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The House

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,599 Ratings  ·  234 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
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2006)
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Teresa
Nov 27, 2008 Teresa rated it liked it
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
Sep 19, 2012 Kathrina rated it did not like it
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
Elaine Burrows
Sep 26, 2014 Elaine Burrows rated it it was ok
Quite predictable. Easy to read. Your usual Danielle Steele romance story.
Courtney Harris
Nov 10, 2011 Courtney Harris rated it it was ok
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
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Anita
Nov 16, 2015 Anita rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
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Angela
Feb 06, 2012 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2009 Lori rated it did not like it
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
Vannessa Anderson
Nov 04, 2012 Vannessa Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danielle-steel
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
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Maureen
Jul 14, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it
Modern day fairy tale! Light and typical Daniel Steel book
Zuck
Dec 28, 2008 Zuck rated it it was ok
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.
Anrea
Oct 03, 2015 Anrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read by Danielle Steele, and I was just as disappointed as with the other one.
I don't know if the style is just not my cup of tea, but the writing is very clumsy and she repeats herself A LOT when describing things. The fact that Sarah complains about how bad her relationship is, without doing anything about it for the first half of the book was very irritating.
Also,the storyline is just not believable or very good. Sarah has strong views on certain issues and have
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Sherrie Myles
Jun 06, 2016 Sherrie Myles rated it it was amazing
Beauitful Book
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.)
Cindy
Nov 09, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-read, 2014-read
Pretty predictable book but all in all a good, quick read. Fun to imagine the grand old house in this book and the renovation to make it lovely again.

Re-read in 2014! I didn't even realize that I had read it before in 2008. It was an enjoyable read and I loved picturing the grand old mansion brought to life again!
Joann
Aug 01, 2016 Joann rated it it was amazing
This was a book about a woman who was in a rut in her life. Her childhood had not been great and she had made a point of not wanting to get married or have children. She was a tax lawyer and one of her elderly clients had told her not to make the same mistakes as he had. He said his one regret was not having children. He worked and made a large sum of money during his lifetime. She had a weekend boyfriend that was just using her as she began to want more. Her client died and left her a large sum ...more
Donna
Apr 25, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
I listened to this one, as an audio CD, on my commute to work this last week. As always, Danielle Steel has a great, entertaining story for the drive. Not too "heavy" of a story, so it was easy to follow and also pay attention to the road, lol!

Darci
May 19, 2008 Darci rated it liked it
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.
Rho
Apr 21, 2016 Rho rated it it was ok
Boring and predictable with some characters you came to really dislike. the only thing that kept me reading is my love for old houses. As Sarah was restoring and waxing the old woodwork I remembered doing the same in our house. It was hard to figure Sarah out - a very well educated woman who stayed in that relationship for 4 years? One must wonder why a woman as gorgeous and brilliant and well-heeled as Sara would waste so many years of her life (four to be exact) with that creep of a guy. missp ...more
Rose
Dec 08, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To tell you the truth, the moment I read the summary I knew I would love it and I was right. But the first part of the book seemed to drag on with Sarah and Phil. I was relieved when their relationship ended. I also think the last part was a bit rushed but one thing I can tell you is that I also fell in love with the house at Twenty-forty Scott Street just like Sarah.It is so rich in history. I would have loved if the renovation of the magnificent house was more explained in every little detail. ...more
Candice
Feb 16, 2015 Candice rated it it was ok
This book was horribly written. I don't know if she fired her editor or what. The same sentences would be repeated over and over, like maybe they were filler - she has a thought and you read the same thought again in the next chapter and the one following. It appealed to me because I wrote a similar story when I was kid, so I was intrigued by the plot, but even though Steele has intelligence and can tell an interesting story, this was so sloppily edited. I was surprised, given that she is such a ...more
Gretchen
Jun 06, 2011 Gretchen rated it liked it
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
May 07, 2010 Chris rated it did not like it
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 it was ok  ·  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
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Val
Aug 26, 2016 Val rated it really liked it
Great story. Lawyer acting for an eccentric elderly millionaire and settling his estate discovers, on his death, he has left her a good amount of money. She always loved the house he lived in although he only stayed in the attic. On employing an estate agent to sell the property for the heirs she views the house and puts in an offer. The rest of the book is on her budding friendship with one of the architects and how she finishes the house. Highly recommend
Esther Neema Mumo
Mar 10, 2014 Esther Neema Mumo rated it liked it
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
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Adeline Kam
Apr 20, 2015 Adeline Kam rated it it was amazing
Ooh, I loved this book. I enjoyed reading it, read it very slowly and didn't want the story to end. Well done, DS, this is a wonderful story. It is like I am in the story itself. My life relates to Sarah's (but without the Phil, of course)....I just bought a second hand house and is in the midst of restoring it (or renovating more like it). Anyway, this is a good story, easy reading, light, relaxing. Recommended!!!
Alison
Sep 25, 2013 Alison rated it liked it
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
Tracie Hall
May 04, 2016 Tracie Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been decades since I've read anything by Danielle Steele. Considering the speed at which she writes, I've been avoiding her, thinking they'd be too repetitive. But no, this was a clever plot and I felt engaged throughout. I'll have to read a few more now until I start recognizing similarities of plots and characters from one book to the next, at which point I generally get bored.
Jeanne Halloran
Jul 02, 2014 Jeanne Halloran rated it liked it
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.
ياسمين
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 :)
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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