December 01, 1980 12:00 PM

by Danielle Steel

Steel’s ninth romantic novel is different in one way—it’s being published in hardback. Otherwise, The Ring is the same old slick hug’n’slug. The protagonist loses her mother to suicide, then her father and brother disappear trying to escape Hitler’s Germany. So at 19 she is left to fend for herself with a blend of helpless beauty and incredible luck. Gallant males keep appearing just in time to save her from prurient Nazis and other scoundrels. A full-dress ball is staged to the tune of distant bombs, and “forevers” are whispered in air-raid shelters. But Steel maintains her fairytale fixation—her previous hit paperbacks include To Love Again. Everyone who lives does so happily ever after. (Delacorte, $10.95)

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