Southern Lights - Danielle Steel

Southern Lights

By Danielle Steel

  • Release Date: 2009-10-20
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 444 Ratings


Danielle Steel sweeps us from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel—at once a behind-closed-doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment.

Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband’s betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has finally put her demons to rest, making a name for herself as a top prosecutor, handling the city’s toughest cases while juggling her role as devoted single mom to a teenage daughter.

But everything changes when Alexa is handed her latest case: the trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin. Sifting through mountains of forensic evidence, Alexa prepares for a high-stakes trial…until threatening letters throw her private life into turmoil. The letters are addressed to her beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter, Savannah, whom Alexa has been raising alone since her divorce. Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters—and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly she must make the toughest choice of all—and send her daughter back to the very place she swore she would never return to: the place where her marriage ended in heartbreak…her ex-husband’s world of southern tradition, memories of betrayal, and the antebellum charm of Charleston.

Now, while Alexa’s trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter is settling into southern life, discovering a part of her family history and a father she barely knows--from the ice-cold stepmother who stole him away to a fascinating ancestry and a half-sister and half-brothers she comes to love. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again—strengthened by the challenges they have faced, changed by the mysteries they have unraveled, and with Savannah now at home in the southern world her mother fled.

In this masterfully told tale, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts: from the gritty chaos of Manhattan’ s criminal court system to the seductive gentility of the South, from the rage of a hardened criminal to the tender bond between a mother and daughter—and a loving father who has welcomed Savannah home at last. A novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, Southern Lights is Danielle Steel at her electrifying best.


  • Southern lights

    By 17rf17
    This was a great book. Enjoyed reading this book.
  • I loved this book!

    By DebraV
    The characters are fabulous. Storyline told to perfection. This story needs a sequel. Don't we want to see if Tom pulls his life together for his children? How about Savannah, don't we want to see more about her story?
  • One star is generous

    By Suzlovinglife
    This was so poorly written I'm questioning who really wrote this book. I've read Danielle Stele in the past and for romance always found the books to be at least a little interesting. This was so flat and simple it felt like it was written by a third grader. Really boring and no character development.
  • Earl

    By Samson Granny
    I did not want put it down. I was not disappointed.
  • Southern Lights -Danielle Steel

    Excellent read, interesting with dual settings.
  • Great book

    By All mine 813
    This was a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down.
  • Great read

    By Surgenyc
    For a Danielle Stelle book and in some parts of the book I felt like i was reading a Nicholas Sparks novel! I've read many of her books and actually loved this won! Definately worth reading.