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Safe Harbour
by Danielle Steel
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Delacorte, 2003 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

Matt Bowles meets a lonely young girl who hovers near his beach house as he paints. She reminds him of his own daughter at that age - a daughter he lost to a bitter divorce that took his children and ex-wife across the country. Learning of Pip's mother's bout with depression after losing her husband and son in an airplane accident, Matt decides to teach Pip to draw.

Orphelia is mortified to learn that her daughter, whom she taught never to talk to strangers, has befriended a man on the beach. She lets Matt know in no uncertain terms that Pip is no longer allowed to spend time with him. But seeing how distraught this makes her daughter, Orphelia relents and allows Pip to meet with Matt, as long as she goes along. Pip and Matt's friendship grows, while feelings also begin to bloom between Matt and Orphelia.

During the summer, mother and daughter begin to love, live, and laugh again. As summer ends, they realize that they have to go back to their home and face reality once more. However, their friendship continues during the fall with Matt coming out for dinners. Troubled times begin again when Matt is confronted with unfinished business and Orphelia is struck with a betrayal that will bring her to her knees.

Safe Harbour explores lost love, betrayal, and the gift of hope as we follow Orphelia, Pip, and Matt on their personal journeys. Orphelia is a kind, gentle woman, easy to like and care for. Matt needs to find happiness to pull him away from being a hermit, and little Pip needs to just be a child. Danielle Steel shows in this novel that even the worst heartbreak can end in hope.

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