Danielle Steel sweeps us from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel—at once a behind-closed-doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment.
Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband’s betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has finally put her demons to rest, raising her daughter alone and making a name for herself as a top prosecutor taking on some of the city’s toughest cases.
But as Alexa prepares for her latest case, the high-stakes trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin, threatening letters addressed to Savannah, her beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter, throw Alexa’s private life into turmoil. Certain that Quentin is behind the letters, Alexa must make the toughest choice of all: to send her daughter back to her ex-husband’s world of southern tradition and memories of betrayal.
While Alexa’s trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter settles into southern life, discovering a father and family history she barely knows. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again – strengthened by the challenges they have faced and changed by the mysteries they have unraveled.
From the gritty chaos of Manhattan’s criminal court system to the seductive gentility of the South, from the rage of a hardened criminal to the tender bond between a mother and a daughter, Southern Lights will catch you off guard at every turn.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a reader of Danielle Steele 's books for three decades having read every one of her books. This book was the first time I was disappointed in her work and almost did not finish the book. I am a born and bred southerner and was insulted by the depiction of the ways of the South described in the storyline. It is apparent that D. Steele is not from the South as some of her characterizations are biased and misunderstood. It further amazed me that she portrayed the North and northerners in such a way that was glorified while putting down and perpetuating stereotypes of the South that were negative. I was disappointed as even though this is fictional work it was insulting to one who truly does know the true southern way and Charleston.
I really enjoyed very page. Due to a vision problem, I was delayed finishing it soon than I hoped. It turned out exactly like I wanted. I was very concerned about Alexa. I think her daughter Savannah put her on the right tract. I'm also glad she told Tomwhen and where to stop. He then realized she really meant what she said. She is too strong woman to put up with a weak man like Tom. I loved & recommend reading it.
Really good book. Couldn't put it down. Only thing I disagree with is no one I know in the south, me included, agrees that bless your heart is mean. We say it when say someone does something nice for someone. I'm now reading One Day at a Time and I find this book boring. Hard to finish it.
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