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Safe Harbour

Written by: Danielle Steel
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In her 59th best-selling 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 11, 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, artist 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.

©2003 Danielle Steel (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.

What the critics say

"A quiet, poignant romance...easy to like. (Kirkus Reviews)

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ella
  • 2006-06-15

Nice Story

A nice light book that flowed well and held my interest. Nothing major here, nothing too memorable, but touching none the less. A love story about a single mom and her young daughter who meet a man. He manages to save the day in every way for them and becomes the missing link in their lives. A very typical Steel novel.

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  • Ronald
  • 2003-12-04

First Time Listner

This was my first listen to a Steel book. I found her book enjoyable and an interesting listen. I would recommend it to most readers, if they are in the mood for a novel.

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  • Evelyn
  • 2004-06-04

Another hit

Good novel with a lot romantic scenes for people who still believe in love. Interesting way of presenting social problems like homeless and betrayal. As all Danielle Steel's novel this is another jewel.

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  • Susan
  • 2008-02-18

Safe Harbora

This was very well done. I could not put it down and it was a very touching story about grief. Fabulous and I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Nyoka
  • 2012-02-12

A Book That Holds Your Interest

Where does Safe Harbour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I Rate all that I have got very good, so far I haven't found any I have been dissapointed in, so I guess it's among the best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pip, guess she can really get to your heart

Which character – as performed by Kyf Brewer – was your favorite?

Matt

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the book, and found it to be very interesting, especially with all the different thing's that happened in the lives of all that were involved.

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  • Mary
  • 2004-08-31

Wonderful

Very well written...heart rending. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Jennifer A. Jenkins
  • 2004-03-09

My favorite Steel book (so far)

I absolutely loved this book!

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  • Joan
  • 2003-12-30

A Must Read For Steel Fans

This is one of my favorite authors and I was not disappointed in this book. I believe it to be one of Ms Steel's best and would recommend it highly. Listened to it while on a trip and it made the miles fly by.

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  • Buddy L.
  • 2016-09-10

nice gentle light love story

what a nice gentle love story with the sewn in Web of distrust, unfaithful loves and lies amongst all. amazing how fast things can change among circumstances.

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  • Patricia
  • 2016-01-20

Safe Harbour

Loved it , kept me interested the whole time, was enjoying the twists and turns ! Love the characters