Jan 122021


Neighbors by Danielle Steel

Meredith White was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. But a personal tragedy cut her acting career short and alienated her from her family. For the last 15 years, Meredith has been living alone in San Francisco with two trusted caretakers. Then, on a muggy late summer day, a massive earthquake strikes Northern California, plunging the Bay Area into chaos. Without a moment’s hesitation, Meredith invites her stunned and shaken neighbors into her mostly undamaged home as the recovery begins.

These people did not even realize that movie star Meredith White was living on their street. Now, they are sharing her mansion, as well as their most closely kept secrets. Without the walls and privacy of their own homes, one by one, new relationships are forged. For every neighbor, there is a story, from the doctor whose wife and children fear him, to the beautiful young woman dating a dishonorable man, to the aspiring writer caring for a famous blind musician.

In the heart of the crisis, Meredith finds herself venturing back into the world. And thanks to the suspicions and dogged detective work of a disaster relief volunteer, a former military officer named Charles, a shocking truth about her own world is exposed. Suddenly Meredith sees her isolation, her estranged family, and even her acting career in a whole new light.

Filled with powerful human dramas, Neighbors is a penetrating look at how our world can be upended in a moment. In a novel of unforgettable characters and stunning twists, acts of love and courage become the most powerful forces of all.

This book was just what I needed to get out of the reading slump I’d been in for most of 2020.

In the 70’s & 80’s I bought every book by Steele as soon as it was published.  Same with Stephen King. Then for some reason I just stopped, and I have no clue why. I’ve read a few Kings in the last few years but not Steele. Then one day last month I saw this book. It lit a fire in me again. So I preordered a copy and patiently waited for it. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

There are quite a few characters in the book but it wasn’t hard to keep track of them. I loved getting to know their personalities. Some I loved, others I either liked or didn’t. One in particular made my temper flare up. But all of them made for a very interesting book.

I loved how these strangers came together because of a terribly destructive earthquake and tall but a few formed life long friendships and love. I loved that a broken relationship was healed, and a few were righted.

There are a few tough parts in the book but it’s worth reading through them because there are so many feel good and happy parts.

This was a 5* book from Steele and I can’t wait to read another one from her.