Danielle Steel Book List

Novels, Nonfiction, and Children's Books

Author Danielle Steel
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Danielle Steel is one of the most popular romance writers in the world, and also one of the most prolific, having published more than 140 novels since her career began in the early 1970s. Today, the bestselling author works on multiple books at the same time to meet her demanding publishing schedule. Her complete bibliography includes novels, works of nonfiction, and children's books.


Passion's Promise book cover

The first decade of Steel's career was a tumultuous one for her personal life. After her first novel "Going Home" was published in 1973, she divorced her first husband and married Danny Zugelder, who was imprisoned in California. Her relationship with the inmate inspired her breakthrough books "Passion's Promise" and "Now and Forever."

  • "Going Home" (1973)
  • "Passion's Promise" (1977): Steel's first big hit, this novel tells the story of a wealthy socialite who falls in love with an ex-con while moonlighting as a journalist.
  • "Now and Forever" (1978)
  • "The Promise" (1978): This book was the first of Steel's romance novels to be adapted for the big screen.
  • "Season of Passion" (1979)
  • "Summer's End" (1979)


Zoya by Danielle Steel book cover

By the early 1980s, Steel was regularly appearing on The New York Times bestseller list. In 1981, she married her fourth husband, winemaker John Traina, with whom she had five children.

  • "The Ring" (1980)
  • "Palomino" (1981)
  • "To Love Again" (1981)
  • "Remembrance" (1981)
  • "Loving" (1981)
  • "Once in a Lifetime" (1982)
  • "Crossings" (1982): Set during the outbreak of World War II, this novel was made into a miniseries in 1986.
  • "A Perfect Stranger" (1983)
  • "Thurston House" (1983): This novel tells the story of a wealthy businessman who builds a mansion in San Francisco. For many years, Steel herself lived in a historic mansion in San Francisco.
  • "Changes" (1983)
  • "Full Circle" (1984)
  • "Family Album" (1985): A story of female empowerment, "Family Album" follows the career of Faye Price, a Hollywood actress who becomes one of the industry's first female directors. The book was made into a TV miniseries in 1994.
  • "Secrets" (1985)
  • "Wanderlust" (1986)
  • "Fine Things" (1987)
  • "Kaleidoscope" (1987)
  • "Zoya" (1988): This historical romance tells the story of a Russian countess who falls in love with an American soldier in Paris. The novel later explores the history of the Great Depression and World War II.
  • "Star" (1989)
  • "Daddy" (1989)


The Gift by Danielle Steel

The 1990s was Steel's most productive decade yet. To maintain her grueling schedule, Steel slept very little, often working on her books late at night after her children had gone to bed.

  • "Message from Nam" (1990): Described by Publishers Weekly as an unusual departure from Steel's previous work, "Message from Nam" follows a journalist covering the war in Vietnam. He finds unexpected romance in Saigon.
  • "Heartbeat" (1991)
  • "No Greater Love" (1991)
  • "Jewels" (1992)
  • "Mixed Blessings" (1992)
  • "Vanished" (1993)
  • "Accident" (1994)
  • "The Gift" (1994): This novel, which spent 12 weeks on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list, is one of Steel's biggest hits. It tells the story of a high school girl who is sent away after she becomes pregnant on prom night.
  • "Wings" (1994)
  • "Lightning" (1995)
  • "Five Days in Paris" (1995)
  • "Malice" (1996)
  • "Silent Honor" (1996): Another historical work, "Silent Honor" tells the story of a young Japanese woman living in California in the early 1940s. She faces prejudice from her neighbors after Pearl Harbor is bombed.
  • "The Ranch" (1997)
  • "Special Delivery" (1997)
  • "The Ghost" (1997)
  • "The Long Road Home" (1998)
  • "The Klone and I" (1998): Inspired by an inside joke with her future husband, "The Klone and I" wades into science fiction territory. The book is a tale of mistaken identity involving a human clone.
  • "His Bright Light" (1998): One of Steel's few works of nonfiction, "His Bright Light" is the story of her son Nick Traina and his struggles with manic depression. The illness led to the boy's death at the age of 19.
  • "Mirror Image" (1998)
  • "Bittersweet" (1999)
  • "Irresistible Forces" (1999)


Ransom by Danielle Steel book

In 2002, Steel divorced her fifth husband, Silicon Valley businessman Thomas James Perkins. While continuing to produce several novels a year, she opened an art gallery in San Francisco and contributed to efforts to improve mental health among adolescents.

  • "The Wedding" (2000): "The Wedding" is a story of love among the glitz and glamor of the Los Angeles elite.
  • "The House on Hope Street" (2000)
  • "Journey" (2000)
  • "Lone Eagle" (2001)
  • "Leap of Faith" (2001)
  • "The Kiss" (2001)
  • "The Cottage" (2002)
  • "Sunset in St. Tropez" (2002)
  • "Answered Prayers" (2002)
  • "Dating Game" (2003)
  • "Johnny Angel" (2003)
  • "Safe Harbour" (2003)
  • "Ransom" (2004): Unlike most of Steel's previous books, "Ransom" is not a romance. The book is a white-knuckle thriller involving a kidnapped child.
  • "Second Chance" (2004)
  • "Echoes" (2004)
  • "Impossible" (2005)
  • "Miracle" (2005)
  • "Toxic Bachelors" (2005): Told from the point of view of three different men, "Toxic Bachelors" is a story of wealth and privilege. Over the course of the novel, unexpected events transform their love lives forever.
  • "The House" (2006)
  • "Coming Out" (2006)
  • "H.R.H." (2006)
  • "Sisters" (2007): This novel focuses on four highly successful career women who must return home to care for their father after their mother is killed in a car crash.
  • "Bungalow 2" (2007)
  • "Amazing Grace" (2007): Set in San Francisco, "Amazing Grace" tells the story of four strangers brought together by a natural disaster. Along the way, they learn important lessons about love and family.
  • "Honor Thyself" (2008)
  • "Rogue" (2008)
  • "A Good Woman" (2008)
  • "One Day at a Time" (2009)
  • "Matters of the Heart" (2009)
  • "Southern Lights" (2009)


Fall from Grace by Danielle Steel

Now in her fifth decade of publishing, Steel has become even more prolific, producing as many as seven books a year. Her novels continue to be bestsellers, and they have been translated into more than 40 languages.

  • "Big Girl" (2010)
  • "Family Ties" (2010)
  • "Legacy" (2010)
  • "44 Charles Street" (2011)
  • "Happy Birthday" (2011)
  • "Hotel Vendome" (2011)
  • "Betrayal" (2012)
  • "Friends Forever" (2012)
  • "The Sins of the Mother" (2012)
  • "A Gift of Hope" (2012)
  • "Until the End of Time" (2013)
  • "First Sight" (2013)
  • "Winners" (2013)
  • "Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love" (2013)
  • "Power Play" (2014)
  • "A Perfect Life" (2014)
  • "Pegasus" (2014)
  • "Prodigal Son" (2015)
  • "Country" (2015)
  • "Undercover" (2015): A tale of romance and espionage, "Undercover" was partially inspired by the Patty Hearst kidnapping.
  • ​"Precious Gifts" (2015)
  • "Blue" (2016)
  • "Property of a Noblewoman" (2016)
  • "The Apartment" (2016)
  • "Magic" (2016)
  • "Rushing Waters" (2016)
  • "The Award" (2016)
  • "The Mistress" (2017)
  • "Dangerous Games" (2017): A political thriller and romance, this book follows a reporter investigating the U.S. vice president. The book reached No. 2 on The New York Times bestseller list.
  • "Against All Odds" (2017)
  • "The Duchess" (2017)
  • "The Right Time" (2017)
  • "Past Perfect" (2017)
  • "Fairytale" (2017)
  • "In His Father's Footsteps" (2018)
  • "Fall from Grace" (2018): A New York Times bestseller, "Fall from Grace" is the story of a privileged woman who loses everything after the sudden death of her wealthy husband. The book shows the challenges she faces as she rebuilds her life.
  • "The Cast" (2018)
  • "The Good Fight" (2018)
  • "Accidental Heroes" (2018): A bestselling thriller, "Accidental Heroes" begins with the appearance of a strange postcard on a cross-country flight to San Francisco. An off-duty pilot and a flight attendant work together to solve the mystery.
  • "Beauchamp Hall" (2018)
  • "Turning Point" (2019)
  • "Silent Night" (2019)
  • "Blessing in Disguise" (2019)
  • "Lost and Found" (2019)
  • "The Dark Side" (2019)
  • "Child's Play" (2019)
  • "Spy" (2019)

Children's Books

Pretty Minnie in Paris by Danielle Steel

Steel first began publishing children's books in the 1980s with her "Max and Martha" series. Since then, she has written the "Freddie" series and a collection of picture books.

  • 1989: "Martha's New Daddy"
  • 1989: "Max and the Babysitter"
  • 1989: "Martha's Best Friend"
  • 1989: "Max's Daddy Goes to the Hospital"
  • 1989: "Max's New Baby"
  • 1989: "Martha's New School"
  • 1990: "Max Runs Away"
  • 1990: "Martha's New Puppy"
  • 1991: "Max and Grandma and Grampa Winky"
  • 1991: "Martha and Hilary and the Stranger"
  • 1992: "Freddie's Trip"
  • 1992: "Freddie's First Night Away"
  • 1992: "Freddie and the Doctor"
  • 2009: "The Happiest Hippo in the World" (picture book)
  • 2014: "Pretty Minnie in Paris" (picture book)
  • 2016: "Pretty Minnie in Hollywood" (picture book)
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