In eighteen years of marriage, Liz and Jack Sutherland had built a family, a successful law practice, and a happy home near San Francisco, on Hope Street. Then, in an instant, it all fell apart.
It began like any other Christmas morning. But for Jack Sutherland, a five-minute errand ends in tragedy. And suddenly, Liz is alone, in the wake of an unbearable loss. How can she go on without her husband, her partner, her best friend? How can she grieve when she must console five devastated children, including one with special needs?
Powered by her children's love, Liz finds the strength to return to work, to become both mother and "daddy." One by one the holidays come and go, until a devastating accident sends her oldest son to the hospital - and brings Dr Bill Webster into her life. Bill becomes a friend to Liz as he slowly heals her shattered son.
With the first anniversary of Jack's death approaching, and with it another Christmas in the house on Hope Street, a new relationship offers new hope, and Liz reflects on the little blessings that give strength when nothing else is left. But she will face one more crisis before she can look ahead to the beginning of a new life.
The House on Hope Street is about learning to live again after you think life is over. It is about cherishing small miracles, and believing in big ones. It is above all about hope.
Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular authors, with over 560 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Bungalow 2, Sisters, H.R.H., Coming Out, The House, Toxic Bachelors, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.
Have Kleenex near at hand; the heartstrings are plucked nonstop in this vintage Steel, her 49th (after The Wedding). Liz Sutherland, wife of the dashing Jack (also her partner in a divorce law practice) and mother of five great kids, is the happiest of women--until tragedy strikes. On Christmas Eve, the estranged husband of a Sutherland client kills his wife, then Jack, then himself. Steel spares us nothing. She knows the anatomy of grief--abhorrence of the unctuous word "arrangements"; the cruel return to consciousness each morning. If the metaphors are clunky (a bowling ball on the heart), so be it; Steel's palpable, contagious sincerity wins readers' empathy. At last Liz laughs again, then, inevitably, loves again. Her new amour is Dr. Bill Webster, and they meet when her oldest child, Peter, is injured in a swimming pool accident. Peter cheers on the new romance, and so does Liz's youngest, the developmentally delayed (and charming) Jamie. Teen daughter Megan and her two younger sisters try to derail the relationship, however, and Megan's sass provides a needed counterpoint to much sunniness. Steel's commitment to her main characters is unimpeachable; minor characters fare less well. Distracted Liz almost runs over a woman who then sends flowers instead of suing--a neat start to a relationship that never happens--and the murderer's orphaned children fall out of the plot with unsettling abruptness. Still, Steel's devoted readers will swallow the story in one gulp. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
-- Publishers Weekly
Liz and Jack Sutherland were a couple who seemed to have everything. Not only to outsiders, but also in reality; they lived and breathed the American Dream: a loving marriage, healthy, well-adjusted children, and a successful legal partnership. Living, loving, and working side by side made their lives complete and fulfilled. Steel (The Long Road Home) has created a moving novel about tragedy in the middle of life and how Liz finds the strength to go on without her husband after a tragic accident on Christmas Day. Faced with five children and only the little blessings to propel her forward, she regains control of her new life with increasing depth and perspective. The House on Hope Street is about the human spirit learning to live again by recognizing the smallest blessings and finding and believing in hope. The audio quality is excellent, and Joseph Siravo's warm tone effectively lends itself to the story's drama. Recommended for popular fiction collections.--Leslie Wolf, Univ. at Buffalo Law Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
-- Library Journal
A wife and mother puts the pieces back together after her husband is murdered. Liz and Jack Sutherland are successful divorce lawyers who live in Marin County, California, with their five children. On Christmas morning, the enraged husband of a client shoots Jack dead. In her typical singsong style, Steel (Granny Dan, 1999, etc.) takes Liz and her kids into the unthinkable horror of losing the person they love most in the world and then leads them pretty quickly out. Liz is helped through the following year by her best friend Victoria, her secretary Jean, and her housekeeper Carole. Nonetheless, in true soap-opera fashion, she shoulders most of the burden herself. Although she's grown to dislike dealing with people's nasty divorces, she stoically takes on a double caseload. She helps all her kids—especially her youngest child Jamie, a learning-delayed boy whose brain was damaged at birth—deal with the death of their father. When it comes time for the Special Olympics, an annual occasion for Jamie, Liz takes over Jack's job as trainer, coaching Jamie to his first winning medals ever. After an agonizing nine months of learning to sleep alone, Liz meets Dr. Bill Webster, the trauma doctor who helps her teenaged son Peter recover from a diving accident that left him with a head injury. Though Bill has always avoided long-term commitment, he can't help but be impressed by Liz's grit and her love for her family. Her daughter's resistance to him temporarily scares Bill off, but another Christmas finds him ready to take on carpooling with the manliest of them. This time out, Steel makes an intelligent choice of subject matter—and only occasionally threatens to treacle it todeath... . Thom, James Alexander SIGN-TALKER: The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition Ballantine (480 pp.) Jul. 5, 2000
-- Kirkus Reviews
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: July 2001
Publisher: DELL PUB
Dimensions (cm): 17.475 x 10.643 x 2.337
Weight (kg): 0.15