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Moral Compass

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,758 ratings  ·  584 reviews
At an elite private school in Massachusetts, a wide circle of lives will be forever changed by a devastating series of events in Danielle Steel’s riveting new novel.

Saint Ambrose Prep is a place where the wealthy send their children for the best possible education, with teachers and administrators from the Ivy League, and graduates who become future lawyers, politicians, f
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Dell
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Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Danielle Steel does it again for me with a story that delves into some very serious subject matter - teenage drinking and rape.

An elite, all boys boarding school in Massachusetts begins enrolling female students for the first time. When a serious crime is committed against a female student after a group shares a bottle of tequila, all hell breaks loose and these kids find themselves in a world of trouble. So much trouble that even their rich parents can’t get them out of it.

Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Dashed aspirations combine a story of foolish youths with violence and parents with money. 4 of 10 stars
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Anyone following my reviews my have noticed I had renewed my interest in Danielle Steel’s novels after not having picked them up for years and have been enjoying all the newer ones. Unfortunately, Moral Compass didn’t end up being a favorite of mine like so many other recent releases have been.

Moral Compass is set in an elite private school in Massachusetts that has for the first time expanded the student body to include females after being an all male school for years. Saint Ambrose Prep’s new
This was a really difficult one for me to read emotionally, and as such it's difficult for me to rate.

Plot: An all-boys, elite boarding school has just agreed to take on the challenge of becoming co-ed, and has a handful of girls starting there for the first time. Things start out smoothly but then there's a Halloween party and next thing you know one of the new girls is waking up in hospital with a horrible hangover and signs of assault. Suddenly a lot of lives have changed.

The title of the sto
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moral Compass is one of the best Danielle Steel books I have read, and I have read a ridiculous amount of Danielle Steel books. It was so well written and the story was amazing. If you are picking up a Danielle Steel book for the first time, pick this one up (and then Blue because that was is so awesome also). This was a quick one-sitting read and was absolutely great!
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
‘By the time the ambulance got to the hospital, all six boys were in a deep, drunken sleep, and Vivienne was still unconscious. And this was only the beginning. Their Halloween had changed all of their lives forever.’

Danielle Steel delves into the world of elite private schools, entitlement, teen drinking and rape in her latest production. Moral Compass is a dramatic story that spotlights entitlement, change, risk, recklessness, choice, blame, justice and re
Alicia Balliett
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-covers
If you want to read about a book where characters sound more concerned about the school and the rapist and not all about the victim then this is it!

Now before I continue, I understand that everyone can care/ worry about more than one thing. However, I find it a bit odd that when they bring up the school being in danger from press...they blame it on one student. The victim. "Why did she have to get herself raped?" No one said those exact words but I kept getting that vibe from the teachers and ye
Kelsie Maxwell
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel is compelling women’s fiction from one of America’s bestselling authors.

Saint Ambrose Prepatory School is among the best and most distinguished boarding schools in the country. The students are from some of the finest families and the staff and administration are top-notch. After more than a hundred and twenty years the school is welcoming it’s first female students. Some think it’s about time and will only move the school forward. Others think it’s a mistake and
Nov 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I have enjoyed many other books by this author and I find it really hard to believe that she is the one who wrote this one. I’ve only gotten through the first three chapters and I can’t read anymore… There is way too much narration and not enough dialogue and action to hold my interest. I very rarely get this low of a score and especially to such a well-known author who has written such good books in the past. Even though the storyline sounded intriguing, I am feeling very bored after just three ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Rated: 3.5 stars.

In Moral Compass the prolific Danielle Steel tackles the tough subject of rape, alcohol abuse and a cover-up by six seniors in an elite prep school which recently went co-ed. For most of us, there’s right and there’s wrong. Unfortunately for some, like several of the wealthy parents of the six boys, there’s a belief that money can help get you out of any jam. So much for following a moral compass. Steel’s latest is an interesting and timely story. A good, quick read.
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel

First Sentence:

It was the day after Labor Day, one of those perfect, golden September mornings in Massachusetts, as the students of Saint Ambrose Preparatory School began to arrive.

Saint Ambrose Prep is the place where the wealthy and elite send their children for a top-notch education. Traditionally an all-boys school, they’ve recently admitted in females which is a point of contention among much of the faculty. When one of the female students is sexually assault
Sherri Thacker
Moral Compass is Danielle Steel’s latest book out and I was lucky enough to get approved from NetGalley. No matter what DS puts out, I request it. This one has some very sensitive matter and was dealt with throughout the whole book. The poor boys made a terrible decision while at a prep school and their lives changed forever because of it. 5 stars for a well written book about something that no one wants to live through. I think I will be still thinking about this book in the days to come. Thank ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
This the first Danielle Steel book I am reading and I must say I like her simplistic narrative. The story has a disturbing start, ending with some positives. A good afternoon read.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This wasn’t my favorite by this author.

I get it exasperated by info dumps right off the bat and this had that in spades! This author can certainly write and creates excellent characters but the beginning of this book had me going back and forth trying to determine who’s who.

Eventually I got sorted and enjoyed this story. I don’t think that there are any real surprises here but that’s not the worst thing. It really was an emotional drama and showed the lengths that people will go to to get out
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As another reviewer said, way too much narration and not enough dialogue or story. Also, can someone tell Danielle Steel that it is 2020 and same sex relationships do exist? There is a line in the first chapter about how as an all boys school, the school didn’t have to worry about romantic relationships. Really? It would be fine to say something like they didn’t have to worry about teen pregnancy or something like that, but “relationships”?
Laura Rash
Difficult subject matter of a school rape may keep some fans of DS reading this one. Very well written with a justified ending.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally! A book by Danielle Steel that was not rampant with people falling into bed with each other! This book is suitable for young adults as well as adults to read. It has a good lesson to teach, that is, to take responsibility for your actions and that the rich cannot get away with crimes in spite of their names and money. There were multiple sub-plots with the parents of the young people involved in the criminal actions, but none of them was particularly interesting. I’m just glad that DS wr ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Where does your moral compass lie? This is a story of choices...right and wrong. Saving yourself or saving the wronged one and giving them their life back? This was an incredible read with a great life lesson. One of Ms Steel's best! ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley for providing me this copy of Moral Compass by Danielle Steel! I havent read much by her before so this was a nice change. In this book she centers around an elite prep school in their first year of co-ed teaching and boarding. An event happens and everything goes wrong and changes the lives of the students. It definitely was an emotional ride with this one and kept me reading.
Sandra B
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Ashton Noel
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

This felt like a lifetime movie. Its about an all male boarding school that decides to go co-ed. On Halloween night a girl is raped and the rest of the story follows the trial and the legalities of prosecuting those responsible. I actually really enjoyed this. It was a bit out of the Danielle Steel norm with all of the courtroom/detective drama and I found that I actually liked most of the characters in this story and cared about their story arc. We have our usual rich and entitled ch
Blair Hay
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I READ THIS BOOK SO YOU DONT HAVE TO. This is the worst book I have ever read.

First, let’s talk writing in general. This book is so poorly written that if you told me an eighth grader wrote it I’d believe it more than an accomplished author being responsible for it. Almost every sentence is written as though someone is trying to meet a word count that they’re under. I don’t know if Ms. Steel had nothing to say or thought her audience was too stupid to remember simple facts, but everything she w
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
DS's last few books have been a home run for me; this one seems more of a triple ;) Moral Compass is very well written, interesting subject, good lessons, and a compelling story. But it lacked something for me. I'm not even exactly sure what? Having said that, I'd def recommend this book! I guess I can't expect every book to be a home run 😂 ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really a 3.5 rating but I’m rounding it to 4. I read this pretty quickly but I found myself skipping words which I don’t normally do. Felt it was too descriptive and had too many characters which got confusing. Would have liked more character development. I used to be a fan of Steel many years ago and just recently picked up her new releases. I didn’t like this one as much as her last book. Will certainly be reading more from her.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Great story!! Different from her other books!! Love this author's books!! Received this book from random house publishing group-ballantine from netgally!! ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book, loved ending
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read almost off of her books! This book started out very slow and seemed like it was a YA book. I continued on and was very happy with how it ended. The ending was what made it a 4 star read.
Alex Curtis
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down... really enjoyed that it wasn't about love or typical Danielle Steel. Plus the book cover is beautiful.

And covers moral topics such as underage drinking, sexual assault, and things that change the course of the lives of so many innocents..

Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
When I first saw this book I was immediately intrigued. Enough that I actually pre-ordered a copy - something that I never do. So I was really excited to get to read this one. And I don't want to say that it was a disappointment to me, but it definitely wasn't as strong of a book as it could have been. First, the first two chapters were nothing but introducing the reader to the enormous cast of characters. It was hard for me to keep them all straight at first. And some of them were not really al ...more
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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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