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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2001 ISBN: 9780553755138
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In her fifty-second bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust — and of one woman's triumph over a devastating betrayal.

Marie-Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of. Freedom, love, security in a beautiful old French château. But when Marie-Ange is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the end of her idyllic life. Orphaned and alone, she is sent to America, to live with her great-aunt on a farm in Iowa. Bitterly resented by the old woman, cut off from everything she has known and loved, Marie-Ange is forced to work tirelessly on the farm, dreaming only of the day she can return to her beloved Château de Marmouton.

In Marie-Ange's isolated existence, only the friendship of a local boy, Billy Parker, offers comfort and hope. But her only wish is to gain an education — and escape. Then, just after her twenty-first birthday, an unexpected visitor brings startling news and an extraordinary gift: the freedom to return to France, to Château de Marmouton.

When she arrives in France, Marie-Ange learns that the château's new owner is Comte Bernard de Beauchamp, a dashing young widower who invites her into his home, then into his heart. But their magical life together, which soon includes marriage, children, and lavish homes, slowly takes an ominous turn. A mysterious woman tells Marie-Ange a shocking story, a story so chilling she doesn't want to believe it.

Not even her dear friend Billy can help her now. He is thousands of miles away. And as the darkness gathers around her, Marie-Ange must find the faith and courage to take one, last desperate step to save her loved ones ... and herself.

Danielle Steel's powerful new novel is about being pulled into a place where nothing is what it seems. It is about being seduced and lied to and turned around, and wanting to believe the lies — until the moment comes, in one blinding instant, when survival and salvation depend on a final Leap of Faith: the only path to freedom, and life.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina the Bookworm | 2/18/2014

    " I am not a big fan of Danielle Steel, but I must say that this book touched me so much. I liked how tragedy was presented, how the lead character became the usual Cinderella, and of course, the gasp-inducing twist at the end. Give this book a spin if you want to read Danielle Steel without fluffiness and 'munchness'. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/16/2014

    " It is good but pretty much the same as all of her other books. Ending is predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 2/15/2014

    " Rich orphan girl grows up with a cold cruel aunt, has a boy for her best friend. She come's into some money at 18, goes back to France & her childhood home, meets a cruel money grabbing man who marries her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 2/14/2014

    " This is another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rumbarger | 2/8/2014

    " Even though Danielle Steele's characters are never very deep, this was a good story. I really liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sababa | 1/28/2014

    " This is a very fast paced novel. I didn't particularly like it. I mean I have read better books by Danielle Steel. I would rather have to say the book was very unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uchelk | 1/26/2014

    " leap of faith. it was a really interesting book about a girl who lost her family and went to live in a farm. how she moved to the city and finds out an ugly truth.she hat to take a leap.. of faith. "

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

    " PRETTY GOOD, QUICK READ. HAD A GOOD PLOT. MARIE-ANGE, A LITTLE RICH GIRL ORPHANED AT 11, PUT INTO SLAVERY BY A CRUEL GREAT AUNT FOUND HERSLEF AN HEIRESS AND THEN WAS RIPPED OFF BY A SICK, DEMENTED HUSBAND. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Walkling | 1/15/2014

    " A quick easy read. It is quite interesting to see so many varying ratings for this author. I did find this book a little predictable but I enjoyed it. The ending fell short for me with too many unanswered questions, but perhaps the authors intent was to leave on thinking of what might happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 1/14/2014

    " I read this a few years ago and its such a sweet story. its one of those books thats all tattered and the spine is that bent it just falls open. I do love this book its an old favourite of mine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/13/2014

    " Short, but good as always "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cowgirl4christ16 | 12/26/2013

    " Don't remember much about this book, just that it held my attention and was a quik read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 12/19/2013

    " Danielle Steel is a very good author. She lets a person read her own life in each page. Leap of Faith is a book that is nonetheless entertaining and at the same time gives a person an important lesson in life that will always be remembered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine US | 12/3/2013

    " I felt the beginning was a rip off of "The Little Princess", and while most of the book was predictable -- the twist about the former wife surprised me, and for that I gave the book some credit. Plus, unlike some of her other books, I wasn't bored to death. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mennatallah Ahmed | 12/2/2013

    " i enjoy reading it although it was very predictable , i read" second chance" for her and it was also very predictable !! and very naive .... Danielle steel lack the depth and the suspense .. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie Holley | 11/9/2013

    " As usual with Danielle Steele's books - you can't put it down! A very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmylou | 6/22/2013

    " I'm not yet a mom but this story deeply touched my innermost thought... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 6/17/2013

    " I really loved this book. I enjoyed her story in the beginning and after the total twist in the second half I was shocked, amazed and totally in love with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jojo | 3/22/2013

    " Easy to read but, the concept of the story didn't fascinate me all too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 9/9/2012

    " This was very good book!!! one of her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Randon | 2/21/2012

    " Too short, read in a day. Obvious plot, but ok for quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/19/2011

    " Light reading for entertainment only. Her usual, overly perfect protrayal of life - somewhat trite. Some suspense, did emphasize importance of family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal McFarland | 11/29/2011

    " fast paced but a good read. read all but 20 pages in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 10/10/2011

    " I find it well-written. I love how the story played out and how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yim Ch. | 10/2/2011

    " It's an entertaining book, but I hate the main character. She's typical brainless blond girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ika | 8/30/2011

    " aku punya novelnya, yg asli(english text) , jd bukan versi novel terjemahan :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 3/21/2011

    " One of my fave. This book has proven that Danielle Steel is really one of the best :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 3/2/2011

    " It was a fair book. About half way in, you could predict what would happen, which really took the whole book down, I think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sababa | 10/22/2010

    " This is a very fast paced novel. I didn't particularly like it. I mean I have read better books by Danielle Steel. I would rather have to say the book was very unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 10/15/2010

    " As usual with Danielle Steele's books - you can't put it down! A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uchelk | 9/11/2010

    " leap of faith. it was a really interesting book about a girl who lost her family and went to live in a farm. how she moved to the city and finds out an ugly truth.she hat to take a leap.. of faith. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 9/9/2010

    " aaaaaaaaaaaawful. I've never read Danielle Steel before, and if this is any way representative, I never shall again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 8/23/2010

    " This was very good book!!! one of her best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fatima | 6/25/2010

    " a very emotional novel... a book from which u can learn something.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 8/26/2009

    " Another good Danielle Steele Book. A definite "quick read"...I read it in one day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 8/23/2009

    " There was no depth to the characters in this book. I felt Marie-Ange wasn't the brightest lightbulb in the bunch, but the book was a fun quick read. My first Danielle Steel novel given to me by my grandmother. I wasn't too impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 8/5/2009

    " Excellent book and hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cowgirl4christ16 | 7/27/2009

    " Don't remember much about this book, just that it held my attention and was a quik read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 2/14/2009

    " life happens to all of us,the disparity is in how it happens!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/5/2009

    " I find it well-written. I love how the story played out and how it ended. "

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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

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.