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Miracle

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,291 ratings  ·  204 reviews
It is New Year’s Eve when the storm of the century hits northern California. In a quiet neighborhood in San Francisco, amid the chaos of fallen trees and damaged homes, the lives of three strangers are about to collide. For Quinn Thompson, what happens in the storm’s wake will bring down a barrier he has built around himself since his wife’s death. For neighbor Maggie Dart ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Dell (first published 2005)
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Kathy
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel has a predictable recipe for her novel... character faces a crisis and recovers to find happiness. It's nice to be assured that there is life beyond personal crisis, but the formula gets a bit contrite, especially when everyone always lives happily ever after.

The biggest negative in her writing of Miracle was repetition. Every fact was repeated at least three times, as if the reader didn't catch it the first time around. For me it made the story drag on.
Sue
Nov 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2008
Three people are brought together as a result of a major storm that damages several houses. Quinn is a wealthy businessman, recently bereaved and harbouring a lot of guilt; Maggie, his neighbour, has recently been divorced; and Jack, the carpenter who fixes their houses, hides a shameful secret.

The story is good, the characters are likeable, and there is a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it's not realised. The writing is repetitive and cliché-ridden, the action is overwhelmed with introspectiv
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Gail
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story that will make you stop and think what is important in life. A story of family, love, forgiveness and second chances.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Nov 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
This was my first DS book, and I was curious to see what the hype was when my coworker gave me a bunch of her old books (this one included). I had heard many things about her and was happy for the opportunity to get a nice used DS book that I could 'try' out.

I was disappointed. Ms. Steel repeats herself. A lot. Like, over. And over. And over again. She just found different ways to repeat the same thing, and what was a plot with promise was derailed by the monotonous and repetitive storytelling.

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Marina Davies
This was less intriguing than I thought it would be. It just felt like the same thing was said over and over again. I expected more.
Ghada Almoulani
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
The main idea of the book, the trauma of losing one's beloved ones, is very deep. Yet the book lacked a plot. It's narrated in a very simple way, perhaps too simple. The author kept repeating herself although the book isn't very long (less than 200 pages).
Bev
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, novel
Logos Books got in a huge number of Danielle Steel books. She is one of my mother's favorite authors and I have avoided the books like the plague, but decided that I would read one this week. I chose the thinnest book (and it was large print to boot).

It was an easy 3 hour read and OK. The story of a widower getting his life back together, with a couple of other people, the widow next door and a handyman who is hiding a secret. A lot of the book revolved around boating, since the wealthy widower
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Jen Marx
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be quite trite. The story of a man who loses his wife and son, and finds replacements for both of them, is not exactly the least predictable tale ever told. I also found the descriptions of characters and settings to be quite empty. I pictured Quinn, Maggie, and Jack more as phantoms floating in and out of ambiguous locales than as actual people operating in the real world. Even in one of the final scenes where dozens of people aboard a ship are certain they are going to die ...more
Geokowgurl
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I used to read all of Danielle Steel's books and then I got burned out on them as they are all basically the same story line just different character names and places. However, after several years of avoiding them I decided to read this book when I picked it up at a sale for 50 cents. It turned out to be pretty good. Although it was the same type of story that Steel is known for writing, (a wealthy couple, relationship gone wrong or ended by death, sex without marriage, you know...), I did like ...more
Pam
Oct 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
08/19/05 #144
TITLE/AUTHOR: Miracle by Danielle Steel (Audio)
Rating: 4/B
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF CD'S: Fiction, 2005, 4 CD'S
TIME/PLACE: Present, San Francisco
CHARACTERS: Quinn/retired, widower; Maggie/Physics teacher
Jack/Carpenter
COMMENTS: A destructive storm is the catalyst for 3 strangers to meet and become friends. Jack is a grieving
widower, who hasn't forgiven himself for spending more time at his job than w/ his family. He has returned to sell the family home before sailing the world. Maggie, his
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Todd
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
another rather predictable story. but what saved this from complete mediocrity is the developing bromance between quinn and jack, which takes place early on in the book. a bromantic love triangle between quinn, jack and maggie would have sweetened the deal, but hey, it's a hetero romance novel so i guess that's just one of the limitations of the genre. although i really don't think any so-called "straight" man would ever name his boat "vol de nuit" after a novel by antoine de saint-exupery. that ...more
Heather Thibdeaux
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I find Danielle Steel a little predictable at times. This book started off slow and picked up speed. I almost returned it to the library unread after 5 pages. I'm glad I gave it another try. The story was good, the characters decent and not embarrassingly full of sex. I'm not a person who sails or is familiar with sail boats but I did enjoy reading about the glorious vessels. The father/son dynamic between Jack and Quinn was heartwarming. And I would have been terribly upset if he left Maggie be ...more
Tara
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Quick read about Quinn who lost his wife and son and has an estranged daughter. He decides hes going to sell his house and buys a luxury sailboat. Horrible storm sends trees crashing into his house causing damage. He befriends the handyman, teaches him to read and then they both befriend the neighbor, who has also lost her son and has recently been divorced. The three of them end up having a little "circle" and having dinner every night. Eventually Quinn and Maggie fall in love, she joins him on
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Sheetal Mittal
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think there is nothing special in DS books now. Every book has same tragedy (death or accident) which I'm bored of now. I don't understand how Quinn could have sisterly emotions for Maggie initially and later on developed romantic feelings for her. Just to make the story little different or unpredictable DS matched Maggie with Quinn despite Jack, a more suitable match, been around. Just okay type book.
Lisa James
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book, like all of her others, was an easy, fluffy, feel good read. A horrific storm brings together Quinn, a widower who is punishing himself for his wife's death & his daughter's estrangement, Jack, an illiterate but highly talented carpenter/contractor, & Maggie, Quinn's next door neighbor who is a divorcee & mother of a teen son who committed suicide. Through their shared pain they become friends, & they help each other in a myriad of ways.
Courtney
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book about how a man looses his wife, and really looking back he realizes he was never there for his kids. he tries to reconnect with them and ends up falling in love all over again.
Jirrine
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
It just not my cup of tea. Danielle Steel is repetitive and the story is predictable. It really is just another romance story. Nothing special..
Sharon Watkins
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!! I love it and have reread it so many times!!
Mary Reed
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters and the story line.
Menna Tawilla
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was really touched by this one ..
Suzanne
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a good one, it was nice witnessing the build up of a friendship. Fans would be happy with this story.
Beth
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book because it makes you want to be in the story!!! it will definitly make you want to go on a vacation!!!
Becky
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Goes very quick.
Alina Grace
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely novel by Steel. Sometimes when the bad things that we think that have happened to us, we have to forgive ourselves first.
Mindy
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rachy
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
"The heart repairs... The scars and memories remained, but in time one learned to live with the damage, and even function in spite of it"...
"She was the miracle that had come into his life, and brought forgiveness. And love was the miracle that healed him"...
Danielle Steel builds this novel smoothly, where she shows the struggles of a person who can't bring forgiveness into his life, but runs away... Quinn believes that by running as far away from his memories as possible, he'll be able to forge
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Tania Qureshi
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! there are no words to describe it except to say that it'll make you laugh, cry and love the characters deeply. I loved everything about this book. Quinn Thompson indeed miraculously meets the two people who will be everything to him in the rest of his life journey. I don't want to give away any spoilers in this review so to keep it simple and short I'll just be telling you, my experience with the novel. I got up at fajr and after my morning run and Salah. I got all cozy wi ...more
Marty
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Quinn Thompson, a self-made millionaire, loved sailing, and being free. … At least he thought he did. He had loved his wife and family, but spent much of his life away from them making business deals. Now that he had enough money to relax, his son had died in a boating accident when he was 13. His wife had died and his daughter Alex hated him for being gone all the time. He decided he would purchase a large sailboat that was being built and spend the rest of his life living on it free as a bird. ...more
Linda Branich
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It's a miracle I finished this novella!

I was so disappointed. Steel's works are usually filled with beautiful word pictures that cause the reader to feel as if he/she is right in the middle of the story, witnessing the events unfold. Not so with Miracle, and there was opportunity after opportunity to do so. There seemed to be a lack of research in this book as well.

I do not feel there was much character development, just a lot of repeated facts about events that took place in the character's liv
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Eileen Carter
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

What a story. As always Danielle Steel has written a book that forces you to fall in love with the characters, cheering for them, crying with them. She pulls you into the story so that you don't want to stop reading and then when you are at the end you don't want it to be over.
The loss of a loved one effects people differently, but still changes a person. Learning to forgive and move on is often harder than one mag think. Reading this story you will see how forgiveness is the key to hap
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