The House on Hope Street

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In eighteen years of marriage, Liz and Jack Sutherland had built a family, a successful law practice, and a happy home near San Francisco, on Hope Street. Then, in an instant, it all fell apart.

It began like any other Christmas morning. But for Jack Sutherland, a five-minute errand ends in tragedy. And suddenly, Liz is alone, in the wake of an unbearable loss.

How can she go on without her husband, her ...

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Overview

In eighteen years of marriage, Liz and Jack Sutherland had built a family, a successful law practice, and a happy home near San Francisco, on Hope Street. Then, in an instant, it all fell apart.

It began like any other Christmas morning. But for Jack Sutherland, a five-minute errand ends in tragedy. And suddenly, Liz is alone, in the wake of an unbearable loss.

How can she go on without her husband, her partner, her best friend? How can she grieve when she must console five devastated children, including one with special needs?

Powered by her children's love, Liz finds the strength to return to work, to become both mother and "daddy." One by one the holidays come and go, until a devastating accident sends her oldest son to the hospital—and brings Dr. Bill Webster into her life. Bill becomes a friend to Liz as he slowly heals her shattered son.

With the first anniversary of Jack's death approaching, and with it another Christmas in the house on Hope Street, a new relationship offers new hope, and Liz reflects on the little blessings that give strength when nothing else is left. But she will face one more crisis before she can look ahead to the beginning of a new life.

The House on Hope Street is about learning to live again after you think life is over. It is about cherishing small miracles, and believing in big ones. It is above all about hope.

It began like any other Christmas morning. But for Jack Sutherland, a five-minute errand ends in tragedy. And suddenly, Liz is alone, in the wake of an unbearable loss.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
When Liz loses her husband of 18 years in a tragic accident, she misses him every moment. Throwing herself into caring for their five children, including one with special needs of his own, Liz is confronted with a second devastating accident that sends her oldest son to the hospital, and provides a means of introduction for a new man in her life.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Have Kleenex near at hand; the heartstrings are plucked nonstop in this vintage Steel, her 49th (after The Wedding). Liz Sutherland, wife of the dashing Jack (also her partner in a divorce law practice) and mother of five great kids, is the happiest of women--until tragedy strikes. On Christmas Eve, the estranged husband of a Sutherland client kills his wife, then Jack, then himself. Steel spares us nothing. She knows the anatomy of grief--abhorrence of the unctuous word "arrangements"; the cruel return to consciousness each morning. If the metaphors are clunky (a bowling ball on the heart), so be it; Steel's palpable, contagious sincerity wins readers' empathy. At last Liz laughs again, then, inevitably, loves again. Her new amour is Dr. Bill Webster, and they meet when her oldest child, Peter, is injured in a swimming pool accident. Peter cheers on the new romance, and so does Liz's youngest, the developmentally delayed (and charming) Jamie. Teen daughter Megan and her two younger sisters try to derail the relationship, however, and Megan's sass provides a needed counterpoint to much sunniness. Steel's commitment to her main characters is unimpeachable; minor characters fare less well. Distracted Liz almost runs over a woman who then sends flowers instead of suing--a neat start to a relationship that never happens--and the murderer's orphaned children fall out of the plot with unsettling abruptness. Still, Steel's devoted readers will swallow the story in one gulp. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Liz and Jack Sutherland were a couple who seemed to have everything. Not only to outsiders, but also in reality; they lived and breathed the American Dream: a loving marriage, healthy, well-adjusted children, and a successful legal partnership. Living, loving, and working side by side made their lives complete and fulfilled. Steel (The Long Road Home) has created a moving novel about tragedy in the middle of life and how Liz finds the strength to go on without her husband after a tragic accident on Christmas Day. Faced with five children and only the little blessings to propel her forward, she regains control of her new life with increasing depth and perspective. The House on Hope Street is about the human spirit learning to live again by recognizing the smallest blessings and finding and believing in hope. The audio quality is excellent, and Joseph Siravo's warm tone effectively lends itself to the story's drama. Recommended for popular fiction collections.--Leslie Wolf, Univ. at Buffalo Law Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A wife and mother puts the pieces back together after her husband is murdered. Liz and Jack Sutherland are successful divorce lawyers who live in Marin County, California, with their five children. On Christmas morning, the enraged husband of a client shoots Jack dead. In her typical singsong style, Steel (Granny Dan, 1999, etc.) takes Liz and her kids into the unthinkable horror of losing the person they love most in the world and then leads them pretty quickly out. Liz is helped through the following year by her best friend Victoria, her secretary Jean, and her housekeeper Carole. Nonetheless, in true soap-opera fashion, she shoulders most of the burden herself. Although she's grown to dislike dealing with people's nasty divorces, she stoically takes on a double caseload. She helps all her kids—especially her youngest child Jamie, a learning-delayed boy whose brain was damaged at birth—deal with the death of their father. When it comes time for the Special Olympics, an annual occasion for Jamie, Liz takes over Jack's job as trainer, coaching Jamie to his first winning medals ever. After an agonizing nine months of learning to sleep alone, Liz meets Dr. Bill Webster, the trauma doctor who helps her teenaged son Peter recover from a diving accident that left him with a head injury. Though Bill has always avoided long-term commitment, he can't help but be impressed by Liz's grit and her love for her family. Her daughter's resistance to him temporarily scares Bill off, but another Christmas finds him ready to take on carpooling with the manliest of them. This time out, Steel makes an intelligent choice of subject matter—and only occasionally threatens to treacle it todeath... . Thom, James Alexander SIGN-TALKER: The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition Ballantine (480 pp.) Jul. 5, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440237006
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 277,561
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 560 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Sisters, H.R.H., Coming Out, The House, Toxic Bachelors, Miracle, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

Biography

When it comes to commanding bestseller lists, no writer can come close to Danielle Steel. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the author who has spent the most consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Many of her books have been adapted for television movies, one of which (Jewels) was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. She has received the title of Chevalier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government for her immense body of work. In short, to say that Steel is the single most popular living writer in the world is no overstatement.

Steel published her first novel, Going Home, when she was a mere 26 years old, and the book introduced readers to many of the themes that would dominate her novels for the next 30-odd years. It is an exploration of human relationships told dramatically, a story of the past's thrall on the present. Anyone familiar with Steel's work will recognize these themes as being close to her heart, as are familial issues, which are at the root of her many mega-sellers.

Although Steel has a reputation among critics as being a writer of fluffy, escapist fare, she never shies away from taking on dark subject matter, having addressed illnesses, incest, suicide, divorce, death, the Holocaust, and war in her work. Of course, even when she is handling unsavory topics, she does so entertainingly and with refinement. Her stories may often cross over into the realm of melodrama, but she never fails to spin a compelling yarn told with a skilled ear for dialogue and character, while consistently showing how one can overcome the greatest of tragedies. Ever prolific, she usually produces several books per year, often juggling multiple projects at the same time.

With all of the time and effort Steel puts into her work (she claims to sometimes spend as much as 20 hours a day at her keyboard), it is amazing that she still has time for a personal life. However, as one might assume from her work, family is still incredibly important to her, and she maintains a fairly private personal life. Fortunately for her millions of fans, she continues to devote more than a small piece of that life to them.

Good To Know

Along with her famed adult novels, Steel has also written two series of books for kids with the purpose of helping them through difficult situations, such as dealing with a new stepfather and coping with the death of a grandparent.

When Steel isn't working on her latest bestseller or spending time with her beloved family, she is devoting her time to one of several philanthropic projects to benefit the mentally ill, the homeless, and abused children.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
    2. Website:

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It was ten o'clock in the morning on Christmas Eve, when Jack and Liz Sutherland met with Amanda Parker. It was a sunny morning in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. And Amanda looked both terrified and nervous. She was petite, blond, and delicate, and her hands shook almost imperceptibly as she quietly shredded a Kleenex. Jack and Liz had been handling her divorce for the past year, they worked as a team, and had opened their joint family law office eighteen years before, just after they were married.

They liked working together, and had long since developed a comfortable routine. They enjoyed their practice, and were good at it. They complemented each other, although their styles were extremely different. Inadvertently, and more subconsciously than not, Jack and Liz had adopted a kind of good cop/bad cop routine, which worked well for them and for their clients. It was always Jack who took the more aggressive, confrontational role, the lion in the courtroom, fighting for better conditions and bigger settlements, relentlessly backing his opponents into a corner, from which there was no relief for them until they gave him what he wanted for his client. It was Liz who was more thoughtful, gentler, ingenious about the subtleties, holding the clients' hands when needed, and fighting for the rights of their children. And at times the difference in their styles led to fights between them, as it had in Amanda's case. Despite some of the malicious games Amanda's husband had played on her, the threats, the constant verbal and occasional physical abuse, Liz thought what Jack had proposed was too tough on him.

“Are you crazy?” Jack had asked her bluntly before Amanda arrived. “Look at the crap this guy has pulled on her. He has three girlfriends he's supporting now, has cheated on her for ten years, has hidden all his assets from her, doesn't give a damn about his kids, and wants to walk out of the marriage without it costing him a penny. What do you suggest we do? Set up a trust for him, and thank him for his time and trouble?” Jack had his fighting Irish up, and although with her bright red hair and flashing green eyes, Liz seemed to have fiery looks, she was in fact far more moderate than he was. Jack's eyes were dark and ominous as he glared at her, and his hair had been snow white since he was thirty. People who knew them well teased them sometimes and said that they looked like Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. But despite their occasionally heated arguments, everyone inside the courtroom and out knew they were crazy about each other. Theirs was a loving, solid marriage, and they had a family that everyone envied, five children whom they adored, four of whom had bright red hair like their mother, and the youngest boy had dark hair, as Jack's once had been.

“I'm not telling you Phillip Parker doesn't deserve to get hammered,” Liz explained patiently. “I'm trying to tell you he'll take it out on her if we're too heavy-handed with him.”

“And I'm telling you he needs that, or he's going to push her around forever. You've got to hit this guy where he'll feel it, starting with his wallet. You can't let him get away with this kind of bullshit, Liz, and you know it.”

“You're pulling the rug out from under him, and paralyzing his business.” What she was saying was sensible, but Jack's hard-line tactics had worked before for many, many of their clients, and he had achieved settlements for them that few other attorneys could have. His reputation was for not only being tough, but brilliant when it came to getting big money for their clients, and he particularly wanted to achieve that for Amanda. Despite several million dollars Phillip Parker had stashed away, and a booming computer business, he had kept Amanda and their three children living at starvation level. And ever since the separation, she had barely been able to get enough out of him to keep them fed and in shoes. It was even more ridiculous once they figured out what he was spending on his girlfriends, and he had just bought himself a brand-new Porsche. Amanda hadn't even been able to buy a skateboard for her son for Christmas.

“Trust me on this one, Liz. The guy's a bully, and he's going to start squealing like a little pig when we put the squeeze on him in court. I know what I'm doing.”

“Jack, he's going to hurt her, if you squeeze him too tight.” This particular case frightened Liz, and had ever since Amanda had told them of the psychological torture she'd lived with for ten years, and two memorable beatings. She had left him after each one, but he had wooed her back with promises, emotional blackmail, threats, and gifts. And the one thing Liz knew for sure was that Amanda was deathly afraid of him, and Liz thought with good reason.

“We'll get a restraining order on him if we have to,” Jack reassured his wife just before Amanda walked into their office, and he was in the process of describing to her what they were going to do in court that morning. Essentially, they were going to freeze all the assets they were aware of, and cripple his business for the time being, until he gave them the additional financial information they wanted. And one thing all three of them agreed on was that Phillip Parker was not going to like it. Amanda looked terrified as she listened to Jack.

“I'm not sure that we should do that,” she said softly, looking to Liz for reassurance. Jack had always scared her a little, and Liz smiled at her encouragingly, even though she wasn't totally convinced that Jack knew what he was doing on this one. As a rule, she had a lot of faith in him, but this time, his heavy-handedness worried her. But no one liked a fight, or a victory, particularly for the underdog, better than Jack Sutherland. And he wanted to win big-time for his client. In his opinion, Amanda deserved it, and Liz didn't disagree with him, only with the way he wanted to accomplish the win for Amanda. Liz felt that, knowing Phillip Parker, it was dangerous to push him too far.

Jack continued to explain his strategy to Amanda for the next half hour, and at eleven that morning they walked into the courtroom for the hearing. Phillip Parker and his attorney were there when they arrived, and he glanced up with a seeming lack of interest at Amanda. But a minute later, when he thought no one was looking, Liz saw a look pass between them which spoke volumes and sent shivers down her spine. Phillip Parker's whole demeanor was designed to remind Amanda who was in control. Just the way he glanced at her was both frightening and demeaning, and then as though to confuse her, he smiled at her warmly. It was all cleverly done, and the clear message he put out to her seemed to vanish in an instant, but not without its desired effect on Amanda. She looked instantly and visibly more nervous, and leaned over to whisper to Liz as they waited in the courtroom for the court to convene.

“He's going to kill me if the judge freezes his business,” Amanda said nervously so no one but Liz could hear her.

“Do you mean that literally?” Liz asked in a clear whisper.

“No ... no ... I don't think ... but he's going to go crazy. He's coming to pick the kids up tomorrow, and I don't know what I'll say to him.”

“You can't talk to him about this,” Liz said firmly. “Can someone else drop the kids off to him?” As Amanda shook her head silently, she looked helpless, and Liz leaned over to say something to her husband. “Go easy,” was all she said to him, and he nodded, as he shuffled through some papers, and then glanced up with a small, terse smile first at Liz, and then Amanda. The smile told them both that he knew what he was doing, he was a warrior ready to ride into battle, and he didn't intend to lose to his opponent. And as usual, he didn't.

After hearing the shenanigans that had been pulled by Phillip Parker and his legal team, the judge agreed to freeze his assets and monitor his companies for the next thirty days until he came up with the information his wife's legal team needed to reach a settlement with him. His lawyer argued vehemently against it, protesting hotly to the judge, but the judge refused to hear it, ordered him to sit down, and minutes later, rapped his gavel and called a recess. And within seconds afterwards, after an ominous look at his soon to be ex-wife, Parker stormed out of the courtroom. Jack was beaming from ear to ear as he watched him, and put his files back in his briefcase with a victorious look at his wife.

“Nice work,” Liz said calmly, but as she glanced at Amanda, she could see that she was panicked. She said not a word to either of them, as she followed her attorneys from the courtroom, and Liz looked at her with compassion. “It's going to be okay, Amanda. Jack's right. This is the only way we could get his attention.” Technically and strategically, Liz knew and believed that, but from a human standpoint, she was worried about their client, and wanted to do everything she could to reassure her. “Can you get someone to be with you when he picks up the kids, so you don't have to face him alone?”

“My sister is coming over with her kids in the morning.”

“He's a bully, Amanda,” Jack said reassuringly. “He's not going to say anything to you as long as there are other people around.”

Historically, that had been true. But this time they had really pushed him. She had never agreed to let them do that before, but she'd been in therapy for months, and was trying to get braver about not letting Phillip abuse her, verbally, physically, or now financially. This was a major step for her, and one she hoped that, once she stopped shaking, she'd be proud of. And as much as Jack scared her at times, she trusted him completely, and had followed everything he told her to the letter, even this time. She herself was surprised that the judge had been so sympathetic to her, and as Jack said as they walked back to their offices again, that alone should prove something to her. The judge wanted to help and protect her, by freezing Phillip's assets and forcing him to give her the information they'd asked for months before.

“I know you're right,” she said with a sigh, smiling at them both. “It just scares me to get tough with him. I know I have to, but he's a demon when he gets angry.”

“So am I,” Jack said with a smile, and his wife laughed as they said good-bye to Amanda and wished her a merry Christmas.

“It'll be a much better Christmas next year,” Liz promised, and hoped to deliver on it. They wanted to get her the kind of settlement that would allow her to live in peace and comfort with her children. The same kind of comfort, or better, that Phillip's girlfriends were living in, in the condos he'd bought them. He'd even bought one of them a ski chalet in Aspen, while his wife barely had enough money to take their children to the movies. Jack hated guys like that, particularly when the kids had to pay a price for their father's irresponsible behavior. “You still have our home number, don't you?” Liz asked, and Amanda nodded, looking as though she were beginning to relax. At least, for now, the worst was over, and she was impressed by the court's decision. “Call if you need us. If for any reason, he shows up tonight, or calls and threatens you, call 911, and then call me,” Liz said, sounding a little overprotective, but it didn't hurt to remind her. Amanda left them gratefully a moment later, and Jack took off his coat and tie and smiled at his wife with pleasure as he unwound.

“I love beating that bastard. He's going to get his when we hit him with the settlement offer, and there isn't going to be a damn thing he can do about it.”

“Except scare her to death,” Liz reminded Jack with a serious expression.

“At least she'll be scared living on a decent income. If nothing else, her kids deserve that. And by the way, don't you think that 911 business you were telling her is a bit excessive? Come on, Liz, the guy's not a lunatic for chrissake, just an asshole.”

“That's my point. He's enough of an asshole to call and threaten her, or show up and try to scare the wits out of her, just enough to make her back down and have us ask the court to cancel the order.”

“There's not a chance of that, my love. I won't let her do it. And you're the one who was scaring her with all that nonsense about 911.”

“I just wanted to remind her that she's not alone and she can get help. She's an abused woman, Jack. She's not some clearheaded, tough woman who isn't going to take any crap from her ex-husband. She's a walking victim, and you know it.”

“And you're a bleeding heart, and I love you,” he said as he took a step closer and wrapped his arms around her. It was nearly one o'clock by then, and they were closing the office between Christmas and New Year's. And with five children at home, there was no doubt in either of their minds that they would be busy. But Liz was better about leaving the office behind her, when they went home, than Jack was. When she was with her children, they were all she could think of, and Jack loved that about her.

“I love you, Jack Sutherland,” she said with a smile as he kissed her. He wasn't usually amorous with her at work, but it was Christmas after all, and they had finished everything they could before the holiday, especially now that Amanda Parker's hearing was behind them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    Good book

    I have read a number of this authors books and have enjoyed them very much

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    Great Book!!

    I am in high school and my grandpa passed this book down to me. I thought it was written well and its a sad yet cute romance story between Liz and Jack / Liz and Bill. I would recomend this book to almost anyone. Usually I dont read much but i finished this book so quickly, i couldnt put it down!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    A Great Quick Read

    I thought this book was very interesting. It was my first read from this author and I find that she gives very realistic descriptions, taking me to another place when I read. This story made me cry, laugh, worry, and sympathize with Liz. I loved it and I am now looking for another book to read from her. To those who have not read her books yet, I say give this one a shot and allow yourself to be brought into another place with its words. Once I started it, I finished it within 24 hours because I enjoyed it so much, I had to see what would happen next. I am glad I read this book and I hope others have the same experience with it that I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Danielle steels

    Love it





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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    Does everyone have to..

    Paraphrase the the entire book and ruin it for those of us contemplating its lpurchase?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    ONE OF STEEL'S GREATEAST!

    When tragedy stricks, how do you get on with your life? in her 49th bestselling novel danille steel answers that quisgan. Life is good for liz and jack sutherland. They have a comfortible home in san francisco, a succisful familly law practice, and five children. But then, in a single momant tragedy strikes the sutherland familly. On chrismas eve, jack and liz freeze the assets of a husband of a client. The husband was doing some really irrisponsible things to his wife and kids. The next day is chrismas morning. Jack goes downtown to the office to do an errend. Phillip parker, the husband of the client is waiting in jacks office. He is crazy. He tells jack that he killed his wife and locked the kids in the bedroom with her. He shoots jack and then himself. How can liz go on without her husband, her partner, her best friend? how can she grieve when she must console her five devastated children, the youngest with spechil needs? then, just weeks before labor day, a pool accident sends liz's oldest son peter to the hospital, and brings a doctor named bill webstar into liz's life. Although bill has some strange ideas about marrige, familly, and children he grows atrracted to liz and heals her broken heart. But as the relationship between bill and liz moves from friendship, to romance, liz's three daughter's megan, annie and rachial, begen to resent bill. Can liz ever convince them that loving bill does not mean she loved jack less?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    Eh ...

    While I was able to read the entire book, I didn't think it was that great. I just kept waiting for the romance to blossum between the main characters, and it didn't happen until the VERY end. And then when it did happen, it didn't go anywhere, it just ended. It's just if I read a romance, I like it when the romance begins in the beginning and just gets better. I like Danielle Steel, but I was not very impressed by this one. If you want GREAT romance, read some of Julie Garwood's historic writing ... They're AMAZING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    THIS BOOK IS HARD TO TOP!

    ATTORNEYS LIZ AND JACK SUTHERLAND HAVE A LOVELY HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO. WITH FIVE CHILDREN, THE YONGEST ONE WITH SPICHIAL NEEDS WHAT MORE CAN TWO PEPOLE WANT? BUT SUDDENLY LIZ'S LIFE FALLS APART. IT HAPPENS ON CHRISMAS MORNING. IT BEGANS LIKE ANY OTHER CHRISMAS MORNING. BUT FOR JACK IT IS A FIVE MINNITE ERREND TO THE OFFICE THAT ENDS IN TRAGEDY. JACK IS SHOT BY THE ESTRANGED HUSBAND OF A CLIENT HE AND LIZ WERE REPRISENTING. THE GUY WAS REFUSING TO SUPPORT HIS WIFE AND KIDS. THE DAY BEFORE JACK HAD ASKED THE JUDGE TO FREZZE THE GUY'S BUSNEAS. SUDDENLY LIZ IS FACED WITH AN UNBEARILE LOSS. SHE MUST CONSOLE HER FIVE DEVISTATED CHILDREN AND TRY TO GET ON WITH HER LIFE. THEN JUST WEEKS BEFORE LABOR DAY A POOL ACCIDENT LANDS LIZ'S OLDEST SON IN THE HOSPITAL AND DR. BILL WIBSTER COMES INTO HER LIFE. AS BILL HEALS LIZ'S SON HE BECOMES A FRIEND TO LIZ. BUT OVERTIME THERE RELASHINSHIP TURNS INTO SOMETHING MUCH MORE DEEPER. THE ONLY OBSTICALE LIZ HAS FOR HAVING A FEAUTIRE WITH BILL IS THE FACT THAT HER DAUGHTERS RESENT HIM. CAN LIZ EVER MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT LOVING BILL DOES NOT MAKE HER MISS THERE FATHER ANY LESS?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    DANILLE STEEL DOES NOT KNOW HOW NOT TO WRITE A BESTSELLER

    Danille Steel aurther of Ansawrd Prayers, The kiss, Journey, Irrsestable forces and other Highlay Acllamed novels tells a moving story about one woman's fight for survival when tragedy strikes. Everything is going well for Liz and Jack Sutherland. With a sucesful partner ship as lawyers and four children, the youngest one with spichial needs. what more can people ask for? Then without warning tragedy strikes. On this paticular christmas morning Jack goes to the office to do an errend. It just so happens that the Day before Liz and Jack had settled a very ugly case about a devarsed man who refused to support his wife and kids. The judge ordard the husband to pay his wife the money. The man is hiding in Jack's office when he arrives. then without warning He shoots him. Now Liz is faced with rasing her four children on her own. When an accident lands her older son in the hosptal Doctor Bill Webster walkes into liz's life. liz finds love again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    A Mississippian

    The House on Hope Street was a good book, but I agree with the other comment made about her writting about those who make a good income. What about those who die serving our country or a police officer, they also get shot at? I think that it is stupid how she talks about selling the house, she makes a good living and she can support her kids. What about a solider or police officer who was the only one providing an income for their family? In conclusion, I do agree with the observation that Danielle Steel only writes about those who have a high income.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    sad and in desperate need of characters with other careers

    This was a very sad, touching story. I admired Liz's ability to move on with her children. I just feel that Danielle Steel needs to vary her characters more. Her stories are always about doctors and especially lawyers. What about nurses, teachers, librarians, secretaries, garbage men, police officers and firefighters??? Doesn't life happen to these people too?? Not everyone 'summers' on Cape Cod or goes to Paris all the time. Get realistic, Ms. Steele!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    Love comes to those who 'Hope'

    This book left me in tears and happy. It is wonderful that love can triumph through adversity. Great book, pick it up and you will be happy too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Courageous Heroine

    I am drawn to inspirational love stories and wished for more at the end of this novel. It was a quick read and enjoyable however not one of the best of Steel's work. A good book for a holiday at the beach or mountains.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    wonderful

    What a book !!! I felt like I was in this book watching everything as it happened, feeling their pain as if it were happening to me. This book is very well written and does a wonderful job of showing how one woman can find the strenght she needs to survive in the face of tradegy, hope and love. I was kept on a roller coaster of emotions as this family delt with day to day struggles of losing a loved one. I could not put this book down and read it in one day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2001

    THE BEST DANIELLE STEELE BOOK YET!

    I JUST FINISHED READING THIS BOOK AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS IS HER BEST BOOK YET! THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK! I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR A GREAT, FAST PACED BOOK WITH A WONDERFUL STORY & WONDERFUL ENDING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Definately A Great Book As Usual!!

    A wonderful story of hope and love and an insight into grieving as a widow...A one day read if you have the time...I found myself relating to the powerful questions Liz had about her struggles and the decisions that she made...definately a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    THE BEST ADDRESS

    THE HOUSE ON HOPE STREET WAS AN EXCELLENT BOOK BECAUSE FOR STARTERS IT WAS VERY REALISTIC. BEING AN AVID DANIELLE STEEL FAN I KNOW HOW TO PICK A BOOK. I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORYLINE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT WAS PERTAINING TO THE CHILDREN AND ALTHOUGH THE BEGINNING WAS A BIT SHOCKING BEING A DANIELEE STEEL FAN YOU KNOW TO READ HER BOOKS YOU MUST TAKE THE BAD WITH THE GOOD. MS. STEEL IS LIKE A FINE WINE-SHE JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER WITH AGE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    It will hit home to anyone who can relate

    The House on Hope Street was enjoyable reading since I do went through the same pain and aspects as the main character Liz Sutherland. Losing a love one is painful on all sides. Especially if there are children involved. Luckily Liz (like my mother)had a wonderful network of friends and family to help her through the bad times. And I was happy that she was able to move and find love again. Truly a book for someone grieving and needs inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    A Wonderful Story Filled With Hope!!!!!

    This is a book that you will want to keep on reading until your reach the end. It grabs you from page one and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. It is a very heartfelt story of a tragedy that touches a family at one of the happiest times of the year, Christmas. It takes you through their pain, suffering, and recuperation of the loss. It is a very touching book. You can actually picture everything happening in the book. It is as if you are there with Liz's family. Excellent!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2001

    A Wonderful Book!

    How a wife and a mother of five puts the pieces together after her husband is murdered on Christmas morning. This book is an awesome book. It's all about courage and strength.This book will give you a wake up call to reality and help you realize what you do have instead of what you don't have. I cried throughout this book, so it's best to have kleenex at hand every time you pick up this book. Although this book has a turn to it when one of her children has a serious accident which almost causes her to lose him. through it all she remains strong and is admired by a man who falls in love with her. This book is awesome and if I could read it again I would. I encourage everyone to read it.

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