Hurricane Ophelia is bearing down on New York City. And in a matter of hours, six people, along with their families, friends, and millions of other New Yorkers living around them, will be caught up in the horrific flooding it unleashes.
Ellen Wharton has flown into New York from London, regardless of the weather and her husband's worry. The successful interior designer is intent on seeing her lively architect mother and has an important personal appointment to keep. But despite Ellen's urging, when the storm hits, seventy-four-year-old Grace Madison refuses to leave her Tribeca apartment in the midst of the evacuation zone, and they must eventually wade through chest-high water to the police boats outside.
British investment banker Charles Williams is traveling on business but is also eager to see his young daughters, who live with his beautiful, estranged ex-wife in SoHo. Desperate to find them, he checks the shelters where thousands have taken refuge and runs into Ellen and her mother.
Juliette Dubois, a dedicated ER doctor, fights to save lives when the generators at her hospital fail.
NYU students Peter Holbrook and Ben Weiss, living in a shabby downtown walkup, are excited by the adventure of the approaching hurricane, refuse to evacuate, and settle in with junk food and beer until their building threatens to collapse. Should they swim for it or not?
A day of chaos takes its toll. Lives, belongings, and loved ones are swept away. Heroes are revealed as the city and New Yorkers struggle to face a natural disaster of epic proportions. And then the real challenge begins, as the survivors face their futures, with damage to repair and scars to heal.
Danielle Steel fearlessly tackles a catastrophe and its aftermath with characters who are joined together by accident, then share their vulnerabilities, regrets, losses, and hopes. Keenly observed and brilliantly told, this is an unforgettable story that proves that while life can change in an instant, even the darkest storm can bring forth courage, resilience, unexpected joy, and new life. And it reminds us all that nature, at its fiercest, is a powerful force nothing and no one can resist.
©2017 Danielle Steel. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Wow! There was a lot of twist and turns but this was a good read. I was heartbroken over the lost of the one young man friend and the lives lost and homes. I really was glad how the ending was for everyone.
This book is like a cup of Luke-warm hot chocolate. Just a little sweet but not at all satisfying! She can do much better than this and she has. What's up? Weak characters very little action and not any real conflict. The dual story line didn't seem to fit and there was no reference to Rushing Waters. And I was shocked when it ended. It was like she just got tied of writing and quit.
The story was fine, but it feels like the author rephrases and/or repeats the same stuff over and over again. I could doze off and not miss anything new.
The performer was good as a narrator. However, his female voices and UK accent left something to be desired.
It was decent brain candy.
The book felt a little disorganized. I was disappointed, because with that great storyline it should have been one of my DS favorites. I actually would have enjoyed separate books about each set of characters, or it could have been longer to better accommodate the individual stories of the characters. Also I would have loved to have more rescue drama and excitement about the storm and flood, it seemed rather tame for a hurricane. The narrator was fantastic and what was there was enjoyable, I just thought it could have been so much more and I felt let down. I'll try listening again, maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind. It is, worth a listen!
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