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Dashing Jack Watson is the playboy owner of Julie's, a chic Beverly Hills toggery. He's sworn off marriage after the love of his life perished in a car accident a decade ago. One day, his son's mother-in-law--the glamorous ex-starlet Amanda Robbins--is suddenly widowed after 36 years of wedded bliss. Throughout their children's marriage, Jack and Amanda have always maintained a cordial loathing for one another ... You can guess what happens next. Danielle Steel's Special Delivery is a bon-bon of a book only a mother could love. Well, not only, but especially--it's a paean to middle-aged romance, uxorial devotion, and maternal sacrifice. The characters are all about a micron thick (maybe less), but there are greater crimes than obviousness, to be sure. This heaping teaspoon of glitz--every car's a Ferrari, every drink "French champagne"--will cheer Steel's legions of readers. Mission accomplished. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Following her recent novels Silent Honor (1996) and The Ranch , Steel has written a shorter novel, similar in format to Five Days in Paris (1995). Amanda Robbins is a former actress who gave up her work when she married and had two children, settling into her role as wife and mother. Jack Watson is the father-in-law of Amanda's daughter, owns a trendy shop in Hollywood, and is an inveterate womanizer. Happily married, Amanda has no liking for Jack, until he provides emotional support following the sudden death of her husband. (See where this is going yet?) His support gradually changes her opinion, and as the two develop a deeper relationship, they are faced with family opposition and a surprising choice. Steel provides entertaining--but extremely light--reading. The characters are rather two-dimensional; the profound decisions reached by the two main characters come too easily to draw the reader into their lives; and the novel reads as though Steel rushed it to market. But it will be in demand by Steel fans, so purchase accordingly. Melanie Duncan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (August 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440224810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440224815
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marco Aurelio on August 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A book by Danielle Steel is always a book with the Danielle Steel brand, as if you were seeing a "TM" or a R inside of a circle by the side of her name. You go to the bookshop and choose your book by her like you choose your favorite brand of candies.
As a male fan, I have to say that her new books have been seeming fairly trite to me. Books like SPECIAL DELIVERY, for example, are the kind of ones that she seem to write only to make money. The plot of the book is poor, with no deep characters and no deep insight on the plot itself. I think she'll never write a book like THE RING, MALICE or THURSTON HOUSE anymore. They now seem to me like things from a far past. These books have all the elements that her latest ones don't: a real good story, with characters that seem to make part of your life that you miss when finish the book.
When I read a new book by Danielle Steel, what I feel now is that she has forgotten how to write a good bestseller. Even in good new ones, like The Long Road Home, what she's being doing most is a big and boring melodrama (although in that one the reader can see a little bit of good plot). And that's what she's done with that terrible book, that revolves around a couple that begins hating themselves and then loving each other more than life. Have you ever perceived how Danielle Steel makes even bretrayl and cheating seem to be a good, right and excellent thing to be done? That's a reason why I like her: the gift to persuade the reader and turn a bad thing into a good one. But it seems as she's now deceiving her readers too much. Her present books are not up to her best ones. Not the ones like the boring SPECIAL DELIVERY, anyway. A book that I finished reading only because it has just a few pages. One page more and I would scream. Terrible, boring and dull. The kind of book that means nothing, as if you were reading blank pages. I think she should return to the road where she once was.
Marco Aurelio.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Hockey on March 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading Danielle Steel's books for over 15 years now. Sometimes they do get a bit "all the same" with most of the characters being important, successful, beautiful people who live in "stately homes" and wear "important jewels and furs". Sometimes I think the characters are more about what they have then who they are. Despite this, I always enjoy her books - they are easy to read, romantic and make you forget about everyday life for a couple of hours while engrossed in the book. Personally I think her earlier books are more enjoyable and get more involved in the characters than some of the later books she has written.
A book full of the "beautiful people". This one was predictable, kind of boring and I hated her children ... they were so immature and spiteful. I would definately recommend "Thurston House", "Palomino" or "Rememberance" over this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Seymour on April 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the frist book of Danielle Steels I have read. I usually dont read romance, but I did enjoy this. Its not overly mushie and was actually very sweet and charming. As I read the book it was almost as if I was watching a movie of it. It was very believeal and left me with some laughs and a lot of smiles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I never read Danielle Steel before in my life, because I thought most of the plots she had in her books were too mushy and boring. God knows what made me interested in this book. The first few chapters go slow, but when Jack and Amanda get together, all the excitment begins. 'Special Delivery' is a very emotional story and is a lot of fun to read if you like love stories. As a seventeen year old girl, I thought, after reading this book, that it is okay to be ages sixty and fifty, and still act twenty years younger. After all, life is short, right? : ) The only annoying fact in this book is that almost everytime Jack and Amanda see each other, they always end up in bed with each other as if the world is going to end within a second. On the other hand, the book is nothing, but a wonderfully cute love story with strong emotion and feelings.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By smartnurse123 on June 25, 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
After 26 years of marriage, Amanda Robbins become unexpectedly widowed. She stayed at home in a depressed state for a few years afraid to give up the memory of her late husband. One day, her daughter talked her into going to a Hollywood party and she finally gave in. Amanda had been a famous actress before and knew lots of people at the party. The party gave her a jumpstart on her lost social life plus she met a new man named Jack Watson, who was the father of her son-in-law. Jack was a boutique owner in Beverly Hills and was a swinging bachelor with a bad reputation. Amanda soon found him to be a charming gentleman. As the story progresses Amanda and Jack fall in love and then one day they have suprising news to give to their family...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on March 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not necesarilly the most serious piece of fiction on the market. But since when is fiction supposed to be serious?
The emotions of loneliness are deeply explored in Danielle Steele's novel Special Delivery. And they are done quite well. But who would figure that a party would kindle a romance between the newly widowed Amanda and a long time bachelor, Jack? And oh what different personalities between Amanda and Jack. The main thing they have in common is the family connection from each of their former spouses to their children and children in law.
Some soap opera like trials and tribulations occur between Jack and Amanda and their children that rival the stuff you might witness on One Life To Live and All My Children. You cannot take the novel so seriously. But somehow there are enough twists and turns to keep most audiences at least remotely intrigued. Its short length of 229 pages makes it an amusing light read instead of a long drawn out bore.
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