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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440240778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440240778
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Miraculous? Indeed. Miraculous that Steel ekes 200 pages of book out of 50 pages of recycled plot. Quinn Thompson, a 61-year-old recent widower, has just bought the boat of his dreams—an 80-meter beauty capable of sailing around the world. Because that's all Quinn wants to do besides read his late wife Jane's old journals and poetry, which offer an outpouring of love and forgiveness for a man so obsessed with "building his empire" that he ignored his wife and family completely. Less forgiving is Quinn's daughter, Alex, who wants nothing to do with him. Sure that he is alone in the world, Quinn finds himself having regular Friday dinners with an unlikely San Francisco pair: smart but illiterate carpenter Jack Adams and lonely divorcée Maggie Hartman. Full of self-loathing, Quinn refuses to give in to his desire for Maggie; instead he decides to teach Jack to read. Readers follow the two through a 150-page rapturous description of the respect and admiration they have for each other, while Quinn attempts to forgive himself enough to allow himself to love Maggie. Steel ignores the old "show, don't tell" saw entirely here, and the slim plot and repetitive, drab writing may stymie even the most devoted of her fans. (June)
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About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 570 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Rogue, Honor Thyself, Amazing Grace, Bungalow 2, Sisters, H.R.H., 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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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.

Customer Reviews

Hard to put the book down.
Maureen Will
While this was nowhere near as bad as IMPOSSIBLE, this was just boring and very repetitive.
Lori
Wonderful story and captures your attention right away.
Donna G. Dillon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I tried as hard as I could but just could not get into this book. Not quite as bad as her book, "Impossible," but close. Danielle Steel is getting so repetitive in her writing. Basically, this book repeated over and over how much Quinn liked sailing and how he neglected his wife throughout the years and that he didn't realize how much she meant to him until she was dying/dead. Drivel. She could have elaborated on what was supposedly the storm of the century but ended it quickly or expanded on the characters themselves, but no. A waste of time. Very hard to get through as there really is nothing there to get into at all. Disappointing, to say the least.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rosa on July 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree with the first reviewer. While Miracle was better than Impossible by far. It didn't wow me either. The story of three main characters Quinn,Jack, and Maggie. Each in their own way trying fight their own personal battles. Basically this story is about love, redemption and renewal. If you are looking for a nice pleasant read this is it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nose in a Book on July 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I sat and read this book by the pool and finished it in a day. It left me with no great opinion. While it was good enough to keep my attention...I cant say it was really great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Newell on September 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Quinn Thompson is still trying get over the death of his wife when he meet Maggie Dartman after a violent storm one night. But Maggie is also dealing with pain and lost. But these two people are drawn together over their love for sailing. But Quinn is determined to move on and out of Maggie's life.
"Miracle" by Danielle Steel is the first book that I have read form Ms. Steel in a long while, and it was sweet for me. It seem that Ms. Steel just kept driving home her point when she didn't have to. If you want to read some good Steel books, check out her earlier works and not "Miracle."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Connie R. Johnston on August 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've read almost all of Danielle Steele's books and have enjoyed them. This one was a big disappointment. Boring, blah, takes forever to get thru the introduction of characters,what were you thinking Danielle?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna G. Dillon on August 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful story and captures your attention right away. Life is too short to read a bad book and the older I get (58) the less time I spend reading a book that is not interesting. Her writing is always great and this was no exception.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan on August 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After I read Echoes, which was horrible, I wanted to give up on reading any more Danielle Steel books. They are not what they used to be. I guess that's what happens when you're releasing 2 or 3 books a year. Against my better judgement, I read Impossible, which was just as bad as Echoes. I read Miracle with the hope that Ms. Steel had gotten back on track. I was wrong.

The book is just under 200 pages but could have been told in 50. The first 40 pages are devoted to narrative that tells us repeatedly that Quinn Thompson loves sailing and he's extremely guilty about how he ignored his now dead wife and children while making his fortune. Over and over we read how devoted his wife had been to him and how she never complained about him never being home. Over and over we read how he ignored his children, one of which was tragically killed when he was 13, and how the other wants nothing to do with him now.

After a huge storm hits the San Francisco area, Quinn becomes friends with Jack who he hires to help make repairs on his house. He learns that Jack can't read, so of course, he teaches him. He also becomes friends with his next door neighbor, Maggie, a teacher who is recently divorced and whose son committed suicide when he was 16. The three have dinner together every Friday night. Quinn talks about his love of sailing and charters a boat one day and takes Jack and Maggie with him. Over time, Quinn and Maggie become a couple, Quinn charters the boat for the summer and they spend a great deal of time on it. Maggie encourages Quinn to call his daughter, Alex, and try to patch things up. They settle their problems too quickly to make it believable when Quinn offers to take Alex's two sons sailing for 3 weeks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori on March 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While this was nowhere near as bad as IMPOSSIBLE, this was just boring and very repetitive.

And the end - the storm - wasn't that in Bittersweet? A storm on a yacht and the hero comes to claim the heroine??

I have read Danielle Steel for half my life now.....named my daughter after her....but I long for the day when I can say "She's BACK!"
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