By Danielle Steel
On a hot may well evening in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The night is perfect—until, simply mins prior to nighttime, the room starts to sway….
In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of 4 strangers will converge.… Sarah Sloane, the spouse of a monetary whiz, watches her ideal global fall to pieces…. Grammy-winning singer Melanie unfastened involves a turning element in her existence and career…. Photographer Everett Carson reveals new objective amid the carnage…and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who works with the homeless, searches in the course of the rubble—and understands that there's a lot to be done….
As town staggers again to lifestyles, a sequence response of striking occasions will contact each one of the survivors…. Sarah discovers against the law and a betrayal, then a power she by no means knew she had. Volunteering at a refugee camp opens new worlds of probability for Melanie. Everett will forge an not likely dating with Maggie, who is helping him rebuild his shattered life—and upends her personal within the technique. And as a yr passes every one discovers the unforeseen presents in a tragedy’s wake…and the fantastic grace of latest beginnings.
Throughout those mesmerizing pages, Danielle metal creates a beautiful array of contrasts —from the dazzle of a society gain to the chaos of a makeshift sanatorium, from the pampered lives of rock stars to the quiet heroism of emergency volunteers. it's her so much strong and life-affirming novel so far.
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He’d have to do something about that stomach of his first. And his face—well, I’m not so hot-looking I can complain. But his walk, as he opened the far door for us, bothered me. And the way he moved his hands looked as if he might break into Mendelssohn’s Spring Song any moment. A couple of minutes later Conklyn Lee and I stood before the steel door in the back of the shop. “I don’t think anyone is down there now,” he jittered. “But I don’t know—I couldn’t know. ” “Open her up,” I told him. ” He got the key working and we went down to the basement.
If I were willing to fade myself they’d let it go at that. If I weren’t, they wanted to find it out right away and knock me over. Anyway, I couldn’t get the truth out of Mary Morse—at least at once—since I didn’t know where she was. Then who could talk? And I had it. Her stepfather, Conklyn Lee. He had managed that firm since Mary’s grandfather’s death. I’m not a sentimental fool. Anyone who knows me knows that. Oh, if it comes to a show-down, I’ll die for a cause, but I’d much rather kill the cause and live for another one.
Should I call O’Rourke and—But Mary Morse came first. But hell, she didn’t come first—not before an entire city! I went to the desk, looked at the telephone on it. The telephone! And I thought back to a mistake I had made in my younger days. Forgetting a telephone, caving in a guy’s head who was supposed to use that phone to tell others the coast was clear. So it might be tonight. My eyes raised and rested on one of those huge vases. A place to hide—a damn good place to hide. ” Would they look inside the vase?