Book Review: The Ring by Danielle Steel


The Ring by Danielle Steel

Sphere July 1980

Historical WWII Fiction Romance



In Germany engulfed by war and hatred, the beautiful wife of an influential banker fell in love with a German author. His Jewish heritage led them both to death. The husband who survives her lives on to protect her memory, and their children. And the ring he passes on to his daughter, Ariana von Gotthard, remains a bond of love between them.  Separated from her family, and unable to escape Germany, Ariana is finally arrested. A young Nazi officer offers her survival and hope for the future.  Tragedy and a sudden twist of fate carries Ariana to America, to a chilling deception, and a new life of unfamiliar terrors. Her past seemingly lost forever, her future uncertain, the ring she still clings to is all she has left of her father and brother.  And in time it will become the bridge from her past to her future.


A wonderful survival story

This was my local bookclub pick. I haven’t read Danielle Steel in decades and was looking forward to it. A true Danielle Steel classic. It was interesting, filled with sadness and hope, and had twists to it. There’s a lot of history packed into this novel and gives you a view of what non-Nazi Germans went through and felt like. I liked that it cover the pre-war, the war itself, and post-war. I truly liked this book. Great story line of loss and hope. Emotionally attaching and character driven. Good read.





SteelDanielle Steel has sold 650 million copies of her books internationally, and every one of her books is a bestseller. She is published in 69 countries and 43 languages.

Steel’s latest novel is Daddy’s Girls. Other recent bestsellers include The Wedding DressThe Numbers GameMoral Compass. SpyChild’s Play, The Dark SideLost and FoundBlessing in DisguideSilent NightTurning Point, and Beauchamp Hall, all of which have leapt to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, the Wall Street Journal list, and comparable best seller lists around the world.

Steel has written more than 189 books, 161 of which are novels; 18 children’s books, including Pretty Minnie in Hollywood and Pretty Minnie in Paris about her white long-hair teacup Chihuahua; four works of nonfiction, including His Bright Light: The Story of Nick TrainaA Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless, and Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love; a book of poetry; and she has written the lyrics for a music album.

She also founded and runs two foundations, one named in honor of her late son, The Nick Traina Foundation, which finances organizations involved in mental illness, child abuse, and suicide prevention. The second foundation was established to assist the homeless. In 2002 Steel was decorated by the French government as an “Officier” of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters and in 2014 she was decorated as a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of the Legion d’Honneur in Paris. She lives in Paris and San Francisco and is the mother of nine children.

For more information about Danielle and her books, visit Follow Danielle on Instagram, @officialdaniellesteel; Twitter, @DanielleSteel; and on Facebook,



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