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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,291 ratings  ·  380 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel, a reclusive woman opens up her home to her neighbors in the wake of a devastating earthquake, setting off events that reveal secrets, break relationships apart, and bring strangers together to forge powerful new bonds.

Meredith White was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. But a personal tragedy cut
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published January 5th 2021
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This is a Women's Fiction book. Meredith White use to be an actress, but after her husband cheat on her and her son’s death. She become a shut in and cut herself off from everyone but her live-in housekeepers for companionship. Then an earthquake hits where she lives, and Meredith decides to go out and help her neighbors by taking them into her house. We follow Meredith, but we also learns/follow the neighbors that Meredith takes in. Normally, I do not love following so many characters, but this ...more
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Disasters bring out the best in some people and the worst in others!

Merideth White lives in San Francisco, she was at one time a huge movie star, but since her 14 year old son died in a boating accident she has become a recluse. She rarely leaves her house, though she keeps in shape and has overcome her grief. She has a couple that live in with her and keep up the house and grounds as well as cook and do the shopping. They have worked for her since her son died about 14 years ago and have always
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Danielle Steel writes such beautiful books, her characters are real and stories are relatable. Apart from Royal last year, it has been a while since I had read one of her books. The Neighbours is a lovely story of friendship, love and loss and pretty much just people. It was a quick read that dealt with some serious issues. Readers of women’s fiction and fans of Danielle Steel will not be disappointed.

Meredith White is a for,we Oscar winning actress. For the past 15 years, after her personal lif
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have reached for Danielle Steel books for years when I needed a relaxing read. This one (after not having read any for years) did not disappoint. An aging movie star and her neighbors were shaken by an earthquake. Never having met they shared her home afterwards and secrets start coming to the surface. It's a heartwarming story of hope, love and new beginnings. ...more
Bonnie DeMoss
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Meredith White, an iconic actress, has retreated from the world after her husband’s betrayal and her son’s death. She is almost completely cut off and relies on her live-in housekeepers for companionship. Then a devastating earthquake occurs and Meredith finds herself rushing out to help her neighbors.

I really liked this one from Danielle Steel, An icon herself, she can write about a star who has that kind of fame with great understanding. She also tackles the tough subject of domestic violence
Sherri Thacker
This is my 34th book by Danielle Steel and it was not my favorite. An earthquake in CA happens and a lot of the houses on one street are badly damaged. All the neighbors who barely know each other go to stay with an ex-movie star who has lived like a recluse for many many years. (Her house had very little damage) They all share meals, learn each other’s secrets, etc. It moved a little slow for me and I felt like there was a lot of repeating in this book. Looking forward to her next novel. Trigge ...more
Barbara Powell
This was my first novel by this author in probably 25 years. That kinda surprised me, but I can remember sneaking them from my mother as a teenager because I thought they were so good. So I went into this with high expectation and sadly, it kinda let me down.
Mere did was once I giant Hollywood actress married to a famous producer. They had it all, 2 kids, a mansion and money and fame. Until a disaster strikes the family and it never recovers. They family gets fractured and Meredith becomes a re
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Danielle Steel’s book’s I was excited to get a arc copy from NetGalley. 4 star read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Reading
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you’re in the mood for a quick, light read, a Danielle Steel book always fits the bill. Her latest is Neighbors. Steel brings us the story of Meredith White, a highly acclaimed actress who has been living in seclusion in a large, gated house in San Francisco after a family tragedy. Estranged from her daughter, her only companions are her live-in help, a married couple who have been unscrupulously stealing from her for fifteen years. When a major earthquake takes place, her stone fortress re ...more
Melissa Borsey
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I feel the need to gush over the wonderful characters Danielle Steel creates and even though this book has a deadly earthquake in it which is what brings all these wonderful characters together, by the end of the story it feels like an endearing fairytale! I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this great book.
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2.5 Stars

This book dragged a little bit too much for my liking and it was really repetitive, one of my biggest pet peeves about books. The story also almost felt formulaic but it was short and good enough for a rainy Sunday in Toronto. I would have enjoyed the book more if the characters were fleshed out a little bit and we were given more background information. We had lots of info about Meredith and her two live-in servants but everyone else felt lost along the way.

All in all, I believe the b
Minty McBunny
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
As ever, I am fairly certain that the AI has been invented which can read all her old books and spit out new “Danielle Steel” books at regular intervals. These later books are like you think you’ve ordered say...Secrets, by Danielle Steel, but when it comes you see the postmarks and the crooked cover art & realize this is Sucrets, the Wish or AliExpress version.

I mean the story, ok, it wasn’t ground breaking. Nothing she hasn’t done a million times. But the writing? You can’t tell me a woman th
First off, for those Danielle Steel fans out there (and I know you’re out there!), take note that rather than the romance that Steel is famous for, Neighbors, while it does have some romantic elements, is better fitted into the women’s fiction genre. The novel is enjoyable read with a strong sense of metaphor.

The incredibly famous and beautiful actress Meredith White, who has spent the last 15 years as a recluse holed up in her San Francisco mansion, invites three sets of neighbors to come stay
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steel was one of the first authors I read way back when I was a pre-teen. I was limited to whatever my local library or school library had available at the time.... but Danielle Steel will always hold a sentimental place in my heart for being one of my first reads. If I ever had the chance to meet her in person, I would share how all her novels have touched me and how connected to her characters I have been.

I do list two triggers at the bottom of my review so if you’re sensitive to cer
Lori Boyd
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so in the mood for a DS read. Drama, family, friends, earthquake and betrayal, add a little romance too. Everything you think of when you hear this author’s name.

Meredith is a famous actress who went into recluse mode after a horrific event. She lives in her upscale SanFrancisco home with only her live in caretakers as friends. Until a major earthquake shakes up her life in more ways than one. Not a usual romance book that you would expect from Steel, this book is more women’s fiction. En
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I've enjoyed a Danielle Steel novel so much! It's still "lifestyles of the rich and famous", but with a humanity twist. After an earthquake in San Francisco a recluse opens her home to her neighbors whose homes are not safe immediately after the quake. This act of kindness turns her life around and builds friendships nobody could have expected. Loved the ending! 8 out of 10. ...more
Alex Curtis
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a usual romance book that you would expect from Steel, this book is more women’s fiction. Enjoyable read, great cast of characters, you will be drawn in from page 1. I found this a nice break from some of my darker reads. But it brought up Abuse...handled realistically, honestly.

I hate to add triggers because they are often spoilers but at the same time, sometimes hard issues are dealt with in realistic ways in novels..

Triggers: domestic abuse, death of a child

all in all, a really good read!
Jan 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
The only reason I finished this drivel is that I had it on audio and I was in the middle of a large project. I needed something to distract me, and I didn't have time to search for a replacement. I only half listened, but still, this was just plain awful.
The writing felt like 6th grade level, EVERYTHING was repeated ad nauseum, the characters were barely fleshed out, the problems were magically fixed with little or no difficulty, and psychological issues are cured, instantly and with no therapy.
Ann James
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is the worst book I've ever read. The first 1/3 could've been written by a third grader. Totally repetitious. Perhaps the author was on drugs or alcohol or suffering from Covid. The publisher never should have let this go to print. Shameful. I had to pay hardcover price for it; I'd never read her before and was willing to take a chance. Never again. ...more
Barbara Schultz
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first Danielle Steel novel was “The Promise” back in 1977; I was a big Danielle Steel fan and could not wait until her next novel was release. I have read nearly forty; but not the annual reads as “back in the day”. It seems the stories are so similar, or perhaps my reading taste has changed. Psychological thrillers are now my typical “Go to” novels. .
I still have a soft spot for Ms. Steels stories as there have been some recent gems such as "The Dark Side|" ~ I really liked it and thought I
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars Very predictable, I listened to the audio, great narrator. Nice warm story, but it just suddenly ended. It was rather strange in an audio book to just suddenly hear The End.
Doreena Silva
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, arc, kindle
I am a fan of Danielle and read all her books.
A wonderful story of a reclusive Woman finding her way back to living her life after an earthquake
brings her to new friends, a relationship, a permanent parting with some estranged family and friends. A new meeting and relationship with other family, a reviving of her former career and what seems to be an awakening of other things around her.
This book was an absolute delight to read I really enjoyed the simplicity of it.
Thank you to Netgalley, Del
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read her books for years but the library was short on mysteries… Majority of the book was depressing as hell, the ending was good but blah blah
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A former movie star turned recluse opens her home to to her neighbors after a massive earthquake. Up until the earthquake Meredith White didn't even know her neighbors but with her home escaping the severe damage the rest of her neighbors homes suffered and most of the city being shut down, she generously opens her home to this eclectic group of strangers. Over the course of their time together and as they each move back to their own homes, new relationships are formed and current relationships ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read, As you start reading, just a few pages in you know a earthquake is going to happen, it is just a matter of when and what it will look it.

The earthquakes changed the lives of the neighbors, who had not met before. Interesting to me was how famous most of them were, and they didn't know it, just shows us how many live in their own small worlds until tragedy hits.
We learn to care about so many of the 'neighbors' very quickly and our hearts breaks for others and we cheer as w
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Another great book by Danielle Steele. A retired actress becomes a recluse after a personal tragedy. Her only contact is with her hired help, who turn out to be criminals, until a earthquake happens and she ends up helping all of her neighbors. This was a great read and I Can't wait until the next DS book. ...more
Laura Prindable
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Net Galley for an ARC of Danielle Steel's new release Neighbors. This book is about an older movie star, Meredith, her life, her tragedies and her redemption. Beautiful story through and through. Loved it! ...more
Craig / Phil
Danielle releases her first book of many for 2021 titled Neighbours about a retired movie star who invites a group of people with secrets into her home after a disastrous earthquake.
Meredith White was a glamorous and sought after successful film star but tragedy left her devastated and she quit the Hollywood scene and disappeared from public view.
Shutting herself away in a San Francisco grand estate she doesn’t see anyone besides the housekeeping couple.
When a catastrophic earthquake hits, eve
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
AUTHOR Steel, Danielle
TITLE Neighbors
DATE READ 01/30/21
FIRST SENTENCE The massive stone mansion was hot even in the basement, as Debbie Speck bustled around the large, efficient kitchen, putting away the groceries that her husband, Jack, had just brought in.
GENRE/ PUB DATE/FORMAT/LENGTH Fiction/2021/library/272 pgs
CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal 15/120
TIME/PLACE 2019/San Francisco
CHARACTERS Meredith White/retired actress
COMMENTS This moved a
Melissa Burling
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Danielle, you are back.

I haven't enjoyed the last few books and was considering retiring you as one of my must do reads, but I loved this book.

Loved the characters and made me dream about one day visiting San Fransisco all the way from Australia, earthquake and all. When we visited 10 years ago, I was paranoid it would happen.
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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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