10 Best Danielle Steel Books Of All Time

Romance author Danielle Steel’s name is synonymous with hot-and-heavy novels. We’ve compiled 10 of the best Danielle Steel books for your reading list. 

Born Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, the romance writer, is one of the bestselling authors alive today, selling more than 800 million copies of her books. The prolific author has written nearly 200 books and is known for working on many projects—from romance novels to children’s books to non-fiction works—at the same time.

Steel’s fan base runs deep, and all of the novels she’s written have been bestsellers. Readers are familiar with the New York-born author’s formula. Typically, the main character of her book is part of a wealthy family facing a crisis.

Steel likely takes some of her inspiration from her own life. Born in 1947, just after the end of World War II, the author got to enjoy a newly stable European environment. Steel spent time in Paris as a child, where she was included in her parents’ ritzy dinner parties. Following her time in Paris, she attended New York University as a young adult and later moved to San Francisco.

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Best Danielle Steel Books

Here, we’ve gathered a collection of the author’s most-celebrated novels. Add these ten books to your nightstand to help you drift off to dreamland with thoughts of love and romance.

1. Safe Harbour

This 2003 New York Times bestselling novel describes how two lovers who have lost the things they hold near and dear find hope—and each other. The story begins with a young girl befriending an older artist at the beach; the young girl, Pip, and her new friend, Matt, enjoy drawing lessons together, and Matt begins to notice Ophélie, Pip’s beautiful mother. Their time together is cut short when Pip and Ophélie must return to the city.

Ophélie and Matt share long phone conversations and some beach getaways as the leaves change color, but betrayal from a friend and unfinished past issues haunt the two struggling to find happiness. The pair starts to support one another and develop hope for the future, and they begin to realize how lucky they are to have found one another as they navigate the dark parts of life together.

Safe Harbour
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Kyf Brewer (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 11/07/2003 (Publication Date) - Random House Audio (Publisher)

2. The Gift

Set in the 1950s, The Gift (released in 1994) allows readers to return to a simpler time. The novel opens with a beautiful young lady, Maribeth, stepping off of a bus in the Midwest, passing through on her way to the Windy City. She falls in love with the tiny town that was only meant to be a pit stop. Steel takes the reader on a journey through the town’s tree-lined streets.

Maribeth falls in love with a young man she meets in the small town, and together, they work to restore family dreams and create a lasting impression. While Maribeth does not stay in the area forever, the story touches on the lasting impact a person’s positivity, love, and generosity can have on others, even if the connection can’t last a lifetime.

The Gift
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Ron McLarty (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 07/20/2012 (Publication Date) - Random House Audio (Publisher)

3. All That Glitters

In this 2020 novel, Coco is dazzling and is used to life going her way. She has fantastic parents, men revere her beauty, and she’s about to graduate from Columbia University. She gets plenty of time to relax on the weekends and loves hanging out with her best friend. 

Suddenly, Coco experiences an unexpected family tragedy and has no idea what to do next after her parents are killed while on vacation; she’s left to pick up the pieces and must find her way through life without their guidance.

As Coco begins to weave her way through creating her path through life, she falls in and out of love, learning many lessons along the way. Coco’s sudden tragedy teaches her about love, loss, and strength.

All That Glitters
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Dan John Miller (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 11/17/2020 (Publication Date) - Recorded Books (Publisher)

4. Finding Ashley

In this 2021 bestseller, former author Melissa Henderson lives a harsh life in New England. She lost her son to cancer years prior, and soon after, her marriage fell apart.

She felt she could no longer carry on as a writer. Melissa purchased and renovated an old house and slowly began to find her purpose again.

After a wildfire came close to her new home, Melissa received a call from Hattie, her estranged sister. Together, the two discuss the daughter Melissa gave up as a teen, and the sisters decide to begin finding Melissa’s long-lost child. This story of love, sisterhood, family connection, and rebuilding long-burnt bridges keeps readers invested from start to finish.

Finding Ashley
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Michael Braun (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 04/27/2021 (Publication Date) - Recorded Books, Inc. (Publisher)

5. His Bright Light

This non-fiction work details Steel’s arduous journey through her son Nick Traina’s fight with manic depression and his eventual death. Of sharing her story, Steel stated, “I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the love, and what I learned in living through it. I want Nick’s life to be not only a tender memory for us but a gift to others.”

Manic depression affects more than two million Americans. After losing Nick at just 19 years old, Steel wanted to share their family’s story with others dealing with similar circumstances. The novel is a tribute to Nick and shares his battle with mental illness in a way that provides the reader with hope and healing.

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His Bright Light
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Traci Godfrey (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12/07/2018 (Publication Date) - Random House Audio (Publisher)

6. Kaleidoscope

Wartime Paris is fraught with stress and fear, and a family is ripped apart by tragedy in this 1987 bestselling novel. Megan, Alexandra, and Hilary are three suddenly-orphaned sisters who are cruelly separated after their parents pass away. Each sister begins a new life.

An Appalachian family adopts Megan; Alexandra is raised in a rich family and marries a wealthy man. Hilary moves on to professional success but struggles with the memory of her sisters and her separation from those she loves the most.

A private investigator is asked to find the women and begins to work to bring the sisters back together. Kaleidoscope takes readers from New York to Boston to Paris to Appalachia as the search for the sisters continues. Finally reunited, Megan, Alexandra, and Hilary are forced to work together to overcome a brutal truth.

Kaleidoscope: A Novel
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Steel, Danielle (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 430 Pages - 02/24/2009 (Publication Date) - Dell (Publisher)

7. Lost and Found

In this 2019 romance, Maddie, a New York City photographer, lives in a gorgeous Manhattan home that once served as a firehouse. While sorting through personal mementos and family albums, Maddie breaks her ankle and is forced to pause her demanding schedule and reevaluate her life.

Maddie gets into an argument with her adult daughter and decides that it’s time to do some soul searching. She embarks on a solo road trip, hoping to find answers about love, life, and motherhood. Her journey takes her across the country with stops in Wyoming, Chicago, and Boston, revisiting men she once loved. 

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Lost and Found
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Dan John Miller (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 06/25/2019 (Publication Date) - Recorded Books (Publisher)

8. Turning Point

Medical drama fans love Steel’s 2019 novel Turning Point, which focuses on four doctors in charge of the trauma unit at a prominent San Francisco hospital. Bill, Stephanie, Wendy, and Tom work together to overcome personal challenges and support one another as they move forward in their careers. The group is given an exciting opportunity to work through a mass-casualty training program with their Parisian colleagues.

As the doctors enjoy their time in Paris, readers are taken on wild rides as each of them experiences incredible highs and devastating lows in their personal lives. A shocking tragedy strikes and forces the doctors into action, causing each doctor to make a difficult choice with lasting consequences.

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Turning Point
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Todd McLaren (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 01/08/2019 (Publication Date) - Recorded Books (Publisher)

9. Accidental Heroes

Steel turns from her usual romance genre to dip her toe into the thriller world with this 2018 novel.

This fast-paced story takes readers on a journey through a potential tragedy at JFK Airport. An employee finds a postcard with a warning message, and her supervisor brushes off her concerns. She’s not sure what to do—the postcard doesn’t have enough information for her to take action, but she also doesn’t feel like she can sit back and let the tragedy occur.

This novel celebrates the bravery of the everyman and helps the reader understand how they can make a difference by listening to their intuition in the face of doubt.

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Accidental Heroes
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Jim Frangione (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 04/12/2018 (Publication Date) - W. F. Howes Ltd (Publisher)

10. Silent Honor

Set in Japan, Silent Honor (released in 1996) follows the story of Hiroko, an 18-year-old woman on her way to California to live with her uncle Takeo and begin college at Berkeley. The year is 1941, and suddenly, Hiroko’s world is shaken by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She desperately wants to return to Japan but is forbidden to do so by her father.

Hiroko is forced to go to an internment camp with her uncle. Readers learn more about the incredible story of resilience and injustice faced by Japanese-Americans during World War II. 

Silent Honor
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Danielle Steel (Author) - Boyd Gaines (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 04/11/2001 (Publication Date) - Random House Audio (Publisher)

The Final Word On The 10 Best Danielle Steel Books

Steel’s familiar writing style and descriptive character evolution will keep you engaged from start to finish, whether you’re craving a touching memoir, a hope-fueled romance novel, or an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Be sure to add the ten books above to your must-read list for the next time you’re craving an escape from the daily grind.

FAQs On The 10 Best Danielle Steel Books

What’s The Bestselling Danielle Steel Book Of All Time?

Safe Harbour has sold more copies than any other Danielle Steel book.

Is Danielle Steel Still Writing?

Steel continues to write and plans to release several new books over the coming years. While the author could undoubtedly retire, she chooses to forge ahead, sharing her stories with the world.

Further Reading

If you liked this round-up of the best Danielle Steel books, you might also like our guide on the best romance authors.

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