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Extraordinary acts of faith and courage unite a family after a tragedy threatened to tear them apart.
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
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.