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Southern Lights

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,842 ratings  ·  311 reviews
Danielle Steel sweeps us from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel—at once a behind-closed-doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment.

Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband’s betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistan
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published 2009)
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I read this book out of loyalty to Danielle Steel. During my early years as a reader I read so many of her books because they were much easier to come by due to her popularity. And I really enjoyed them. But as I discovered other genres and got access to more authors through ebooks I lost interest in her books. So I ws excited to get to read this one but was terribly disapointed. The main character Alexa is someone I cud identify with coz I carry anger with me for a long time too. She's intellig ...more
I always love Danielle Steele, this book was a bit of a change in her normal writing. It was a book that was one I didn't put down until I finished it. She has her main character as a
woman who fleed the South eleven years ago when she felt her ex husband had betrayed her and his family and friends were mean to her once she was no longer associated with a southern family. She runs to Manhattan and becomes an assistant D. A. where she lives with her daughter and is assigned to a criminal case whe
I read and loved Danielle Steele 20 years ago and really enjoyed her books. I haven't for many years now. I keep going back thinking maybe this book will be better. Southern Lights was easy to read but there was little substance to it and, I don't know if it's just me, but the author repeats herself much too much. She can say the same thing in one paragraph 4 times! This storyline had so much more potential. I was disappointed.
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Alexa Hamilton married the man she thought was her dream man until he showed her how weak he was. He allowed his mother and his ex-wife to break up his marriage to Alexa. His ex-wife had had left him and their two young sons for seven years to marry a man of wealth. After the man died, the ex-wife decided she wanted her ex-husband and sons back, and her mother-in-law agreed with her because Alexa wasn’t a southern belle. Alexa’s ex-husband divorced her making the daughter they created together f ...more
I always love Danielle Steele:) this book was a bit of a change in her normal writing. It was a book that was one I didn't put down until I finished it. She has her main character as a woman who fled the South eleven years ago when she felt her ex husband had betrayed her and his family and friends were mean to her once she was no longer associated with a southern family. She runs to Manhattan and becomes an assistant D. A. where she lives with her daughter and is assigned to a criminal case whe ...more
3.5 Stars!

I have been traveling a lot, so I listened to the audio of this book. I really enjoyed it.
Southern Lights is just over nine hours of listening, read by Nick Podehl. ( audiobook)

Danielle Steel is one of the most prolific writers in America today. As a reader, you either love her or hate her, there really is no in-between, and she has legions of fans. If you are ever in the mood for sweet romance, meaning a teenaged girl can read the book, pick up a Danielle Steel novel. It’s easy to become absorbed, the stories are not gray-matter growth material; they aren’t intended to be
Avis Exley
A very long time since I read a Danielle Steel but sadly it didn't renew a fond relationship. The story didn't seem to flow and there was a lot of unnecessary detail that really broke up the narrative. Lots of stock, predictable (boring) characters and the end just came out of nowhere in a big lump to make everyone have a happy ending. Other reviewers have said this book was totally out of character for this author and not one of her best but I don't know if I want to put others to the test
The initial plot was good and I thought the story was interesting as it started out. As it progressed, it seemed like the author (was it really DS writing it?) became anxious to just finish it up. Rather than describing the action, it was more like a listing of events without embellishment. It was filled with angst and became repetitive which soon grew tiresome. I kept on reading but felt the last pages were just a quick way to end the book.
Ekaterina Dynina
In 32 years of my life I've never read a single book by Danielle Steel. Yes, there. I made the confession.

So I thought that this one, given the decent rating, would be a suitable place to start.

Maybe I waited too long and grew out of the target audience that Danielle Steel is writing for. Maybe my life is too busy to spare a few hours for a book that I'll never remember after finishing.

Writing was very poor and unimaginative. Why does the writer need to say that "Alex spoke eloquently for a f
Christina Helbach
I read this book a while ago but it was honestly one of my favorites. The whole plot had you guessing. You could really connect with the main character and understand what she was going through. You could feel all of the emotions she was going through and all of her struggles. You also could feel what her parents were going through. It was tough on all of them but they managed to get through it. Definitively a must read.
Pam Holcomb
Too predictable & not enough character development for my taste. I struggled to finish it. For me, it was just medium.
Loved this book--I didn't want it to end! You can always count on Danielle Steel for a good read!!!!!
I started reading Danielle Steel as a teenager. I think I read Star and was enthralled and started on her backlist. I regularly got her new books as Christmas gifts and truly enjoyed her books as a teenager. Eventually I branched out, found other authors and other genres. I've heard the complaints about Danielle Steel through the years, but continued to pick up her books from time-to-time. Some were wonderful, some not so much, but it can be like that with any author.

I recently checked out her t
Just when you think you know the plot lines of a Danielle Steel book, she comes along with one that is on a different vein altogether. This one is of course a love story, but it's also about a serial killer as well as a family torn apart by divorce and a daughter's chance to get to know a father who has remained in the background in her life.

Alexa Hamilton is a single mom living in New York with her daughter Savannah. Savannah is 17 and has been working on her applications to college. Alexa is a
In the novel, Southern Lights, by Danielle Steel, the main character, Alexa, divorces her rich southern husband after 8 years of marriage,who goes on to remarry his ex-wife. Alexa, hurt and destroyed, moves to NY with her 8 year old daughter, where she makes it as a prominent lawyer and is now the DA assigned to a dangerous new case. Alexa is assigned the case of Luke Quentin, an accused serial killer. As Alexa reviews many hours of evidence and prepares her case, the most precious thing in her ...more
This book actually has a good start to it to say the least (or the most, depends how you look at it). There were a few things in this book that just got on my nerves more than a little bit:

1) Alexa Hamilton (main character) and her co-workers frequent a deli who's food is apparently so bad they have to take antacids after eating there. Here's a quote from page 49 of the book, "The deli was awful but the closest to the building where they worked. They all agreed that you had to be either starving
To be fair, if you would have asked me to rate this book halfway through, I probably would have given it three stars. The story seemed to be building appropriately and I enjoyed the characters, though I found the writing style to be somewhat repetitive. The problem is, the last time I checked, books are supposed to have a beginning, middle, and end, with a specific conflict driving the story to a climax before the end. The entire last third (to even half) of the book was like reading someone's d ...more
This took me for a loop. I was at the library for a quick browse at the Playaway rack and saw this ...Danielle Steel, I figured a romance book. I haven't read one in ages so I picked it up without reading the blurb. When I listened to it at home, it started off in a mystery fashion. I was disappointed! I was looking forward to romance and it wasn't. Never occurred to me that an author would go out of his known genre (back in the 80s I pegged her out as a romance novelist). I was enlightened
Mylaine Lafrance
I thought i would rekindle my love of Danielle Steel novels by reading this book. The plot seemed very promising.Unfortunately Danielle failed to exploits the potential for action, drama, emotion etc... There was so many opportunities to make this book interesting. As i was reading i was sure something major would occur between the characters such as "grandma Beaumont", Luisa, Luke.... but nothing happened. This book begins well but the intensity dies down quickly. Very disappointing.
I though this was a crime book,it was more like a family drama book.
It wasn't bad but,I think I'll stick with YA and Contemporary books instead :)
But,the book wasn't so bad 2.5 stars.It just have that non-existent perfection and at the same time the non-existent evilness.
Like Savannah,she's introduced to us as the perfect girl.No,the perfect person.She's athletic,model look alike,healthy,beautiful,smart,popular,everyone loves her and have a great relationship with her mother [Seriously?!!] :P
Tamme Webster Johnson
I really liked this book. I haven’t read a lot of Danielle Steel’s books but the ones I have read are all very good.

This book is a story about, love betrayal, family secrets, anger, and healing. It also covers a murder trial.

The main character, Alexa Hamilton, is a Yankee from Manhattan. She is a successful ADA who is assigned a high profile criminal case that she feels will help her career tremendously. While preparing for the trial, her 17-year-old daughter, Savannah, receives threatening le
I never write reviews. This book started out great and then got boring!!!! I thought it was going to be about a serial killer based on the first chapter. It then tuned into a story about a DA and get boring life. I expected it to have twist, turns, and maybe some romance. I was sooooooo disappointed. The only reason I kept reading is bc I thought it might have a twist to the ending. So disappointed this book could have been so much more.
I was a huge Danielle Steel fan in the 80's. I thought romance and family saga's was defined by her stories. Maybe I had the idea reading her again would rekindle an old love affair. I was wrong. The beginning had a hook, the middle had familiar DS family conflict but the ending was unorganized and boring. Maybe there is a newer DS book out there that will win me over, but until I find it I'll just keep rereading The Promise.
Emma Donaghy
I do believe this was my first Danielle Steele book. I had never really been drawn to her work because I grew up seeing these corny looking ‘made for TV’ movies based on her books and to be honest, they looked like episodes of The Bold and The Beautiful. It certainly did not look like my cup of tea. However I gave this one a chance and I was pleasantly surprised. Danielle can really write a fantastic story; beautiful characters and realistic events. This book really grabbed me right at the start ...more
Kayla Krebsbach
This was my first Danielle Steele novel. I always attributed them as "my mom reads those" books. But after Southern Lights I've changed my tune and will look for more to read. With a good mix of mystery, despair and romance, Southern Lights kept me reading. The ending was mildly anti-climatic, but still left me with a feel-good attitude.
This book is about love, betrayal, family secrets, anger, fear, knowing, understanding and healing.
The scenes are set in New York and Charleston, SC.
Alexa is a DA in New York, assigned to a serial killer trial.
Savannah is her daughter, who she has raised alone since her divorce.
Tom is Savannah's "Dad", who divorced her Mom to marry his first wife.
The trial is tense, someone is writing threatening letters to Savannah, and Alexa is not sure she should send Savannah to stay with her father. Sudd
Melanie Cannon
I haven't read a Danielle Steel book in a long time. I saw it on the new bookshelf at the library and couldn't help pick it up while I waited for a work colleague to renew her library card. the first 5-pages totally capture me -- it seemed like a thriller, it was about Charleston, SC and it had an element of mystery. What's not to love? The thriller/mystery part of the book had a one-paragraph explanation about three-quarters into the book. The I was just left with a more typically formulaic hap ...more
Gail Mclinn
This was a quick read and intriguing story, as it starts out with a murder suspect and you wonder whether Luke Quentin actually committed the crimes for which he's suspected. Then the book in contrasted from this seedy side of existence by a prosecutor, the heroin or the story, single woman raising a 17 year old daughter in NY. Clips to her x, a southern gentleman, who is contrasted against our heroine's strength and resilience, as a weak, meek guy who is a bit of a dim wit when it comes to life ...more
I loved the simplicity of these book..I loved the character of Alexa being a single mom, very strong, loving mom and loving daughter. She got divorced by his wealthy husband but it does'nt ruin her life. Instead she studied Law got a good job as assistant district attorney and happily living her life with her daughter..
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