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Amazing Grace

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  4,138 ratings  ·  273 reviews
On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect–until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream….

In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of four s
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published October 2007)
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Amanda
I am so proud of Derek for going Back to School...but this is how it went...
"Hey, Derek, I'm going to the library. I need a new book on CD for the car."
"Hey, Amanda, I need to study math, so I am going to the library. I will pick out a book for you, baby."
Later, that same day...
"Hey, Amanda. Just got back from the libes. I checked out this book...a Danielle Steel novel."
"Hey, Derek, do you really take me for that kind of girl? I am not a chick-lit kind of girl. I am schematically offended."
"Hey,
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Mitsu Vaishnav
This is one of the Best Novels I have read which made me rethink a lot about myself. i learnt from Sarah, The art of making it on my own and the art of forgiveness. There is always a hidden strength in us, which carries us through one of our worst times ever. Never Give Up.. Because the moment you do Failure becomes mandatory. From Melanie, I learnt the importance of having the freedom to make our own decisions. I learnt how much ever of money one has, it cant make you as much happy as volunteer ...more
Sara Dame
This was my first Danielle Steel novel and it will be my last. Her writing style drove me crazy. I think the book could have been 100 pages shorter and still gotten her superficial point across.

The characters are all very boxed into whatever their specific character trait is. For example, Melanie is the sweet, humble pop star who has an (unrealistically) over-bearing mother. And we get to hear, during every section of the book in which Melanie appears, that she is sweet and humble and kind....
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Laura
This story kind of confused me in all honesty in regards to the plot. I thought the majority of the story was going to be based on the earthquake and it ended up being about the aftermath for the majority of the novel. I felt like the characters were a huge random mess of people that would never be together and kinda found the story in my opinion to seem thrown together and scrambeled.

I mean a nun and a recovering alcoholic; a superstar and an average college grad, it just seemed far fetched to
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Sarah ( Paris )
الرواية التي عرفتني بـ دانييل ستيل ..
الغريب انها في البدء لم ترقني كثيرا .. ولم تعجبني..
توقفت في الصفحة الثمانون ..
ولم اتزحزح لـ شهرين كاملين .. وذات يوم أعدت قراءتها ولم أضعها من يدي إلا وكنت أنهيتها ..
جميلة جدا..
قصة كفاح خمسة أشخاص ..
بعد زلزال مدمر..

مع عدة زلازل شخصية مرت بالأبطال..
تستحق الخمس نجمات.
Eva Dillner
I used to really enjoy Danielle Steel. This one felt like she hadn't bothered to develop the dialogue and the books events beyond the outline for the book. At times yes, but large portions were repetitive descriptions of "this is what the book is about." It felt like she maintained an observer mode instead of bringing the reader into the feel of each character.
Perhaps I'm more sensitive to how a book is presented at this point. I write non-fiction but am contemplating doing some fiction. So how
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Cotito Hernández
Hace ya demasiado tiempo que no leía algo de esta autora y creí que era tiempo de volver a aventurarme con ella y en cierto modo no me decepcionó, aunque tampoco es que la tuviera tan arriba en mi altar de lecturas, por lo que puede que simplemente se quedara en alguien que volvería a leer si algo de ella llegara a mis manos.

Un Regalo Extraordinario nos cuenta la historia de varios personajes y lo que sucede con ellos post terremoto. Sarah, una mujer profesional, pero que se dedicó por entero a
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Alison
Having read some of the other reviews, I do have to agree it seems unlikely that so many pairs of opposites would end up together after a major earthquake in San Francisco. However, I think it shows that opposites can attract, and if one keeps their mind open, they are likely to follow new adventures, meet new people, and be introduced to cultures and other 'ways of life'. Sometimes when the worse things happen (earthquakes, illness, fraud), we do find the strength to come out the other end in a ...more
Bev Taylor
ok - think it is 3.5 stars!

a gala charity event in san francisco for a neonatal clinic is cut short by a devastating earthquake and the lives of 4 strangers will converge

sarah - beautiful wife of a financial star sees her perfect life fall to pieces

melanie - award winning singer comes to a turning point in her career

everett - a former war correspondent and a recovering alcoholic finds new purpose amid the carnage

sister maggie - a nun who works in jeans and trainers and then starts questioni
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Marianne Stehr
About every 3-4 months I pick up a Danielle Steel book. Sometimes it brings me back to my college years (when that is all I read) and other times it reminds me why I only pick one up every 3-4 months. This one was the later. It was so promising. I am a fan of the individual people coming together and seeing how the relationships build and grow especially under duress which this was, however to me it didn't flow the way it should have and the ending was definitely not what I wanted or would have ...more
Donna
Sarah Sloane is a San Francisco socialite who thinks her life is perfect. She has a husband she loves, 2 children she adores, and they are wealthy. She has put together a charity auction dinner at the Ritz to raise money for the local hospital that saved the life of her older child when the child was born premature. She arranged for Melanie, one of the country's top singers, to donate a performance to add to the glitz of the event. The event is going better than even Sarah's high expectations un ...more
Pamela
Lives are tied together through the force of a San Francisco earthquake. Melanie Free, one of the top young singers, is doing a charity benefit in San Francisco when a massive earthquake leaves her and her entourage in the city for weeks. While her group is stuck at the shelter, she volunteers at a field hospital and meets Maggie, a Converse-wearing nun, who was also at the benefit. Meanwhile, Maggie meets Everett, a journalist from LA, and they quickly form a close bond. And Sarah, the head of ...more
Debbie
Earthquake !!! During a Hospital fundraising event with the famous, young pop star Melanie Free. In the after math Melanie joined with a nun, (Sister Maggie Kent), a world class photographer (Everett Carson) and others to help get everyone to safety. Reuniting hours later in the local shelter to help tend the hurt and comfort the shaken. During it all, Melanie learned a few things about herself, her best friend and her boyfriend. Becoming friends with a nun and helping was just what she needed t ...more
Stasha
Some people say that every Danielle Steel book is the same, but I disagree. The same formula is used, and at times the outcome of the stories may be similar, but I think that Ms. Steel comes up with the most interesting and heartwarming reads.At first, I was not sure what to make out of "Amazing Grace" but I was for the most part satisfied. The story takes place in San Francisco and follows four characters who meet at a benefit, but on an unfortunate night, when an earthquake hits town. And iron ...more
Sarah
Mar 16, 2013 Sarah rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dada
The characters didn't feel real to me. Catholicism wasn't portrayed very accurately (it sounded more like Protestantism, or some denomination of it) but I won't condemn Danielle Steel for it; some really intense research has to be done if you want to truly accomplish a feat like portraying a second Mother Teresa.

Perhaps there were too many relationships appearing in this novel; that might be why there wasn't much space to really go in depth into the characters and their interactions. I liked Mel
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Laurel-Rain
On a warm night in May, in San Francisco, California, a glittering crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. A celebrity headliner, a gorgeous venue, and the sparkle of the good life promise a wonderful and profitable evening.

Sarah Sloane, the wife of a wealthy hedge fund manager, is the hostess. And she knows just how to excel at bringing successful events to fruition.

But before the night is over, everything about her life and the lives of all those attending will be upended. A shake, the horri
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Proud Book Nerd
This is the first Danielle Steel novel I have ever read. I wasn't sure what to expect, and am embarrassed to admit I thought it was some romance-type novel. I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that wasn't the case.

This book was given to me by a friend after she had finished with it. I love to read so much that I decided to go ahead and take it - along with a slew of other books. I'm glad I did. This was a compelling story with many very interesting characters.

My only complaint is that
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Laura
This was my first exposure to this prolific and well known author’s works. I was drawn to this story primarily because of its setting. I was born and raised in Northern California where San Francisco is commonly referred to as “The City”. I have spent many wonderful hours exploring the environs of “Baghdad by the Bay”. Hence I was most familiar with the areas mentioned in this novel.

I was also drawn to the plot of this book. There are four central characters around which this story is woven. Sa
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Jaclyn
I read this book because we were getting ready to move to SF and I had never been there, so I was hungry for any information that I could find about the city, fact or fiction, that would make me feel more familiar with it once I arrived. I am not a typical Danielle Steele fan - not that I don't like her, I just don't choose her books for some reason - too mainstream for my liking I guess. However, I found myself totally engrossed in this story and wondering why I don't read more books by DS. I b ...more
Jennifer Entwistle
This is the second Danielle Steel book I have ever read and although it's not as bad as the first one I gave an awful review to, A Good Woman, it still wasn't great. I have no idea why this author is as famous as she is.

Good thing this book had 4 principles in it and not one because every character she has, I could care less about. She seems to not be able to build characters up at all. Every character is so Lilly white and perfect. Doesn't she get tired writing about boring people? I sure am ti
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Pam
11/18/07
TITLE/AUTHOR: AMAZING GRACE by Danielle Steel
RATING: 4/B
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2007/8 CD's
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone
TIME/PLACE: Present/San Francisco
CHARACTERS: Sarah Sloan/mother, fund-raiser; Evrett/photojournalist; Maggie/nun; Melanie/pop singer


COMMENTS: An earthquake on the night of charity fundraiser brings together a group of people that will be forever changed. Sarah, is a full-time mother of 2 young children married to a hugely successful stockbroker. She thinks he
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Val Pearson
I was absolutely amazed at how these characters continued to play a part in each others lives at just the right time. They all bonded because of one night that an earthquake hit. I enjoyed watching all the characters face their conflicts and triumph in impossible situations. Danielle Steel had a way of making these characters so relevant and heartwarming to me. I was actually rooting for certain couples to make it and certain couples to break up.
Danielle Steel brought to a life a captivating sto
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Lauren S.
This book provides very different dynamics. All the characters are vastly different but they are all brought together by one single disaster. Its very realistic, an earthquake in San Francisco, of course. Some characters are people we can relate to, while others are ones most of us only see on tv. But what makes it interesting is watchiung as events unfold. In one couples lives who begin to fall apart, and two couples romances bloom. Adds both positive and negative sides to the story. But it al ...more
 Gen
I enjoyed the story. Tom Dheere, the reader/narrator of this story did a great job reading the story and portraying the characters. I really liked how he made the characters sound when they were having phone conversations in this audio version. They sounded a lot like they were on a cell phone while they were talking. You could also hear the difference in his voice when he would read each of the character's portion of the story.

I think the book had a good message in it about forgiveness and acc
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Katherine
This is the first Danielle Steel book that I have read. I also have her book called "Sisters" that I have attempted to read a few times but haven't quite finished it.

I like the foundation of the story. How a event like a major earthquake can bring people together that might otherwise never meet. My favorite storyline in this book was the story of "Everett" & "Maggie".

My biggest complaint about this book was that there were times where the author was recycling things that she had just told t
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Andrea
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Assala Lamaa mallak
I regretted not having read Danielle Steel until now, after all its "commercial" success... After this first Steel reading, I knew that I had maybe nothing to regrett!! This book was terribly disappointing! Her style to relate and convey very superficial messages drove crazy! This book was very "real", very "perfect", very poor in imagination... And very very hard to finich reading it!
Susan
This was the first Danielle Steel book I have read. It was a very easy read and a compelling story. I was pleasantly surprised with it and I would read another one of her books if I wanted an easy read for a vacation.
Lisa
Nov 24, 2007 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who recycle
I just wrote a short review on Testing Your IQ, well, reading this book lowered my IQ! At least the small portion I read. I used to read her books when I was a teenager and thought I'd give her another try since I loved her books back then. I loved them because I was a kid! Reading the first chapter of this book left me longing to read the dictionary to regain the few brain cells I lost while reading this book. I know this review sounds quite harsh, but her writing style (and plot for that matte ...more
Janet C.
Surprisingly I enjoyed this book. I've been reading Danielle Steel for 30 years and have felt in the last 10 years they have deteriorated in passion and strength with pretty predictable tales. (An easy read mentally and intellectually) I can't say that with this book. Its a story about a nun, a rock star, a wealthy woman and a recovering alcoholic whose paths are thrown together during an earthquake in San Francisco. Its a story of finding out how to become whole spiritually and emotionally thro ...more
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