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Matters of the Heart

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  3,050 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Top photographer Hope Dunne has known joy and heartbreak, and finds serenity through the lens of her camera. Content in her Soho loft, she isn’t looking for a man or excitement. But these things find her when she flies to London to photograph one of the world’s most celebrated writers.

Finn O’Neill exudes warmth and a boyish charm. Enormously successful, he is a perfect cou
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published 2008)
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When I first started this book I did so with high hopes. After all, it had been referred to my by a trusted friend, and I'd seen this authors books everywhere, so it was a very good chance that this author/book would be good.

I can't believe how wrong I was. This book was so poorly written and so badly outlined that I literally found myself both squirming (picture it like being in a dentists chair getting drilled) and rolling my eyes as I continued on. About halfway through I rarely read any of i
Heba Nouraldeen
حينما تقع المرأه فى الحب..أظنها تصبح حمقاء وعمياء الى حد انها لا تستطيع رؤية حقائق الأمور
حتى بعد ان تنجلى لها حقيقة من تحب ويكشف القناع عن الكذب والخداع
يظل قلبها يفيض حباً وتسامحاً
الكذب... وحده يكفى ان يهدد أى علاقة حب بل أى علاقه انسانيه ليقودها الى الأنهيار
لكن انصافاً للمرأه ...حينما تستفيق وتقرر الرحيل
تدهشك بقدرتها على استعادة حياتها من جديد
ومعافاتها سريعاً ...وتلتئم جروحها وان تركت ندوباً..لا تبالى فهى قادرة على المضى قدماً
دون الألتفات الى الوراء...
I've avoided Danielle Steel for years. Her books are formulaic and her writing is passable. But a coworker recommended this, and I decided to give it a try. The verdict? Meh.

Hope Dunne is, of course, incredibly wealthy, successful, kind, and beautiful. And tiny; how many times were we reminded of how tiny she is, and how her eyes are violet? Steel beats the reader over the head with her female protagonist's perfection, to the point where, instead of sympathizing with the protagonist, we're sick
السيد شوقي

"تجرفك الحياة بقوة أحياناً، وحتى لو كنت تحب شخصاً، لا تستطيع العثور على طريقك إليه مجدداً". بهذه العبارة يمكن لنا أن نكتشف "هموم القلب" رائعة سيدة الرواية الأميركية المعاصرة "دانيال ستيل" التي ترجمت رواياتها إلى أكثر من 28 لغة، وتصدرت قائمة الكتب الأكثر مبيعاً حسب النيويورك تايمز؛ وتحولت أكثر من 28 رواية من رواياتها إلى أعمال تلفزيونية ناجحة. بكثير من الواقعية وبمزيج من الرومانسية، وبأسلوب أدبي على غاية من الرهافة تعالج الروائية مشكلة عاطفية بحتة؛ تتناول فيها حياة امرأة طموحة وموهوبة تعمل مصورة
This is my 1st Danielle Steel book in probably 10 years. So far it's predictable for her novels. Ok, I finished it this morning and now I remember why it's been 10 years since reading the last one. It will probably be another 10 years before I pick up another. I used to love her.

I hated this book. All her characters are always poor little rich girls. This one though I just wanted to smack. How a character that's 44 years old would put up with someone who abused her like that and stayed with him
What an awful, terrible, stupid book. I haven't read anything by Danielle Steel in forever, and I guess now I know why. Ick. I can't believe this was written by an established author. It was more like listening to a girlfriend try to describe a movie she'd seen: "There was this woman, a famous photographer. And then there was this guy, a famous author. And he looooves her so much, but he's creepy, kinda. And then she moved to Ireland,to be with the guy. She's tiny and perfect and beautiful. She ...more
Sarah ( Paris )
هوب مصورة فوتوغرافية مخترفة ، مستقلة ، هادئة ومتصالحة كثيراً مع ذاتها رغمَ ما خبرته في ماضيها القريب ..
فين كاتب شهير ، غامض ، منعزل ومسيطر، يلتقيان في جلسة تصوير ، ويقعان في الحب ، لا نلبث كثيراُ حتى يتصادمان لكنَ الموضوع لن يكونَ سهلا ، الصدام البسيط سيكبر ونعرف مع الوقت كم هذا الـ فين محتال ومسيطر ومتملك وأكثر من ذلكَ بكثير أيضاً ..
أكثر ما أحببته في هذه الرواية : رغمَ تعقيد الشخصيات الكبير- وخاصة شخصية البطل- وهو شيءٌ لم أعهده من دانييل ستيل من قبل ،
إلا أنه يخلو من المبالغة المصطنعة التي نراه
Typical Danielle Steel. Inperfect but beautiful and rich heroine, with a pure heart; bad guy whom she falls in love with but he turns out to be a loser (won't say more, as it would give away the story), and in the end, she finds a good guy to love. Just once, can't she write about women who aren't beautiful, don't have money, don't have great jobs, and have to deal with banalities such as health insurance, being overweight and making car payments?
Cristinna Vento
I absolutely love Danielle Steel even if I haven't meant her presently face to face. I admire this women who strucks your soul and imagination to go where ever it wants not only that when you open her books just by the note that she writes you can tell it's going to be a good read. I do not agree with people judging her writing because who are you to huge someones writing. Her writings come fourth to life about hope, heartache, and love all combined into one and that's absolutely magnetic and ma ...more
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Caroline G'wattage
This is a fantastic read.

Matters of the heart is a love story that captures your heart but in different ways than you would think.

It is all about a women Hope Dunn, she has been a wifew, mother, who has loved and lost. She went through so much sadness and heartbreak.

Finally she turned her life around and became a women, who has it all, and becomes a top photographer, who has become a big name.

Life is now settled and has found peace in herself.

Suddenly her life is turned upside down, by a charmin
Lisa Weber
This was my first Danielle Steel novel, and overall, I found it disappointing. I got the impression it was quickly, and not carefully written, not well-edited, repetitive, slow, and simplistic. Matters of concern are so overly-explained that it speaks down to those of us who are still awake. I agree with reviewers here that are frustrated with DS's 'tell-it rather than show-it' style.

On the positive side however, 2 points are worth mentioning. First, the action speeds up nicely for a while at t
Curiosity got the better of me. I had never read a Danielle Steel book which didn't seem right. By reading "Matters of the Heart" I confirmed that I'm not missing anything. Maybe her other books are better? I felt as though this was written for a lower reading level than what I'm used to. The author repeats lines and facts several times throughout the story (as though I wouldn't remember the first and second time). This was a completely unbelievable plot. No one in their right mind (and apparent ...more
From the time Finn arrives unannounced on Hope's doorstep, I could see this would not end well. One question repeatedly came to my mind while reading this book: Why can this 44 year old woman not see the obvious red flags?!

I laughed while reading the last forty pages or so because 1) the plot and characters had become so outlandish it was comical and 2)I was imagining how I would react to Finn if I were in Hope's situation-it would have gone a completely different way (not that I would be so bl
Scheherazade Nudar
This book was so odd. The first half was so different from the second half of the story and I didn't feel like the transition was all that smooth. It felt like the entire tone of the book changed halfway through. But once the BIG CHANGE occurred, the story sort of spiraled downwards. Everything was so predictable all of a sudden. I guess that's not true. But the first half of the story was so pleasant that things being predictable didn't really matter. But when it got all dark and sneaky then fo ...more
Hope Dunne is a successful photographer from New York. Her agent Mark tells her that she could shoot a book jacket for the famous author Finn O’Neill in London. She agrees, but she doesn't know how much this shoot is going to change her life…

Finn seems smitten with her. He starts emailing her & going to New York to see her. Although wary at first, Hope is caught up in this new found romance between them. They quickly jump into a relationship but cracks soon begin to appear.

Finn lies to her.
This writing of the book was quite redundant.

I really couldn't identify with the main character in this one and by the end, I couldn't believe the storyline.

How a smart sucessful woman would fall for all of the lies without so much as a blink is beyond me. I want to believe that I would ahve seen that guy coming from a mile away.

This was my first novel after a very long reading hiatus and I was not impressed. I'll find another author to go to next.
Terri Stuhltrager
Typical Danielle Steel romance. Beautiful rich people. Where bad things may happen but the main characters always manage to survive any crisis and have a happy ending.
Jennifer McMurrain
There is only one reason this book got 2 stars instead of 1 and that was because Danielle Steel kept me interested enough to see it through to the end in order see what the crazy guy was going to do. But even after reading to the end I was greatly disappointed. I never saw the attraction between Hope and Finn, so I couldn't understand why she would stay with him when it was obvious that he was a psycho. I mean she made some really stupid choices. Now let me state, I've been in an emotional abusi ...more
I should start by saying that I had never read a Danielle Steel book before, nor have I ever wanted to. This book was given to me by my mother-in-law after she had finished it and she said “it was an amazing book”. As if I needed any more proof, I think it’s now extremely obvious that my Mother-in-law and I have very different tastes.

The storyline of the book is quite good and I found the subject matter interesting. We follow Hope, a 40-something, single photographer, as she meets Finn, a succes
Diane Johnson
When Danielle Steel first starting writing, I thought her books were great. In the last few years, she's started cranking them out so fast she's lost all creative writing skills. I read this is about 4 to skip whole areas where she just repeats and repeats info you already know! By the end of her books, she's sort of back to telling a story that has some content, but I think this will be her last I read.
Auntie Pam
Il mio primo libro della Steel e a dire il vero non era poi così male come io temevo. Hope è una fotografa affermata e piena di talento alla quale è stato chiesto di fotografare un noto scrittore affascinante per il lancio del suo nuovo romanzo. Hope farà quello che ha sempre fatto, seguire il suo cuore, anche se alle volte ne è stata ingannata.
Al di là della trama ho pensato a quante volte, specie noi donne, ci siamo fatte fregare dalle emozioni, quante volte non abbiamo voluto ascoltare chi c
Amie Gaudet
MATTERS OF THE HEART by Danielle Steel is the 100th book by this author.

Her books are almost all similar in that the people involved are all affluent which makes for fun reading, but I find it impossible to relate to her characters on a deeper level.

Hope Dunne is a famous photographer and the author describes her childhood as average and simple, but with a Professor father and artist mother, her childhood was actually decidedly upscale. Her family even owned an ocean front house on Cape Cod. Th
Not too sure what to say about this book. I had a few mixed feelings whilst reading this one. I really liked Hope's character throughout this book but did at some stages wonder how she could be so naive and blinded by love. In saying that though I can kind of understand it now in reading this through to the end. Even though Hope was such a strong person she yearned for what most people do and that is love and honesty and she just wanted to believe so much in the person she was in love with and f ...more
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Megan Birch
Great book which was well written and had a lovely storyline to it but there were a few sad, emotional parts in it.

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I thought it was repetitive, somewhat boring and overall I'd have a difficult time recommending this book. It was supposed to be focusing on a very serious subject, oppression and mental abuse. It skirted the issue for the most part, and seriously, a woman with an excess of 50 million dollars could easily escape the situation. I understand the money doesn't really matter it's having control and the victim allowing it, but it was covered in such a flaky unrealistic way that the reader never has t ...more
Roaa Al-t
تصور هذه الرواية حياة لامراة تعمل كمصورة فوتوغرافية تعيش لوحدها وتنتقل من بلد الى أخر لتصور احدى شخصيات المشهورة ... تعاني من طلاقها من زوجها ووفاة بسبب اصابته بمرض باركنسون ووفاة ابنتهما الوحيدة مما جعلها وحيدة في حياتها ...وفي احد الايام طلب منها مدير اعمالها تصوير احد اهم الكتاب المشهورين ولكن حاول تحذيرها منه بانه زير نساء ... وهكذا وقعت في غرامه في اقل من شهر واستمرت حكايتها معه لمدة سنة اكتشتف خلالها العديد من الاكاذيب و يعتبر من الشخصيات ذات الخيال الواسع كما انه كان مريض اجتماعي بامتياز ...more
YIKES!!!! surely makes a woman think.....
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