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Southern Lights | [Danielle Steel]

Southern Lights

Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband's betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has made a name for herself as a top prosecutor while juggling her role as devoted single mom to a teenage daughter.
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Publisher's Summary

Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband's betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has made a name for herself as a top prosecutor while juggling her role as devoted single mom to a teenage daughter.

But everything changes when Alexa is handed her latest case: the trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin. Alexa prepares for a high-stakes trial...until threatening letters are addressed to her beautiful 17-year-old daughter, Savannah. Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters - and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly she must make the toughest choice of all - and send her daughter back to the very place she swore she would never return to: the place where her marriage ended in heartbreak...her ex-husband's world of Southern tradition, memories of betrayal, and the antebellum charm of Charleston.

Now, while Alexa's trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter is settling into southern life, discovering a part of her family history and a father she barely knows. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again - strengthened by the challenges they have faced, and with Savannah now at home in the Southern world her mother fled.

A novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, Southern Lights is Danielle Steel at her electrifying best.

©2009 Danielle Steel; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-27-09
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-27-09
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    "It's my own fault..."

    I should have known. It was a Danielle Steel book. I shouldn't have said, "Well, maybe this one will be different." This is absolutely the silliest, lightest, most one-sided book I have listened to. I feel so sorry for Nick Podehl who had to narrate this, especially the southern voices.

    The main character is perfect. Her teenage daughter is perfect. They never fight. They are best friends. The daughter must go to Charleston to live with her dad and EVIL STEPMOTHER - who is completely evil. I wonder, has Danielle Steele ever been to South Carolina? We don't live on plantations with black servants. We don't hate yankees. We are not "steeped" in the confederacy. We don't sit around counting how many generals we had from our family in the Civil War and we will certainly apply to a Northern college if that's where we want to go. We also don't exclude people because they are not from the south. And the character's names!! SAVANNAH BEAUMONT??? Fiance named SCARLETT?? I don't think she could have written more stereotyped characters and beliefs.

    The only other thing to say is that if you didn't get the gist of the plot after the first couple of hours - NOT TO WORRY! Danielle Steele will explain it over and over and over ad nauseum. I have never read anything where the same thing is said again and again, constantly.

    I guess if you are a fan and you like her style of writing, you will probably like this. But if you're hoping for something different, I don't think this is it. Bye Y'all!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 12-19-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 12-19-09
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    "Ok ish"

    There were times where I thought the writing was just going on because it had to and it felt a bit drawn out.

    A good story and even though I just had to finish it, it definitely could have been shorter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Yonkers, NY, USA 11-04-09
    Heather Yonkers, NY, USA 11-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst Book Ever"

    I have never listened to something so boring. There was absolutely nothing to this book. I love Danielle Steel, but this was awful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Montgomery, AL, United States 12-19-09
    Cindy Montgomery, AL, United States 12-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Thought this might be different"

    Was so bored with this book I almost didn't listen to the whole thing, but I kept thinking that surely there had to be a plot, or at least a lesson in the book, besides stereotyping Southerners. Danielle Steele needs to visit the South before writing about it. Bless her heart! :) I used to love reading her books, but stopped after they got SO depressing and boring. Guess nothing has changed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Oslo, Norway 01-04-13
    Mia Oslo, Norway 01-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Nick Podhel could not save it;Which says it all"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is the second book I have listened to by this author. Unlike "Friends forever" this book is not even build up in a way which makes senes. Think of a pile of ideas thrown together. Cheaply made.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I know it is "May cause miracles" which made the last two days great. For fiction Richard Yates: "Disturbing the peace"111


    What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s performance?

    Great,Fresh, addictive.


    What character would you cut from Southern Lights?

    All.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy "Friends forever" instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Rockville, MD, United States 08-30-12
    Maria Rockville, MD, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Empty"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The book is empty and primitive to the extreme. On top of that it is full of snobbery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 04-04-12
    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 04-04-12 Member Since 2009

    mhope

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    "Very good strong woman story"
    Where does Southern Lights rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Southern Lights ranks in the upper 25% of the other audiobooks I have listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Southern Lights?

    I love a good story about a good mother daughter relationship. This one was very good. I loved the description of the shopping sprees in Charleston and the ones in Europe.


    What about Nick Podehl???s performance did you like?

    Nick did a very good performance with this book. He didn't try to get into one of those disgusting voices that so many other readers do. He was straight forward and verbally told the story. Good job Nick!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction with this book was the relationship between the grandmother, mother and daughter. Three generations of love, respect and mutual uderstanding between three strong women. Didn't laugh or cry, but smiled a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always loved books with women lawyers who are no non sense, smart and competient. Women who do what they have to do and do it well. This book had all of these qualities. Good job Danielle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beachbum USA 03-18-12
    beachbum USA 03-18-12 Member Since 2011

    beachbum

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    "I wish I could give it LESS than 1 star...."

    I like books that have something to do with the south, but this was the most insulting I've ever "read". I think DS needs to visit SC before she *tries* to write about it - "bless her heart" (and that's meant with the DS meaning, not the true southern meaning!). I'm insulted and disgusted at the same time!

    This was a pitiful attempt at writing imho. If you didn't hear it the first time, you would have heard it after it was repeat for the 10th time, or the 15th....

    Please take my suggestion and do not waste your money on this book. It's BORING, totally inaccurate and very poorly written. I don't see how this book ever made it through the editors to the publisher. I've read many "free" books from indie authors that topped this by far! Danielle Steel needs to do a lot more research before trying to write about the south - a place where she apparently knows nothing - "bless her heart".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Oskaloosa, IA, United States 07-25-11
    Cheryl Oskaloosa, IA, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I expect from DS"

    DS is one of my favorite writers, but this one was not worth the $$ I spent. Some of the characters were not necessary for the story, it seemed like they didn't belong to the story. This may have been realeased in audio format in 2009, when was it written? Very dissappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Danbury, CT, United States 12-16-10
    Carolyn Danbury, CT, United States 12-16-10
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    "Southern Lights"

    An intriguing, Danielle Steel-like novel with a happy ending. Interesting detective work, nicely done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    4/10/13
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    "I loved it, wow."

    I loved listening to this book. I've read lots of Danielle Steel books but listening to them was even better. The guy has a great voice which make it even better. Bring on more.

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