Amazing grace

Danielle Steel

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New York, NY : Delacorte Press 2007.
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324 p. ; 25 cm
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Danielle Steel (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In Steel's latest saga, we meet three beautiful, successful women whose lives are altered forever by a devastating San Francisco earthquake. It strikes during a charity dinner organized by socialite Sarah Sloane. Sarah's perfect world dissolves when she discovers that her husband, Seth, is involved in illegal hedge-fund activities. Unable to cover his tracks due to the power outages, Seth will most certainly end up in prison. The quake also affects Melanie Free, the 19-year-old Grammy winner hired to perform at the exclusive event. Melanie and her entourage find themselves in a refugee camp, where Melanie quickly pitches in to help with the injured, much to the disdain of her mother/manager and her vacuous actor boyfriend. Both women find guidance and solace in the company of Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who works with San Francisco's homeless and is managing the refugee camp. However, Sister Maggie must deal with her own turmoil, as she finds herself falling in love with a photographer covering the aftermath of the quake. Typical Steel fare, this is a fast, uncomplicated read. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

What could possibly bring together a Grammy Award-winning singer, a photographer, the wife of a financial kingpin, and a nun? They were all at a charity event in San Francisco when an earthquake intervened. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page 40]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In the wake of an earthquake that interrupts a celebrity-studded charity dinner dance at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco, the lives of four strangers are transformed by the tragedy.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the wake of an earthquake that interrupts a celebrity-studded charity dinner dance at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco, the lives of four strangers--Sarah Sloane, wife of a financial whiz; Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free; photographer Everett Carson; and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun working with the homeless--are transformed forever by the tragedy. 800,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 passes, 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.