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In her fifty-ninth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells an unforgettable story of survival...of how two people who lost everything find hope...and of the extraordinary acts of faith and courage that bring —and keep— families together...

On a windswept summer day, as the fog rolls across the San Francisco coastline, a solitary figure walks down the beach, a dog at her si...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 28, 2014 Doneka rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Janice Arroyo
Recommended to Doneka by: Heather DeLacruz
Shelves: romance, life, owned, adult
IT WAS AMAZING!!! HOLY CRAP! Sure, it was pretty slow, and nothing really happened until about the second half of the book, but its one of those books that you're satisfied with where you are and what's going on. It was never boring, and it just went along at a steady pace. But then, by the second half of the book...WHAM!!!!!! Everything you thought about the main characters is wrong. With some, you loathe them with the heat and passion of a thousand suns, and others you hold dearer than before....more
It’s been awhile since I read this popular author and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the book. While a somewhat predictable romance, I thought the characters Ophelia and artist Matt were unique in their presentation. Damaged, but taking things slowly and with an open mind. Matt has been faced with a messy divorce and cut off from his children who live in another country; Ophelia is thrown into widowhood and the loss of her son and is very depressed. She tries to pull it together f...more
Normally I do not read Daniel Steel, but was low on my normal mystery novels, picked this one up on a whim after reading the cover page. I really did enjoy this book, I rarely ever read romance novels, because I feel if you read one you have read them all. Man meets woman, they have one torrid sexual encounter after the next, someone is jealous, someone wants to run, then all ends well with a wedding.
But, after reading this one, I just may give Ms. Steel another read.
Fabulous read. Life can change with the walk on the beach. A chance meeting with an artist, a little girl and her dog. About relationships,family bonds, infidelity,friendship and a second chance at happiness. LOVED this book.
Really liked the book,how the characters start the healing and find friendship through such tragedy n loneliness

Ted Mackenzie and his bi-polar son Chad were killed in a plane crash nine months ago. Left behind to pick up the pieces are Ted's wife Ophelie and daughter Pip. Ophelie is in a severe depression and can hardly take care of Pip except for the basics. Ophelie leases a house at Safe Harbour for the summer and while there Pip befriends artist and recluse Matt Bowles. They become fast frien...more
When life turns down unexpected roads, divorce, deAth, and betrayal of the worst kind, matt and Ophelia have a choice to make: to embrace life or give into the despare death has left in it's path.
Matt become a recluse, retired painter who lives in a small, but comfortable bungalow in safe harbour. He spends his days painting on the beach. Then he meets, a 11yr old girl, pip and her dog who become frequent visitors. They form a bond of interest in drawing and a need for companionship. Matt lost...more
It was a slow read but worth the wait. All good things come to those who wait!! Ophelie has lost her husband and son. Her daughter Pip makes friends with a man on the beach, who in the end she ends up falling in love with. She gets shot, almost dies, finds out her best friend was sleeping with her husband and that her child is really her her husbands love child. Her best friend dies of cancer and she ends up with the child.
Carol Hassett
I am very curious as to how she can sell so many books when they are all basically the same but I read a lot of her books so whatever she's doing is working. Interesting.
Germaine Chevarie
I got a jolt when I discovered Ted had fathered a child with Andrea,the main charactor's best friend! All in all, I enjoyed reading Safe Harbour.
I liked it! Nice story! It's a fun beach read. A little bit sad, but still very enjoyable.
It's a great story about family, loss and betrayal. Issues that we are mainly faced with in this world, one like how Ophelie is weary of Matt believing him to be a child molester. She imagins all the things he could be capable off which any parent in todays world would. Then there's imorality, present in the infedality of both their spouses, betrayal of those once close to you. Then in the middle of all this is Pip, barely 12, who has to learn to cope without a peck of help from her distraught m...more
Credo che questo sia il primo romanzo della Steel che leggo, "grazie" all'omaggio che Mondolibri mi ha fatto con questo volume.
Siamo a Safe Harbour, località costiera vicina a San Francisco. Proprio da San Francisco arriva, per l'estate, Ophelie. La nostra protagonista circa un anno prima ha subito un doppio lutto: la morte del marito Ted e del figlio Chad, ragazzo problematico affetto da bipolarismo. Ophelie è rimasta sola con la figlia dodicenne Pip, ma il baratro in cui è scivolata le impedi...more
In Safe Harbour, Danielle Steel wrote a compelling story about a family and the magic that touched them that summer. For 11-year-old Pip Mackenzie, her mother Ophelie have been plunged in an inconsolable grief months ago, while she experienced an unthinkable tragedy. On one summer day at the beach, she befriended Matt Bowles who taught her to draw. For Matt, he had his own demons from the past to face with his ex-wife and his children across the world. He couldn't help but become fascinating wit...more
Ada Iaboni
A sweet story as many of DD books are. The story unfolds softly and carefully. As in many of her books, love and trust come slowly, which for me works great. Although at times I find it hard to cross over from the friendship the character share, to suddenly being in love. In this case a major event shakes them into that realization that they would not have come to term with as fast otherwise.
Minty McBunny
Danielle Steel was one of the first "grown up" authors I read as a young teen, and even though I outgrew her not long after, even though her books are formulaic and of little educational value, I can always at least put one in front of my face and be mildly entertained for a few hours.

Not the case here. This was, hands down, the most boring Steel book I have ever picked up. It's the first one I literally couldn't muster up enough interest in to finish.
L.A. Zoe
What is it about Danielle Steel books? This one choked me up, even though everything in it was either obvious or useless. A young girl meets a young man artist painting on the beach. They become friends, and soon he's meeting her mother, and of course they fall in love, despite both their difficult pasts. Along the way, they work together to save somebody from drowning. As a plot point, it didn't make much sense. It doesn't affect the rest of the book. I guess it showed they could work together...more
better than the average Steel book, light reading with mostly expected twists and turns. Wonder why a volunteer at a homeless shelter isn't serving Thanksgiving meals and spending holiday time as a volunteer? guess it wouldn't further the plot
Mel Auslan Osborne
We follow Pip and her mother Ophelie on holiday to try and escape the heartache of losing loved ones(Ophelie's husband and son)..... while on a walk with her dog Mousse Pip meets Matt (a recluse and an amazing artist) when he is painting on the beach....... eventually they start meeting up to chat and for Matt to teach Pip how to draw.....

Ophelie notices one day Pip and Matt walking along the beach and goes mental......... Eventually Ophelie learns to 'live' again and starts getting back into wo...more
I absolutaley loved this book. I really got into it. A woman who looses her son and husband, due to a plane crash. Her husband was the pilot! Her son having a mental illness. Now her and her daughter trying to cope after. Her daughter meeting a friend/future stepfather on the beach. The mother ends up working as a volunteer at a shelter. Two families merging together get their scare of their lives when the mother gets shot while volunteering. This helps them to realize how much the mean to one a...more
Abdullah Umer
My second novel i have read in my life.Its totally amazing and wrench my heart when an interval happened in novel in the form of Andrea pregnancy.
Meryem V
A heart-wrenching story about betrayal , distrust and loss. A loss of loved ones , a loss that nothing can replace, an unfillable void. And most of all is about ; Hope, Safety and embracing life instead of giving in to death.
I'd heard mixed reviews about this book, and when a good friend of mine read it and made the comments she did I knew I had to check it out. I'm a HUGE Danielle Steel fan, but this is probably one of my least favorite of her books. The story itself was good, but where she spent so much time in the details and emotions of some areas, other areas seemed to be quickly brushed over. That also holds true for the last forty or so pages. The conclusion seemed rushed and didn't allow me to feel the emoti...more
Janelle Jansson
This was the second book that I have read by Danielle Steel, and it was absolutely wonderful.
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I'm so glad I read this book, It's really a heart breaking story but I enjoy it.
Es el libro de Danielle Steel que más me he demorado en leer. Al principio es un poco lento y por eso quizás me distraje con otras lecturas. Pero cuando me propuse finalizarlo, me atrapó por completo. Igual que siempre.

En varios momentos, se me encogió el corazón y se me llenaron los ojos de lágrimas, a veces mi estómago me punzaba debido al nerviosismo, y a veces sonreía mientras leía.

Creo que recomendaría este libro para personas que estén viviendo la misma situación de Matt o de Ophélie.

So much heart break in this story but ultimately a happy ending.
Joelle Grigsby
I enjoyed this book. I give it 3.5 stars. It was good to listen to in the car going to MI & back.
Absolutely loved it!! it took me some time to read but towards the middle, it just got so good I ended up reading it more often! Danielle Steel really knows how to grab your attention. I really loved this book!
Sempre gostei de Danielle Steele e este livro não foi excepção. É uma história envolvente e com personagens interessantes. Penso no entanto que faltou aprofundar um pouco mais algumas partes, como a história do filho Chad por exemplo. A própria autora teve um filho com os problemas da personagem e que também faleceu e poderia ter transmitido mais a sua experiência. O mesmo em relação a outros aspectos da história que me pareceu serem abordados de forma muito superficial. Mas no global é um bom l...more
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for...more
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