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Safe Harbour

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  20,038 ratings  ·  319 reviews
On a wind-swept summer day in San Francisco, a solitary figure walks down the beach, a dog at her side. At eleven, Pip Mackenzie's young life has already been touched by tragedy; nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother Ophelie into inconsolable grief. But on this chilly July afternoon, Pip meets artist Matt Bowles, who offers to teach the girl to draw--a ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Janice Arroyo
Recommended to Doneka by: Heather DeLacruz
Shelves: owned, romance, adult
IT WAS AMAZING!!! HOLY CRAP! Sure, it was pretty slow, and nothing really happened until about the second half of the book, but its one of those books that you're satisfied with where you are and what's going on. It was never boring, and it just went along at a steady pace. But then, by the second half of the book...WHAM!!!!!! Everything you thought about the main characters is wrong. With some, you loathe them with the heat and passion of a thousand suns, and others you hold dearer than before. ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Decided I should finally read Steele since she sells so many damn books. Main takeaway here is: why? Nothing happens in the first half and mostly nothing happens in the second half. I was treated to endless descriptions of people painting on the beach and having dinner out. Wasn’t enough romance and wasn’t enough suspense. Also, women are either submissive or if they are more purposeful, they are punished for their actions (cancer, being shot). Steele ain’t no feminist. Also, Matt’s obsession wi ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s been awhile since I read this popular author and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the book. While a somewhat predictable romance, I thought the characters Ophelia and artist Matt were unique in their presentation. Damaged, but taking things slowly and with an open mind. Matt has been faced with a messy divorce and cut off from his children who live in another country; Ophelia is thrown into widowhood and the loss of her son and is very depressed. She tries to pull it together f ...more
Pat Hege
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Normally I do not read Daniel Steel, but was low on my normal mystery novels, picked this one up on a whim after reading the cover page. I really did enjoy this book, I rarely ever read romance novels, because I feel if you read one you have read them all. Man meets woman, they have one torrid sexual encounter after the next, someone is jealous, someone wants to run, then all ends well with a wedding.
But, after reading this one, I just may give Ms. Steel another read.
Geevika Bhatia
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I know I should not mark this book as read and should not rate it as I am not worthy of it :( Why? Because this is the first book that I was not able to complete and left in between. I tried hard, I actually tried to not leave it half way but I was not able to help it. Every time I picked it up with all my courage collected, I went drowsy after a few pages. I know with so much of good reviews about this book I am the only one giving it one star. But being a reader I think i deserve to share my e ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction, usa
When I started reading this book, I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. 'Here we go again' I thought. Steel is going to repeat things for us, just to make sure we get it. She even used the same sentence on two pages next to each other! Oh and also, why is the dog on the front cover not a chocolate lab?

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
Ted Mackenzie and his bipolar 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 friends despite a difference in age. Matt is suffering from the loss of his children through a divorce. Ophelie and Ma ...more
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read. Life can change with the walk on the beach. A chance meeting with an artist, a little girl and her dog. About relationships,family bonds, infidelity,friendship and a second chance at happiness. LOVED this book.
L.A. Zoe
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
What is it about Danielle Steel books? This one choked me up, even though everything in it was either obvious or useless. A young girl meets a young man artist painting on the beach. They become friends, and soon he's meeting her mother, and of course they fall in love, despite both their difficult pasts. Along the way, they work together to save somebody from drowning. As a plot point, it didn't make much sense. It doesn't affect the rest of the book. I guess it showed they could work together ...more
Cass Jensen
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grandma really wanted me to read Safe Harbor so I gave it a chance and sped through the pages. It was romantic and cute mixed with a betrayal that I couldn't believe. I really loved this and wouldn't mind reading more of Danielle Steel and author I judged as writing 'old lady books' but nope she writes amazing love stories just like Nicholas Sparks
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A tragically sad story but riveting. It was the strong friendships that developed during loneliness and grief that had me captivated. The little girl just tugged at the heart and the hero's steady patience was so endearing. Lonely 11-year-old Pip finds a friend on the beach in artist Matt during a summer when her mother Ophelie is suffering from serious depression.
Tony Hisgett
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review, romance
This is not the kind of book I would normally read but I found the ‘blurb’ quite intriguing.

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
Really liked the book,how the characters start the healing and find friendship through such tragedy n loneliness

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
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
A bit predictable and cheesy at times but overall very enjoyable and touching story. I highly enjoyed it :D
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
3 entirely predictable, yet enjoyable stars.

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
Jane Upshall
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read a Steel book in probably 15 years. At one time I had her complete collection and gave them away when I moved from Canada to US . I really enjoyed this story . It was beautifully written and the romance and tragedies were placed strategically well. I know many say the plots are predictable and yes , it is somewhat but still I almost , almost shed a tear with this one . The last book I cried about was 11 years ago when I read a book to my 10 year old son. I cried only because he di ...more
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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Maxine Stevens
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although you can guess what is going to happen at the end, I like the way it is written.
Could use a little less repetitions.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This paper book took me quite a long time to finish being one of the remaining ones in my sstash, which I am trying to reduce as I prefer reading e-books (no dust collectors like paper books ;-) ) . I managed to read only a few pages each time, so feel quite courageous for having finished this flat and boring story. It follows the typical Danielle Steel pattern: in the world of the rich and beautiful, 2 tormented souls accidentally meet, (this time via an eleven year old girl), and ... after fiv ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
When life turns down unexpected roads, divorce, deAth, and betrayal of the worst kind, matt and Ophelia have a choice to make: to embrace life or give into the despare death has left in it's path.
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
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance
This is the first Danielle Steel book I've read, and it will be my last. The story is cute but she's very repetetive about how the characters are feeling. And still feeling when nothing has happened to change their feelings. I also wonder if the author needs to meet a word count. There are so many sentences that start with "And." I got to the point that I ignored them and read the sentence without it. It's not uncommon for a sentence to contain "and" 3-4 times. Nothing really happens in the firs ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was a slow read but worth the wait. All good things come to those who wait!! Ophelie has lost her husband and son. Her daughter Pip makes friends with a man on the beach, who in the end she ends up falling in love with. She gets shot, almost dies, finds out her best friend was sleeping with her husband and that her child is really her her husbands love child. Her best friend dies of cancer and she ends up with the child.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I liked it! Nice story! It's a fun beach read. A little bit sad, but still very enjoyable.
Germaine Chevarie
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got a jolt when I discovered Ted had fathered a child with Andrea,the main charactor's best friend! All in all, I enjoyed reading Safe Harbour.
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am very curious as to how she can sell so many books when they are all basically the same but I read a lot of her books so whatever she's doing is working. Interesting.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it couldn't put it down after I got the time to actually read without interruptions.

Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a good book. Kind of slow moving. I liked it though. Great Characters.
Linda M.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Pip Mackenzie is an 11 year old girl who meets Matt Bowles, an artist, on the beach during summer vacation. They slowly become friends after he starts teaching Pip how to draw. When her mother, Ophelie, finds out about Matt, she goes ballistic. Soon the reader finds out that her genius husband, Ted, and son, Chad, were killed in an airplane accident nine months ago.

Matt went through a nasty divorce six years ago & he hasn't seen his son & daughter since then. But soon the th
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Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel was born on 14 August 1947 in New York City to a German-Jewish father and a Portuguese Catholic mother, and she spent much of her childhood in France. From an education in New York and Europe to a professional background in public relations and advertising, and teaching, Ms. Steel moved on quickly to her literary career and has been hard at work writing ...more

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