wickedly funny, right on target look at finding the perfect mate in an imperfect world, bestselling novelist Danielle Steel reveals insights into the human heart that have made her novels 1 bestsellers around the world.
To look at one was to see the other. For family, even the girls’ own father, it was a constant guessing game. For strangers, the surprise was overwhelming. And for the twins Olivia and Victoria Henderson, two remarkable young women coming of age at the turn of the century, their bond was mysterious, marvelous, and often playful a secret realm only they inhabited.
Olivia and Victoria were the beloved daughters of a man who never fully recovered from his wife’s death bearing them in 1893. Shy, serious Olivia, born eleven minutes before her sister, had taken over the role of mother in their lush New York estate, managing not only a household but her rebellious twin’s flights of fancy. Free spirited Victoria wanted to change the world. She embraced the women’s suffrage movement and dreamed of sailing to war torn Europe. Then, in the girls’ twenty first year, as the First World War escalated overseas, a fateful choice changed their lives forever.
It began when Victoria’s life was about to become a public scandal. It led to a painful decision, and brought handsome lawyer Charles Dawson into the Henderson’s life and family. Hand picked by the twins’ father to save his daughter’s reputation, Charles was still mourning his wife’s death aboard the Titanic, struggling to raise his nine year old son alone, determined never to lose his heart again. Charles wanted to believe that for the sake of his son he could make an unwanted marriage work. But in an act of deception that only Olivia and Victoria could manage, the twins took an irrevocable step, which changed both their lives forever; and took one of the twins to the battlefields of France, the other into a marriage she longed for but could not have.
From Manhattan society to the trenches of war ravaged France, Mirror Image moves elegantly and dramatically through a rich and troubled era. With startling insight, Danielle Steel explores women’s choices: between home and adventure, between the love for family and the passion for a cause, between sacrifice and desire. But at the heart of Mirror Image is a fascinating, realistic portrait of identical twins, two vastly different sisters who lead their lives and follow their destinies against a vivid backdrop of a world at war. /Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Steel’s 46th heartbreaker delves into the seemingly inexhaustible dramatic depths of Titanic lore, idyllic love, and delectable stars. Olivia and Victoria Henderson are beautiful, young, wealthy twins who live in upper crust Croton on Hudson in upstate New York at the turn of the century. Despite their life of ease playing tennis with the Astors, being courted by a Rockefeller, they do face the daily grind of caring for their beloved Pa, who has never recovered from Mrs. Henderson’s death. Then along comes another forlorn widower, sexy Charles Dawson, whose wife perished at sea. ‘Damn shame she came back on the Titanic,’ says Mr. Henderson who doesn’t know what the Lusitania has in store for his family. As the plot thickens with the onset of World War I and the suffrage movement, Victoria the demon seed of the dynamic duo gets into a spot of trouble. Big enough that dutiful yet daring Olivia must bail her out in a way that it would spoil everything to reveal. If A Farewell to Arms was adapted to an ABC Monday night movie, it might bear a resemblance to Mirror Image. But in Hemingway, or on TV, there were never such devoted sisters. As the narrator puts it, reflecting on the feelings of one sister for the other, ‘She was her partner, her confidante, her friend, her cohort in all mischief…
the other side of her life, her heart…
the other side of the mirror.’
In Bittersweet, Danielle Steel has written a novel for our times, a story of choices and new beginnings.
India Taylor lived in a world of manicured lawns and neatly maintained calendars: a merry-go-round of Little League, piano lessons, and Cape Cod summer vacations. With four wonderful children, India believed in commitment and sacrifice, just as she believed in Doug, the man she married 17 years before. For India, this was the promise she made, the life she had chosen–not the award-winning career as a photojournalist she once had. It was a choice she had never truly regretted. Until she begins to regret it with all her heart.
India couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment. Perhaps it was the last time her agent called, begging her to take an assignment Doug insisted she turn down. Or perhaps it was when Doug told her he thought of her as a companion and someone to take care of their kids, and not much more. At that moment, the price of the sacrifices she’d made began to seem high.
And then, she met Paul Ward. A Wall Street tycoon married to a bestselling author, Paul lived life on his own terms, traveling the world on his own yacht. India hadn’t planned to become Paul’s friend. Anything more was unthinkable. Yet talking to Paul was so easy. India could share her dreams with him, and offer comfort when Paul suffers a heartbreak of his own. And while Paul urges India to reclaim her career, Doug is adamantly against it, determined to keep her tied to the home. But with Paul’s encouragement, India slowly, painfully, begins to break free, and find herself again.
Rediscovering her creativity and her courage, India uses Paul like a beacon on the horizon, sharing intimate phone conversations with a man half a world away, a man who never stops reminding her of all that is possible for her. India is changing, and nothing in her life will ever be the same again. Not her marriage. Not her friendship with Paul. And when India is presented with an irresistible opportunity, she makes a heart-wrenching decision, leaving a safe, familiar place-and the people she loves there-to move into the terror of the unknown.
Bittersweet is her story, a story of freedom, of having dreams and making choices to find them. With unerring insight, Danielle Steel has created a moving portrait of a woman who dares to embark on a new adventure and the man who helps her get there. Her painful, exhilarating journey inspires us all.
From the Paperback edition.
In my eyes she had always been old, always been mine, always been Granny Dan. But in another time, another place, there had been dancing, people, laughter, love…
. She had had another life before she came to us, long before she came to me…
. She was the cherished grandmother who sang songs in Russian, loved to roller skate, and spoke little of her past. But when Granny Dan died, all that remained was a box wrapped in brown paper, tied with string. Inside, an old pair of satin toe shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with ribbon. It was her legacy, her secret past, waiting to be discovered by the granddaughter who loved her but never really knew her. It was a story waiting to be told…
. The year was 1902. A new century was dawning as a motherless young girl arrived at a ballet school in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of seven. By age seventeen, Danina Petroskova had become a great ballerina, a favorite of the Czar and Czarina, who welcomed her into the heart of the Imperial family. But events both near and far away shook the ground upon which she danced. A war, an extraordinary man, and a devastating illness altered the course of her life. And when revolution shattered Russia, Danina Petroskova was forced to make a heartbreaking choice as the world around her was about to change forever. Granny Dan is about the magic of history. In it, Danielle Steel reminds us how little we know of those who came before us and how, if we could only glimpse into their early lives, and see who they once were, there is so much we would understand and learn. For in this extraordinary novel, a simple box, filled with mementos from a grandmother, offers the greatest legacy of all: an unexpected gift of a life transformed, a long forgotten history of youth and beauty, love and dreams. From the Hardcover edition.
Danielle Steel’s forty seventh bestselling novel is very much about the tides of our times, changes and responsibilities in the workplace pull two people in different directions, sweeping them into new lives and changed worlds . Irresistible ForcesFor fourteen years, Steve and Meredith Whitman have sustained a marriage of passion and friendship despite the demands of two all consuming careers. Meredith, an investment banker, has achieved partnership in one of Wall Street’s top firms. Steve A gifted physician, chose an urban trauma ward over the big money he could have earned elsewhere. The only thing missing in their lives is children. Steve longs for them. But Meredith keeps putting off motherhood, saying she isn’t ready and doesn’t have time. Not yet. Especially now that she has been offered an extraordinary opportunity, a chance to reach for the brass ring in San Francisco, three thousand miles away. Meredith is thrilled and surprised when Steve urges her to accept a top position at an exciting young high tech company. Traditionally, men’s careers forces families to move to new cities, compelling their wives to abandon friends, home, and lives to follow. But Steve is more than willing to uproot himself. Saying he’ll join her as he can find a new job himself, they can begin their family at last. Neither Steve nor Meredith had reckoned on the frustrations of a bi coastal marriage, as Steve’s job keeps him in New York for months longer than planned. Weekends together, their lifeline, fall prey to their hectic schedules. Alone in San Francisco, Meredith is spending long hours at the office with her boss, charismatic entrepreneur Callan Dow. Steve working late shifts at the hospital, grabbing an occasional dinner with a new colleague, a doctor raising a daughter on her own. Almost unnoticed, Steve and Meredith have begun living separate lives in increasingly separate worlds. And despite the best of intentions, Irresistible Forces begin to tear their lives and hearts apart. With unerring insight, Danielle Steel explores what happens when lives that fit together like delicately balanced puzzles are shifted, changed, and drift apart. Only time can tell who and what they will become as life sweeps them onward and deposits them on new, sometimes frightening, and often exciting shores. Who survives, is at the core of Irresistible Forces. From the Hardcover edition.
In Danielle Steel’s forty eighth bestselling novel, a Hollywood wedding sets the scene for a vivid portrayal of a prominent family whose hopes and fears are as real as our own. Simon Steinberg and Blaire Scott are among the most respected couples in Hollywood. Simon, a major movie producer, and Blaire, an award winning television writer, have defied the Hollywood cliches, keeping their marriage together for decades. Their three children aspiring teenage model Samantha, pre med student Scott, and entertainment lawyer Allegra are successful and happy but must face the challenges we fear for our own children as well. As an attorney for the stars, twenty nine year old Allegra Steinberg is used to handholding her celebrity clients through their tangled lives and loves, negotiating major movie deals, and fielding phone calls at all hours of the day and night. But with a career that consumes so much of her time, Allegra has little time for a private life. Until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns Allegra’s life upside down. And suddenly, she finds herself planning a wedding at her parents’ Bel Air home. As preparations begin for a September ceremony, the chaos of last minute arrangements, surprise announcements, and ever increasing anxiety brings out both the best and the worst in everyone. But as couples in each generation of the Steinberg family struggle with broken vows and new hopes, the real meaning of Allegra’s wedding emerges. For the bride, the ceremony is a bridge between her past and her future. For her parents, it is a reminder of the bond that holds them all together. And for both families, it is an opportunity for reconciliation, forgiveness, and new hope for the future, as weddings often are for us all. In a compelling portrait of real people in an unreal world, Danielle Steel uses Hollywood as a backdrop to reveal the dreams, the fears, and the expectations of a ceremony that unites us all from movie stars to long married couples to nervous teenagers and changes the lives of real men, women, and families forever…
Danielle Steel’s 49th bestselling novel is a story of courage and loss, of the power of family and the strength of the human soul. Life was good for Liz and Jack Sutherland. In eighteen years of marriage, they had built a family, a successful law practice, and a warm, happy home near San Francisco, in a house on Hope Street. Then, in an instant, it all fell apart. It began like any other Christmas morning, with joy and children’s laughter. But for Jack Sutherland, a five minute errand ends in tragedy. And suddenly, Liz is alone, facing painful questions in the wake of an unbearable loss. How can she go on without her husband, her partner, her best friend? How can she grieve when she must console five devastated children, including one with special needs of his own? Powered by her children’s love, Liz finds the strength to return to work, to become both mother and ‘daddy,’ coaching her youngest son for the Special Olympics. And one by one the holidays come and go before her eyes: Valentine’s Day without flowers and without Jack…
. Then, just weeks before Labor Day, a devastating accident sends her oldest son to the hospital and brings a doctor named Bill Webster into her life. Bill becomes a friend to Liz as he slowly heals her shattered son. And as the long days of summer blend into fall, a new relationship offers new hope, and Liz reflects on what she has, on what she’s lost, on the little blessings that give strength when nothing else is left. Then, with the first anniversary of her husband’s death approaching, and with it another Christmas in The House on Hope Street, Liz will face one more crisis before she can look back at a year of mourning and change and ahead to the beginning of a new life. The House on Hope Street is about learning to live again after you think life is over, about getting up when you have been knocked down, again and again. It is about cherishing small miracles, and believing in big ones. It is above all about hope.
In her 50th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel takes us behind the closed doors of a prominent marriage to explore the private secrets hidden behind public lives. JourneyEveryone in Washington knows Madeleine and Jack Hunter. Maddy is an award winning TV anchorwoman. Jack is the head of her network, an adviser to the President on media issues. To the world, theirs is a storybook marriage. Two brilliant careers. A long, loving partnership. But behind the locked doors of their lush Georgetown home, a very different story emerges. For as Maddy’s career soars, a bitter edge has crept into Jack’s words, a pattern of subtle put downs, control, and jealousy that Maddy has always tried to ignore and deny. For Maddy, there are no bruises, no scars, only the daggers of fear, humiliation, and isolation. Their effect as powerful as the gun, the knife, or the fist, the wounds as deep. Through hard work, long years, and with Jack’s help, Maddy has become a role model and a star. It seems impossible to believe that a woman the nation idolizes lives in degradation and fear. Only Maddy knows the terror in her heart. Her secrets are well kept, sometimes even from herself. Maddy’s Journey to healing begins when the President’s wife offers an extraordinary opportunity, the chance to join her newly formed Commission on Violence Against Women. There, Maddy hears chilling stories from terrified wives and girlfriends that sound eerily familiar. And there she comes to know Bill Alexander, a distinguished scholar and diplomat who also works on the commission. Bill suspects that something is terribly wrong in Maddy’s marriage and begs her to open her eyes. And as Maddy slowly, painfully takes the first steps toward freedom, as she and Bill grow closer, a remarkable series of events begins to unfold…
a stranger from Maddy’s past suddenly reappears…
White House headlines bring the nation to a standstill…
and a devastating tragedy occurs, forcing Maddy to realize just how much she has lost and how much has been taken from her her confidence, her trust, her self respect. As she is faced with the most difficult choice of her life, Maddy’s extraordinary Journey comes to a close, and with it comes a strength she never knew she had and a gift she never could have expected a gift that will change her life forever. Set against a vivid backdrop of world shattering events, Journey is a book about abuse, in its subtlest forms. The powerful effects that last a lifetime. With wisdom and compassion, bestselling novelist Danielle Steel reminds us that no one is exempt from the effects of this devastating disease, which crosses social borders, has no respect for money, power, or success. But at its core, Journey is a book about hope, about change, and about daring to be free. From the Hardcover edition.
Danielle Steel’s fifty first bestselling novel tells the story of an extraordinary man, the woman who loved him, and a bond so powerful it could never be broken. It is about finding the courage to let someone you love fly free…
. The phone call came on a snowy December afternoon. Kate was certain it was Joe, the brilliant, visionary man who had been her soulmate, her driving force since the night they met, almost thirty four years before. What she got was the one call she had never wanted, and didn’t expect. As the snow continued to fall, Kate’s mind drifted back, to the moment when she and Joe first met. She had been just seventeen and he was young, powerful, dazzling, and different from any man she’d ever known. It was just days before Christmas, 1940. The war is raging in Europe when Kate Jamison makes her debut in New York City. In a room filled with the scions of East Coast society and the leading political figures of the day, it is Joe Allbright who catches Kate’s eye. At twenty nine, Joe is the brilliant protege of Charles Lindbergh, and already a legend in flying circles for his record breaking speed and state of the art airplane designs. All Kate sees is a tall, strikingly handsome man who seems at once awkward and larger than life, like a shining star just out of reach. Joe, too, is caught off balance by his response to Kate, seeing in this beautiful young woman vitality and youth, the lifelong soulmate he never expected to find. As the months pass, they will meet again, forging a bond that will set the course of both their lives. Kate will go off to study at Radcliffe. Joe will skyrocket to fame in modern aviation. Joe’s planes are his life, his passion. But irresistibly drawn to her, like moth to flame, he always comes back to Kate. Even after the long, dark years of World War II, when Kate was sure she had finally lost him completely, Joe returns. Never willing to stay, always needing to fly away. As planes are for him, Joe is the passion in her life. When the war is over, at twenty four Kate wants marriage and a family. Joe wants the world, his limitless horizons, and the unique aviation empire he is building. Unwilling to wait any longer, Kate moves on with her life. But when a chance encounter brings them together again, the time has finally come to make a choice, one that will have profound consequences for them both for the rest of their lives. Against a vivid backdrop of war and thrilling innovation, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, weaving an intensely human story that spans three decades, of two intensely different people who, in spite of themselves, are irrevocably woven into the fabric of each other’s lives. With rare insight and emotional power, she brings to life a tale of unconditional love, sacrifice, and compromise the joining of two remarkable halves into a single, far more powerful whole. It is a novel of extraordinary grace and compassion from a master storyteller, perhaps the best story she has told.
In her fifty second bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust and of one woman’s triumph over a devastating betrayal. Marie Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of. Freedom, love, security in a beautiful old French ch teau. But when Marie Ange is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the end of her idyllic life. Orphaned and alone, she is sent to America, to live with her great aunt on a farm in Iowa. Bitterly resented by the old woman, cut off from everything she has known and loved, Marie Ange is forced to work tirelessly on the farm, dreaming only of the day she can return to her beloved Ch teau de Marmouton. In Marie Ange’s isolated existence, only the friendship of a local boy, Billy Parker, offers comfort and hope. But her only wish is to gain an education and escape. Then, just after her twenty first birthday, an unexpected visitor brings startling news and an extraordinary gift: the freedom to return to France, to Ch teau de Marmouton. When she arrives in France, Marie Ange learns that the ch teau’s new owner is Comte Bernard de Beauchamp, a dashing young widower who invites her into his home, then into his heart. But their magical life together, which soon includes marriage, children, and lavish homes, slowly takes an ominous turn. A mysterious woman tells Marie Ange a shocking story, a story so chilling she doesn’t want to believe it. Not even her dear friend Billy can help her now. He is thousands of miles away. And as the darkness gathers around her, Marie Ange must find the faith and courage to take one, last desperate step to save her loved ones…
and herself. Danielle Steel’s powerful new novel is about being pulled into a place where nothing is what it seems. It is about being seduced and lied to and turned around, and wanting to believe the lies until the moment comes, in one blinding instant, when survival and salvation depend on a final Leap of Faith: the only path to freedom, and life.
In her 53rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores how a single shattering moment can change lives forever. The Kiss is at once a moving testament to the fragility of life and a breathtaking story about the power of love to heal, to free, to transform, and to make broken spirits whole. On a warm June evening, a red double decker bus, full of pasengers, speeds down a London street. A few blocks away, a man and a woman climb into a limousine, reveling in a magical evening of dancing and champagne. As their driver pulls into an intersection, the couple shares their first, searching kiss. For a moment, etched in time, all stands still until, in a flash of metal and glass, their limousine is struck at full speed, crushed under the bus’s tremendous weight. And a long journey begins toward healing, toward hope, toward dreams of an infinite future…
Isabelle Forrester is the exquisite wife of a prominent Parisian banker who has long since shut her out of his heart. For lonely years, Isabelle has lived a life of isolation, pouring her passions into caring for her desperately ill son, Teddy, and into making their Paris home as happy as possible for her teenage daughter, Sophie. Isabelle allows herself one secret pleasure: a long distance friendship by telephone with an American man, a Washington power broker who travels in the highest circles of politics and who, like Isabelle, is trapped in an empty marriage. To Bill Robinson, Isabelle is a godsend, a woman of extraordinary beauty and intellectual curiosity a kindred spirit who touches him across the miles with her warmth and gentle empathy. Their relationship is a gift, a lifeline that sustains them both through the heartache of marriages they cannot leave and will not betray. Agreeing to meet for a few precious, innocent days in London, Isabelle and Bill find their friendship changing. Then, amidst the sudden crash of steel against steel, they are thrust onto a new path, a path fraught with pain but also with possibility. Now, inside the cool, sterile wards of a London hospital, Isabelle and Bill cling to life, their bodies shattered almost beyond repair. In the days and weeks that follow, they slowly, painfully traverse a road to recovery littered with challenges of the body, spirit, and heart. Together, they must find the strength not only to embrace life again but to face what they have left behind. For Isabell, a loveless marriage turns into a brutal power struggle. For Bill, a time of healing exposes wounds that cut deeper than steel and realities that will test him to his core. For both, a tangle of changing relationships and the tragedy of another loss conspire to separate them once again. And this time they could lose each other forever. In a novel that is as compelling as it is compassionate, Danielle Steel weaves a story of courage in the face of unimaginable loss. With the grace of a master storyteller, she explores the strength it takes to conquer our greatest fears, showing us how the toughest choices can yield the most unexpected rewards…
and how the longest, most winding journeys can begin with a single kiss. From the Hardcover edition.
Read by David Garrison4 cassettes, 6 hours abridged5 CDs, 6 hours abridged8 cassettes, 12 hours unabridgedIn her fifty fourth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of fame and friendship, charmed lives and private struggles…
and of three very different men whose lives converge and collide at The Cottage. On a sunny day in Hollywood, a gleaming Rolls Royce convertible pulls through the gates of the magnificent estate known as The Cottage. Modeled after The Cottages of Newport, Rhode Island, the spacious, elegant property, sitting on fourteen acres of lush Bel Air, fits its owner to a T. For the man behind the wheel of the Rolls is Hollywood’s ageless wonder, Cooper Winslow. A star of the silver screen for decades, a man whose allure to women is the stuff of legend, Coop exudes grace, charm, and old fashioned style. But today Coop Winslow is in for a major surprise. He s broke. And with no major roles coming his way, Coop is faced with the heartbreaking prospect of selling his beloved home of forty years, or at least renting out the gatehouse and part of the main house. A huge blow to Coop, whose debonair attitude allows him to escape reality much of the time. His new tenants, Mark Friedman and Jimmy O Connor, are busy coping with problems of their own. Mark s wife of sixteen years just walked out, and Jimmy recently lost his own wife to a devastating illness. But everything changes when Mark s teenage son and daughter move in. Suddenly, The Cottage is transformed, with music blasting from every corner, teenagers on skateboards crashing into vintage cars, and a never ending parade of young starlets streaming in and out to visit Coop. But amid all the noise and the chaos, something unexpected is happening. Three men who never would have met are becoming friends…
and each man finds himself changing in surprising ways, Coop most of all. Because beneath the dazzle and flash, the impeccably tailored suits and the sheer bravado, is a man trying to keep control of his carefully ordered world a world that is becoming more and more unpredictable with each passing day. First, a tabloid scandal erupts, threatening Coop s budding romance with a wealthy debutante…
A stranger approaches Coop with stunning news…
.A devastating accident almost claims the life of one of the housemates…
. And in the midst of it all, The Cottage welcomes a new houseguest with a secret of her own, who will change Coop s life in unexpected ways. Because among the people who share his cottage and his life, Coop Winslow loner, bachelor, movie star may find the rarest of all opportunities: a chance to build a happiness he could never have dreamed of on his own, and to become the kind of human being he has never been. Against a glittering backdrop of celebrity and glamour, Danielle Steel digs deeper to tell a story of friendship and love, tragedy and second chances…
of the choices and unexpected turns of fate that can shape characters and lives.
In her 55th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel explores the seasons of an extraordinary friendship, weaving the story of three couples, lifelong friends, for whom a month’s holiday in St. Tropez becomes a summer of change, revelation, secrets, surprises, and new beginnings…
As Diana Morrison laid the table for six at her elegant Central Park apartment, there was no warning of what was to come. Spending New Year s Eve together was a sacred tradition for Diana, her husband of thirty two years, Eric, and their best friends, Pascale and John Donnally and Anne and Robert Smith. The future looked rosy as the long time friends sipped champagne and talked of renting a villa together in the South of France the following summer. But life had other plans…
Just two weeks after New Year s, tragedy strikes the heart of their close circle, as Robert Smith suffers a sudden, unexpected loss. Without hesitation, Diana and Eric, Pascale and John rally to his side, united in their support, love, and shared grief. Convinced that a change of scenery is just what Robert needs, they urge him to join them on the Riviera in August. But as they soon discover, the ramshackle old mansion they rented in St. Tropez sight unseen is far different from the exquisite villa and sun drenched gardens touted in the brochure. Cobwebs hang from the ceiling. Beds collapse beneath them. All while a would be housekeeper in a leopard skin bikini and six inch heels sashays through the house with a trio of yapping poodles at her heels. But the biggest surprise of all is the woman Robert invites to the villa as his guest a lovely, much younger film actress with mile long legs and a million dollar smile. Diana and Pascale hate her on sight. But the men are dazzled. And amid the crumbling furniture and the glorious sunsets, the strained relationships and the acts of forgiveness, more surprises are in store for the villa s occupants. With the last days of summer fast approaching, each couple finds themselves changing in unexpected ways, as old wounds are healed, new love discovered, and miracles unfold…
all beneath the dazzling sun of St. Tropez. By turns wise and moving, heartbreaking and wickedly funny, Danielle Steel s new novel is about forgiving without forgetting, about the sorrow that shadows our lives and the hope that saves us. And it is about once in a lifetime friendships…
the kind that heal, sustain, and change us forever. From the Hardcover edition.
Danielle Steel’s 56th bestselling novel is about family and friendship, about one woman s struggle to break free from the past and the man who helps her triumph. And most of all, it is about daring to believe in…
Answered Prayers. On the outside, Faith Madison is the very picture of a sophisticated New Yorker. Slim, blond, stylish, Faith has a life many would envy. Overcoming a childhood marked by tragedy, married to a successful investment banker and having raised two grown daughters, Faith has enjoyed her role as mother and wife, and the good life that emanates from their bustling Manhattan town house. But every step of the way, Faith has carried within her a secret she could divulge to no one. And with it, she has kept an even more painful secret from herself. For Faith, it is the sudden death of her stepfather a man who, like her husband, Alex, always remained just beyond her reach that will touch off a journey of change and revelation. At the funeral, painful memories flood back and an old friend reenters Faith s life. Faith is greeting mourners, when she hears a voice behind her and a single word that brings a quick smile to her face: Fred. Only one person aside from her older brother, Jack, called her that. Brad Patterson was Jack s best friend, a long, lanky boy who teased, tormented, and protected Faith when they fancied themselves The Three Musketeers as kids. When Jack died years later, Faith and Brad came together again in their common, inconsolable grief, then lost touch once more amid the demands of families and busy lives a continent apart. Now a lawyer in California, Brad has reentered Faith s life just as she is making a decision that plunges her marriage into crisis. Determined to fulfill a long held desire for a career of her own, Faith applies to law school against her husband s wishes, igniting a barrage of anger and recrimination. Faith s only solace is the correspondence she has begun with Brad, a man trapped in an empty marriage of his own, a friend she once lost and has found again. Soon e mails are flying between them, bridging three thousand miles, sharing much needed friendship, support, laughter. And as these two childhood friends rediscover each other, something extraordinary is beginning to happen. In the safety of their friendship, Brad will find the courage to make a decision he should have made years before. And Faith, too, is changing, beginning to believe in herself and in her right to grab hold of her dreams. Gathering a strength she never knew she had, Faith is finally ready to face the most painful step of all: of sharing the secret that has long been haunting her, and truly opening up her heart for the first time in her life. With unerring insight into the hearts of husbands and wives, lovers and families, Danielle Steel tells a wise and moving story of the secrets that wound and the choices that heal and of the second chances that come only once in a lifetime. From the Hardcover edition.
In her 57th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel brilliantly chronicles the roller coaster ride of dating the second time around and tells a captivating story of the surprises one woman encounters when she’s thrust into the terrifying, exhilarating world of the Dating Game.
Paris Armstrong never saw it coming. With two grown children and a lovely home in Connecticut, Paris was happy with her marriage, her family, her life. So when her husband of twenty four years said they needed to talk, Paris couldn t imagine what he was about to say.
I want a divorce, Peter tells her. Just like that, the husband she adored had dumped her for a younger woman. And just like that, Peter and his thirty one year old lover had made their plans for their future, leaving Paris to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. Within days, Peter was gone. And Paris was left to figure out how she intended to get through the next day, let alone the rest of her life.
The task could not have been more painful. First came the tears. Then the excruciating attempts by well meaning friends to fix her up with men who paled in comparison to Peter. Worse yet, she still loved him. Finally, Paris realized she was in a fight for her very survival. Drastic measures were called for. Even her shrink agreed. It was time to move as far away as possible, just after Peter remarried. Paris had never felt, or been, more alone.
Saying good bye to the world she knew and loved, Paris heads west, to San Francisco, and discovers being single in a world full of men who were too young, too old, too married, or too good to be true. For Paris, the list seemed endless…
the charming commitment phobe…
the drunken Neanderthal…
the young Frenchman so adorably sexy she almost forgot about his age, and did, for a while. With her dating track record veering between disappointing and disastrous, and her daughter now engaged to a man Paris s age, Paris finally comes to the conclusion that romance is not in her future. That s when her small circle of offbeat, loving friends becomes more important than ever before. And a decision Paris makes only for herself changes her life once more. The secret, she discovers finally, is in finding the gifts in life s unexpected twists and turns, and turning despair into freedom and loss into joy.
In a poignant, wickedly funny novel about getting dumped and getting over it, about tackling life with both courage and laughter, Danielle Steel explores what it means to start over, whether you wanted to or not, and finding something better than you had before.
From the Hardcover edition.
In her fifty eighth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells the breathtaking story of a mother’s love and a son s gift, of the tragedy that nearly destroyed a family…
and the miracle that saved them. Johnny Angel With a word or a smile, seventeen year old Johnny Peterson could light up a room, fill his mother s heart with pride, and inspire the best in those around him. A star athlete and class valedictorian, tall, lanky Johnny had a future filled with promise until he stepped into a car on prom night, dazzling in his rented tux, and in an instant, it was all taken away. In the months that follow, Johnny s family and high school sweetheart, Becky, struggle to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. No one is more devastated than Johnny s mother, Alice, whose oldest son owned her heart from the day he was born. But amid the heartache, something miraculous is about to happen to the Peterson family, something that will alter the course of each of their lives. When a sudden illness sends Alice to the hospital, a glorious vision comes to her in her dreams. There, standing before her, is Johnny himself, with that familiar twinkle in his eye, gently urging his bewildered mother to be strong for her splintered family. For Alice, seeing her marvelous lost boy is a miracle she can t quite believe but is more than willing to embrace. In the weeks to come, Johnny will appear in the most unlikely places, visible only to the two people who need him most: his nine year old brother, locked in a silent world, whose special needs Johnny always seemed to understand and his mother, who has always nurtured her family, but who now needs a guardian angel of her own. Through a season of hope and healing, Johnny will walk by his mother s side, leaving miracles in his wake, leading his parents, his girlfriend, his sister, and his brother out of their grief. But as Alice is about to discover, Johnny has returned not just to help those he loves, but to uncover a purpose even he cannot comprehend one that will change them all forever. An unforgettable story of loving and letting go, of mixed blessings and second chances, Johnny Angel is a celebration of life, hope, and forgiveness. It will make you laugh and cry and hold your loved ones just a little bit closer. From the Hardcover edition.
In her fifty ninth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells an unforgettable story of survival…
of how two people who lost everything find hope…
and of the extraordinary acts of faith and courage that bring and keep families together…
Safe HarbourOn a windswept summer day, as the fog rolls across the San Francisco coastline, a solitary figure walks down the beach, a dog at her side. At eleven, Pip Mackenzie’s young life has already been touched by tragedy; nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother into inconsolable grief. But on this chilly July afternoon, Pip meets someone who fills her sad gray world with color and light. And in her innocence and in his kindness, a spark will be kindled, lives will be changed, and a journey of hope will begin. From the moment the curly haired girl walks up to his easel on the sand, Matt Bowles senses something magical about her. Pip reminds him of his own daughter at that age, before a bitter divorce tore his family apart and swept his children halfway across the world. With her own mother, Oph lie, retreating deeper into her grief, Pip spends her summer at the shore the way lonely children do: watching the glittering waters and rushing clouds, daydreaming and remembering how things used to be. That is, until she meets artist Matt Bowles, who offers to teach the girl to draw and can’t help but notice her beautiful, lonely mother. At first, Oph lie is thrown off balance by her daughter’s new companion until she realizes how much joy he is bringing into their lives, despite the sadness she sees in his eyes. As their newfound friend works his subtle magic, mother and daughter slowly begin to heal, to laugh again, to rediscover what they have lost. When summer ends, and Oph lie and Pip must leave the beach for the city, the season of healing continues. Gathering her newfound strength, Oph lie begins a volunteer job at a city outreach program, where she works with the homeless, and can no longer ignore the blessings in her own life. But as soul sharing phone calls and autumn beach getaways deepen Oph lie and Matt’s friendship, fate strikes another blow. Out of the blue, Matt must confront unfinished business from his past. Days later, Oph lie is struck by a stunning betrayal by someone she trusts. And as these events reverberate in two already wounded hearts, something extraordinary happens. Out of the darkness that has shadowed them both comes an unexpected gift of hope. With grace and compassion, Danielle Steel explores the fragile bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, family members and lifelong friends. Her haunting, impassioned novel takes us across the complex landscape of loss to the blessings that arise from even the darkest tragedies. At once a story of triumph and a moving elegy to those who suffer and survive, Safe Harbour is perhaps her most powerful and life affirming novel to date. From the Hardcover edition.
A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother s courage, a family s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Outside the gates of a California prison, Peter Morgan is released after four long years and vows to redeem himself in the eyes of the young daughters he left behind. Simultaneously, Carl Waters, a convicted murderer, is set on the path of freedom with him. That night, three hundred miles south in San Francisco, police detective Ted Lee comes home to a silent house; for twenty nine years, he has been living for his job and slowly falling out of love with his wife. Across town, in an exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, a mother tries to shield her three children from the panic rising within her. Four months after her husband s death, Fernanda Barnes faces a mountain of debt she cannot repay, a world destroyed, and a marriage lost. Within weeks, the lives of these four people will collide in ways none of them could have foreseen. For Fernanda, whose life had once been graced by beautiful homes, security, success, and stunning wealth, the death of her brilliant, brooding husband was already too much to bear. She simply couldn t imagine a greater loss, until a devastating crime rocks her family to its core and brings Detective Ted Lee into her life.A man of unshakable integrity, Lee will soon become the one person who tries to save Fernanda s family from a terrifying fate. Fernanda must draw on a strength she never knew she had. Racing against time in the underbelly of the criminal world, buffeted by the dark side of power, and unmoored by loss and betrayal, no one can predict where this tragedy will take them. Danielle Steel brilliantly explores the collision of a shocking crime with the ordinary lives of its victims in a novel that mesmerizes from start to finish. Ransom is at once a riveting evocation of life s inexplicable turns of fate and a testament to the human will to survive. From the Hardcover edition.
Eccentric high fashion meets buttoned up Madison Avenue in Danielle Steel’s captivating tale of two perfect for each other people from two wildly different worlds. In a fresh, funny look at what happens when a woman who has everything finally meets her match, Danielle Steel proves that, in life and love, it s never too late for a Second Chance…
. Second ChanceAs editor in chief of New York s leading fashion magazine, Fiona Monaghan lived a life as hectic and high toned as the fashion world itself, jetting back and forth between her stylish Manhattan brownstone and the couture shows of Europe. With closets stuffed with Fendi, a snoring bulldog named Sir Winston sharing her bed, and a houseman who favors gold lam and borrows her shoes, Fiona was utterly content with her life. Until the sweltering June day John Anderson strolled into her office. After a dinner date left them both wanting more, Fiona impulsively invited John to the Paris couture shows. And in the most romantic city in the world, somewhere between the magic of the runway and the stroll along the Seine, Fiona let this man into her heart. A widower with two daughters, John Anderson was nearly Fiona s opposite in every way. As conservative as she was freewheeling, John was both amused and appalled by Fiona s world of high strung designers, anorexic models, and high heeled houseme*n. But within weeks of their return to New York, John was making friends with Sir Winston and Fiona was making room in her closets. It didn t take long for the dominoes to start falling. First, John introduced Fiona to his daughters, their blood thirsty Pekingese, and a snarling housekeeper straight out of Hitchcock s Rebecca. It was hate at first sight. Then, after a dinner party with John s biggest client goes disastrously awry, Fiona and John s relationship began to unravel with alarming speed. What happens next will set Fiona on a journey filled with pain and revelation, awakening and change. For when she returns to Paris alone and takes an amazing risk, an extraordinary series of events begins to unfold. And as the snow falls on the city of light, Fiona is about to get the surprise of her life: a second act she never saw coming. In a dazzling tale of modern misadventures and career crossed relationships, Danielle Steel brings us into the lives of two unforgettable people as they love and laugh, struggle and survive. With unerring insight, she captures the heady magic of instant attraction, the challenges of change and the hope that comes when we dare to do it all over again. From the Hardcover edition.
Against a vivid backdrop of history, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of love and war, acts of faith and acts of betrayal and of three generations of women as they journey though years of loss and survival, linked by an indomitable devotion that Echoes across time. For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By the glimmering waters of Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. And as the two built a new life together, Beata’s past would stay with her in ways she could never have predicted. For as the years pass, and Europe is once again engulfed in war, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler s terror threatens her life and family even her eighteen year old daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun. For Amadea, the convent is no refuge. As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, as she escapes into the heart of the French Resistance. Here Amadea will find a renewed sense of purpose, taking on the most daring missions behind enemy lines. And it is here, in the darkest moments of fear, that Amadea will feel her mother s loving strength and that of her mother s mother before her as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her heart. And here, amid the fires of war, Amadea will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery. In Colonel Montgomery, Amadea finds a man who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations and between her lost family and her dreams for the future a future she is only just beginning to imagine: a future of hope rooted in the rich soil of the past. With the grace of a master storyteller, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, creating a bold, sweeping tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking images from the elegant rituals of Europe s prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany s death camps. Drawing us into a vanished world, Echoes weaves an intricate tapestry of a mother s love, a daughter s courage and the unwavering faith that sustained them even in history s darkest hour. From the Hardcover edition.
When a high powered gallery owner collides with a wildly offbeat artist, it’s the perfect recipe for disaster. But in her 63rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel proves that when two hopelessly mismatched people share a love for art, a passion for each other, and a city like Paris, nothing is truly Impossible or is it? Everything Sasha does is within the boundaries of tradition. Liam is sockless in December. Sasha is widowed, a woman who knows she was lucky enough to be married to the most wonderful man in the world and thankful for every moment they had. Liam is half in and half out of a marriage that only a wacky artist could manage, and that his own impossibly impulsive behavior has helped tear apart. But while Sasha has been methodically building her father s Parisian art gallery into an intercontinental success story, Liam has been growing into one of the most original and striking young painters of his time. So while the two are utterly unalike and a nine year age difference stares them squarely in the face the miracle of art brings them crashing together. Now the question is, can Sasha guard her reputation while juggling a secret, somewhat scandalous relationship? And how can Liam, who lives for the moment, put up with a woman who insists on having things her own way, in her own style, and at her own time? For Sasha, it s a matter of keeping Liam hidden from her grown children and well heeled clientele as she commutes between New York and Paris and two thriving galleries. For Liam, it s about creating chaos out of order, bringing out the wild streak that Sasha barely knows she has, of choosing pizza over foie gras, and making love when others are busy making money. That is, until a family tragedy suddenly alters Liam s life and forces a choice and a sacrifice that neither one of them could have expected. But from the snow falling on the Tuileries to the joy of eating ice cream by candlelight, the artist and the art dealer have tasted perfection. And giving up now might just be the most Impossible thing of all. With unerring insight into the hearts of men and women and into the soul of the artist Danielle Steel takes us into a world of glamour and genius, priceless art and dazzling creativity. From the luxurious galleries of Europe to the endless beaches of the Hamptons, Impossible weaves an extraordinary tale of love and compromise, of taking chances and counting blessings. With brilliant color and breathtaking emotion, Danielle Steel has written her most compelling novel to date. From the Hardcover edition.
It is New Year’s Eve when the storm of the century hits northern California. In a quiet neighborhood in San Francisco, amid the chaos of fallen trees and damaged homes, the lives of three strangers are about to collide. For Quinn Thompson, what happens in the storm s wake will bring down a barrier he has built around himself since his wife s death. For neighbor Maggie Dartman, it will spark friendship at a time when she needs it most. And for Jack Adams, a carpenter who will repair Quinn s and Maggie s homes, the storm brings an opportunity: to help two people and to be repaid with the greatest gift of all.
As three lives come together and a unique friendship is forged, something extraordinary begins to happen Maggie, still grieving a loss, slowly comes alive again and Jack finally shares a painful secret he has hidden for years. But at the center of the friendship is Quinn. A man who has scaled heights of success in business, Quinn is now adrift, waiting as builders put the finishing touches on his newest passion, a 180 foot yacht he plans to sail around the world. Looking back at all he missed with his family while he built his empire, Quinn is consumed by guilt, focused only on escaping to the sea. But as his plans near completion, and his friendship with Maggie begins to change, Quinn faces a choice between a safe haven and an adventure of the heart. The choice he makes will affect other lives as powerfully as his own. And it will take him on an extraordinary journey and into a second, terrifying storm, one that will bring him danger or deliverance.
Danielle Steel brings us Miracles big and small the kind we are blessed with and those we give to others. With a subtle hand and a flawless touch, she has written a novel that soars with hope, and makes us laugh, cry, and care.
Danielle Steel explores the perils of dating, relationships, and love in a novel that takes us into the intoxicating, infuriating world of three charming single men, also known as Toxic Bachelors They were the best of friends and the most daunting of bachelors…
. Charlie Harrington, a handsome philanthropist, has such high expectations for his perfect bride that no mortal need apply…
. Adam Weiss, a forty something celebrity lawyer, prefers his women very young, very voluptuous, and very short term . And for Gray Hawk, a gifted artist with a knack for attracting troubled relationships, women are fine; it’s just the idea of family he can t imagine particularly the family of the woman he s dating. Now the three friends, spending their annual summer vacation cruising the Mediterranean aboard Charlie s majestic yacht, are about to have their bachelorhood rocked. By autumn all three will fall precipitously into relationships they never saw coming. Charlie begins dating a crusading social worker who couldn t be further from his ideal until he makes a stunning discovery about her. Adam gets involved with his usual twenty something bombshell only this one has a remarkable mind of her own. And Gray, who has avoided both business and family like the plague, has managed to fall head over heels for a successful career woman who just happens to be a mother as well. As another holiday on the yacht approaches, and with it a turning point in each man s life, the three bachelors are forced to face the things that scare them most: their phobias about relationships, the wounds of the past and the kind of women who challenge their deepest terrors. What happens next will spark big changes for Charlie, Adam, and Gray and might just put an end to their carousing days forever. For as the once carefree trio is about to discover, love is the most unpredictable adventure of all. Filled with all the joy, complexity, and unexpected surprises of life, Toxic Bachelors is Danielle Steel at her poignant and penetrating best. From the Hardcover edition.
This cloth bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s The House is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. The restoration of a majestic old home provides the exhilarating backdrop for Danielle Steel s 66th bestselling novel, the story of a young woman s dream, an old man s gift, and the surprises that await us behind every closed door . Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco, The House was magnificent, built in 1923 by a wealthy man for the woman he adored. For her and for this house, he would spare no expense and overlook no detail, from the endless marble floors to the glittering chandeliers. Almost a century later, with the once grand house now in disrepair, a young woman walks through its empty rooms. Sarah Anderson, a perfectly sensible estate lawyer, is about to do something utterly out of character. An elderly client has died and left her two gifts. One is a generous inheritance. The other, a priceless message: to use his money for something wonderful, something daring. And in this old house, surrounded by crumbling grandeur, Sarah knows just what it is.A respected attorney and self described workaholic, Sarah had always lived life by the book. With a steady, if sputtering, relationship and a tiny apartment that has suited her just fine, Sarah cannot explain the force that draws her to the mansion and its history to the story of a woman who once lived in The House, then mysteriously left it, to a child who grew up there, and a drama that unfolded in war torn France and to a history she never knew she had. Taking the biggest risk of her life, Sarah enlists the help of architect Jeff Parker, who shares Sarah s passion for bringing the exquisite old house back to life. As she and Jeff work to restore the home s every detail, as one relationship shatters and another begins, Sarah makes a series of powerful discoveries: about the true meaning of a dying man s last gift about the extraordinary legacies that are passed from generation to generation and about a future she s only just beginning to imagine. In a novel of daring and hope, of embracing life and taking chances, Danielle Steel brilliantly captures one woman s courageous choice to pour herself into a dream and receive its gifts in return.
Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive Coming Out ball in New York and chaos erupts all around her. One twin’s excitement is balanced by the other s outrage; her previous husband s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband s flat refusal to attend.
For Olympia s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural born rebel, agrees while Veronica s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there s Olympia s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia s college age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed.
From a son s crisis to a daughter s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love.
In a novel that is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny, Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and Coming Out…
in the ways that matter most.
From the Hardcover edition.
In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. In blue jeans and a pullover, Princess Christianna is a young woman of her times: born in Europe, educated in America, worried about the future of the world she lives in, responsible beyond her years. Christianna is the only daughter of the Reigning Prince of a European nation that takes its royalty seriously and her fatH.R.H.s ironclad plans for Christianna’s life, a burden that is almost unbearable. Now, after four years at Berkeley, life in her father s palace cannot distract Christianna from what she sees outside the kingdom the suffering of children, the ravages of terrorism and disease. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades His Royal Highness, her father, to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa. And for Christianna, a journey of discovery, change, and awakening begins. Under a searing East African sun, Christianna plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, finding a passion and a calling among the brave doctors and volunteers. Finally free from the scrutiny of her royal life, Christianna struggles to keep her identity a secret from her new friends and coworkers even from Parker Williams, the young doctor from Doctors Without Borders who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing. But as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon H.R.H.me, Christianna s struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn. By a simple twist of fate, in one shocking moment, Christianna s life is changed forever in ways she never could have foreseen. From the splendor of a prince s palace to the chaos of war torn nations, Danielle Steel takes us into fascinating new worlds. Filled with unforgettable images and a remarkable cast of characters, H.R.H. is a novel of the conflict between old and new worlds, responsibility versus freedom, and duty versus love. From the Hardcover edition.
Four Sisters, a Manhattan brownstone, and a tumultuous year of loss and courage are at the heart of Danielle Steel’s new novel about a remarkable family, a stunning tragedy and what happens when four very different young women come together under one very lively roof.
Candy it s the only name she needs is blazing her way through Paris, New York, and Tokyo as fashion s latest international supermodel…
Her sister Tammy has a job producing the most successful hit show on TV, and a home she loves in L.A. s Hollywood Hills…
. In New York, oldest sister Sabrina is an ambitious young lawyer, while Annie is an American artist in Florence, living for her art…
. On one Fourth of July weekend, as they do every year, the four Sisters come home to Connecticut for their family s annual gathering. But before the holiday is over, tragedy strikes and their world is utterly changed.
Suddenly, four Sisters who have been fervently pursuing success and their own lives on opposite sides of the world reunite to share one New York brownstone, to support each other and their father, and to pick up the pieces while one sister struggles to heal her shattered body and soul. Thus begins an unscripted chapter of their lives, as a bustling house is soon filled with eccentric dogs, laughter, tears, friends, men…
and the kind of honesty and unconditional love only Sisters can provide. But as the four women settle in, they are forced to confront the direction of their respective lives. As the year pas*ses and another July Fourth approaches, a season of grief and change gives way to new beginnings as a family comes together to share its blessings and a future filled with surprises and, ultimately, hope.
With unerring insight and compassion, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of four Sisters who love and laugh, struggle and triumph…
and are irrevocably woven into the fabric of each other s lives. Brilliantly blending humor and heartbreak, she delivers a powerful message about the fragility and the wonder of life.
From the Hardcover edition.
This cloth bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Bungalow 2 is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. Danielle Steel takes us beyond the dazzle of Hollywood in her compelling new novel the story of one woman s journey from suburban mom to award winning screenwriter…
and all the joy, heartbreak, and challenges along the way. Bungalow 2The phone call came on a hot July day a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call from Tanya s agent was anything but ordinary, offering a once in a lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she s torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn energized by the creativity swirling around her yet the pull of her family at home is strong. Suddenly she s working alongside A list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways. As her two lives collide, as one award winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity one that could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself. In Bungalow 2, Danielle Steel takes us into a world few ever see a world of fame and fortune, celebrity and genius daring to show us the real lives, real dreams, and real struggles hidden beneath the flash and glitter of Hollywood.
On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream . In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge. Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz, watches her perfect world fall to pieces . Grammy winning singer Melanie Free, the event s headliner, comes to a turning point in her life and career . Photographer Everett Carson, a former war correspondent whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society parties, finds new purpose amid the carnage and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who normally works in jeans and high tops with the homeless, searches through the rubble and knows instantly that there is much work to be done . As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of the survivors. For Sarah, it begins with the discovery of a crime and a betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. For Melanie, volunteering at a refugee camp will open new worlds of possibility. And Everett will be shaken by the unlikely relationship he forges with Maggie, who helps him rebuild his shattered life and upends her own in the process. But as a year pas*ses, and the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, more surprises are in store as each discovers the unexpected gifts in a tragedy s wake and the Amazing Grace of new beginnings. Throughout these enthralling pages, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts from the dazzle of a society benefit to the chaos of a makeshift hospital, from the pampered lives of rock stars to the quiet heroism of emergency volunteers. It is her most powerful and life affirming novel to date. From the Hardcover edition.
A world renowned actress falls victim to a terrifying explosion in Paris and begins a courageous journey of survival, memory, and self discovery in Danielle Steel’s mesmerizing new novel. Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain slick slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel and to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of beauty and grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But on this cool November evening, as her taxi speeds into a tunnel just past the Louvre, a fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified in a Paris emergency room. At the Ritz, they wonder where their famous, incognito guest has gone. From California to London, Carole s friends and family begin to make inquiries. Then comes a moment of shock as they all realize that Carole is far from home and fighting for her life. In the days that follow, the paparazzi swarm. A mysterious stranger, a man famous in his own realm, quietly visits the hospital to see the woman he once loved and never forgot. Carole s two grown children rush to her bedside, waiting and praying until the miraculous begins to happen. But as a woman who the whole world knows slowly awakens, she knows nothing of herself. Every detail must be pieced back together from a childhood in rural Mississippi to the early days of her career, from the unintentional hurt inflicted on her daughter to a fifteen year old secret love affair that went tragically wrong. But for Carole an extraordinary opportunity has arisen in a life threatening crisis: a second chance to count her blessings, heal wounded hearts, recapture lost love and to live a life that will truly honor others beginning with herself.A tale of survival and dignity, of small miracles and big surprises, Honor Thyself creates an unforgettable portrait of a public figure whose hopes, fears, and heartbreaks are as real as our own. Her courageous journey inspires us all. From the Hardcover edition.
Meet Maxine Williams, a dedicated doctor with three great kids, a challenging career, and the perfect new man in her life. Her only problem? Her irresistibly charming, utterly infuriating ex husband, aka the…
Rogue Being married to Blake had been an amazing adventure for Maxine. Brilliant, charismatic, and wholly unpredictable, Blake Williams made millions and grabbed headlines as a dot com entrepreneur. His only shortcoming was as a husband first his work and then his never ending quest for fun kept him constantly on the move, far away from Maxine and his family. For five years Blake and Maxine have worked out an odd but amicable divorce, with friendly though infrequent visits, a yacht he lends her every summer, and three children they both adore. Blake enjoys his globe trotting lifestyle dating a succession of beautiful, famous, and very young women while Maxine raises their kids in Manhattan and pursues her passion, working as a psychiatrist, a world renowned expert on childhood trauma and adolescent suicide. Then everything changes . For Maxine it starts when she falls in love with Dr. Charles West, a man who is everything Blake is not mature, grounded, and present. For Blake it begins when a devastating earthquake strikes near one of his palatial foreign homes and he sees hundreds of orphaned children in need of shelter. Now Blake wants Maxine in his life again as a partner in a humanitarian project that could change countless lives. For Maxine the choice is clear. But Blake’s sudden transformation from carefree playboy to compassionate, responsible grown up raises questions she s never managed to answer…
and some she s afraid to ask. After all, Maxine is on the cusp of a new life, about to marry Charles, and almost certain that Blake Williams, aka the Rogue, is a man capable of doing anything except change . An unforgettable story of two people pursuing happiness from opposite directions, Rogue is a journey of choices and the amazing opportunities that come together just when life seems to have been successfully rearranged at last. From the Hardcover edition.
From the glittering ballrooms of Manhattan to the fires of World War I, Danielle Steel takes us on an unforgettable journey in her new novel a spellbinding tale of war, loss, history, and one woman’s unbreakable spirit…
Nineteen year old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, raised amid the glamour of New York society, with glorious homes on Fifth Avenue and in Newport, Rhode Island. But everything changed on a cold April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic shattered her family and her privileged world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life.
But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring more grief this time caused by the secrets of the human heart. Betrayed, and pursued by a scandal she does not deserve, Annabelle flees New York for war ravaged France, hoping to lose herself in a life of service. There, in the heart of the First World War, in a groundbreaking field hospital run by women, Annabelle finds her true calling, working as an ambulance medic on the front lines, studying medicine, saving lives. And when the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris now a doctor, a mother, her past almost forgotten until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind. Finding strength in the most unlikely of friendships, pulling together the broken fragments of her life, Annabelle will return to New York one more time this time as a changed woman, a woman of substance, infused with life s experience, building a future filled with hope out of the rich soil of the past.
Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel s new novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman, A Good Woman, a true survivor who triumphs against overwhelming odds. For Annabelle s story is more than compelling fiction, it is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage and a testament to the human will to survive.
From the Hardcover edition.
This cloth bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s One Day at a Time is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. Danielle Steel celebrates families of every stripe in her compelling new novel a tale of three very different couples who struggle and survive, love, laugh, and learn to take life Coco Barrington was born into a legendary Hollywood family, her last name loaded with expectations. Her mother is a mega bestselling author who writes under the name of Florence Flowers and her sister, Jane, is one of Hollywood s top producers. They re not your typical family by any means. Jane has lived with her partner, Liz, for ten years, in a solid, loving relationship. Florence, widowed but still radiant, has just begun a secret romance with a man twenty four years her junior. And Coco, a law school dropout and the family black sheep, works as a dog walker, having fled life in the spotlight for the artsy northern California beach town of Bolinas. But when Coco reluctantly agrees to dog sit in Jane s luxurious home, she soon discovers how much things can change in just a matter of days. It turns out Jane s house comes complete with an unexpected houseguest: Leslie Baxter, a dashing but down to earth British actor who s fleeing a psycho ex girlfriend. Their worlds couldn t be more different. The attraction couldn t be more immediate. Suddenly Coco is seeing things differently: Leslie is not just a celebrity, he s a single dad to an adorable six year old girl. Her mother is not just a self centered walking advertiseme*nt for great cosmetic surgery, she s a woman in love, with vulnerability and new insight. And Jane and Liz are about to take the bravest plunge of all into parenthood. As Coco contemplates a future with one of Hollywood s hottest stars, as her mother and sister settle into their lives, old wounds are healed and new familes are formed some traditional, some not so traditional, but all bonded by love. With wit and intelligence, Danielle Steel s new novel explores love in all its guises, taking us into the lives of three unusual but wonderfully real couples. Funny, sexy, and wise, One Day at a Time is at once moving, thought provoking, and utterly impossible to put down.
In a spellbinding blend of suspense and human drama, Danielle Steel tells a powerful and unusual story of one woman’s journey from darkness into light, as she fights to escape a mesmerizing sociopath who holds her in his thrall .
Hope Dunne has carved out a name for herself as a top photographer, known the joys of marriage and motherhood, and the heartbreak of loss. In her chic SoHo loft, Hope is content with her life, finding serenity and beauty through the lens of her camera. She isn t looking for a man or excitement. But these things find her when she accepts a last minute assignment to fly to London at Christmas and photograph one of the world s most celebrated writers an Irish American author known for novels of thrilling literary darkness.
To Hope s surprise, Finn O Neill exudes warmth and a boyish charm. Enormously successful, he is a perfect counterpoint to Hope s quiet, steady grace and he s taken instantly by her. He courts her as no one ever has before, whisking her away to his palatial, isolated Irish estate.
Hope finds it all, and him, irresistible. Finn s magnetism and brilliance are undeniable. But soon cracks begin to appear in his stories: gaps in his history, a few innocent lies, and bouts of jealousy unnerve her. Suddenly Hope is both in love and suspicious, caring and deeply in doubt, and ultimately frightened of the man she loves. Alone, thousands of miles from home, her mind is reeling. Is she just being paranoid? How many lies has he told? Are there more secrets to come? Is it possible that this adoring, attentive man like the characters in his novels is hiding something even worse? The spell cast by a brilliant sociopath has her trapped in his web, too confused and dazzled to escape as he continues to tighten his grip on her.
With razor sharp insight, Danielle Steel delivers an unforgettable tale of danger and obsessive love. Fearlessly telling the truth, refusing to look away, Steel proves once again that as an American storyteller she has no peer when she explores the dark secrets that sometimes lurk just below the surface of ordinary lives, writing about men and women and their courage to prevail, in this case, even in the face of evil.
From the Hardcover edition.
Danielle Steel sweeps us from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel at once a behind closed doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment.
Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex husband’s betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has finally put her demons to rest, making a name for herself as a top prosecutor, handling the city s toughest cases while juggling her role as devoted single mom to a teenage daughter.
But everything changes when Alexa is handed her latest case: the trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin. Sifting through mountains of forensic evidence, Alexa prepares for a high stakes trial until threatening letters throw her private life into turmoil. The letters are addressed to her beautiful seventeen year old daughter, Savannah, whom Alexa has been raising alone since her divorce. Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly she must make the toughest choice of all and send her daughter back to the very place she swore she would never return to: the place where her marriage ended in heartbreak her ex husband s world of southern tradition, memories of betrayal, and the antebellum charm of Charleston.
Now, while Alexa s trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter is settling into southern life, discovering a part of her family history and a father she barely knows from the ice cold stepmother who stole him away to a fascinating ancestry and a half sister and half brothers she comes to love. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again strengthened by the challenges they have faced, changed by the mysteries they have unraveled, and with Savannah now at home in the southern world her mother fled.
In this masterfully told tale, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts: from the gritty chaos of Manhattan s criminal court system to the seductive gentility of the South, from the rage of a hardened criminal to the tender bond between a mother and daughter and a loving father who has welcomed Savannah home at last. A novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, Southern Lights is Danielle Steel at her electrifying best.
In this heartfelt and incisive new novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self image, sisterhood, and family. A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body conscious L.A. Her father, Jim, is tall and slender, and her mother, Christina, is a fine boned, dark haired beauty. Both are self centered, outspoken, and disappointed by their daughter’s looks. When Victoria is six, she sees a photograph of Queen Victoria, and her father has always said she looks just like her. After the birth of Victoria s perfect younger sister, Gracie, her father liked to refer to his firstborn as our tester cake. With Gracie, everyone agreed that Jim and Christina got it right. While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her father s belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City. Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her sister. And though they couldn t be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. But regardless of her accomplishments, Victoria s parents know just what to say to bring her down. She will always be her father s Big Girl, and her mother s constant disapproval is equally unkind. When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sister s future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, an act of stunning betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point. Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget, and even ice cream can no longer dull the pain. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big Girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself. From the Hardcover edition.
Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister’s three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold. Now, at forty two, as independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her, Annie is comfortable being single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is navigating a parent s difficult passage between lending them a hand and letting go, and suddenly facing an empty nest. The eldest, twenty eight year old Liz, an overworked, struggling editor in a high powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty four a serious and hardworking law student, is captivated by a much older, much more experienced woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the youngest, twenty one year old Katie impulsive, artistic, rebellious is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace. Then, just when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie s life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all. From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran, Family Ties is a novel that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all. From the Hardcover edition.
This compelling, centuries-spanning novel brilliantly interweaves the lives of two women – a writer working in the heart of modern academia and a daring young Sioux Indian on an incredible journey in the eighteenth century. The result is an unforgettable story of courage in the face of the unknown. At the age of thirty-eight, Brigitte Nicholson has a job she likes, a man she loves, and a book on the women’s suffrage movement that she will finish – someday. Someday is Brigitte’s watchword. Someday she and Ted, a rising star in the field of archaeology, will clarify their relationship. Someday she will have children. Someday she will stop playing it so safe. Then, on a snowy day in Boston, Brigitte’s life is jolted. Suddenly everything she counted on has changed and she finds herself questioning every choice she has made along the way. As she struggles to regain her balance and plot a new course, Brigitte agrees to help her mother on a family genealogy project. In Salt Lake City at the Family History Library, she makes a stunning discovery – reaching back to the French aristocracy. How did Brigitte’s mysterious ancestor Wachiwi, a Dakota Sioux, travel from the Great Plains to the French court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette – and into the arms of a French marquis? How did she come to marry into Brigitte’s family? What is the truth behind the tantalizing clues in the fragmented, centuries-old records? Following the threads of Wachiwi’s life, Brigitte travels to South Dakota, then on to Paris, irresistibly drawn to this brave young woman who lived so long ago. And as she comes closer to solving the puzzle of Wachiwi’s journey, her previously safe, quiet life becomes an adventure of its own. A chance meeting with a writer of historical fiction, a new opportunity, and a difficult choice put Brigitte at last in the forefront of her own story. With a complex and powerful family Legacy coming to life around her, someday is no longer in the future. Instead, in Danielle Steel’s mesmerizing new novel, someday is now.
In this beguiling new novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom, on the same day, reaches a crucial turning point in life a rite both bittersweet and full of hope, a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future. Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste. Since her long ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God given bone structure and great looks can t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty. Valerie s daughter, April, has no love life, no rest, and no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one of a kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or not, though, April s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, no man, no kids. Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age. A terrifying act of violence, an out of the blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a novel brim*ming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.
This cloth bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s Hotel Vend me is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author. Danielle Steel s dazzling new novel invites readers into the ultra glamorous world of a five star New York hotel, and brings to vivid life the man who builds it as his dream, the girl who grows up in its loving embrace, and the colorful guests and staff who make its magic complete. HOTEL VEND ME The hotel was old, run down. But to Swiss born Hugues Martin, a young, ambitious hotelier trained in the most illustrious European traditions, it is a rough diamond, tucked away on a quiet, perfectly situated Manhattan street. After begging and borrowing every penny he can scrape together, Hugues purchases the building and transforms it into one of the world s finest luxury hotels. Under Hugues s tireless, exacting supervision, the Hotel Vend me is soon renowned for its elegance, its efficiency, its unparalleled service and discretion the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous, as well as a perfect home for Hugues s beautiful young wife and their daughter. But when his wife runs off with a notorious rock star, Hugues is suddenly a single parent to four year old Heloise who will grow up happily regardless, amid a fascinating milieu of celebrities, socialites, politicians, world travelers, and the countless hotel employees who all adore her. As the years pass, Hugues and the hotel are the center of Heloise s life, a universe of unexpected mysteries and pleasures, crises and celebrations that make every day magical. She longs to follow in her father s footsteps and one day run the Vend me with him. New challenges mark her way: an unexpected romance for Hugues and her own journey to hotel school in Switzerland. The lessons she has learned at her father s side, in their exciting upstairs downstairs world, will carry her through it all, as they illuminate a story no reader will forget. Welcome to the Hotel Vend me.
A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel’s luminous new novel: strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn of the century house in Manhattan s West Village. The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertiseme*nt for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world. First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex wife and the challenge of parenting a seven year old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life. As the roommates bond, and the house fills with the aroma of Marya s exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Na ve Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris s custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more. Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, ultimately life changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it s a place those who visit will never want to leave.
In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery and the first devastating blow will not be the last. Betrayal At thirty nine, Tallie Jones is a Hollywood legend. Her work as a film director is her passion and the center of her life; one after another, her award winning productions achieve the rare combination of critical and commercial success. With no interest in the perks of her profession or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Tallie maintains close and loving relationships with her college age daughter and her aging father, and has a happy collaboration with Hunter Lloyd, her respected producing partner, confidant, and live in lover. Rounding out the circle and making it all work is Brigitte Parker, Tallie s devoted personal assistant. Friends since film school, they are a study in contrasts, with Brigitte s polished glamour balancing Tallie s artless natural beauty, and her hard driving, highly organized style a protective shield for Tallie s casual, down to earth approach. As Tallie is in the midst of directing the most ambitious film she has yet undertaken, small disturbances begin to ripple through her well ordered world. An outside audit reveals troubling discrepancies in the financial records maintained by Victor Carson, Tallie s longtime, trusted accountant. Mysterious receipts hint at activities of which she has no knowledge. Soon it becomes clear that someone close to Tallie has been steadily funneling away enormous amounts of her money. In the wake of an escalating series of shattering revelations, Tallie will find herself playing the most dangerous game of all to trap a predator stalking her in plain sight. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel reveals the dark side of fame and fortune. At the same time, she brilliantly captures a woman s will to navigate a minefield of hurt and loss toward a new beginning. From the Hardcover edition.
Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, 1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey full of tests and trials as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime. Friends Forever Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them. As they turn from grade schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love. In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life sometimes, if we re lucky, with a friend forever by our side.
Max’s parents help him overcome his fear of the baby sitter.
Martha receives a new puppy for her birthday and finds out the joys and responsibilities involved in caring for a pet.
This is a special book about special people. People who have loved me, and whom I have loved. People who have brought me joy beyond measure, and sometimes incredible pain. People I have hurt, sometimes more than I can bear to think about. People who have hurt me, sometimes more than they know. Yet each of their gifts has been precious, each moment treasured, each face, each smile, each victory, each defeat woven into the fiber of my being. In retrospect, all of it is beautiful, because we cared so much. In essence, this book covers fifteen years of my life, and a handful of precious people who mean, and have meant everything to me. This book is written for them. With much love, d.s. From the Paperback edition.
From America’s bestselling storyteller Danielle Steel comes a heartwarming story about acceptance.
There are many things that are green. Grass, leaves, four-leaf clovers, lettuce. But not hippos. Hippos are supposed to be gray.
Unfortunately for Greenie- a big, bright green hippo-everyone at the circus thinks he’s just too different. So Greenie sets out on a journey to fit in and winds up in New York City. Just when it seems as though Greenie will never find a true friend, a boy named Charlie comes into his life. Will Charlie and Greenie become friends?
‘This is the story of an extraordinary boy with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold, and a tortured soul. It is the story of an illness, a fight to live, and a race against death.’From the day he was born, Nick Traina was his mother’s joy. By nineteen, he was dead. This is Danielle Steel’s powerful personal story of the son she lost and the lessons she learned during his courageous battle against darkness. Sharing tender, painful memories and Nick’s remarkable journals, Steel brings us a haunting duet between a singular young man and the mother who loved him and a harrowing portrait of a masked killer called manic depression, which afflicts between two and three million Americans. Nick rocketed through life like a shooting star. Signs of his illness were subtle, often paradoxical. He spoke in full sentences at age one. He was a brilliant, charming child who never slept. And at first, even his mother explained away his quicksilver moods. Nick always marched to a different drummer. His gift for writing was extraordinary, his musical talent promised a golden future. But by the time he entered junior high, Danielle Steel saw her beloved son hurtling toward disaster and tried desperately to get Nick the help he needed the opening salvos of what would become a ferocious pitched battle for his life. Even as he struggled, Nick’s charisma and accomplishments remained undimmed. He bared his soul in his journal with uncanny insight, in searing prose, poetry, and song. When he was finally diagnosed and treated, it bought time, but too little. In the end, perhaps nothing could have saved him from the insidious disease that had shadowed him from his earliest years. At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel’s tribute to her lost son is a gift of life, hope, healing, and understanding to us all.