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Miracle

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,129 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
It is New Year’s Eve when the storm of the century hits northern California. In a quiet neighborhood in San Francisco, amid the chaos of fallen trees and damaged homes, the lives of three strangers are about to collide. For Quinn Thompson, what happens in the storm’s wake will bring down a barrier he has built around himself since his wife’s death. For neighbor Maggie Dart ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Dell (first published 2005)
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Sue
Nov 30, 2008 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2008
Three people are brought together as a result of a major storm that damages several houses. Quinn is a wealthy businessman, recently bereaved and harbouring a lot of guilt; Maggie, his neighbour, has recently been divorced; and Jack, the carpenter who fixes their houses, hides a shameful secret.

The story is good, the characters are likeable, and there is a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it's not realised. The writing is repetitive and cliché-ridden, the action is overwhelmed with introspectiv
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Delicious Strawberry
Nov 11, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: danielle-steel
This was my first DS book, and I was curious to see what the hype was when my coworker gave me a bunch of her old books (this one included). I had heard many things about her and was happy for the opportunity to get a nice used DS book that I could 'try' out.

I was disappointed. Ms. Steel repeats herself. A lot. Like, over. And over. And over again. She just found different ways to repeat the same thing, and what was a plot with promise was derailed by the monotonous and repetitive storytelling.

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Kathy
Oct 24, 2010 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel has a predictable recipe for her novel... character faces a crisis and recovers to find happiness. It's nice to be assured that there is life beyond personal crisis, but the formula gets a bit contrite, especially when everyone always lives happily ever after.

The biggest negative in her writing of Miracle was repetition. Every fact was repeated at least three times, as if the reader didn't catch it the first time around. For me it made the story drag on.
Lisa James
Oct 03, 2015 Lisa James rated it liked it
This book, like all of her others, was an easy, fluffy, feel good read. A horrific storm brings together Quinn, a widower who is punishing himself for his wife's death & his daughter's estrangement, Jack, an illiterate but highly talented carpenter/contractor, & Maggie, Quinn's next door neighbor who is a divorcee & mother of a teen son who committed suicide. Through their shared pain they become friends, & they help each other in a myriad of ways.
Bev
Jan 22, 2013 Bev rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, novel
Logos Books got in a huge number of Danielle Steel books. She is one of my mother's favorite authors and I have avoided the books like the plague, but decided that I would read one this week. I chose the thinnest book (and it was large print to boot).

It was an easy 3 hour read and OK. The story of a widower getting his life back together, with a couple of other people, the widow next door and a handyman who is hiding a secret. A lot of the book revolved around boating, since the wealthy widower
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Jen Marx
Aug 08, 2011 Jen Marx rated it it was ok
I found this book to be quite trite. The story of a man who loses his wife and son, and finds replacements for both of them, is not exactly the least predictable tale ever told. I also found the descriptions of characters and settings to be quite empty. I pictured Quinn, Maggie, and Jack more as phantoms floating in and out of ambiguous locales than as actual people operating in the real world. Even in one of the final scenes where dozens of people aboard a ship are certain they are going to die ...more
Geokowgurl
Jul 11, 2011 Geokowgurl rated it liked it
I used to read all of Danielle Steel's books and then I got burned out on them as they are all basically the same story line just different character names and places. However, after several years of avoiding them I decided to read this book when I picked it up at a sale for 50 cents. It turned out to be pretty good. Although it was the same type of story that Steel is known for writing, (a wealthy couple, relationship gone wrong or ended by death, sex without marriage, you know...), I did like ...more
Tara
Oct 12, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing

Quick read about Quinn who lost his wife and son and has an estranged daughter. He decides hes going to sell his house and buys a luxury sailboat. Horrible storm sends trees crashing into his house causing damage. He befriends the handyman, teaches him to read and then they both befriend the neighbor, who has also lost her son and has recently been divorced. The three of them end up having a little "circle" and having dinner every night. Eventually Quinn and Maggie fall in love, she joins him on
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Todd
Jul 12, 2010 Todd rated it it was ok
another rather predictable story. but what saved this from complete mediocrity is the developing bromance between quinn and jack, which takes place early on in the book. a bromantic love triangle between quinn, jack and maggie would have sweetened the deal, but hey, it's a hetero romance novel so i guess that's just one of the limitations of the genre. although i really don't think any so-called "straight" man would ever name his boat "vol de nuit" after a novel by antoine de saint-exupery. that ...more
Heather Thibdeaux
Jun 19, 2011 Heather Thibdeaux rated it liked it
I find Danielle Steel a little predictable at times. This book started off slow and picked up speed. I almost returned it to the library unread after 5 pages. I'm glad I gave it another try. The story was good, the characters decent and not embarrassingly full of sex. I'm not a person who sails or is familiar with sail boats but I did enjoy reading about the glorious vessels. The father/son dynamic between Jack and Quinn was heartwarming. And I would have been terribly upset if he left Maggie be ...more
Lorraine Cobcroft
Jan 20, 2016 Lorraine Cobcroft rated it it was ok
I really don't much like Danielle Steel's writing, but I found this - and others of her works - in my mother's room, after she died. I figured I might as well read them, since she is such a successful author. Maybe I'll learn something.

Miracle was one of the better Steel offerings, I thought. The characters were well drawn and the plot was excellent - not nearly as formulaic as most of her books.

It's the ''mothering'' that I can't stand. She shows, and then she tells and tells and tells and tel
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Kelly Smith
Feb 03, 2014 Kelly Smith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a sotry on redemption and love.
Recommended to Kelly by: No one. I bought it while browsing.
This is officially my second review. My first is on "Ransom" by Daniell Steel, the second of her books I've read. The first was this one.

** SPOILERS ARE BELOW!!! **
I won't lie, I was expecting something slightly different in terms of plot based on the synapsis. I thought the storm itself would be what brought Quinn, Maggie, and Jack's lives together in such a way where they grew to trust each other. It turns out the storm was only the beginning. I liked how Quinn earned Jack's trust by helping
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Wendy
Dec 20, 2015 Wendy rated it it was ok
This was a pretty basic romance novel. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl falls in love with boy, internal conflict means they can never be together, they get back together, they live happily ever after. This time, on a boat.

That being said, there wasn't much I liked about it. The main character, Quinn, was a bad husband, father, and a pretty crappy person most of the time. And after his wife died, he decided to punish himself for the rest of his life for it.

But - wait for it -
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Sheetal Mittal
Oct 16, 2013 Sheetal Mittal rated it it was ok
I think there is nothing special in DS books now. Every book has same tragedy (death or accident) which I'm bored of now. I don't understand how Quinn could have sisterly emotions for Maggie initially and later on developed romantic feelings for her. Just to make the story little different or unpredictable DS matched Maggie with Quinn despite Jack, a more suitable match, been around. Just okay type book.
Jen
Mar 21, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
Just okay. I listened to this on audio while riding into work this week. It was depressing in the beginning and I almost turned it off, but decided to keep listening. It got better, but was very predictable. I'm not sure Danielle Steel books are for me. Maybe I'll give them another try later.
Alison
Aug 02, 2014 Alison rated it liked it
Looking beyond the "formula" DS template as many reviewers noted, there were lessons to be learned. How about three strangers coming together to help one another - wouldn't it be nice in today's world if more people helped one another instead of standing by and criticizing, complaining, watching or doing nothing? And, how about the lesson that Quinn learned, be careful what you ask for and consider the consequences before it's too late (he wanted to build an empire, but at what cost); and that o ...more
Courtney
Jan 25, 2011 Courtney rated it it was amazing
It was a great book about how a man looses his wife, and really looking back he realizes he was never there for his kids. he tries to reconnect with them and ends up falling in love all over again.
Jirrine
Jul 13, 2011 Jirrine rated it it was ok
It just not my cup of tea. Danielle Steel is repetitive and the story is predictable. It really is just another romance story. Nothing special..
Alina Grace
Feb 24, 2012 Alina Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely novel by Steel. Sometimes when the bad things that we think that have happened to us, we have to forgive ourselves first.
Beth
Jan 02, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book because it makes you want to be in the story!!! it will definitly make you want to go on a vacation!!!
Rose Anderson
A DEA agent has to be pulled out just as the love of his life is almost ready to give birth. He goes on loan to the Secret Service for a year & the very last day loses the use of his arm taking the bullet meant for the President's young daughter & unborn child. The daughter of a very wealthy older, widowed man in New York City reluctantly accompanies her father to Argentina to serve as his hostess even though she is has recently graduated from college & has her whole life in front of ...more
Heather
Jun 01, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok
i was curious of the hype of D.S. got this at a free book shelf. I was going to give one star but i figured in terms of people coming together it was worth something but it was boring story with a lot of repeating and the formula!!!! aaaaarghhhhhhh. When it seemed it might get better.... she would repeat things again and again.... i mean sure the characters are tormented but don't torment us too! To be a best seller, she has got to have something decent... ?right?....Miracle is not the one. And ...more
Mary Reed
Oct 18, 2012 Mary Reed rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters and the story line.
Sharon Watkins
Jun 21, 2013 Sharon Watkins rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!! I love it and have reread it so many times!!
Diana Murphy
Apr 10, 2016 Diana Murphy rated it it was amazing
Danielle never disappoints. Such a good read. Quinn and Maggie and destined to meet when both their homes get damaged by a storm. Jack, the carpenter becomes one of the trio of life long friends who meet for Friday night dinner nights. Their lives unfold, consistencies bring them together, as well as the love for sailing. Love, loss, friendship, caring, giving the ultimate gift, not wanting to make the same mistake twice, forgiveness. Just a wonderful read. You will laugh out loud, you may cry, ...more
Jessie
Oct 31, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it
"Miracle", by Danielle Steel, is about a recent widower, Quinn Thompson. Quinn was a business man who was always gone from home. After the death of his wife, Jane, Quinn decides to punish himself for never being around, by buying a boat and spending the rest of his life alone at sea. One night, as Quinn is preparing his family home to be put on the market, a storm comes through causing great damage to his home. In the aftermath of the storm, Quinn meets his neighbor, Maggie, and his contractor, ...more
Annie
Apr 15, 2014 Annie rated it it was ok
I read this for RA purposes and while it's not my thing I suppose I can understand why folks like DS so well. I find her writing sentimental and maudlin.

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I read this for RA purposes and while it's not my thing I suppose I can understand why folks like DS so well. This book was like a daydream that you might have for yourself. I personally find her writing sentimental and maudlin. I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book but the last 1/3 left me feeling like an annoyed teenaged girl- I ha
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Menna Tawilla
Dec 29, 2012 Menna Tawilla rated it it was amazing
I was really touched by this one ..
Becky
Jul 21, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
Great book. Goes very quick.
Nicole
Sep 12, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
quick and easy read
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