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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,274 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: David Garrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780739313510
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Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York–and chaos erupts all around her. One twin’s excitement is balanced by the other’s outrage; her previous husband’s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband’s flat refusal to attend.

For Olympia’s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees– while Veronica’s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there’s Olympia’s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia’s college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life–and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed.

From a son’s crisis to a daughter’s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love.

In a novel that is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny, Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family–finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and coming out...in the ways that matter most.


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 2/20/2014

    " Ummmm... yeah, don't waste your time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/20/2014

    " Listening to CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 2/18/2014

    " Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invit... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhea Krieg | 2/10/2014

    " This was pretty awful... After each bit of dialogue, the author explained what had just happened, who agreed with whom, even though you just read it...lots of redundant narrative...overall, not worth the read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 2/7/2014

    " This has got to be one of the dummest books I have ever read. Danielle Steele is not known for depth in her stories, but her books are usually entertaining in a day dreaming sort of way. This one was worse than usual. Silly, unrealistic characters, created 'problems', repetative narritiave. BLAH BlAH BLAH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal | 2/6/2014

    " This author is pretty predictible, however her writing catches me instantly. A good quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. J. | 2/5/2014

    " Nice and solid. Loved the mother-daghters dynamic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannine | 1/25/2014

    " Cute light read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/24/2014

    " This was a very good book. It shows the challenges of religion, stereo typing, in todays world verses the 1940's and earlier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/19/2014

    " a little predictable but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/15/2014

    " just finshed it today and loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CC | 1/1/2014

    " Liked the relationship aspect between mom and her kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie Matoren | 12/18/2013

    " I've enjoyed most of Danielle Steel's book's - however not this one on particular - found it to be pretty basic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 11/23/2013

    " I can't believe I read this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn Wilson | 11/20/2013

    " A short, sweet book. There really are people out there who think their stuff doesn't stink and they are way above anyone else! But then I am glad their are people out there like Olympia to overcome the idiots like Chauncey, lololol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordin | 10/30/2013

    " This story ended up being pretty good. I guess there was just a little bit too much information and explaining things that really didn't need an explanation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 7/7/2013

    " inconsistent and boring.It was a miracle that I finished the book in a day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 chambejd / Joy | 5/3/2013

    " Not a bad book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 3/31/2013

    " I loved this book. I loved the different interpretations of the book title that appeared in the story. I thought it was brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥ | 2/13/2013

    " Coming Out, by Danielle Steel is a touching story of two sisters experience being a debutante. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 12/5/2012

    " Nice and quick summer read. Somewhat predictable but still good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 11/16/2012

    " This is by far the worst Danielle Steel book I have ever read. 0 out of 10 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karina | 8/22/2012

    " so far this is an easy read. a bit repetitive, I'm past the middle though. I should be able to finish it by tomorrow! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 7/22/2012

    " I couldn't even get past the first chapter in this book. The author was using historical racism to have the charters go against each other. It was too much drama for the little bit of the book that I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffani | 5/10/2012

    " It was a quick read but you know what the book was going to be about since Chapter 2. Good story with a nice ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/24/2012

    " Steel just was in the crank stage of writing at this point - her recent novels are much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anca Haiduc | 11/5/2011

    " O lectura usoara, o poveste despre o femeie pueternica si o petrecere de vis. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esha Sharma | 9/10/2011

    " One of the most boring and pointless book i have ever read.. a total waste of time!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/5/2011

    " typical DS, I figured out the end by about 20 pages in. Read it in about 3 hrs., feeling nostalgic for when I loved DS books. Cured myself of that quickly! Same as it ever was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 5/30/2011

    " Disclaimer - this was 'research' and apparently I managed to pick the book that even Steel fans call one of her worst. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 5/7/2011

    " Ummmm... yeah, don't waste your time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Blythe | 4/9/2011

    " No doubt in my mind, Steel's worst "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 9/23/2010

    " a little predictable but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/30/2010

    " fairly quick read, but not really interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/22/2010

    " Quick read but kind of boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 4/29/2010

    " Typical Danielle Steel but it kept me entertained on my road trip! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gandhali | 4/28/2010

    " Very light novel about a mother and her two daughters , their perspective to attend the "coming out" ball party. The old days formal way to introduce the young girls to the society to find them the husband. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 4/14/2010

    " Short, easy to read, typical Danielle Steel. "

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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.