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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (May 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423320670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423320678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #890,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A dramatic and increasingly dark yarn glittering with enough luxurious settings... to keep the glam-fixated reader happy" -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

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Very much enjoyed by the recipient. Nothing more to say about it, I hope all enjoy the novel in all.
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Having been in a marriage with a Psychopath which turned out to be a real nightmare, I am grateful for getting him out of my home with the help of his son.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb48bfa5c) out of 5 stars 140 reviews
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4d79cf0) out of 5 stars Disturbing July 17 2009
By T. Foust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
While an avid reader, I rarely write reviews but was disturbed after reading this book. I feel the author was attempting to show how manipulative and devious a sociopath is, but had her character stay with the man for far too long. I feel it sends a dangerous message to both men and women. In the story, Hope is shown to be a strong woman. She is a woman who has lost much, but has been able to move through the pain and loss. I realize that a true sociopath can manipulate anyone, but as a message for young women, in particular, I think Hope should have left Finn the first time he was abusive. I think it sends a poor message that a strong, 44-year-old woman would stay with a man after he had been both mentally and physically abusive.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4b74204) out of 5 stars Not Great...But OK June 12 2009
By LuvsLabs09 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, the big news is that this book lacks the usual repetition Steels' last books always have. Who knew it would take her 100th book to break the cycle? We'll see if it continues.

This is a predictable story. Since the book jacket and in my opinion the above copied reviews from other sources have given you all the details to the story, not much is a surprise. I found myself disliking Hope because she is such a weak woman. It was irritating to me that the story dragged on on if Hope stays with Fin when all the signs of this man not being good were plain as day. The ending is just as predictable.

I read the book in a day. Its a fast read. Get it from the library for free, certainly not worth paying for.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4b74258) out of 5 stars Pretty unbelievable Nov. 5 2010
By Grace1120 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read and/or listened to many Danielle Steele books over the years. I take her stories in spells - sometimes stepping away from them for years, then returning to them again. Let's be honest, they're fairly predictable. You know they'll either take place in San Francisco, France, New York or London. That never changes. You know it will be a happy ending. But at least you can relate to and become interested in the characters in her novels. Many times I've thoroughly enjoyed her books from beginning to end but this one was the worst. As a side note, if you listen to books on CD regularly as I do, you come to appreciate the phenomenal readers that are out there for these books on CD. Danielle tends to choose men to read her novels which is fine, but this one was HORRIBLE. He sounded like a very old man which felt strange and awkward to me and he also used very little emotion in his voice and read very slowly and monotone. I'm listening to another book on CD right now and the reader is breathtakingly good. For those of us who rely on that, it's a gift when you get it.

The characters of Hope and Finn were just not believable at all. I know I didn't form any kind of attachment at all to Hope or Finn which made this story even less believable. No woman would ever stay with a man as long as she did. He showed signs of being a sociopath in the early part of the book, then we had to endure waiting and waiting and waiting while Hope pondered, considered and wondered what on earth she should do next. He would slam her against the wall and then she'd tell him she loved him two hours later? I think not. There was no thread of a realistic human experience. A reader wants to root for the character(s) but in this story, by the end, I didn't care what happened to either of them. That has never happened in any book I've ever read. Literally 90% of the book was about Finn's Sociopathic behavior with no character development of any other except Hope and Finn. It was torture. Then it felt like two seconds before the end of the book, she suddenly hints that a life with this briefly introduced male character and his daughters is going to be happily ever after for Hope? Hope goes through absolute hell, goes to India to find herself, does it in a heartbeat, comes back home and jumps right into a new relationship 5 minutes after returning home? They sail off into the sunset and BAM! the book is finished? Just really strange. It felt like a rushed ending and certainly left me feeling cheated. Several times I considered shutting the book on CD off and just forgetting the whole thing, but when you pay a fair amount of money for a book on CD, you want to at least give it your all.

Choose another Danielle Steele book. This one isn't worth the money. An all around bad experience for me.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb49f40c0) out of 5 stars fun character driven thriller June 3 2009
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ever since MOMA showed an exhibit of her photography when she was thirty-eight, Hope Dunne has become famous. She was recently in India and Tibet, but now is back in her Manhattan Soho loft just before Christmas. Hope enjoys her lifestyle though at times misses the intimacy she once had when she was married for over two decades to sexagenarian Paul who suffers from Parkinson's disease; but Hope especially misses her late daughter. She captures that combination of serenity and passion though a camera lens.

Her agent Mark Webber asks if she would like to do a shoot of popular Irish-American author Finn O'Neill; she agrees. She meets her assistant on the job Fiona Casey and they travel to Ireland together. Hope finds the bodacious warm Finn a delightfully charming opposite of her quiet manner. He seems attracted to her and overtly displays his feelings as he tries to sweep her off her feet. At his remote estate, she falls in love only to begin to unravel his tale of omissions and lies, but mostly it is his jealous rage when there is no remote reason bothers her. She realizes she is acting schizoid as her heart tells her to trust Finn, but her brain tells her to flee back to Manhattan before it is too late. She wonders if he is an overly concerned somewhat possessive lover, a sociopath, or worse.

This is a typical Danielle Steele contemporary character driven thriller that fans of the author will devour once Finn enters the picture as the audience will wonder if he is a villain or hero; if he is a hero than Hope is paranoid. The story line is filled with angst, perhaps too much as everyone carries tons of baggage even secondary players like Robert. Yet readers will relish Hope's dilemmas she believes she has found love but fears she has found obsessive love; either way she understands it is MATTERS OF THE HEART dictating to the mind how to feel and act.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb49f1978) out of 5 stars Matters of the Heart" by Danielle Steele June 6 2009
By Mary Verdick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When Hope Dunne, a well-known photographer and a wealthy woman, is given an assignment to fly to Ireland to photograph Finn O'Neill, a famous Irish-American author noted for his tales of darkness and treachery, she isn't sure she wants the job. Hope has suffered a great mamy losses in her life, including the death of her young daughter, and the end of her marriage, and is content with her life in New York. She isn't looking for love or excitement, but she takes the job, almost on a whim, and is immediately swept off her feet by Finn O'Neill, a handsome, charismatic man who literally oozes charm from every pore.

Finn takes her to his palatial estate in Ireland,which he claims is his ancestral home, and woos her unrelentingly. They make passionate love and seem to have everything going for them. Finn is kind, generous, and sweet and swears he loves her, and soon succumbing to his charm, Hope happily accepts his proposal of marriage. But before long cracks begin to appear in the perfect facade. Hope catches Finn in several lies, small at first, but increasingly serious that leave her shaken. She begins to wonder if for all his boyish charm and professions of undying love Finn is really sincere, and when she questions him he gets angry and belligerent. But it isn't until he demands that she give him an unspeakable amount of money, in the millions, that he really gets nasty and threatens her when she refuses. Before long Hope, alone in a desolate part of Ireland, with no friends nearby, becomes terrified and is afraid for her life as she realizes,almost too late, that Finn is a dangerous sociopath who will stop at nothing. The suspense is thrilling and never lets up, and proves once again that Danielle Steele is a top-notch story teller.