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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  7,351 ratings  ·  410 reviews
On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect–until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream….

In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of four s
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published October 2007)
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Sara Dame
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was my first Danielle Steel novel and it will be my last. Her writing style drove me crazy. I think the book could have been 100 pages shorter and still gotten her superficial point across.

The characters are all very boxed into whatever their specific character trait is. For example, Melanie is the sweet, humble pop star who has an (unrealistically) over-bearing mother. And we get to hear, during every section of the book in which Melanie appears, that she is sweet and humble and kind....
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
This story kind of confused me in all honesty in regards to the plot. I thought the majority of the story was going to be based on the earthquake and it ended up being about the aftermath for the majority of the novel. I felt like the characters were a huge random mess of people that would never be together and kinda found the story in my opinion to seem thrown together and scrambeled.

I mean a nun and a recovering alcoholic; a superstar and an average college grad, it just seemed far fetched to
Eva Dillner
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I used to really enjoy Danielle Steel. This one felt like she hadn't bothered to develop the dialogue and the books events beyond the outline for the book. At times yes, but large portions were repetitive descriptions of "this is what the book is about." It felt like she maintained an observer mode instead of bringing the reader into the feel of each character.
Perhaps I'm more sensitive to how a book is presented at this point. I write non-fiction but am contemplating doing some fiction. So how
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am so proud of Derek for going Back to School...but this is how it went...
"Hey, Derek, I'm going to the library. I need a new book on CD for the car."
"Hey, Amanda, I need to study math, so I am going to the library. I will pick out a book for you, baby."
Later, that same day...
"Hey, Amanda. Just got back from the libes. I checked out this book...a Danielle Steel novel."
"Hey, Derek, do you really take me for that kind of girl? I am not a chick-lit kind of girl. I am schematically offended."
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing setting, amazing characters, amazing story.
I read this book because we were getting ready to move to SF and I had never been there, so I was hungry for any information that I could find about the city, fact or fiction, that would make me feel more familiar with it once I arrived. I am not a typical Danielle Steele fan - not that I don't like her, I just don't choose her books for some reason - too mainstream for my liking I guess. However, I found myself totally engrossed in this story and wondering why I don't read more books by DS. I b ...more
Mitsu Vaishnav
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the Best Novels I have read which made me rethink a lot about myself. i learnt from Sarah, The art of making it on my own and the art of forgiveness. There is always a hidden strength in us, which carries us through one of our worst times ever. Never Give Up.. Because the moment you do Failure becomes mandatory. From Melanie, I learnt the importance of having the freedom to make our own decisions. I learnt how much ever of money one has, it cant make you as much happy as volunteer ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a nice one.
Jennifer Entwistle
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the second Danielle Steel book I have ever read and although it's not as bad as the first one I gave an awful review to, A Good Woman, it still wasn't great. I have no idea why this author is as famous as she is.

Good thing this book had 4 principles in it and not one because every character she has, I could care less about. She seems to not be able to build characters up at all. Every character is so Lilly white and perfect. Doesn't she get tired writing about boring people? I sure am ti
Judi Losh
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Danielle Steele is my all time favorite "fun book" author. Amazing Grace was enjoyable and a fun read, but not one of her best books, in my humble opinion. I feel it would make an excellent beach book. ...more
Alex Curtis
Yikes, really bad and so unrealistic, BUT it was a fun way to spend a few hours in these dark times.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I still always enjoy reading a Danielle Steel book, even after all these years as I know what I expect!
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Lives are tied together through the force of a San Francisco earthquake. Melanie Free, one of the top young singers, is doing a charity benefit in San Francisco when a massive earthquake leaves her and her entourage in the city for weeks. While her group is stuck at the shelter, she volunteers at a field hospital and meets Maggie, a Converse-wearing nun, who was also at the benefit. Meanwhile, Maggie meets Everett, a journalist from LA, and they quickly form a close bond. And Sarah, the head of ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
My first Danielle Steel novel and probably my last. I actually picked this up thinking it HAD to be fairly decent considering how popular the author is. How wrong I was! The plot had some promise and the potential to be interesting, but it was spoiled by cliches+, predictable characters and storylines and some truly awful writing. In my job as a teacher I can literally say I have read better from the pencils of 9 year olds. So repetitive! So redundant! She goes over the same points again and aga ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first, and probably my last, Danielle Steele book. How can an author be so popular, have so many best sellers, have their books made into television movies, and the writing be so poor? The redundancy was tiring. The pop singer was described as sweet and innocent in every scene that included her. The thought & emotions of the nun & the former alcoholic were repeated over and over and over. Oh, and the 'ancient' car, that term was used repeatedly as well. Then, in middle of a lot of re ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some people say that every Danielle Steel book is the same, but I disagree. The same formula is used, and at times the outcome of the stories may be similar, but I think that Ms. Steel comes up with the most interesting and heartwarming reads.At first, I was not sure what to make out of "Amazing Grace" but I was for the most part satisfied. The story takes place in San Francisco and follows four characters who meet at a benefit, but on an unfortunate night, when an earthquake hits town. And iron ...more
Florence L. Lee
Way to long.

Seth got what he deserved. Maggie gave up being a nun to marry a fine gentleman. Hope they live happily ever after
June Guymon
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Danielle Steel's Amazing Grace is an easy beach read for the summer. Each character is full of depth and emotion you feel as if you are right there with them in the midst of all the earthquake has caused. She really shows you exactly what different people can think and on what levels they think on in a situation like this and why they would think it. ...more
Stanjay Daniels
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After a devastating earthquake, 4 lives became intertwined and changed forever. This book was really well written, definitely had substance, and gave me some things to think about. It's all about forgiveness, taking charge of your life, being happy with your decisions, and just plain loving your life. 5 stars! ...more
Tonya Lucas
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A different kind if book from what I except from Danielle Steele, but it had a beautiful message of forgiveness and finding true love.
Dolly Bhattacharjee
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this book for the myriad of different characters and the parallel stories which are interlinked throughout the book. My favorite would be Maggie and Everett!
Eileen Carter
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life seems almost perfect everything is going along beautifully. Husband, 2 beautiful children, beautiful home. But all that can change in an instant. Earthquakes not only will shake the foundation of your homes but your lives as well.
A recovering alcoholic who had lost his AP job and now working for a tabloid magazine thinks this is his new life. But he wants more. He meets an incredible woman, so full of life who really understands him. But it is not meant to be.
A young, talented rock star. T
Rahimah M Nawai
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a long time I had stopped reading books by Danielle Steel as I felt like they were all pretty similar. Then a friend gave me this one and I enjoyed it very much. The plot was more developed than the earlier stories had been. The setting is in San Francisco, and pretty early in the book there is an earthquake that is quite large and does a lot of damage.

The people who were in the story mostly met each other in the aftermath of the earthquake. I felt like I cared about the people for the most
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Read for a library reading program challenge. I've never read Danielle Steel before, but I was not impressed and will probably not read another any time soon. I don't know if her earlier novels were better, but I'm guessing she's coasting on the strength of her reputation at this point. At least two-thirds of the book read like summary, the exact opposite of the classic "show, don't tell." The characters were unrealistic and had very little growth or arc. I was skimming by the end just to find o ...more
Danielle  Emily
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.75 Stars)
Danielle Steel's Amazing Grace is about four people who meet because of an earthquake. This event would forever change all of their lives.

Sister Maggie isa character i really enjoyed reading. She was a very balanced person for saying she was Religious Sister. I like that Steel gave her different relationships , that where all well developed .

Plot wise, this story was well done considering that the main characters where strangers at the beginning of the story. I like the involvement
Teresa Hall
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-library
In my own defense, this was a selection quickly grabbed from the picked-over library shelves the day before they closed for COVID-19. While I liked the characters for the most part, Steel has a very spare way of writing that almost trivializing the thoughts and emotions of her characters. It keeps me from becoming emotionally invested in her characters and stories. She invents potentially interesting characters in potentially intriguing settings but by midway I realize I am left with cardboard w ...more
Karen Devine
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An earthquake causes so much devastation to this city and as they rebuild, we learn of these four people who restructure their lives as well. The characters are so well written and heartfelt, I can't say relatable because let's face it, who's a socialite, a nun, rock star or photo journalist, lol. You can feel their pain of loss, love and of want of change. It was a great book and hard to put down because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next with each of the four characters. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s bestselling authors, with almost a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include All That Glitters, Royal, Daddy’s Girls, The Wedding Dress, The Numbers Game, Moral Compass, Spy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift ...more

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