Amazing Grace !!! – Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts–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.
What is AMAZING GRACE ????? It is a state of FREEDOM, a state of FORGIVENESS, a state of LOVE and a state of MODESTY. This NOVEL can change your life. It changed my whole perspective to life. How one TRAGEDY can change our lives forever, whether it’s for better or for worse is in our hands !!!!
Plot : Amazing Grace : The Story revolves around four central characters .. A Socialite, A nun , A pop-star and A war photographer.
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 perfect–until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream….
1) The Socialite: Sarah Sloane is the beautiful wife of a financial wiz.. although not harmed by the earthquake her world crumbles around her due to it when her husband is exposed to be a corrupt businessman on the same night. The person she thought she knew so well is not who he seemed to be. For some bunch of money he traded his wife and his kids happiness for his own. Sarah leaves her husband eventually but how she manages to forgive him is amazingly written by the author. Sarah shows us the ART OF FORGIVENESS.
2) The Pop-Star : Melanie Free a world famous Pop Star is performing at Riz-Carlton when Earthquake hits San Francisco . She has to stay in a camp for a few week as there are no flights available. Melanie is a sweet and innocent girl, who have other people living off her voraciously like her MOTHER and her boy-friend. Melanie volunteers at the LOCAL HOSPITAL and meets a NUN ( MAGGIE) and TOM, who change her life forever. In Maggie she finds a friend and Tom becomes her boy-friend. Melanie after leaving SF, learns to step up to her mother, gains her freedom and pursues her dreams to do volunteer work along with singing. Thus she teaches us the ART OF FREEDOM.
3) The Nun: Sister Maggie Kent, lives in the slum area of SF, has devoted her life to help prostitutes, drunkards etc. She also is a trained nurse. She takes Maggie in her wake and teaches her how to obtain amazing grace :).. The catch here is she falls in LOVE with a photographer, Everett. How she struggles with her feelings being a NUN and all, and whether she let’s go of her vows and marries Everett or she remains a nun throughout her life is something that you will have to read and find out. From Sister MAGGIE we learn the ART OF LOVE.
4)The Photographer : Everett Carson, a former war correspondent whose personal demons have demoted him to covering society parties, finds new purpose amid the carnage. He falls in love with a NUN, Maggie and the way he givers her space and time to make her own decisions regarding them, not pressurizing her once is amazing. Everett also has a son who is 30 years old and he hasn’t seen him since he was three. He approaches his son again and the way they build their relationship and help each other tide over their differences, meanwhile Maggie is the one who encouraged him to meet his son again. From Everett we learn the art of MODESTY )
What did I learn from Amazing Grace ???
This is one of the Best Novels I have read which made me rethink a lot about myself. i learnt from Sarah, The art of making it on my own and the art of forgiveness. There is always a hidden strength in us, which carries us through one of our worst times ever. Never Give Up.. Because the moment you do Failure becomes mandatory. From Melanie, I learnt the importance of having the freedom to make our own decisions. I learnt how much ever of money one has, it cant make you as much happy as volunteering or helping needy people can make you. That satisfaction cannot be obtained from anything else. From Maggie I learnt that in order to serve GOD and help people, one doesn’t need to be a nun. It should just come from the heart. And if the relationship is good enough, it is worth ‘n’ number of sacrifices. And from Everett I learnt it is never too late to hold out a hand to your loved ones. People who love you, will always love you no matter how many years have passed.
P.S. This is a fabulous book… READ IT !!!!