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On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton
ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering,
celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance.
The evening is perfectâ€“until, just minutes before midnight,
the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights
go out, people begin to screamâ€¦.
In the earthquakeâ€™s aftermath, the lives of four strangers
will converge... Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a
financial whiz, watches her perfect world fall to piecesâ€¦.
Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free, the eventâ€™s headliner,
comes to a turning point in her life and careerâ€¦.
Photographer Everett Carson, a former war correspondent
whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society
parties, finds new purpose amid the carnageâ€¦and Sister
Maggie Kent, a nun who normally works in jeans and high-tops
with the homeless, searches through the rubbleâ€“and knows
instantly that there is much work to be doneâ€¦.
As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of
extraordinary events will touch each of the survivors.â€¦ For
Sarah, it begins with the discovery of a crime and a
betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. For Melanie,
volunteering at a refugee camp will open new worlds of
possibility. And Everett will be shaken by the unlikely
relationship he forges with Maggie, who helps him rebuild
his shattered lifeâ€“and upends her own in the process. But as
a year passes, and the anniversary of the earthquake
approaches, more surprises are in storeâ€“as each discovers
the unexpected gifts in a tragedyâ€™s wakeâ€¦and the amazing
grace of newbeginnings.
Throughout these enthralling pages, Danielle Steel creates a
stunning array of contrastsâ€“from the dazzle of a society
benefit to the chaos of a makeshift hospital, from the
pampered lives of rock stars to the quiet heroism of
emergency volunteers. It is her most powerful and
life-affirming novel to date.
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