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3.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 5 3.39 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Angela Dawe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469225265
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In her powerful memoir His Bright Light, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel opened her heart to share the devastating story of the loss of her beloved son. In A Gift of Hope, she shows us how she transformed that pain into a campaign of service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine.

For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked anonymously, visiting the “cribs” of the city’s most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking up to bring attention to their plight.

In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author talks publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of our society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way—and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice.

By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel’s A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Krieg | 1/11/2014

    " Danielle Steel and others give coats, etc. to homeless of San Fran. Simple writing, powerful impact. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 12/15/2013

    " I struggled to get through this book, which is very short. There was so much repetitiveness that I could hardly finish. I am sure that the story itself was a good one, it was just too hard to find what it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 11/5/2013

    " This seemed familiar to me?? I read "His Bright Light" and an autobiography about DS years ago. Maybe this was mentioned then. Maybe I'm mixing it up with one of her books that touched on this. Anyways, it had other interesting information and was a SUPER fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Huber | 11/2/2013

    " Excellent boom about the homeless "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/31/2013

    " I thought the book had a good premise, but I picked it up because I had thought the book would be more about how her son's death impacted her decision to help the homeless. This would have added to the story and would have increased my star rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Notserp2002 | 10/19/2013

    " very interesting read - how author came to taking needed items out to the homeless where she lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 8/2/2013

    " A real eye-opener about the homeless and how Danielle Steel tried to help. I envy her courage in what she did!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 7/31/2013

    " Quick read! It was just ok "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Siegler | 7/18/2013

    " A completely different Danielle Steel book about her efforts to help the homeless in San Francisco. A well written non fiction book describing the difficulties of the homeless people and many misconceptions about them. A well written book that shows a different side of Danielle Steel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 6/11/2013

    " This book was pretty inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 5/19/2013

    " Very proactive and makes you more aware of the homeless situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/9/2013

    " The five stats are not so much for the writing bit rather for the message. The message in my option is of mi h greater importance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/30/2013

    " Not sure what she hoped to achieve with this story. She said she didn't want anyone to know what she was doing for the homeless but I felt that all she was saying. While what she did was very commendable, I did not get the point of it. Also very repetitive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon Neary | 3/24/2013

    " It was ok. It was not well written. It did make you think about how to help others that are less fortunate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/8/2013

    " Although the true story of her work with the homeless was beautiful, I found the short story very repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2013

    " Whether you love or hate her fiction work, her non-fiction like this one is a fast and interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggii | 12/31/2012

    " I am so grateful for what the author did. Being from San Francisco though, I was expecting to get more depth from the experience. The book felt too easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 11/9/2012

    " This is a story that Danielle tells us of a community service that she did in memory of her son Nick. When you read this story you do get a sense of hope that was being given to the homeless. It was a wonderful thing that she did to give warm things to those who were less forunate then us. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, 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.

About the Narrator

Angela Dawe is an actor and improviser working with the Annoyance Theater and Second City in Chicago. Her career has encompassed stage, television, and film work, in addition to award-winning audiobook narrations, which include young adult, suspense, romance, and historical fiction titles.