by Danielle Steel

October 2004
ISBN: 0-440-23762-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Dell Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Ophelia and Pip are residing at the beach, aptly named Safe Harbor. They are both recovering from a terrible tragedy that has upset the delicate balance of their lives. Spending most of her life tending to her son and husband, Ophelia has been struck doubly hard by the tragedy.

Pip, lonely and wanting an adult to befriend her and guide her finds herself drawn to a lone artist named Matt. He puts himself in a precarious position befriending Pip before he meets Ophelia. As the situation resolves, the three find a blossoming friendship forming. Matt becomes the rock that Ophelia and Pip both rely on even as they resume their daily lives in the city.

Wonderfully developed characters engage the reader. This novel explores the depths of human emotion and the long road to recovery after tragedy strikes. The characters have a depth that is lacking in most novels and the reader truly begins to know them and feel their struggles. Almost anticipating their next move.

However, on plot this book was nothing extraordinary. It evolved slowly and the much anticipated climatic moments seemed to fall short of the expectations the reader developed. The events that could have taken the reader by surprise and emitted a much greater emotional reaction, were hindered due to the fact the reader had seen them coming since the first chapter as the author mentioned over and over the dangers of Ophelia’s new profession.

In summary, if this were the first Steel book I’d ever read I wouldn’t have been very impressed. One of her greatest this is not. This will be on the keeper shelves of only the most loyal fans. And not one I’d recommend for a first read by this author.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Katy.

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