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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I ALWAYS love Danielle Steele books, and this is no exception. I couldn't put this book done just like all of her other books. I love the glitz and glamour included in this book, it just adds to the picture I develop in my mind while I read. I read these books for entertainment and I get lost in the movie in my head every time, and I did it again with this one.
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I cannot begin to say how very much I enjoyed this book. It is an absolute "feel good" story that I loved so very much.
Ms Steel's books are woven in a way that readers become a part of the story. At the moment, Special Delivery is my favorite Danielle Steel book. I say at the moment because this opinion could change in the future. :-)
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This was a wonderful novel by me Steele. Each of her novels are so wonderful to read. Each has a powerful meaning that can touch your heart. Can not wait to read the next one. I think I have read almost all of her novels
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Jack Watson captured my attention and I had to go with his life story until I finished the book. Anyone who reads Danielle Steel knows she is a great story teller and in this book , I was not going to drop the book until I finished it!
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It kept my interest and had no lag time. I really enjoyed the story and the fact that Amanda found a life she had put aside for her first marriage. The storyline was good with the mingling of two families and the turmoil it caused.
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