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A Gift of Hope
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 19 January 2013
Firstly, it is important to realise that this is NOT a novel but a memoir. The book and product description pretty well summarise the nitty-gritty of the contents. An instruction from above came to Danielle Steel (DS) following prayer leading to the outreach project that grew in size, supplies and organisation, all funded by herself. It folded after 11 years because it was financially unsustainable. The mission seems 'a gift of hope' but also life-changing therapy for DS following the tragic loss of her son. She describes vividly the awful plight of the homeless in San Francisco and the attitudes of the general public to them. The dangers that they and her team face in their environment are detailed and the major problems of mental illness and lack of facilities and legislation to deal with these and other physical issues. DS makes the point that France and Britain are far superior in the structure and access to medical and psychiatric care for the homeless keeping more off the streets.

Whilst applauding Ms Steel for her charitable efforts, I would have been interested in the 'whys and hows' they ended up living on the streets, their thoughts and states of mind, methods of survival, stories of their lives and perception of the future. DS states that they deliberately did not ask questions for reasons of privacy. She briefly touches on a few examples. Okay, but it could have added more interest and insight into this short informative, often touching read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2013
Like the previous review I should have read the description first!
A rather long, repetative missive about her work on 'the streets' of San Francisco. This is not her normal type of book and would have been better presented if it was a much shortened down version and published in a newspaper or magazine. If you are a normal Danielle Steel fan do not buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
A Gift of Hope. It was alright. It is about Daniel Steel's life with homeless. It does give me an idea how people become homeless
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2013
Anything by D.S. is brilliant. Just keep waiting for her next book then I have something to look forward to.
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on 25 January 2014
I taught it was a great book to read. Danielle is a wonderful and great woman to do what she and her colleagues done for 11yrs. I know I couldn't do it. I would want to bring them all home with me. it angers me that in this time , our governments and society allows this to continue. it is in every country in the world. but what is frightening to me today is that we are asked as and from February to bring unpredictable foods to mass with us as people in. our own community have nothing to eat, these people are not homeless. they cannot make ends meet with the government taxing us middle and low income on everything. those who are wealthy stay wealthy.
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on 13 February 2014
To really appreciate this book the reader must first read His Bright Light about Danielle's battle to get her son Nick diagnosed and prescribed correctly.After finally getting there Nick took his own life at 19 and Danielle spent 11 years distributing food,clothes and teddy bears(yes) to the homeless who lived on the street with her band of helpers.It was a secret till this book came out and reveals what a marvellous woman Danielle Steel is .All DS fans should read this book - I guarantee there will be tears like when grown men hugged their teddy bears and gave them names.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2013
This was a excellent book, amazing work by the team, out in all weathers making life better for others, well worth reading.
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on 28 October 2013
this book is excellent, i think it gives us an insight into people that are on the street and how they cope. I was very surprised at how the authourites handle them and think they should be more understanding and helpful. some of these people have fell on hard times and i m sure it is not their choosing to be on the streets. danielle Stell is a brilliant authour and she has done a good job of helping these people, pity their isn;t more like her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2013
An excellent read and an eye opening true story by Danielle, she is more than just an author. Well done
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on 10 April 2015
My fault for not reading a preview, I thought this was going to be another Danielle Steel great story instead it was all about her charity for the homeless which is a great thing for her to do but if I had known I wouldn't have chosen a book about the homeless in America. In future I will make sure I read a preview especially as I live in England.
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