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With Bungalow 2 still on bestseller lists, Steel checks in with a Bay Area earthquake that shakes up the lives of three beautiful, talented yet somehow unfulfilled women. Sarah Sloane, 30-something wife of Seth, a wildly successful hedge fund entrepreneur, and mother of two, has planned to perfection a high-ticket charity auction. The only thing she hasn't counted on is the biggest seismic event to hit San Francisco since 1906 and the aftershocks it will cause in her marriage. Meanwhile, hot Grammy-winning 19-year-old singer Melanie Free, flown in to perform at the benefit, likewise finds her life overturned: following an on-stage triumph, Melanie throws away her platform shoes to assist disaster victims, admitting—much to the annoyance of her pushy stage mother and her TV actor boyfriend—that she always wanted to be a nurse. Sarah and Melanie face change with support from the 40-ish Sister Maggie Kent, a California nun whose good deeds draw the interest of recovering alcoholic and former AP photojournalist Everett Carson, who captures her in pictures. As marriage, faith and vows of chastity are tested, there's nothing complicated to spoil the romance. Steel delivers a sparkly story with an uplifting spiritual twist. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440243270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440243274
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sallie A. Neal on January 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, the last few, heck, most books within the last few years by Danielle Steel have been very shallow in storyline, and lacking in character development, making me feel that I'm wasting my time reading them.

I decided to giver her another chance, and picked up the newest release by Steel, Amazing Grace. I have to admit, I read this book in 24 hours. I found it to be a very quick read. I kept finding myself wanting to read on. The characters had a lot of potential, and the story was promising.

What I liked most about the story is that Steel has a unique knack for intertwining several stories with several different characters into her books, without leaving you confused. The characters were all drawn together in one place by one single situation, in this case, an earthquake. The majority of the book discusses how these characters attempt to get back to their normal lives, living with the life-changing effects of the earthquake.

What left me disappointed with the book was that I found the romantic situation in the story between a nun and a photographer (yes, a nun!) not very believable. A nun would not so quickly leave her beliefs behind to get married to a man who got a girl pregnant at 18, and uses vulgar language in her presence. I also felt there could have been a little more "wrap-up" with the characters at the end of the book.

Overall, I recommend this book if you are a Steel fan, but have been disappointed in her last few books. When compared to her other recent releases, Amazing Grace fairs much better with the setting, the situation and the intertwining of the characters, which makes it a very quick read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LuvsLabs09 on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was a mediocre book written by a women who used to be a great author of great stories. Obviously the lure of the almighty dollar has clouded her ability to come up with an intriguing story and interesting characters. This book drags on.

Her early books were truly page turners. Wonderful stories that I couldn't wait to read. Now, they are just average to below average books or short stories.

The jacket on this book states "her most powerful and life-affirming novel to date". Yeah right. There was nothing powerful in this story. Even the earthquake story line was dull. There certainly wasn't anything life affirming.

It was just fair. I certainly wouldn't and didn't pay for this book, its not worth the price. Luckily the library is free.

Steel needs to read her own early books and find her true writing talent again. Anyone can put words to paper. It takes a special talent to make a real story out of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sissel M. Østdahl on November 20, 2007
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After a promising synopsis "Amazing Grace" was a great disappointment.

The main characters are interesting enough: Beautiful socialite wife and mother Sarah happily married to finance wizard Seth. Megastar singer Melanie and her overpowering ambitious mother. Bright young redtop Sister Maggie, nun and nurse. And restless, rootless, alcoholized (saved by the AA) former war correspondent Everett. During a major earthquake in San Francisco, the lives of these people are intertwined and their destinies changed forever.

There is surely enough material for a very interesting story here, as so many lives change direction. However, through Danielle Steel's pen only the surface is skimmed and the most likely solutions chosen. Most of what happens, is given already early in the book and the lack of intrigue and digging deeper into the characters' minds and feelings make the book boring and predictable.

Even the earthquake itself, a disaster of huge dimensions, seems more like a well organized event than a tragedy craving lives and homes of thousands. Popstar Melanie's search for a meaningful life is a lovely thought but somehow the convert does not ring through. Maggie's destiny is apparent the moment she meets Everett. The only hint of uncertainty regards Sarah and Seth's relationship. The book puts up the slightest questionmark and allows for a tiny bit of page-turning in order to find out.

Having been a fan of Danielle Steel's for years, I know she can do so much better than this. She will certainly be back.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on January 28, 2008
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I was very very disappointed with this book. I hadn't read a Danielle Steele book for quite a while and after I read this, I remembered why. I kept waiting for something to happen. It was about the most boring book I have ever read. That's it for me - I used to enjoy reading her books. No more.....
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Santiques2000 on November 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is my first Danielle Steel novel. I bought it because I just made my first visit to San Francisco and was familiar with many of the areas referred to in the story. I enjoyed the first 18 chapters very much, from that point on it was disappointing. It seemed like it just lost steam. I got the feeling that the author was in a hurry to finish the book. The characters that had been well developed up until that point were given a speedy conclusion to end the book. It was a shame that the ending seemed rushed when there could have been such a moving and dramatic finish to the book. It had all the potential to be a great novel and fell short in my opinion.
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