Amazing Grace

By Danielle Steel

On a hot might 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 ahead of middle of the night, the room starts off 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 aspect in her lifestyles and career…. Photographer Everett Carson unearths new goal amid the carnage…and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who works with the homeless, searches throughout the rubble—and is aware that there's a lot to be done….

As town staggers again to existence, a series response of remarkable occasions will contact every one of the survivors…. Sarah discovers a criminal offense and a betrayal, then a power she by no means knew she had. Volunteering at a refugee camp opens new worlds of threat for Melanie. Everett will forge an not going dating with Maggie, who is helping him rebuild his shattered life—and upends her personal within the approach. And as a yr passes every one discovers the unforeseen presents in a tragedy’s wake…and the fantastic grace of recent beginnings.

Throughout those mesmerizing pages, Danielle metal creates a gorgeous array of contrasts —from the dazzle of a society gain to the chaos of a makeshift health center, from the pampered lives of rock stars to the quiet heroism of emergency volunteers. it's her so much robust and life-affirming novel so far.

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As a substitute, he smiled at her, and invited her to come back and stopover at there, and informed her he idea it may do her loads of strong. it could supply her solutions she used to be looking and had talked to him approximately, in her personal existence. She had every thing on the planet to be grateful for, she advised him, luck, repute, cash, solid pals, adoring lovers, a mom who did every little thing for her, no matter if she sought after her to or now not, and a boyfriend who was once fabulous to her, a very sturdy individual whom she enjoyed. “So why am I so unsatisfied? ” she had requested the priest, with tears working down her cheeks in rivers. “I hate what I do occasionally. i think like everybody owns me, other than me, and i've to do every thing they wish, for them … and this silly ankle has been killing me for 3 months. I labored on all of it summer time, and now I can’t get it higher. My mother is mad at me simply because I can’t put on heels on level and she or he says it seems like shit. ” It was once all jumbled together her head because it got here tumbling out like development blocks from a child’s unload truck. Her suggestions have been scattered in all places. She may perhaps establish them, nearly, yet she couldn’t make feel out of them, or make whatever worthy out of her issues. He passed her a number of tissues, and she or he blew her nostril. “What do you need, Melanie? ” Father Callaghan requested her lightly. “Never brain what every person else desires. Your mother, your agent, your boyfriend. What does Melanie wish? ” earlier than she may cease them, the phrases blurted out, “I are looking to be a nurse whilst I develop up. ” “I desired to be a fireman, and that i wound up being a clergyman in its place. occasionally we take different paths than those we anticipated to take. ” He informed her he had studied to be an architect, earlier than going into the priesthood, which he stumbled on priceless within the constructions they have been placing up within the Mexican villages the place he now labored. He didn’t inform her he had a Ph. D. in scientific psychology that used to be much more important to him, even in his dealings together with her. He used to be a Franciscan, which labored good in his selected line of labor, yet he had toyed with the belief of being a Jesuit. He enjoyed the highbrow aspect of his Jesuit brothers, and loved heated debates with them at any time when the chance arose. “You have a superb occupation, Melanie. You’ve been blessed. you have got a huge expertise, and that i get the sensation you get pleasure from your paintings, the various time besides, while you’re now not acting on a damaged ankle, and nobody is exploiting you. ” In her personal method, she was once no various than the ladies he rescued from brothels in Mexico. Too many of us have been utilizing her. they simply paid her larger for it, and the costumes have been dearer. yet he may possibly experience that everybody, together with her mom, used to be pumping her to do their bidding, until eventually the good ran dry. It had began to run dry for Melanie on her final live performance travel, and all she sought after now used to be to run away and conceal. She desired to support others, and call what she’d skilled within the Presidio after the earthquake. It were a time of epiphany and transformation for her, after which she needed to return to genuine lifestyles.

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