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Danielle Steel is a prolific romance novelist. She churns out several books a year and has done for the past few decades. It's quite remarkable. My mum is the Danielle Steel fan and I only ever read the Steel books that my mum has read. Otherwise I don't think I would have ever picked one up.
-About the story-
Amazing Grace is one of Steel's more recent books and was first published in 2007. It tells the story of several characters.
The main character is Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a stockbroker. They are very wealthy and her job is to put on a charity ball once a year for all the beautiful people living in San Francisco.
Another character is Melanie Free, a famous, young singer who performs at the charity ball, with a very overbearing mother.
Then there is Everett Carson, a successful photographer and former war correspondent who has overcome an addiction to alcohol.
Then last but not least we have Sister Maggie, a woman in her forties who has devoted her whole adult life to God and to homeless people.
All of the characters' lives intertwines when suddenly an earthquake hits San Francisco and destroys the hall where the ball is being held and threatens the lives of all within. Luckily our characters make it out alive but for all of them nothing will ever be the same again...
Having read a lot of Danielle Steel I can honestly say that this is up to her usual standard. Each character is extremely well developed, three-dimensional, warm and likeable. This is what I love about Steel; having characters that you can really sink your teeth into. I especially loved reading about Sister Maggie. I found her character so interesting and actually felt inspired by her work with the underprivileged as that is what I im interested in doing in my life. It felt so refreshing to read about a Christian and not from the viewpoint of them being mad or hypocritical as the media often likes.
I like how the story develops, it's full of drama, it has lots of surprises in store and where a lot of her novels tend to be predictable, this one certainly isn't.
A very minor niggle is I felt like some of the story was a little contrived and not quite realistic. I felt that the way some of the characters interracted with each other was slightly forced.
Other than that I really enjoyed reading this and it lifted my spirits.
The book has 324 pages and is published by BCA.