4/27/20, The Wedding Dress


Hi Everyone,


I hope you’ve had a peaceful and not distressing week sheltering in place, and are finding ways to keep busy. Series, movies, reading, cooking, needlepoint, baking, house repairs, exercise, letters to friends, playing with your pets, or working. It’s a challenge to help speed the time along until we are free again. But in the meantime, staying confined is important to save lives, and keep us safe and healthy.


I just finished a book, and a re-write while in lockdown confinement, so I’ve been keeping busy.


And exciting news: I have a new hardcover novel coming out tomorrow, Tuesday 28 April, “The Wedding Dress”, in time for Mother’s Day. I LOVE this book and hope you do too, and it’s a great escape to distract us from our very unusual circumstances right now. The book begins in the 1920s, and covers some important events in modern history, it’s about a beautiful wedding dress made in Paris, and worn by 4 generations of the women in a San Francisco family. Each of the women is very unique and different, and each of them have interesting lives, typical of their time in history, from before the Crash of ’29, to the Second World War, the Flower Power days of the hippies, right up to the tech days on the Internet in current times. The book is a celebration of those 4 brides, in 4 generations, while encompassing some very interesting times in our history. I hope you love it. There is something very special about a wedding dress which accompanies 4 different generations of brides!!! And I think the book is very special, and I hope you’ll think so too. It might be the perfect antidote to our current confinement.


And this Friday will be May Day, May 1st. It’s the day when everyone in France gives friends, loved ones, coworkers, family members a little sprig of lily of the valley, to show love and wish people good luck. Paris smells delicious on May 1st, with street vendors on every corner selling little bunches of lily of the valley. I don’t think they’ll be out this year, but it’s a time honored tradition in France, and the lily of the valley stands will be back next year. And in the meantime, Happy May Day!!!


I hope you have an easy week, I wanted to share the news with you about the book in case you’re looking for something new and fun to read. And I hope that soon, we’ll all be out, enjoying the Spring weather, free again, with these challenging times behind us.  Take good care, stay sheltered in place according to the rules in your area—-and have a GREAT week!!!



love, Danielle


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4 Comments so far
  1. Elaine April 27, 2020 5:15 pm

    Hi Danielle,
    I can’t wait to read The Wedding Dress! It will show up on my kindle at midnight!

    Your writing has been keeping me sane during the lock down. I’ve been rereading old favorites, and highlighting my favorite passages in the ones I own on kindle.

    Thank you for your inspiring writing!

    Love, Elaine

  2. Bonnie May 2, 2020 12:07 pm

    Thank you, Danielle,for sharing your wedding photo. Now I am able to see and appreciate a haute couture creation. It is,indeed,a work of art– a masterpiece!!! You were a beautiful bride. It was my honor to pass down my wedding dress to my cousin, and several years later to our Japanese foreign student. I am eager to read your current ‘work of art’ — “The wedding Dress”. You are loved much, Bonnie

  3. Hernando May 4, 2020 9:34 pm

    Hola Danielle te cuento que he leído todos tus libros que he encontrado en español. Siento mucho que no han vuelto a aparecer pues yo no leo en inglés, y por lo tanto considero que me estoy perdiendo de tus últimas obras. Ojalá pronto vuelvan. Quedo en espera.

  4. Eaton Lawrence May 5, 2020 8:42 am

    Dear Mrs. Steel,
    I would just like to say that I think your books are inspiring not just for reading, but about life, lessons that we all need sometimes in our lives. Keep inspiring us with your words.
    I do have a question though; there seems to be a recurring theme in some of your books. It seems that there is a character that that is a designer. I’m not judging just curious of what inspired a designer? Is one of your children a designer or were you ever a designer? Whatever the reason, that doesn’t change how I or anyone feels when reading your books.
    -Yours truly, Eaton L