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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this moving
memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a
mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From
Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping
jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a
heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they
become part of the family, making indelible memories.
We meet
Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the basset hound who was
steadfastly at her side in her struggling days as a young writer; Sweet
Pea—unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband—and
all those lucky dogs who shared a household of nine children, other
canines, and one potbellied pig. As she reflects on the beloved pets who
have brought joy, and sometimes chaos, to her home through the years,
Steel also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of
bringing a new dog into a household, the challenges of housebreaking and
compatibility, the losses we feel forever.
Filled with colorful
characters (human and otherwise), delightful photographs, practical
wisdom drawn from long experience, and brimming with warmth and insight
on every page, Pure Joy is a love letter to this special
relationship—and one of the most charming books yet from the
incomparable Danielle Steel.
Praise for Pure
Joy

 
“The mega-selling
[Danielle Steel] shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. . . . Steel
brings readers into her life, recounting delightful moments with her
many dogs, the dogs her children have owned, and her newest friend,
Minnie, her tiny Chihuahua. . . . Plainly told with honesty and
affection, these stories are an affirmation of the timeless connection
between humans and their canine companions.”Kirkus
Reviews

 
“Steel doesn’t
just love to write blockbusters; she loves dogs. Here’s her
valentine to all the dogs she’s raised (looking to be mostly of
the small sort), with lots of black-and-white photos throughout. A heady
commercial combo.”Library Journal

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Reviews for Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love:

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Nov 26, 2013

I'm a longtime dog lover and Danielle Steel fan, thus was excited to read this latest work. However that eagerness was soon quelled when I realized that the two don't mix for me personally. I got 3/4 of the way through this drivel and had to stop for the sole reason that I felt nauseous at the thousands and thousands of dollars Ms. Steel has thrown away over the years on purebreds bought at pet stores and from breeders (to say nothing of the cute little French outfits for her own adorable I'm a longtime dog lover and Danielle Steel fan, thus was excited to read this latest work. However that eagerness was soon quelled when I realized that the two don't mix for me personally. I got 3/4 of the way through this drivel and had to stop for the sole reason that I felt nauseous at the thousands and thousands of dollars Ms. Steel has thrown away over the years on purebreds bought at pet stores and from breeders (to say nothing of the cute little French outfits for her own adorable Minnie, but I digress). Certainly it is her money and she can do with it as she wishes, but publishing her extravagances is a bit much, though I'm sure those who live similar lives of wealth and privilege won't think anything of it. But I would much rather read a book about the lives of mutts and unwanted animals a family has saved from shelters over the years. On that note, someone needs to inform Ms. Steel that pet shops and breeders are not the be all end all for purebreds, as evidenced by the thousands of purebred cast offs on death row at animal shelters. These unfortunate by-products, if you will, should not be overlooked just because they are "used"; after all, the majority originally came from guess where? Yep, those pet stores and "professional" breeders. But then somebody has to keep them in business, and it's refreshing to know Ms. Steel is more than happy to oblige with her well earned money! ...more
2

Mar 03, 2015

Thought this would include cute stories about Danielle Steels dogs, but no. More about having a tiny dog to travel with her to Paris, California and New York, and having a dog to dress up in cute costumes. Probably an enjoyable read for her children and friends.
4

Jan 05, 2018

A quick read about Danielle Steel and her family's obsession with dogs. They have owned a variety of breeds. Some I had not heard about, but she gave some good information about the breeds traits and quirky moods.
2

Sep 15, 2013

Disturbing read as whilst it was interesting to hear of the different breeds and the love and good care they got many of the other dogs were treated as dispensible by both Danielle and her family. Strange.
4

Mar 20, 2018

Very cute, insightful book about Danielle Steel and ALL the dogs she's had. She's a true dog lover! I found the book really interesting, but I'm a complete dog lover.....so I get it!
4

Jul 10, 2013

5 and a favorite

Pure Joy was, well, a pure joy to read (couldn't help myself there lol). I'm already a big dog lover. Big time. My little 12 pound poodle (13 if her hair is a little too long) is very very spoiled. She has a raincoat and won't go in the rain without it. Danielle Steel would've laughed at me for that, but turns out she spoils her 2 pound Teacup Chihuahua, Minnie Mouse. So while she mentions the joy she's found in owning all her excessive dogs, my dog Peanut was right by me and 5★ and a favorite ♥

Pure Joy was, well, a pure joy to read (couldn't help myself there lol). I'm already a big dog lover. Big time. My little 12 pound poodle (13 if her hair is a little too long) is very very spoiled. She has a raincoat and won't go in the rain without it. Danielle Steel would've laughed at me for that, but turns out she spoils her 2 pound Teacup Chihuahua, Minnie Mouse. So while she mentions the joy she's found in owning all her excessive dogs, my dog Peanut was right by me and all my other dogs I've had in my thoughts. So the book has brought me some smiles and some tears too.

First, Danielle mentions that she has 9 kids. And along with her 9 kids, at one point, her family had 10 dogs and a pig. The most dogs I had at one point was 2 dogs, so Danielle's life sounds like a circus to me (my mom's parent's had 8 kids, so I'm used to big families). But I'm glad she and her family is able to have so many dogs (she currently has 4 griffs and the teacup chihuahua).

It was fun hearing about a lot of the dogs Danielle and her family and friends have (and had). Her description of falling in love with a chihuahua was sweet and had me thinking of all the dogs I love of course. And a lot of Danielle's experiences she mentions are used as advice and lessons on owning a pet. The main lesson is that owning a pet can bring you joy and love (especially if you love that pet). And it doesn't matter what size they are. ...more
1

Jan 08, 2015

Repulsive. I read about dogs being given away as gifts at the drop of a hat, puppies being auctioned off, implications of shelter dogs being not good enough to have a home, a female being re-homed because she had a pseudo pregnancy and a person that puts pedigree in a pedestal so high it's unbelievable. I should have known though. Steel began the book explaining how she's "not a dog person". To that, Miss Steel, I say: stop getting more dogs. I see that you like dogs, but you don't love them. Repulsive. I read about dogs being given away as gifts at the drop of a hat, puppies being auctioned off, implications of shelter dogs being not good enough to have a home, a female being re-homed because she had a pseudo pregnancy and a person that puts pedigree in a pedestal so high it's unbelievable. I should have known though. Steel began the book explaining how she's "not a dog person". To that, Miss Steel, I say: stop getting more dogs. I see that you like dogs, but you don't love them. Prospective readers, if you're a dog lover, go read something else instead. ...more
5

Dec 05, 2013

I completely LOVED this book, but then again, I also happen to have a little teacup chihuahua myself named Mia. I affectionately call her "Mini Mi". She looks a lot like Minnie but mine has short hair.
2

Nov 22, 2013

The book was ok. I thought that she kept repeating herself a lot. And i didn't agree with some of the things that she said about dogs.
3

Jan 10, 2019

Danielle Steele's homage to dogs is a treat for the mind and soul. While gaining insight into the prolific author's life (I knew she had quite a few children, but nine?!?!?), this book also offers some sage advice for current and future dog owners. It was an easy breezy read and the perfect audiobook if you're looking for lighter fare between heavier tomes.
1

Mar 01, 2014

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I could not believe what I was reading when she said she gave people dogs as gifts! She didn't check with them first to see if they really wanted one. Would be able to care for it. If it's personality would match its new owner, was it a breed they would like, would they rather have a rescue?
This whole book does not bring out Danielle's best side and I would have thought her editors would have guided her in a better direction. Because for people This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I could not believe what I was reading when she said she gave people dogs as gifts! She didn't check with them first to see if they really wanted one. Would be able to care for it. If it's personality would match its new owner, was it a breed they would like, would they rather have a rescue?
This whole book does not bring out Danielle's best side and I would have thought her editors would have guided her in a better direction. Because for people who love and care about the best interest of dogs, they are "pure joy". ...more
3

Jan 20, 2015

I can't say I didn't like it, but I can say it was different for a Danielle book. It was a cute insight to who she is. A small but large glimps of seeing who and what she likes
4

Jun 13, 2019

I think she is very honest in this book. All dogs are not created equal. She acknowledges that fact and also the fact that just any dog will not match with just any person. More dog lovers should be honest. Not every dog fits in and becomes a memorable intrinsic family member. Some dogs are just dogs. But Danielle Steele describes how she cared for dogs that she didn't find a special bond with as well as doting on the special pups she loved. I personally have only ever owned dogs that I found at I think she is very honest in this book. All dogs are not created equal. She acknowledges that fact and also the fact that just any dog will not match with just any person. More dog lovers should be honest. Not every dog fits in and becomes a memorable intrinsic family member. Some dogs are just dogs. But Danielle Steele describes how she cared for dogs that she didn't find a special bond with as well as doting on the special pups she loved. I personally have only ever owned dogs that I found at local shelters. But I took my time and adopted only the dogs that I saw had the potential of developing a memorable fit in my family. But if I were wealthy ,I might visit reputable breeders like she did. Not sure. Purebreeds can be found at shelters. I've adopted several over the years. The author repeated herself often in this book. Not the greatest writing I've ever read. But I really enjoyed the candid descriptions of her family life with dogs ! Interesting fun little read. terrible writing. ...more
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Feb 27, 2018

I love Minnie and the other dogs mentioned in this book; this rating is not for them. I don't love reading about Danielle Steel dressing up Minnie in clothes that she doesn't like and their flying back and forth from Paris.

I also remember why I stopped reading Danielle Steel's books; I don't care for her writing style. But what really bothered me about this book was her attitude towards some of her dogs. Poor Elmer was relegated to just a dog status when Maude, another dog, joined the household. I love Minnie and the other dogs mentioned in this book; this rating is not for them. I don't love reading about Danielle Steel dressing up Minnie in clothes that she doesn't like and their flying back and forth from Paris.

I also remember why I stopped reading Danielle Steel's books; I don't care for her writing style. But what really bothered me about this book was her attitude towards some of her dogs. Poor Elmer was relegated to just a dog status when Maude, another dog, joined the household. Not sure what she expected, but once Elmer started acting like a dog, he and Maude were given away. And her comment about some dogs that are dogs. WTF does she expect? She actually says that some dogs are just dogs because they are boring.

When I think of what someone with her money and public platform could do for rescue and shelter dogs, and I read this, I just get sick. ...more
1

Sep 16, 2019

I am a huge Danielle Steel fan, and had high expectations for this book. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. Half of the time I felt I was being preached to, and the other half I was being "educated" on how someone with a lot of money can treat their dogs. Steel mentions repeatedly how she "rescues" dogs, when in reality she is purchasing through breeders. That isn't a rescue and shouldn't be marketed as such. The last straw in the hat was her bragging about auctioning off 2 puppies at a I am a huge Danielle Steel fan, and had high expectations for this book. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. Half of the time I felt I was being preached to, and the other half I was being "educated" on how someone with a lot of money can treat their dogs. Steel mentions repeatedly how she "rescues" dogs, when in reality she is purchasing through breeders. That isn't a rescue and shouldn't be marketed as such. The last straw in the hat was her bragging about auctioning off 2 puppies at a benefit in her son's memory. It is my personal opinion that this is never appropriate, and disliked her gushing over how much money was spent on anonymous individuals who took these dogs home. ...more
4

Jun 11, 2017

I never thought I would read a Danielle Steel book since I tried one in High School and decided she is not for me. Then I lost my beloved dog and began the search for another pet. During that search, I was dog obsessed and when this book appeared among the audio book downloads available from the library, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! What touching understanding of the human/pet relationship. Sweet anecdotes.
3

Aug 27, 2017

I agree with other reviewers who said this book is repetitive. I've never read any of Danielle Steel's fiction, so I have nothing to compare to, but this book made me wonder how she ever became such a popular author. That said, I am a dog lover, so I finished the book. It made me question just how much of a dog lover she is since she frequents pet stores and breeders, gives dogs as gifts and auctions them off. But she certainly delights in living with her little Minnie Mouse.
5

Sep 02, 2019

The book is pure joy

From the first page, DS had me. I laughed and cried a tear or two and loved the glimpse of the woman behind the author. I have often wondered what type of woman DS was and wanted to know more about her personal life. Pure Joy certainly gave me both. Plus her choices of dogs amused me. Well done.
5

Dec 17, 2018

The reader enters the Steel home and meets the dogs that have come through their doors. The title is appropriate as I considered the read - pure joy. At the present time, we don't have any dogs. Because of this book, that may change. I enjoyed meeting Steel's family - nine children. (We have twelve so I can identify with a big family.)
2

Aug 25, 2019

A few cute antidotes but otherwise nothing great can be said about this book. I was expecting more about the dogs and the life with the dog, this book was more about how many dogs can the author buy for friends and family.
3

Nov 09, 2017

This was a short look by Steel into the role that dogs have played in her life. Unusual and even depressing in places, it did keep my attention and leave me with a sense of how great a value Steel places on her relationships with her pets.
5

Jul 08, 2018

The Best Thing in life is to be Owned by a Chichuahua

What a wonderful and heart warming book to read for all dog lovers and especially if you own a Chichuahua she describes them to a tea I have four of them and one is exactly like Minnie O would definitely recommend this book

3

Jan 30, 2019

Steele is a good writer and this was a cute book. You would have to like dogs to like this book as it is the story of the dogs in her life and esp. her current dog, a teacup chihuahua. It's a small book and an easy read. It took me about 2 hours.
2

Mar 28, 2018

Mostly just her attempt to justify having several purebred yippers.
5

Dec 04, 2017

Definitely for dog lovers!

Great book for people in love with their dogs! It made me laugh and cry just as I do with my own dogs! I could relate to all of it. Loved it!

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