In the earthquake's aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge. Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz, watches her perfect world fall to pieces. Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free, the event's headliner, comes to a turning point in her life and career. Photographer Everett Carson, a former war correspondent whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society parties, finds new purpose amid the carnage and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who normally works in jeans and high-tops with the homeless, searches through the rubble - and knows instantly that there is much work to be done.
As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of the survivors. For Sarah, it begins with the discovery of a crime and a betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. For Melanie, volunteering at a refugee camp will open new worlds of possibility. And Everett will be shaken by the unlikely relationship he forges with Maggie, who helps him rebuild his shattered life - and upends her own in the process.
But as a year passes, and the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, more surprises are in store - as each discovers the unexpected gifts in a tragedy's wake and the amazing grace of new beginnings.
©2007 Danielle Steel; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The first part of the book was good and the plot seemed interesting. The second half of the book was too "nice" to the point of being predictable and boring. It can be refreshing to have good morals or nice characters in a book, but not at the expense of having a plot. I used enjoy her books, but this is the first one I have read in years, and I doubt I will spend any money on any more of her books.
Typical Danelle Steele but will hold your interest and is easily listening.
I could not wait for this book to end. I think I may have enjoyed Amazing Grace is I was a 12 year old. I was so bored.
I have always been a fan of Danielle Steel but this particular book had me struggling to finish. It felt very two dimensional. While the characters seemed "nice", I really never found myself attached or invested.
Additionally, while I find writing this critique difficult, I would be remiss in not mentioning the narrator. He was inconsistent in his voices (sometimes they had accents sometimes not) he also ended most of his sentences in a downward, sad inflection. This trait may have also contributed to the disconnect with the characters.
All this said, this will not deter me from purchasing another Danielle Steel book. As I said, I am a fan.
A different narrator, sounded like a third grader reading
He read haltingly, no animation, no emphasis, very deadpan, sounded like a child reading something in class
Loved the book, so I powered through, but would never buy another one with this narrator knowingly. He ruined what could have been a wonderful reading.
The story line was ok but I thought the narrator was awful. I normally enjoy Danielle's books but will return this one.
Bed and Breakfast Owner and Part Time FanWoman
No I find her work a bit too repetitive, not giving the reader credit enough to remember something that was just said in another way a few minute before (in the book a few pages)
Maybe if it streamlined the story a bit
Amazing Grace is just over nine hours of listening, read by Tom Dheere.
Danielle has a tried and true formula, and all of the elements are here. A strong female character. A catastrophic event. Emotions. In Amazing Grace, we’ll do a San Francisco earthquake.
Repeating myself with other Danielle Steel book reviews …. but if you’re a fan, you’ll understand from where I speak :-). Danielle Steel is one of the most prolific writers in America today. You either love her or hate her, there really is no in-between, and she has legions of fans. If you are ever in the mood for sweet romance, meaning a teenaged girl can read the book, pick up a Danielle Steel novel. It’s easy to become absorbed, the stories are not gray-matter growth material; they aren’t intended to be. Danielle Steel is a die-hard romantic, and directs her talents to that end, pretty much exclusively.
A typical, Danielle Steelesque, satisfying conclusion. Her books often speak to personal familial relationships and issues, as does Amazing Grace.
I’m pretty simple when it comes to critique of a narrator. If I don’t have to re-wind to determine who-is-talking-to-who, I’m good. Ergo, Dheere does a decent production.
Beach reading paradise? Sorry if my review is redundant, similar to other Danielle Steel books. But, hey … the books are a bit redundant, too. Enjoy … if you like Danielle Steel reads, you will.
Reveals the struggle of fragile human spirits, as they seek to find their way amid the rubble of their lives.
Holds many lessons from which we could all learn.
This must be Danielle Steel's worst novel. It's purely black and white and nothing inbetween. Kitschy and sentimental! The narrator's naive rendition doesn't help either.
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