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Thurston House

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  4,848 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Jeremiah Thurston built Thurston House, San Francisco's grandest mansion. When he found himself alone with his infant daughter, Sabrina, he was determined to bring her up to run the biggest mining business in California. Nothing would stop her from taking over his dynasty not the San Francisco earthquake, the deadly schemes of a cunning rival, the Great depression, or her ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 4th 1994 (first published January 1st 1983)
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Robert Beveridge
Danielle Steel, Thurston House (Dell, 1983)

Over the past quarter-century or so, Danielle Steel has sold more novels than there are people in America. Fifty-three books, with sales (at present, according to Steel's website) of more than four hundred sixty-three million. She's one of a handful of novelists who have not had a single book go out-of-print in decades. Remember those old Slim Whitman late-night TV ads talking about how he'd sold more albums than Elvis and The Beatles? Well, Danielle St
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Misfit
As the book begins, Jeremiah Thurston is the richest man in California, having made a fortune with the land and mines in Napa Valley he inherited from his father. Jeremiah had planned to marry when he was younger, but she died and a close friend finally convinces him it's time for a wife and an heir. He meets a very young southern belle during a business trip, and despite the huge gap in their ages it seems to be a love match. Or at least Jeremiah's dumb enough to think it is and he builds her a ...more
Carey Henderson
This is my um-teenth D.S. novel I’ve read to date, some I’ve liked…some I’ve hated. This one I liked. Really liked. This may be a front-runner for one of my favorites of her novels.

Thurston House is the story of Jeremiah Thurston & the legacy that he built. It’s divided into 3 different “books”. I’m a sucker for a good, epic, Historical-fiction novel & this one fit the bill. At over 500pages, it’ll take you awhile to get through, but it will hold your interest.

Book 1 introduces you to J
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Tammi
Jul 14, 2012 Tammi rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a book that TRULY takes you on a journey, this is the one... in true Danielle Steel fashion, she takes you through generations of turmoil, heartbreak and PAIN, but you cannot put it down... its wonderfully written and worth the time to push through it... I read it in one weekend while in Napa Valley (where the book is based), and it was both awesome and depressing (but in a good way)... Highly Recommend!!
Kelly
Feb 28, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
This was my first novel I ever read many (many) years ago. It was this book that got me hooked on reading! I laughed, cried, even got angry only to laugh out loud again. Thinking I might read it again.
Judy
Sep 12, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this years ago and needed something else to read. A nice story and probably one of D. Steel's better books. I don't usually make a habit of reading this writers books as they always seem to be the same story, just different locale and names.
Brandy
Feb 08, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It took place in the late 1800's, early 1900's. This book really made you love the character of Jeremiah and you were sad to see him die. The one thing that was hard to believe was how Sabrina lost both mines and ended up broke. I knew Camille would show up eventually, but I'm surprised Sabrina's son Jonathon turned out like he did. Really good book though.
Shari
Feb 13, 2009 Shari rated it it was amazing
I've read almost every book that Danielle Steel has written. This though is my absolute favorite. I re-read this every 2 or 3 years. Family history, spans over a couple generations. Just fabulous!
Jewelrymaker
Feb 22, 2009 Jewelrymaker rated it it was amazing
This was the very first Danielle Steele book I read...I could not put the book down!!! Hence....new addiction: DANIELLE STEELE NOVELS!!!!!
Olivia
Jul 11, 2008 Olivia rated it it was amazing
I can't remember how many times I have reread this book. Every second, every detail is just fantastic.
Wendi (BrokenBinding)
could not finish...text was missing in the online library copy I was reading.
Dawn Lyons
Feb 09, 2015 Dawn Lyons rated it it was amazing
My very first Danielle Steele novel. I loved it! I should read it again to see if it holds up!
Shirlene
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Ms211
Aug 12, 2011 Ms211 added it
nice beach book
Terralyn Brown Barfield
Feb 16, 2017 Terralyn Brown Barfield rated it really liked it
Couldn't wait for each new Danielle Steel book.
Robyn
Dec 06, 2016 Robyn rated it it was amazing
My fav Danielle Steele novel
Siddhi Palande
Feb 26, 2014 Siddhi Palande rated it liked it
Book 1 Jeremiah Thurston

Danielle Steel has it in her to evoke and churn emotions but amidst the whirlpool of emotions what I found was how very similar the character of Camille was to Mrs Dalloway. Virginia Woolf's character Clarissa often loved to throw parties, she was disillusioned, she would stay away from her husband and the Dalloway couple could never confess their love to each other. These traits are seen in the characters of Elizabeth and Camille. Elizabeth keeps talking about the lost
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Haya Nufus
Feb 17, 2015 Haya Nufus rated it really liked it
Ini adalah buku Danielle Steel ketiga yang saya baca setelah Message from Nam dan Jewels. Ketiga buku ini mungkin tak akan saya baca kalau saya berada dekat dengan toko-toko buku yang menjejerkan banyak buku lain untuk dipilih. Disini saya membaca buku yang ada, tak banyak pilihan :D. Jika saya sedikit kecewa dengan Message from Nam, novel Thurston House ini memuaskan saya kecuali pada beberapa bagian yang membuat saya risih karena terlalu dewasa. Iya, ini novel luar yang budayanya berbeda denga ...more
BLRBrazil
Well the missing chunk (pp. 281-312) in the Dell edition certainly knocked a hole in the story's flow, and a repeated section (pp. 313-344) further ratcheted up the annoyance level.
When it was interrupted, Sabrina was fighting great adversity to keep her inherited mines going, with her father's rival John Harte trying to buy her out, while developing a growing admiration for the way the young girl kept things going, and when it started again she was trying to fight off a rapist and getting enga
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Carrie
Jun 09, 2015 Carrie rated it it was ok
Danielle Steel has plenty of fans, so I don't feel bad that I am not one of them. This book had some interesting parts, but I felt like I was waiting for it to really get going the entire time. The characters are one-dimensional, and so much is told, not shown. Years in the plot pass by with a paragraph that is basically "This happened. Then this happened. Then this. Now we find our characters again here." A lot of the main characters have affairs/mistresses, and it didn't seem like you were sup ...more
Patricialogan8
Mar 01, 2012 Patricialogan8 rated it it was amazing
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witchonthebroom B
The journey of a house in the hands of it's original builder Jeremiah who built it for the flash love he felt for his child bride Camille and finally their daughter Sabrina, who ends up loving the house as much as her father.

It's a compelling story about the strength of character and a never-say-die spirit. How, first the Father and then the daughter survive the cruelest blows of fate, loss of business, loved ones, heartbreaks and political turmoil yet continue to stand tall. I was totally hooke
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Princesz Princesz
This was the 1st of her books i read.... and it left such a great image that i started looking for her books in the library and with friends........ Jeremiah's pain was so evident..... and his love for his wife was so evident...... he build such an extravagant house for her...... not that i believe materialistic things are needed to prove love but he did all that he could to make his new bride happy...... and he was such a loving father..... His wife's character was so unbelievable....... but in ...more
Ushlah Aluthge
Oct 31, 2012 Ushlah Aluthge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unbelievable book!
Great!
I really love Danielle Steel’s books.
They just touch my heart & bring tears to my eyes in some ways.


The book is about a man name-Jeremiah Arbuckle Thurston & how much he loves his Fiancée/wife (Camille) that he built a mansion –Thurston House- just for her & then after she gives birth to a baby girl –she leaves Jeremiah & their daughter - Sabrina Thurston Harte -with another man. Even after Jeremiah dies Sabrina struggles to live her life – With great diff
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Elaine
Nov 24, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
An intriguing plot revolving around a family and their sentiments for their home, Thurston House.
Jeremiah, a wealthy businessman, seemingly finds the love of his life but she is not satisfied with her life and eventually leaves him and their child to run off to Paris with her lover. Only years later she returns to take hold of the house as her lawful right. The daughter, now a grown woman is decidedly against it.
A very compelling story that is told with a good narrative style.
Angelica Gonzales
Jul 09, 2013 Angelica Gonzales rated it liked it
Nice book cover and color.
First Danielle Steel book I've read and I appreciate it. This book made me realize the difference between happiness brought by money and happiness brought by love. Money will make you happy today but till when? No matter how rich you are, at the end of the day, you will realize that there are more important things in life than money; it is family and love that can last forever.
Sylvia
Oct 31, 2014 Sylvia rated it liked it
mmmmmm...... I read Danielle Steel years ago and never expected to pick up another of her books but this one came my way. I DID like the book but I thought maybe the author is running out of ideas. It kept me interested enough but there was a lot of content that I felt didn't add much to the story. I wouldn't deter anyone from reading Thurston House, in fact I would say to give it a go and skim over the waffle to get to the relevant (!) bits.
Debbie
Sep 03, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
This story starts out in the depression and goes through several generations in the Thurston house. Jerimiah Thurston built the Thurston house which was the grandest house in San Francisco at the time. He was determined to raise his daughter properly and continue with his business. After his death she continues the legacy he left her.
Kalyn
May 05, 2014 Kalyn rated it really liked it
Recently I have been reading some of Danielle Steel's recent material and wondered what has happen to her. It took everything in me to finish the books. They lacked depth and rich details. Thurston House met all those expectations. I loved the insights into the Thurston family and was sad to have the book end. It was one of my top favorites from Danielle Steel.
Fara
Feb 10, 2009 Fara rated it liked it
This is the first book I read from the writer. The way her write-up kind of interesting to me but I still looking forward for climates in this book. So far the language kind of okay but the story line is something u can guess. I took more time to read cause the fonts quite small and actually this book consider thicker than it look.
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