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On a wind-swept summer day, as the fog rolls across the San Francisco coastline, a solitary figure walks down the beach, a dog at her side. At eleven, Pip Mackenzie's young life has already been touched by tragedy; nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother Ophelie into inconsolable grief. But on this chilly July afternoon, Pip meets artist Matt Bowles, who offers to teach the girl to draw - and can't help but notice her beautiful, lonely mother. Matt Bowles senses something magical about Pip, who reminds him of his own daughter at that age, before a bitter divorce tore his family apart and swept his children halfway across the world. At first, Ophelie is thrown off-balance by her daughter's new companion - until she realizes how much joy he is bringing into their lives, so that mother and daughter can slowly begin to heal, to laugh again, to rediscover what they have lost. Then fate strikes another blow, and Matt must confront unfinished business from his past. Days later, Ophelie is struck by a stunning betrayal by someone she trusts. And as these events reverberate in two already wounded hearts, something extraordinary happens that offers hope. Out of the darkness that has shadowed them both comes an unexpected gift of hope. A story of triumph and a moving elegy to those who suffer and survive, Safe Harbour is Danielle Steel's most powerful and life-affirming novel to date.
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Extraordinary acts of faith and courage unite a family after a tragedy threatened to tear them apart.

About the Author

Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with over ninety international bestselling novels in print and more than 600 million copies of her novels sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved. To discover more about Danielle Steel and her books visit her website at www.daniellesteel.com You can also connect with Danielle on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DanielleSteelOfficial or on Twitter: @daniellesteel

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A year has passed since Ophelie lost her husband and son in a plane crash. Still paralyzed by grief and depression, she and adolescent daughter Pip rent a beach house for the summer in Safe Harbour, near San Francisco. When Pip befriends painter Matthew Bowles one day, she learns that he also has suffered the loss of his family. Matt slowly becomes part of their lives, and Ophelie begins to enjoy life again. When she returns home at summer's end, she feels well enough to volunteer at a homeless shelter. Then she and Matthew make the unhappy discovery that their previous spouses had betrayed them, drawing them closer together until the climax, when an act of violence almost separates them forever. While serious fiction readers might be put off by Steel's writing style (bare-bones vocabulary, limited sense of place, plain prose), her page-turning plot and charming depiction of the loving relationship between Pip and Matthew will endear her to her fans, as always. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/03.]-Carol J. Bissett, New Braunfels P.L., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

An 11-year-old girl strikes up a friendship with an artist and introduces him to her mother, a grieving widow, in Steel's 59th bestseller-to-be, a sweet but slow-moving romance. The girl, Phillippa (Pip) Mackenzie, is walking her dog along a deserted Northern California beach when she encounters a painter at his easel and stops to watch. She likes to draw; Matt Bowles, the artist, offers to help her; and a friendship is born. Pip's world was shattered nine months before when her father and her tormented, bipolar brother died in a plane crash. A distinctive magical quality in young Pip reminds Matt of his own daughter, whom he's not seen for six years. Pip's mother, Ophelie, initially uneasy about her daughter's friend, comes to see that the sad-eyed artist is the opposite of dangerous-a sensitive, kindly, decent man. The rather idealized Pip (her "haunting cognac-colored eyes" get frequent mention) is wise beyond her years; Ophelie, suffering a severe case of post-traumatic stress, is initially passive and limp but her devotion to a volunteer job helping the homeless elicits sympathy. Matt, a successful ad executive in his former life, is rescued from his own sorrows by fostering Pip's budding talent and by his growing romantic interest in her mother. Ophelie's discovery of a love letter her husband received a week before his death and Matt's confrontation with his treacherous ex-wife provide a modicum of suspense, but some readers may find themselves nodding off before they reach the novel's unexpectedly dramatic climax. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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