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The House

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  3,619 ratings  ·  196 reviews
The restoration of a majestic old home provides the exhilarating backdrop for Danielle Steel’s 66th bestselling novel, the story of a young woman’s dream, an old man’s gift, and the surprises that await us behind every closed door...

Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco, the house was magnificent, built in 1923 by a wealthy man for the woman he adored. For her and fo...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2006)
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Teresa
OMG!!! This book was so.............how do I put it.......boring. I dont know how many times DS said or mentioned that Sarah and Phil were together for FOUR years. Or how Sarah wanted more time with Phil then just weekends. She said it so many times in the first....what..... 3 or 4 chapters. I almost put the book down and begin a new one, but I stuck it out. The book was so predictable though and toooooo repetative for my liking.
Kathrina
Sarah is a successful 38-year-old tax attorney in contemporary San Francisco. She has a good job, a good, supportive family, and a crappy weekends-only relationship with a self-centered jerk of a boyfriend. With a convenient inheritance she purchases a 30,000 square foot mansion previously owned by her great-grandparents, and the house becomes her new relationship. With the house comes an architect -- sexy, witty, sincere and, eventually, single -- and Sarah begins a new life with passion, for...more
Courtney Harris
This book has been my best friend for the last few months, and even though those months were busy, in every moment of my free time I've managed to read this book. I typically don't read Danielle Steel, as she isn't in the genre of books I like to read. But a friend recommended I read this book, and I thought I'd give it a shot.

To be up front, I hate gushy romance novels and books that repeat themselves. This book did just that, a whole lot. The phrase I saw most often had to be, "and this...was...more
Anita
Once I wouldn't have ventured on any journey or holiday without a pristine Danielle Steel Paperback in my luggage to while away the hours. Her stories were always cozy, easy to read and predictable, but that was the attraction.

I was drawn to this one because the heroine inherited a fortune and bought a San Francisco mock chateau with it - every girl's dream - but I am afraid I gave up before the half way point.

A hundred pages in and the author is still labouring on the going-nowhere relationshi...more
Angela
It has been about ten years since I have read a Danielle Steel book, I would have been the end of my high school years and would not have a lot of good books under my belt. So I am unsure whether Danielle Steel books are all written this badly or if by some chance that it was just this one. It's almost like she let someone else write their story under her name. The way this book was written was very, very repetitive. Every sentence was worded three different ways, sometimes within the same sente...more
Lori
I canNOT believe that this kind of writing comes from a supposed best selling author. I am sorry to fans of Danielle Steel, but her writing is just sad. Her book is, to me, going against everything I teach about "showing and not telling." She has weak descriptions and several metaphors are done with no taste. (Yes, there is actually a reference to Helen Keller.) I was so disappointed, but I can't not finish a book. I trudged on. The ending was ridiculous. There were probably ten two page chapter...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Sarah, after spending four years in a going nowhere relationship with a narcissist, she leaves him after finding him in bed with another woman. Restoring the home where her grandmother grew up helps her get through it. In the meantime, she becomes friends with the architect who is helping her restore the old mansion who was also in an abusive relationship.

Danielle Steel is great at writing romance stories with substance. She writes with understanding and compassion and I always look forward to r...more
Zuck
Another typical Danielle Steele with predictable story lines and annoying characters. I will admit that it picked up a bit in the end and I like old houses so I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the house. The begining dragged. I felt like I was reading the same pages over and over- Yeah the boyfriend is a jerk and you have been together stupidly for 4 years great got it...move on. Ten chapters later Im still reading the same thing. Overall impression good mental fluff for a crappy rainy day.
Matt Shake
I refuse to even give 1 star to this book! My book club made me read this, I swear! I skimmed until I was ready to barf. Horrible prose, dialogue, ridiculous characters, and a cliched plot (never mind how pathetic she makes women look). But you've got to give Steel her due--she sure knows how to sell books to idiots. (Good thing I checked mine out from the library.)
Darci
OK. Used to be a big Danielle Steel fan in my teens and twenties. Haven't read one in 15 years or so. Thought I'd try this one while holed up from knee surgery. Guess I'm not a fan anymore. Had to force myself to keep reading it.
Gretchen
It's really interesting how some books come into our lives at just the right time. I just went through a break-up with a guy I really shouldn't have been with, but didn't realize it until after he broke up with me. I picked this book up with some trepidation on two counts: one, I don't usually read Danielle Steel on the basis of personal principles, and two, I was afraid it would be some schmoopy love story about two people gazing into each others' eyes. Gag. But I was somewhat pleasantly surpri...more
Chris
OK, I got this book for a dime, used from the library--thank goodness! I liked the description(the best writing in the whole book, trust me), and the theme about the life-changing house. I'm definitely not the target demo for Steel. But if this book is an example of her work, I can't see why anyone is. Best Selling Author? really? I had no feelings whatsoever for the protagonist. She had no real adversity to rise from (couldn't you at least have used the Paris connection to have Sarah catch Mari...more
Liz
Jul 02, 2010 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Liz by: denise (co-worker)
This was a very easy, cute read. Don't really have to think out what is going to happen, because it is very predictable.

Sarah, a tax lawyer, is stuck in a boring weekend only relationship of 2 years. She befriended a 99 year old man, he was like a father to her. He ends up passing away and she must contact all the heirs to tell them of their 20 million dollar inheritance for each of them. As she reads the will she gets a surprise herself, she receives an inheritance from him as well. One of the...more
Esther Neema Mumo
I liked how it started, I thought it was captivating. It went well until the part when the two main characters met and it was established they were attracted to each other. The rest of the story felt repetitious, going on and on about the two of them being such weak characters. It was unattractive how they both endured horrible relationships and were forced out of these circumstances on their ex spouses account, otherwise they would have still gone on staying in those bad circumstances.

The main...more
Alison
This was a charming story of relationships, both good and bad. While I enjoyed how "the house" itself was the thread that tied several families together, brought a couple together, tore a couple apart, and introduced the heroine (Sarah) of the story to long lost relatives--I felt there was too much harping on the dysfunctional four year relationship that Sarah was in. The author repeatedly drilled it into the reader that Sarah had a relationship of convenience (only seeing her boyfriend on the w...more
Jeanne Halloran
I am on a Danielle Steel kick and reading her novels back to back. "The House" is an expertly told tale about a house, its history, and how it brings the lives of so many people together. I love the theme of restoration that runs through this book. As Sarah brings her mansion back to life, so many lives are changed in the process. It is a delightful tale and I am giving it three stars.
چيس ‏
عادة ، الانسان اذا اعجبه كاتب معين يحب كل اعماله او ع الاقل اللي ما يعجبه
يكون نادر! استغرب انه دانيال ستيل قدرت تخليني اكره نص رواياتها و احب نصها!
ما قريت لها كثير ل حد الان بس شي غريب يعني ، نفس الاسلوب بالكتابة بس
رواية تعشقها و رواية ما تطيقها و هذي الرواية - المنزل- من الصنف الثاني للأسف !
الرواية بدايتها سرد ممل نوعا ما ، طويلة ع الفاضي و احداثها ما فيها اثارة و لا حماس..
هه :)
Melissa DeHart
Although I enjoyed this novel, I must say it angers me when her main characters seem to enjoy their abusive relationship. I realize that is not a popular opinion but it is my opinion. I almost stopped reading it when she kept excusing the boyfriends horrible behavior towards her.
Danielle
Apr 14, 2008 Danielle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who'll read anything
Recommended to Danielle by: My german friend who picked it up in the airport
It struck me that Danielle Steele must get paid by the word because this was one looong, drawn out book. I mean how many times do I have to read that the heroine is unhappy with her boyfriend? I get it, he's a jerk so leave him and find Mr Right. And how many pages have to cover the heroine's whole life history and all her thoughts? I really don't care just get to the story. Oh oops, that is the story. There is this house, you see, and the heroine buys it and then she meets the architect who is...more
Trish
Haven't read a Danielle Steel in at least 10+ years. But I found it sitting at the cottage and decided to pick it up. An easy, quick, lighthearted read. Very predictable. But okay.
Delicious Strawberry
After reading a very lackluster DS book (Miracle) I decided to give her one more shot. After all, some of my favorite authors had books that were 'meh' so I figured that this book would be better. It had a different premise/storyline that sounded good, so I picked it up. It's gotta be better than Miracle, right???

... It wasn't. Ms. Steel makes the same mistake of finding ways to repeat the same thing over and over. Just when I thought DS had finally made something clear and would move on, she ju...more
Jan Fiola
Predicable Danielle Steel book but I enjoyed hearing about the house renovation. It was a bit tough to visualize just how big the house really was.
Heather
I have not read Danielle Steele in quite a while, seeing as how i thought her books were becoming far to predictable, but having said that I really enjoyed this book!!! It was an easy read and I compleated it with in 24 hours... The story was capitvating and fun and perfect for the mood I was in. I still think her books are VERY predictable and always know whos going to end up together as soon as she brings them into the story but for this particular story the ride to them getting together was f...more
Denise Ellis
I LOVED THIS BOOK. iT WAS AN ADVENTURE INTO REMODEL OF AN OLD HOME AND OF REMODEL OF A NEW LIFE FOR THE CHARACTERS. cOULDN'T PUT DOWN!
Samantha
Wow. what a wretched book. I think it might have been my first (and last) Steel novel. It wasn't too bad (a little repetitive, not intelligent enough for me) at first. But then the ending... I couldn't have thought up a worse ending if I sat there and tried.
SPOILER ALERT::::: don't read on if you dont' want to know how horrible the ending is......!~~~~~~~~~
So the independent woman who doesn't ever want children gets pregnant, but surprise... its exactly what she was missing in her pathetic litt...more
Dayna Schacke
I enjoyed the story and characters but it wasn't written as well as some of her other books. She repeated herself way too much.
Lissie Bates-Haus
Jun 28, 2014 Lissie Bates-Haus rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Terrible, terrible book. Horrendously written. Boring.
Though, I did finish it (hence the 2 stars).
Xiki71
No me ha gustado nada. De los peores libros que he leído. Demasiado lento y tedioso. No lo recomiendo.
Jan Hubert Castillo
A well-written story but not very much impressing and satisfying. As I first said, the story moved real slow, the male lead did a total appearance almost on the second half of the book. I'm easy to impress but this one just did not.

I was expecting more story about Stanley Perlman. I was expecting that he's the man Lilli ran away with and that he's Mimi's father and that he was lying to Sarah right from the beginning. And that he loves Sarah because he looks exactly like Lilli. But, well, that's...more
Amanda
I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to find my own old house with a deep family history to fix up for myself! I liked reading about Sarah's discovery into herself and how it's never too late to start living. Now all I need is my own rich relative to leave me the money to make my dream come true!

Sarah and Jeff's love story was sweet and I loved how everything tied back around to Lily, Sarah's great-grandmother. It was anice, sweet story that made me mist up at certain times, laugh out lou...more
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“had. All put together, it made for a puzzle where none of the pieces fit smoothly. She felt as though she were trying to fit pieces together that showed trees, sky, half a cat, and part of a barn door. All together they didn’t make a picture. She knew what the images were, but none of them was complete, and she didn’t feel whole, either. She reminded herself that she didn’t need a man to be complete. But so much of the relationship she had with Phil was constantly half-assed. Maybe that was all she needed to know, and eventually act on. There never seemed to be” 0 likes
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