But, after reading this one, I just may give Ms. Steel another read.
I was also really sceptical of the story. Matt and Pip meet on the beach, bear in mind that Matt is an adult and Pip is a child. And they have this amazing connection and feel like they've always ...more
The start of the book was quite slow and low key, but it really grabbed me and I was desperate to find out more about the enigmatic Pip. The story then developed into a romance between Mat and Ophelie and a sort of family drama.
The book is generally well written, but I did think the author often went over the same ground several times before moving on, on several occasions this became quite tedious. I als ...more
Ted Mackenzie and his bi-polar son Chad were killed in a plane crash nine months ago. Left behind to pick up the pieces are Ted's wife Ophelie and daughter Pip. Ophelie is in a severe depression and can hardly take care of Pip except for the basics. Ophelie leases a house at Safe Harbour for the summer and while there Pip befriends artist and recluse Matt Bowles. They become fast frien ...more
Our Book Club selection for May, Safe Harbour, was chosen partly for laughs, partly for nostalgia, and partly because a few of our members had never read Danielle Steel.
I went through a committed Danielle Steel obsessive phase somewhere between 1987-1990. In that time period I read every hardcover I could find on my mom's, stepmom's friend's mom's, and boyfriend's mom's bookshelves. It would be safe to say that I LOVE Danielle Steel. However, I would a ...more
Matt become a recluse, retired painter who lives in a small, but comfortable bungalow in safe harbour. He spends his days painting on the beach. Then he meets, a 11yr old girl, pip and her dog who become frequent visitors. They form a bond of interest in drawing and a need for companionship. Matt lost ...more
The writing is very, very well written and overall the book is good but personally, I find it average in the entertainment part, mostly because I don't agree with the author's takeaway message with all these "forgive, forget, and let's all be happy" messages. It's a slow, quiet and lovely but also a sad and melancholic read. But personally, it's not my cup of tea.
Matt went through a nasty divorce six years ago & he hasn't seen his son & daughter since then. But soon the th ...more