2009. A trade paperback copy in very good condition.
Assistant D.A. and single mom Alexa Hamilton has just been handed the kind of case that makes careers: the trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin. Sifting through mountains of forensic evidence, enduring Quentin's cold, suggestive stares in the courthouse, Alexa relentlessly builds her case and prepares for a high-stakes trial . . . until threatening letters throw her private life into turmoil.
The letters are addressed to Alexa's beautiful 17-year-old daughter, Savannah, who Alexa has raised alone since her painful divorce years before. Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly Alexa must make the toughest choice of all Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� and send her daughter back to the very place that Alexa swore she would never return: to her ex-husband's world of southern tradition, long memories, and the antebellum charm of Charleston.
Eleven years had passed since Alexa left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband's betrayal and the cold cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Alexa's wounds are still fresh Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� but she knows she must put her own pain aside for Savannah's safety.
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 she's never known Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� from the ice-cold beauty who stole her father away to a domineering matriarch and several half-brothers and sisters. As a family's wounds are exposed and the healing begins, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� strengthened by the trials they have faced, changed by the mysteries they have unraveled, armed with miracles that are uniquely their own.
In this masterfully told tale, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� from the gritty chaos of Manhattan's criminal court system to the cool gentility of an old Southern family, from the rage of a hardened criminal to the tender bond between a mother and daughter. A novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, Southern Lights is Danielle Steel at her electrifying best.