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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  3,136 ratings  ·  101 reviews
As a partner at one of New York's most prestigious law firms, Alexandra Parker barely manages to juggle husband, career, and the three-year-old child she gave birth to at forty.But Alex feels blessed with her life and happy marriage--until lightning strikes her.Suddenly a routine medical check-up turns her world upside down when tests reveal shattering news.

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Hardcover, 396 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Delacorte Press (first published 1989)
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Jun 26, 2009 Lori rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Purple Iris
God, I hated the end of this book. I would love to give it one star, but I did like the beginning. I just couldn't believe what a jackass the husband turned out to be and that the woman would go back to him. It was absolutely ridiculous.
I received this book as a prize for topping my class in English and after having read it, it almost made me regret having come out first.

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Jymiely Tamayo
I bought it in a cheap store cause I was engrossed into its plot: a woman battling a sickness and how she and her family cope with it. I'm almost halfway thru it when I decided to read reviews about it, and I say, I get disappointed. We all knew that Sam is a bullshit and I hate him for not consoling his wife, and I hated him the most when he was indulging on Daphne's body while his deformed wife is waiting for him at their house. I don't know if I'll be reading thru the end after I skipped read ...more
Julie Barrett
Lightening by Danielle Steel
Alex is a lawyer about to go to trial for several weeks if not months. She has her annual exams and it shows a lump in her breast which they talk her into having a biopsy.
She's now going under the knife and the only thing she wants is another child. Annabelle is the best girl ever and she dotes on her whenever she can.
She gives the doctor the go ahead to remove parts of her breast and/or lump nodes once he finds out about the mass that is in her body.
She is more upset
Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie
I had been told when this book first came out that it was about a womans battle with breast cancer. I had bought it in PB at a garage sale at some point. I didn't read it until sometime in 2000. It is a point in my life, where I am VERY lucky to be married to the man that I am. To some degree, I read what my Aunt had gone through in 1987 and again in 1993. The reason that I am very lucky with my DH is that the morning I started reading this book, I was unable to put it down. He had vague knowled ...more
A really silly book, despite the big subjects it developed.
The book was repetitive, extremely predictable, quite boring and ALL characters were really hard to believe. Steel could not build their personalities to be not only believable but also consistent throughout the story.
Even the characters contradicted themselves in what they were said to be feeling... in the same page!
The author's style seemed like an amateur's. Sometimes it even seemed like Steel had also got tired of the book and wante
Myrtle Yvonne
Lightning is a story about life - lifetime couples who has gone through intoxicating struggles and journey in life with a sick partner (cancer). I'm a little disappointed with people's reviews on it but I liked the story. How love can bring two people back together no matter how bad they've done or hurt each other. Love takes strength and so much of ourselves and learning. And of course, Danielle Steel also includes temptations and forgiveness. It's a catch. It's a good read in spring.
i used to like her books but after having half read of this book.. i just can't continue to read it out. its a disappointment to have read such a book. i don't know how they published it.
the guy doesn't even care for his wife, he doesn't even understand her, i mean, he should be by her side, while she's suffering all this alone. it was harder for her than him. I'd call him a jerk. after reading others' review i came to know the whole story. sorry, but i don't like it, at all.
Helen Laibach
As a huge fan of Danielle Steel's novels, I have to say, when I read this story I was so dissappointed by the ending she chose that I didn't read her work a very long time... I only give it 3 stars because up until the end, it is a very well written, emotionally moving story that pulls you into Alex's struggle with cancer.

Helen Laibach, Author
A Soul Less Broken
AJ Mina
This is the first book of Danielle Steel so I really have no
expectation from this book. Actually, the book's plot did not intrigue me at all, not until I've started reading.

Lightning is about a successful woman who has an almost perfect life- successful career, good marriage and an adorable child. And the chaos began when she found out that she has cancer. Sam changed into a different person overnight and Alex, the protagonist, has to manage about her sickness alone. Not for long though because
Ally Harradine
Urgh. Husband is as asshole. She's an idiot for going back to him. Very predictable and irritating. Overall I'm glad to see this book in my past
The ending was extremely disappointing.
Memang sudah menjadi kegemaran Danielle Steel memaparkan kisah-kisah percintaan pasangan bercinta atau kehidupan suami isteri dan diselitkan bersama dengan permasalahan semasa yang sentiasa membelengu dalam perhubungan mereka. Jika berkesempatan, memang aku tidak pernah melepaskan peluang untuk membaca novel beliau.

Kali ini Danielle menjadikan penyakit barah sebagai intipati dalam novelnya kali ini. Kesibukan mengejar kerjaya masing-masing telah membuatkan Alexandara dan Samuel tidak berhasrat u
Dec 08, 2011 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Danielle Steel
Recommended to Mary by: library book sale
As a partner in a prestigious New York law firm, a doting mother to a rambunctious and beautiful three-year-old girl and a loving and supportive wife to a man who is a star venture capitalist, Alex Parker believed that she had it all. Sure the work was hard; the hours long - juggling a marriage, career and raising a child was exhausting. for Alex. Her life was difficult but rewarding until a routine mammogram shatters her stable little world.

Now, Alex and her formerly loving husband, Sam are str
Phelicia Odima
“Lightning” by Danielle Steel is a very capturing book. Steel choses to cover a topic of sadness and harsh realities in our world today : Cancer, and it’s all round effects on the people it affects. The plot played around characters any reader would love to explore. Even making these characters aristocratic uptown New Yorkers, Steel managed to slowly unfold their relatable characteristics, so as to entertain the reader in a way they cannot forget. I loved the flow of the plot more than I did he ...more
Rating: 3,5/ 5

A very interesting book about a successful woman Alex, who discovers that she has breast cancer and all the challenges she then goes through. I found that book very informative and well-written with good characters and a plot that is scarily common - what a woman might feel when going through something like that - finding out about cancer, losing a breast and going through changes that struck so fast that you don't even have time to turn around and think about what just happened to
This book is a gross mixture of some unrealistic and grotesque circumstances and it is a joke of the relationships. The story of Alex, a happy woman after 17 years of marriage comes to know that she has breast cancer and she has to go through mastectomy and chemotherapy; she has a hellish time going through it all while her amazing husband remains distant or angry, depending on his mood and gets tangled in an extra-marital affair. This is when she comes closer to her colleague who supports her t ...more
Jamie Casey
This book is about a picture perfect couple that have the perfect marriage and careers for over ten years. They accidentally get pregnant and Alex is a prestigious lawyer and her husband Sam is a financial assistant. They both are well known in their respective careers. Alex thinks she isn't ready to have a baby. So she wishes she wasn't pregnant and actually has a miscarriage. Then they decide to try for a baby and love it. Alex goes and has a yearly mammogram and discovers she has cancer. Sam ...more
Nancy Mendez
This is the worst book I have ever read. I kept reading it hoping and praying it would get better but it just got worse. I wanted it to be good, so I stuck with it to the end. The ending SUCKS! When I finished reading the book I threw it against the wall, then I stood up to pick it up to throw it in the trash. What on earth was Ms. Steel thinking? She is an amazing, entertaining, and intelligent author but this book is just plain dumb!
Julie Post
Emotional well written story until about 3/4 of the way. Sam was a horrible husband!!!! The author did a great job of describing a grade A selfish asshole. He really kicked Alex to the curb when she became sick. Alex played the ultimate martyr who never stopped loving her husband. I'm sure some people can relate to a woman who would forgive a man like Sam but since I am not one of them...when the story took a turn towards forgiveness...I couldn't follow and quickly lost respect for Alex. I also ...more
I would have given this book 3/4 stars because it was a very heartbreaking story of a woman, named Alex, finding out she has breast cancer & her fight to stay alive while still maintaining a career as a trial attorney and being a wife & mother of a very intelligent 3yr old. But I hated the ending. I'm all about forgiving in order to move on with your life but Alex's decision at the end was just unthinkable to me. It kinda pissed me off.
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Julie Barrett
Lightning by Danielle Steel
Sam Parker is a wall street lawyer and is married to Alex, a trial lawyer herself. She discovers a medical emergency illness. Ghosts of his past compel him and he's not able to help her. She does find comfort in the most hidden places.
Next lightning strike hurts Sam. Is there anything left for them? Will their love for one another help them survive the storms? So close to some of the happenings in this book as I've gone through some of them myself. So emotional and you
Dorri J
I loved this book but I absolutely didn't agree with how the author ended the book. The female lead was such a strong woman. Without spoiling the ending for anyone it was not what I had hoped. But in her usual style Danielle Steel had me hooked from beginning to end.
Kim Dempsey
I always seem to fall back into a Danielle Steel book and I wasn't disappointed this time. This book evoked such emotion in me that I almost stopped reading it I was so mad at Sam! But then I thought, come on, this is the sign of a truly amazing book to get me all worked up. The marriage between Sam and Alex and what she went through really hit home for me. Dealing with cancer and how he dealt with it was horrific. I was a little miffed with the ending, I wanted her to kick him in the arsh, but ...more
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Mariz Ponce
when i finished reading the book, i really had this urge to put up a sign on the door of my bedroom saying JUST GOT BETRAYED. i was really, really expecting that Alex would be with Brock and never, ever look back again. i mean, really, Sam is a total a*****e most especially during the times when Alex is really, really sick, emotionally and physically drained and also when he decided to run away from her towards Daphne. i know that i shouldn't feel like this because this is a book, a novel..a FIC ...more
Andrea Williams
THIS BOOK MADE ME SO MAD!!!!!! Ensues reading it, then the ending made me hate the whole thing. Main character needs to be slapped.
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