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Honor Thyself

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  3,349 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
A world-renowned actress falls victim to a terrifying explosion in Paris--and begins a courageous journey of survival, memory, and self-discovery in Danielle Steel's mesmerizing new novel.

Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain-slick slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel--and to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and sta
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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Clint Mccoy
Jun 04, 2009 Clint Mccoy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: 13 year old girls
This book raped my eyes.

So, sometimes, I like to read chick-lit. Of course, I'll read it in private, lock all the doors, shut the blinds and make sure to punch a wall next time I'm angry.

But anyway, I picked up this novel. The cover seemed pleasing enough, a woman walking in the rain almost monotone. It looked like a solid romance novel cover. Hell, even the title: Honor Thyself. Yes, when I read that I knew this was chick-lit.

So after locking my doors, shutting the blinds and kicking my dog, I
Kristy Trauzzi
Mar 05, 2010 Kristy Trauzzi rated it it was ok
I usually love Danielle Steele. I am such a sucker for her books. However, this one, not so much.

Danielle Steele has a tendency to repeat herself. In chapter one she will be like the boy liked her hair. And then in chapter two she will be like the boy liked her hair. It was long and blonde and --- did you notice she never has ugly people as leading characters? But all of these amazingly gorgeous women always don't see themselves as pretty. OMG! And then in chapter three she will be like this oth
Jul 27, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. This book takes you on a journey through a famous actress who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She finds herself in Paris going through a tunnel at the exact moment of a suicide bomber. She is knocked unconscious and sits in a hospital for 2 weeks unidentified until someone realizes she is missing. This book takes you on a path to recovery for a head trauma victim. She suffers memory loss and you find yourself learning about herself as the same time she does. You ...more
I can't quite belive how awful this book was. I couldn't even finnish it, i had to skim read the majority in a few minutes. It completely failed to capture my attention and the main character is someone that no ordinary human being can possibly begin to relate to. (The world's most famous actress apparently)

It is disgustingly badly written and I could not care less about the woman (whatever her name was - Carole i think?). Horrible, waste of time read and if it was possible I'd give it maybe one
Jan 10, 2014 Holli rated it liked it
I read this book at the start of my trip out to California for my sister's wedding and I hate to say this about a Danielle Steel novel but I've already forgotten much of the book. Her novels in the last few years fall way short of what they used to be. Which was sweeping family sagas of the years and the trials families faced during troubled times in the past. She seems tired of writing and it shows. The theme of this book was great (honor yourself and your feelings always) but it wasn't ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I liked this one! Loved the rehabilitation process and the relationships formed with the group going through the hard road after trauma. HEA if I recall!
Kaycee Sapinoso
This wasn't Danielle Steel best. I wasted my time for this..
Apr 06, 2013 angeline rated it liked it
Over all an okay book... Wasn't exactly a satisfying read but it wasn't terrible either. There were alot of facts that the author kind of just blindly gave away without really giving much substance to it. And also there was alot of information that the narrator would share that really didn't help in building the story at all and really could have been left out as it wasn't of any importance. The ending wasn't satisfying and I found the story to be quite anti - climatic. The first 2 chapters ...more
Maxine Busuttil
A very easy read which is not appealing.

I found this book very easy, chick-lit, anyhow managed to finish it. Have the following remarks to point out:

1. Repetitive sentences between chapter and another and also when explaining the same things to different people. The reader would have already know so why repeat. I'm sure there wasn't the need for emphasis because most of the repetitive sentences were banal things.

2. The story a boring romantic. Ok there might be others who like such genres but
Oct 16, 2011 Ochrasy rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
This was a birthday gift (otherwise I wouldn't have chosen it) and I felt I had to finish it, but it was so boring that I read it straight away in just one day just to finish it as quick as possible and move on to a real book.
There was no action at all and it always ended talking about the same stuff over and over again. I didn't empathise with the main character and I wished there was more description of Paris but it all happened in a hospital. My recommendation: life is short, choose another
Jacob Lasher
Nov 06, 2013 Jacob Lasher rated it liked it
The book was perfect until Matthieu came into the picture. I just felt like it was unnecessary to add so many love stories into a short novel. At one moment I was mourning for Sean, then Jason, then Matthieu came along and I didn't personally like his character.

I really did like Stevie and Carole's friendship though. It was so sweet and genuine. :). The storyline was actually really interesting. I was in Math class when I was beginning it and slacked a little in class. Oops :P. Hahaha.
Glenda L
Jul 17, 2016 Glenda L rated it liked it
This was not a great book and I kind of liked it ... I haven't read Danielle Steel for a long time and I thought this was better than most. As usual, it was a bit repetitive but the story line was good. It was about an actress who was in a terrible terrorist bombing in Paris. She is in a coma, but through healing, she finds herself and learns to "honor" herself and others in her life. Over all, a pretty good book.
May 22, 2009 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Just once I wish Steel would write a book with a normal character. The heroine is always perfect- beautiful, talented, smart, rich, etc... Why can't she at least have large ears??????????????? This is just a normal Steel book- low on storyline, high on a 'isn't she wonderful' character. But they are quick reads that are forgetable!
Mar 30, 2011 Shara rated it it was ok
This book made my brain hurt with constant repetition but book club discussion was great. Kathy won best discussion for this book so it wasn't all bad.
Jun 20, 2013 Kristi rated it it was ok
Blah. I stopped reading Danielle Steel quite a while ago, but I picked this one up on a 'give and take' shelf. It reminded me why I don't read her stuff anymore. Boring and repetitive.
Apr 02, 2008 Doug rated it did not like it
Memo to self - stop reading these!!
Mary Sewell
Very interesting. Hard to put down in places. Fairly predictable but enjoyable.
kimberly taylor
Sep 30, 2016 kimberly taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

A good book that comes on the heels of a terrorist attack that puts yourself in the mind set of a survivor. The mind is magical wonderful thing
Aug 29, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Carole Barber: actress, mother, divorcee, widow. She has been desperately trying to write a book, but has writer's block. Why? Her assistant and gal Friday, Stephanie "Stevie" Morrow suggests that she take a trip that may help unblock her inner self. "I will think about it." claims Carole.

Carole does decide to take a trip, to Paris. She always loved Paris and had lived there for a few years when her children were younger. And, she had fallen in love there with the Minister of Interior, Matthieu,
Jul 30, 2015 Monkeyface rated it really liked it
Listened to Honor Thyself by Danielle Steel
A world-renowned actress falls victim to a terrifying explosion in Paris--and begins a courageous journey of survival, memory, and self-discovery in Danielle Steel's mesmerizing new novel.
Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain-slick slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel--and to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of beauty and grace, devoting herself to her family
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Carole Barber is a famous actress that hasn't worked in over three years since the death of her husband Sean. Carole is trying her hand at writing a book but finds herself daydreaming. She's stuck with classic writer's block. Stephanie or Stevie Collins, Carole's assistant thinks that Carole needs a change of scenery to help with the writer's block. Carole makes plans to visit Paris, France. She already begins to see the possibilities and has several new ideas for her story since arriving. She's ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Meryan rated it it was amazing
Carole Barber goes to Paris thinking it may help her to write the book she wants to write but is having trouble with. Carole is a very well known actress, but after her husband, Sean, dies she wants to write this book. In a Paris tunnel some explosions go off while Carole is in the tunnel. All of a sudden she is airborne and her head is slammed into a wall. She goes into a deep coma and the Drs. don't know if she will live or not. She had no identity on her, so she isn't identified. Her ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Samyann rated it liked it
Honor Thyself is 9.5 hours of listening, read by Kyf Brewer.

Repeating myself a bit with other Danielle Steel book reviews …. but if you’re a fan, you’ll understand from where I speak :-). Danielle Steel is one of the most prolific writers in America today. As a reader, you either love her or hate her, there really is no in-between, and she has legions of fans. If you are ever in the mood for sweet romance, meaning a teenaged girl can read the book, pick up a Danielle Steel novel. It’s easy to be
Rose Love
Jun 05, 2014 Rose Love rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
***I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

Carole is a famous Hollywood actress and is a victim of a terrorist attack in Paris, France. Its two weeks before anyone comes looking for her. Her family starts to worry and finds that she is an unidentified patient in one of the hospitals. She has been in a coma since the attack.

I liked the concept of the story. The characters all had flaws in their own right, but I guess that is what makes a great story. I haven’t had the chance to rea
Honor Thyself by Danielle Steel is about a woman trying to find answers to her past by going on vacation back to Paris but when she is a victim of a terrorist attack while there, the answers come to her. When she wakes up from a coma and cannot remember anything about herself, she has to rely on her friends and family to fill her in and let her know who she is. What she doesn’t expect is to find healing along with her answers.
I thought this story was very interesting. I started reading this boo
Apr 03, 2008 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
RATING: 3.5/C+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2008/8 CD's
TIME/PLACE: Present/ Los Angeles, CA & Paris, France
CHARACTERS: Carole Barber/Actress

COMMENTS: Not one of her better stories. Carole Barber is 50 and a highly succesful actress for the past 3 decades. She has 2 children in their early 20's, their father her 1st husband left her for another woman after 10 yrs of marriage. She later remarried Sean, who died a few yrs a
Jun 05, 2014 Summer rated it did not like it
Sometimes Danielle Steel’s glamour and melodrama entertains me. Other times, it goes like this.

When Danielle Steel gets it right, it’s soapy, page-turning fun with an ambitious heroine. When her novels go wrong it’s almost always in the same ways this one went wrong for me, an unlovable love interest, and even more frustrating - heavy, heavy info-dumping.

I thought the storyline had possibilities. A movie star is gravely injured in a terrorist attack and loses her memory. It seemed like there wou
Jun 04, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, 1-read
I have been a fan of Danielle Steel for years. I am the person that starts a book and can't put it down til the last word. I become completely drawn into the story. However I found myself rushing through the pages just to finish it. It was horrible!!!
The main character was okay. She was a little wishy-washy and I found her dull. The male characters were a complete waste of space. I don't really have many feelings towards the exhusband. But I truly hated Mathieau! He bothered me from the moment
Lorraine Cobcroft
Dec 26, 2015 Lorraine Cobcroft rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I bother? It was typical Danielle Steel garbage. No, actually it was the worst of hers I've read. They are all formulaic, repetitive, sickenly gushy with plastic characters who make me thoroughly nauseous. There is no literary value whatsoever in this crap and it defies all logic that her books are popular.

I read them when there is absolutely nothing else to hand, usually to remind myself of the kind of writer I do not want to be - but also to remind myself of what so many readers seem
Jeanne Halloran
Jul 01, 2014 Jeanne Halloran rated it liked it
Danielle Steel is one of my favorite authors. She writes easy to read entertaining novels, and her story lines are always interesting. Although not one of her best novels, "Honour Thyself" was an exceptionally good read. My only criticism is that she did not put the depth of research she normally does for her novels in this book. Normally, she has researched her subjects so thoroughly that her novels are packed with details about the industry or profession that she is writing about. This novel ...more
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