Silent Night

Silent Night

by Danielle Steel

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A shocking accident. A little girl struggling to survive.  And the childless aunt who transforms her own world to help her . . . Danielle Steel’s deeply moving novel is a story of resilience and hope.

Paige Watts is the ultimate stage mother. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Paige channels her acting dreams into making her own daughter, Emma, a star. By the age of nine, Emma is playing a central role in a hit TV show. Then everything is shattered by unforeseeable tragedy.

Now Emma is living with her aunt Whitney, who had chosen a very different path from her sister’s. Whitney was always the studious older sister, hating the cult of celebrity that enveloped their childhood. Instead, she is a psychiatrist who lives for her work and enjoys a no-strings-attached love affair with a wealthy venture capitalist. But at a moment’s notice, Whitney drops everything to help her niece.

Once famous, outgoing, and charismatic, Emma is now a shadow of her former self—without speech, without memory, lost and terrified. But with her aunt Whitney’s help, along with a team of caregivers and doctors, Emma begins to find her way, starting her young life all over again—and changing the lives of everyone around her.

Emotionally gripping and richly involving, Silent Night explores how the heart has mysterious healing powers of its own, and blessings happen when we think all is lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399179389
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 4,542
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with almost a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Beauchamp Hall, In His Father’s Footsteps, The Good Fight, The Cast, Accidental Heroes, Fall From Grace, 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; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

Hometown:

San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1

“Your mother is dead, Bethanie. You have to face it. You can’t run away from it forever.” As a tall, handsome man with a craggy face delivers the crushing message, we see a little girl’s face crumple with deep emotion, as though she were dissolving from within. Suddenly her eyes shoot fire, as rage mixes with grief, and she backs away and begins to run. He makes no attempt to chase her. She turns once and looks back at him with fury and determination.

“I hate you!” she screams and we can see that she means it. The girl is barefoot, wearing a blue cotton dress, her blond hair disheveled, her exquisite cameo-like features perfect, her eyes blazing and swimming in tears. She is tiny, delicate, elfin, with an inner strength that nothing he has said can diminish. She runs as far and as fast as she can, trying to outrun what he has said to her. She disappears into a thicket of trees as he watches her with fury in his own eyes, and then he relaxes. All the tension goes out of him, and the little wood sprite reappears, grinning, and skips back toward him, barefoot as she crosses the field. There is applause from a handful of observers.

An unkempt-looking woman in torn jeans and a T-shirt shouts, “Perfect,” and the beautiful blond child takes a mock bow, delighted. A moment later, she is surrounded by her fellow actors. She is Emma Watts, the youngest member of the cast of a hit TV series called The Clan, a weekly saga of a powerful family living in the Pacific Northwest. Emma recently turned nine and has been on the show for two years. Her mother approaches, looking pleased, as Emma and the man who portrays her father walk back to their trailers, with sound men, costumers, makeup artists, and hairdressers trailing behind them. The director confers with an assistant.

“Good job, Em.” Emma’s mother, Paige Watts, praises her. “Aren’t you glad we worked on that scene again last night?”

Emma shrugs, looking unimpressed. “Yeah, maybe. I swallowed my gum when I was running.” Her mother rolls her eyes.

“You’re not supposed to chew gum on the set. You know that. You could choke on it.”

“But I didn’t.” Emma is a bright girl, and has become one of the most celebrated child actors on TV, since she joined the show when she was seven. She’s a natural, a born actress. She had to give up going to school when she got the part, and is tutored on the set by a teacher licensed by the state of California, Belinda Marshall, a beautiful African American woman, who does voice overs, commercials, and occasional bit parts on other shows. She wants to be an actress and has both the talent and the looks for it. Her ancestors were Ethiopian and there is a regal look to her, along with her quick mind and warm heart. Emma likes Belinda, as long as she doesn’t give her too much homework, which she can’t do on nights that Emma has a lot of lines to learn for the next day. It’s why regular school doesn’t really work for her with the demands of the show.

Emma’s mother, Paige, keeps a close watch on all aspects of her career. She coordinates Emma’s voice coach, drama coach, speech coach, and dance classes. She takes hip-hop, tap, and ballet, and has a remarkable singing voice. Paige’s own acting career never took off, but anyone can see that Emma will be a big star one day. She has given her mother’s life purpose, meaning, and direction. Paige had Emma start modeling as a baby, after listing her with an agency nearly at birth. At six, she had Emma start acting, and within a year, she had landed the part as the youngest child on The Clan. There are two other children on the show, Adam Weiss, who plays Emma’s twelve-year-old brother, and Virginia Parker, who is now sixteen and just got her GED high school diploma, and plays Emma’s fourteen-year-old sister. All three of them take classes on the set with Belinda. There’s no time for school in the life of a child actor, no play dates, no friends other than fellow actors. Life on the set is intense, with work first and foremost, and their childhoods second. Paige knows what it takes, and also that Emma will thank her for it one day, when she wins her first Oscar for a movie or an Emmy for the show she’s on.

They have a decision to make at the moment, a big one. Emma has been offered a part in a Broadway musical, a starring role. She has the voice and the talent for it, and the big question is what will further her career the most: staying with the series or taking a shot at Broadway. She could win a Tony for the part in New York, or an Emmy or a Golden Globe if she stays with The Clan. Her mother will make the decision for her, as she always does. Emma wants to stay in L.A. Paige hasn’t made up her mind yet. Emma’s career is all consuming. Paige looks a great deal like her daughter, with the same delicate blond beauty, but she never had her daughter’s talent. She had given up on her own acting career years before, and concentrated on Emma’s as soon as she was old enough to have one.

They are the descendants of Hollywood royalty. Paige’s mother, Elizabeth Winston, was the biggest film star of her day. Paige grew up watching her mother on the set of her movies, when she was allowed to. She and her older sister, Whitney, were brought up by nannies. Their mother was always making a movie somewhere. Liz Winston had been a legend, an icon, one of Hollywood’s great beauties and most talented actresses. She had won two Oscars, before she died tragically early at fifty-four. Her death had shattered Paige’s fragile balance. She was twenty-four and had been trying to start her own career then but got lost in the shuffle in L.A. Her father, Bill Watts, had told her bluntly that she didn’t have what it took and needed to find another outlet for her talents. He knew without a doubt that she’d never be an actress of her mother’s stature. Her mother had been remarkable on screen and Emma was too. Paige didn’t have their gift, and finally admitted it to herself. But she found her purpose in life when Emma was born.

Bill Watts had been the most important film agent of his day. He had discovered Liz, masterminded and controlled every aspect of her career brilliantly, and knew he had found an actress with incomparable beauty and rare talent the moment he saw her. He had never made a mistake with her, and Liz hung on his every word. They married when Liz was twenty-five and Bill was sixty, and she had rapidly become his most important client. She made no decisions without him. He orchestrated every move she made.

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Silent Night: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another read that was impossible to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome as all of her books are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, but too short for what it costs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Details of caring for a child with traumatic brain damage are woven beautifully with the healing power of love.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Read+this+book+in+one+day.++Very+interesting+details+regarding+pediatric+head+trauma.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It kept you interested throughout the book. I enjoyed it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+loved+this+book.+Could+not+stop+reading.+Danielle+Steele+is+awesome%21%21%21%21%21%21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As+always+this+book+was+wonderful%21+Danielle%0Adid+it+again.+Each+book+she+writes+is+better+than+the+last+one+.+Don%27t++know+how+she+does+it+but+I%27m+loving+it.++Can%27t+wait+for+the+next+ones.+Already+have+them+preordered.+++Thank+you+Danielle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+have+loved+all+her+books+.+
jdogjojo04061956 More than 1 year ago
WHEN THEY ASK FOR A REVIEW ITS TO SAY YES I LOVED THE BOOK OR I DIDN'T LIKE THE BOOK. WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TO SPOIL IT AND TELL US EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. JUST PISSES ME OFF THAT YOU PEOPLE DO THIS. SOOOOOOOOO STOP IT.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Characters well defined. Strong women.
Anonymous 13 days ago
This was a very uplifting story of courage and strength. I really enjoyed this book!
January Gray 5 months ago
I haven't read Danielle Steel in ages, but I've never read a book of hers I didn't like. I'm not a Romance reader at all, but I truly enjoy her stories.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I could not put this book down. It was a great read. I am anxious for Danielle’s next book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Another great book by a great writer
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love all of Danielle Steel books, but I had trouble getting thru this one. It dragged in places.
JamieS 11 months ago
I've read almost every Danielle Steel book that has come out and enjoy them. They are coming out so quickly it's hard to keep up with them, but I did get ahold of this not long after it came out. Paige's daughter Emma is a star on a hit tv show. Paige is no newcomer to Hollywood as her mom was Hollywood royalty. Paige's goal in life is to have Emma be as successful as her Mother and is the ultimate stage mom pushing her career. Her sister Whitney doesn't want anything to do with the Hollywood life and chose a very different career for herself. When a car accident happens, it changes both Whitney and Emma's life drastically. This story shows an aunt love and commitment to her niece and to making sure she has the best life possible. In turn she find great fulfillment in her new life, and even some surprises along the way. A quick read with lots of emotion.
lovestoread17 More than 1 year ago
Paige Watts is definitely a true stage mom. When she realized she did not possess the skills, beauty or knowledge that her daughter Emma did she decided to throw her entire life into focusing on Emma's career. Besides being on a hit tv show for two years she has voice lessons, hip hop dance, ballet, tap and other things to occupy most of her time when she is not filming on set or being schooled on set. Her days are full and hectic with little or no time for friends (aside from the people she works with) or fun activities. Paige's mom was a famous movie star who won all kinds of awards and was pretty much told what to do, where to go, what roles to take and how to dress by her husband who helped create the women she was. Whitney who is Paige's sister did not want to have anything to do with show business after growing up in the household she did. They did not see or spend much time with there mother as she was always travelling or working on her career. Whitney is a psychiatrist who enjoys her freedom and life. She is on her way to meet her boyfriend and spend some time on his yacht when her life will be changed forever. Almost as fast as the valet had unpacked her clothes on the yacht she gets a phone call with the horrible and shocking news. Within less than twenty-four hours of arriving she is on her way back home. Not only has her sister Paige died but her niece Emma is now fighting for her life in a horrible car accident. Recovery is not guaranteed and it is a frightening experience for an aunt who is not used to being around children yet alone her only niece and seeing her lying in ICU. With the help of some very dedicated and caring doctors, they are able to help Emma but it is very hard to predict what the outcome will be. With brain injuries, nobody knows if a person can complete recovery and what they will or will not remember. Together Whitney and Emma are trying to bring some of her old life and memories back. The team of doctors working with her are excellent and everyone is trying to bring Emma back to who she was before the accident. This book is an emotional journey with a roller coaster ride as you might go one step forward and three steps backwards. It is a very touching and wonderfully written story.
lhill82125 More than 1 year ago
What a great book. I haven’t read Danielle Steel in such a long time, but I love this book. It hits so many of your emotions and is so close to reality that it’s scary. Thank you for such a great read!
DJTP More than 1 year ago
Silent Night by Danielle Steel. Have always enjoyed Danielle Steel's stories and this one hasn't disappointed me with a storyline that pulled me in and likable characters.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Weak and predictable. Annoyingly repetitive.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
An awesome book that I could not put down. Just when Whitney thought life was perfect, no marriage or children when she receives a call that her niece, Emma has been injured and her sister died in a car accident. Whitney's world will turn upside down as she takes her of her niece. This is an emotional journey that Whitney and Emma will take together. What you won't do for a family member. This is mostly women fiction with a little romance. I highly recommend!!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Silent Night is a poignant story. We get to see tragic events unfold when a person is careless with their own and a loved one’s safety while operating a car. I thought Silent Night was well-written and engaging. I sat down and read this story straight through (I wen to bed late even for me). The book had steady pacing with smooth transitions between sections. There are good, relatable characters in the story. We see how life can change in a moment and families are messy. I found Silent Night to be an emotional and heartbreaking story. We get to experience the grief Whitney and Emma go through along with handling Emma’s injury. There is good information on traumatic brain injuries in the book. Danielle Steel related the details in an easy to understand way which I appreciated. Emma’s journey is difficult as she tries to relearn all that she has lost. It is nice to see the characters grow as individuals and see this one event change the course of their lives. I like that the author provided an epilogue that nicely wrapped up the book. Silent Night is a story that will touch your heart.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
Danielle Steel takes on one of today’s most controversial topics, texting and driving, in her latest novel. Paige Watts, stage mother extraordinaire, runs her daughter Emma’s career with the precision of a military campaign. Only nine years old, Emma lives a life that is a continual flow from work on a hit show to Broadway auditions to dance lessons and on to acting lessons. All it takes is one incident of texting and driving while running behind schedule to forever change the life of Paige and Emma Watts. Emma goes from a talented young star to a bewildered, brain damaged child with no verbal skills and minimal memory. Her life is changed forever as a result. Her mother is dead and her life will never be the same. Whitney Watts, Paige’s sister, runs a thriving psychiatric practice in Los Angeles with no plans for marriage or children. As Emma’s only living relative, Whitney immediately steps in to care for Emma during what will be a long battle to come back from the isolated world she endures as a result of the accident. Resilient, determined, and unwavering in her care for Emma, Paige helps Emma learn that anything is possible if you don’t give up. A sad, but uplifting story! This ARC copy was received from Delacorte Press and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
BobbieLCLA More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of SILENT NIGHT by Danielle Steel in exchange for an honest review. Whitney Watts is busy living her single successful life and completely disassociating herself from her parents’ successful Hollywood legacy. Whitney’s sister, Paige, is another story. When Paige failed as an actress, she fully embraced becoming a stage mom for her daughter, Emma, and trying to make Emma a star. Whitney’s jet-setting lifestyle is completely changed when Paige is killed and Emma is severely injured in a car accident. This is the story Emma’s struggle following a traumatic brain injury and Whitney’s change to become the person Emma needs during her recovery. I liked this book. It had both intensity and sweetness. The romance was understated, which I liked, and completely secondary to the primary plotline. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy women’s fiction. #SilentNight #NetGalley