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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand - until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister's three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold.

Now, at forty-two, as independent as ever, with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her, Annie is comfortable being single and staying that way. She appears to have no time for anything else. With her nephew and nieces now young adults and confronting major challenges of their own, Annie is navigating a parent's difficult passage between lending them a hand and letting go, and suddenly facing an empty nest. The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked, struggling editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty-four a serious and hardworking law student, is captivated by a much older, much more experienced woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie - impulsive, artistic, rebellious - is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to an entirely different world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace.

Then, just when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie's life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 2/18/2014

    " I liked the story idea. There's a great build up of characters and plots but the ending doesn't leave me satisfied. But then I find this true of most of the author's books and I still find myself reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal | 2/17/2014

    " This was my first Danielle Steel book and I was pleasantly surprised. My mother wanted me to read this so badly because she thought I would really like it. I liked it much more than expected. I liked that it was an easy read with not too much romance. It had an element of mystery and really enjoyed how it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/16/2014

    " I really liked this book by Danielle Steel. I think it was one of the better books I've read by her recently. She made the characters all so relatable that I could feel what each of them was going through. Very nicely done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Self | 1/31/2014

    " Just finished this today..it was ok. I have read a lot of Danielle Steel books, and this was not my favorite. I felt like a lot of the details were repeated too often. Normally like the pace of her books, but this one kind of dragged on. Hopefully, the next one I read will be better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Stancer | 1/23/2014

    " Ok, kind of gets off to a slow start. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Nelson | 1/21/2014

    " I had a hard time getting into this book - I forced myself to read half and then I just couldn't bring myself to finish it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the story and the characters. This is very typical D.S. I do get a bit sick of the wealthy, beautiful women and handsome men. It is nice to take a break form other genres to relax with a book not so intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/19/2014

    " one of her better ones - loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/15/2014

    " Strong family with problems , love pulls and ushers the family towards the good areas of their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Nelson | 12/25/2013

    " Not one of her best novels, and I should know. I've read 57 of them. Entertaining but somewhat predictable as the story moves on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 12/22/2013

    " This was a nice refreshing read. A good story of strong family ties. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 12/17/2013

    " Shallow, repetitious, saying the same thing in consecutive paragraphs--what happened in editting? Characters and story not well-developed. Steele was too predictable. Very easy read, but not very interesting. Pulp fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/30/2013

    " Some of the language in this book wasn't so good. But the closeness of the families was great. I could relate to the mom and her concern for her children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Rietman | 11/30/2013

    " enjoyed the plot, but like all her books, many repetitive details "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Guereque | 11/26/2013

    " Beginning was a little disappointing as it jumped into the story too fast, but the rest of the book was amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Char | 10/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It focused on the lives of all the family members and was a really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/25/2013

    " a decent, but typical Danielle Steel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! It would be a great mindless read on the beach. It was fast paced and a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diahann | 4/26/2013

    " Pretty much the same Danielle Steel dynamic. I enjoyed the characters in the story, though, and felt sorry for each of them! Good quick beach read :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista Aasland | 4/23/2013

    " The story idea was good, but the writing was absolutely horrible. I felt like I was reading a high school kids debut novel. I haven't read a Danielle Steel novel in a very long time, but hopefully she is popular because most of her writing is good? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannan | 8/27/2012

    " Another DS from Mom. Typical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milly Dunaway | 4/1/2012

    " Not sure what the purpose of this story was, it kind of went all over the place and then resolved in a few pages. Not very realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 12/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast, easy read that inspired love and hope, and not so much sadness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Anelli | 12/15/2011

    " Typical Steele novel. I enjoyed it and read it in 1 day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/20/2011

    " I highly enjoy this book. I hope to read more of her novels! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 7/27/2011

    " I was very disappointed in this one. It just didn't seem to go anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/11/2011

    " i really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 6/8/2011

    " One of Danielle Steel's better books. Her heroine wasn't traipsing off to France or NY throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diahann | 5/23/2011

    " Pretty much the same Danielle Steel dynamic. I enjoyed the characters in the story, though, and felt sorry for each of them! Good quick beach read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 5/22/2011

    " Shallow, repetitious, saying the same thing in consecutive paragraphs--what happened in editting? Characters and story not well-developed. Steele was too predictable. Very easy read, but not very interesting. Pulp fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianna | 5/2/2011

    " In true Danielle Steele, this was pleasant read. Nice characters, but a little unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/6/2011

    " Typical Danielle Steel story but very readable and much better than anything on TV. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/20/2011

    " I always love a good Danielle Steele. . .been reading since highschool :) Love books I can finish in a day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/19/2011

    " what force guides me to pick up danielle steels books from the library shelf?? maybe its because all ends so very well all the time.
    oh well it was an easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/9/2011

    " A predictable Danielle Steel book. Found it to be a quick read and loved Annie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milly | 2/10/2011

    " Not sure what the purpose of this story was, it kind of went all over the place and then resolved in a few pages. Not very realistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancywboca | 1/31/2011

    "
    This is not a good book and I don't recommend it at all. I am am almost done with it and I am only finishing it to see what happens...big waste of time. I think I only borrowed this book from the library because I loved the cover. Don't judge a book by the cover! 1 star for pretty cover "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.