Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour

by Danielle Steel
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Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel

In her fifty-ninth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells an unforgettable story of survival...of how two people who lost everything find hope...and of the extraordinary acts of faith and courage that bring —and keep— families together...

On a windswept summer day, as the fog rolls across the San Francisco coastline, a solitary figure walks down the beach, a dog at her side. At eleven, Pip Mackenzie's young life has already been touched by tragedy; nine months before, a terrible accident plunged her mother into inconsolable grief. But on this chilly July afternoon, Pip meets someone who fills her sad gray world with color and light. And in her innocence and in his kindness, a spark will be kindled, lives will be changed, and a journey of hope will begin.

From the moment the curly-haired girl walks up to his easel on the sand, Matt Bowles senses something magical about her. Pip reminds him of his own daughter at that age, before a bitter divorce tore his family apart and swept his children halfway across the world. With her own mother, Ophélie, retreating deeper into her grief, Pip spends her summer at the shore the way lonely children do: watching the glittering waters and rushing clouds, daydreaming and remembering how things used to be. That is, until she meets artist Matt Bowles, who offers to teach the girl to draw—and can't help but notice her beautiful, lonely mother. At first, Ophélie is thrown off balance by her daughter's new companion—until she realizes how much joy he is bringing into their lives, despite the sadness she sees in his eyes. As their newfound friend works his subtle magic, mother and daughter slowly begin to heal, to laugh again, to rediscover what they have lost.

When summer ends, and Ophélie and Pip must leave the beach for the city, the season of healing continues. Gathering her newfound strength, Ophélie begins a volunteer job at a city outreach program, where she works with the homeless, and can no longer ignore the blessings in her own life. But as soul-sharing phone calls and autumn beach getaways deepen Ophélie and Matt's friendship, fate strikes another blow. Out of the blue, Matt must confront unfinished business from his past. Days later, Ophélie is struck by a stunning betrayal by someone she trusts. And as these events reverberate in two already wounded hearts, something extraordinary happens. Out of the darkness that has shadowed them both comes an unexpected gift of hope.

With grace and compassion, Danielle Steel explores the fragile bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, family members and lifelong friends. Her haunting, impassioned novel takes us across the complex landscape of loss—to the blessings that arise from even the darkest tragedies. At once a story of triumph and a moving elegy to those who suffer and survive, Safe Harbour is perhaps her most powerful and life-affirming novel to date.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307566782
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 33,225
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, 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; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s book Pretty Minnie in Paris.

Hometown:

San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Safe Harbour 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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Love Danielle Steel This book was great Thank You
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Great book. One of her best.
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Loved the book
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Tina Sims More than 1 year ago
A good read, easy to get into in the beginning, a little repetitive in establishing the characters feelings but still good. I love the unexpected twists and turns Steele always weaves into her books.
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Debbie King More than 1 year ago
As always a great read.
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This book was good ... it just took a while to get into and seemed repetitive. Onnce the story picked up though, I enjoyed it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was predictable from the start and repetitive, as mentioned by other reviewers. I've read many of Ms. Steel's books and enjoyed 'Mirror Image', 'Echoes', and 'Malice' among others, and I appreciate that she keeps them clean. But I may be getting burned out on them, as the central characters all seem interchangeable - needy, victimized, noble, long-suffering, poor little rich girls... I think I'll pass for a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the house on hope street, johnny angel, and other steel novels safe harbour tells the story of how people go on living even after the worst tragedys. At age eleven, pip makenzie does not think her beautiful mother ophilie will ever smile again. Still mourning the loss of her husband ted and her mentally ill son chad in a plane crash ten months earller, ophilie spends her time greaving in a summer rented cottage at safe harbour while pip, walks along the beach daydreaming about how life use to be before the deaths of her father and older brother. But then pip meets somebody who changes her and ophilies lives: from the momant lonley artest mat bowels sees's pip he senses something magical about her. Pip reminds mat of his own daughter, before a bitter devorse tore his family apart. Pip and mat become fast friends, esphilly when pip tells him about her father and brother's deaths. At first ophilie is not pleased with her daughter's new companion, until she realizes how much joy mat is bringing into there lives. When summer ends and ophilie and pip return to there home in san francisco there frindship with mat continues. But when ophilie's life is suddenly turned to shredes again by a betrayl by a friend, and mat must confront unfinished busneas from there past, the two of them realize that they really need eachother. That is when there friendship turns into a romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is only the 3rd Danielle Steel book ive read and i really liked it. it was a little dragged out espiecally with everything involving Ted... but it was really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was magnificent. Really touches the heart. It's amazing how much Pip & Opheila's lifes change after meeting Matt. The heart heals itself with time. This was just a very touching book. All of her books are wonderful. I'm about to start Ghost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Took me a while to read it, because it seemed to repeat and not move on with the story, but I was determined to finish it, and I'm glad I did. The ending was really surprising and touching.