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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  125 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,
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Babydimps (Suzy)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Kristi
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Carrie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa Cheney
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of my more recent favorite books of Danielle Steel. It was very relevant to today's time, I thought the story line was a good and believable one. I thought the characters came alive in the book, although I must admit with SO many male names I did sometimes get confused... who was a dad, who was a student. I thought the ending of the book was respectful, and I was glad that the main character did not fall in love with one of the boys... I must admit I thought that might happen..
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..

8/10
Sylvia
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Melissa Borsey
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An emotional story about an elite all boys prep school that has just gone coed and the one night that changed the lives of all involved. Excellent writing. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Megan Greene
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed Danielle Steels latest emotional drama, Moral Compass.
If you could go back to your high school years, would you make different choices? Would you handle pivotal times in your life in a different way? 6 young men made terrible choices on Halloween that will impact them for the rest of their lives. This story will leave you questioning if the punishment fits the crime. A page turner not to be missed. Warning- Subject matter my be triggering for some. 4 stars.
Irene
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel . A perceptive look on the impact of underage drinking and rape. The story conveys the allegations, criminal proceedings and consequences of all involved in the event and decisions that have an impact on the rest of their lives.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Donna Hines
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Riveting! Chilling! Intrigue with a sense of Danger lurking all around!
This and more can be expected in this amazing new work,"Moral Compass" by Danielle Steel.
It all begins with Saint Ambrose Prep an elite school for boys until now. Girls are just moving in their belongings and with it comes change.
Change in the sense that everything will be turned upside down and someone will be accused of the most unspeakable sexual crime.
Boys become men rather quickly in this heart pounding thriller that
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Marianne
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
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Diane Saul
This story takes place at a small private school that has just gone co-ed. When an after house get together results in the rape of one of the female students all hell breaks loose. The boys involved close ranks and lie. Their Fathers are wealthy and are not happy that their sons are being questioned.

This was a typical Steele book, entertaining enough to be worth the time to read, but not one I couldn’t put down. The story addresses the issue of teens and alcohol and the consequences that can
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Cayla
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Doreena Silva
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Danielle Steel fans
Shelves: arc, net-galley
Thank you to Netgalley, Danielle Steel and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I'm a fan of Danielle Steel so I read all of her books.
I really enjoyed this one and found it to be not only timely but it could definitely be a "ripped from the headlines" type of read.
The title "Moral Compass" totally tied in to the book, it's characters and subject.
Well done Danielle!
Linda Leone
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to netgalley, Danielle Steele and to Random House publishing for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
I always enjoy a Danielle Steele book and this was no exception. Very timely subject matter. Lots characters in the story so it took some time to keep them straight. Liked how it all played out in the end
Natalie
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since I work with college students, I found this book especially timely. This is the story of an elite male prep school that has admitted women for the first time. As predicted, this did cause a tremendous change and turmoil Sadly, this change was brought into focus when a bottle of tequila fueled a drunken night which ended in a brutal rape.

The author focused her lens on the students who would ultimately be involved. Though this made it predictable, it also brought clarity to the fact that
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Carol Perreault
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fromnetgalley
A really good story of what could happen when teens and alcohol mix at a private boarding school. The resulting story shows the real personalities of the school faculty, the parents, the kids and the police, as they all try to deal with hiding and/or finding the truth.
Lou
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the serious subject of this book. Students in an elite school get into trouble and the parents want to buy their way out of it. Some of the students take responsibility for their actions on their own and prove that sometimes our children have a better moral compass then the adults. Well written as all of Danielle Steels books are. You must read this book.
Beth Hunsberger
I received an advanced copy of this book.

This book tackles the social topic of teenage drinking and rape. Students are back to their boarding school for the year, and for the first time, the school has opened its enrollment to girls. The students quickly adjust and all is going well until Halloween when a bottle of tequila is shared among friends, a girl ends up raped, and the boys scatter with fear of being caught.. This story captures the emotions of all involved in the event, the charges and
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Sue
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can always count on Danielle Steel to provide me with an enjoyable read. Moral Compass is no exception. It was interesting, kept me engaged and I really liked it.
Tiffany Foskey
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another bestseller for Danielle Steele. In this story she addresses a very real and deep situation and does it so eloquently and so researched as is her signature style. D.S. has a certain style that in my opinion no author can compare to.

In her newest book she centers around an elite prep school in their first year of co-ed teaching and boarding. On a Halloween night a group of guys and one girl hanging out goes dreadfully wrong in a way that changes these children's lives forever. Thank you
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Anne
Nov 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Krystal
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
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Naomi
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A female student in a co-ed boarding school is found unconscious, affected by alcohol. She has been raped and we follow the the unfolding police investigation.

What worked for me:-
- we knew the offenders from the outset, a different approach.
- Vivienne - the denial, fear, guilt and shame were spot on.
- The dynamics of sexual abuse are accurately described. As are stereotypes and archaic attitudes that continue to exist in society in relation to personal and & family violence and sexual
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Barb Lie
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel is another one of her wonderful emotional standalone novels. The above description is perfect to lead into this storyline. ‘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, filmmakers, and CEOs. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled one hundred and forty female students for the ...more
Kimberly
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TITLE: Moral Compass
CHARACTERS: ?
AUTHOR: Danielle Steel
PUBLICATION DATE: 01/07/20
ORDER LINKS: Amazon | B&N

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
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,
...more
Bookfan36
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief synopsis from the book cover:

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, filmmakers, and CEOs. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled one hundred and forty female students for the first time. Even though most of the kids on the campus have all the privilege in the world, some are struggling, wounded
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Mary
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel centers on Saint Ambrose Prep School in Massachusetts, whose student body is composed of elite, financially well-off teenagers. The book opens at the beginning of the school year, and this is the first year that the school has gone co-ed by enrolling girls into the formerly all-male population. Everyone at the school, students and adults alike, work hard to adapt to the changes that are necessary. A very unfortunate incident results in a criminal investigation ...more
Mary
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Danielle Steel’s latest novel takes on a dark subject revealing the wide spread consequences of underage drinking and its effects. St Ambrose Preparatory School, an elite boarding school that prepares students to attend Ivy League universities, becomes a coed facility after generations as a male only institution. With the influx of female students, the dynamic among students and staff changes radically.

Seven young people find their lives altered dramatically as a result of one night of illegal
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Jennifer Vido
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saint Ambrose Preparatory, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts catering to the wealthy, has enrolled one hundred and forty female students for the new academic year. A traditionally boys-only school, this progressive change was met with some resistance from faculty and alumni. Many of students come from privileged families and carry burdens from their parents' acrimonious divorces. The school strives to be a nurturing place where the students may thrive as they aim to achieve their ...more
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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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