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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,905 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781441893956
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This compelling, centuries-spanning novel brilliantly interweaves the lives of two women - a writer working in the heart of modern academia and a daring young Sioux Indian on an incredible journey in the eighteenth century. The result is an unforgettable story of courage in the face of the unknown. At the age of thirty-eight, Brigitte Nicholson has a job she likes, a man she loves, and a book on the women’s suffrage movement that she will finish — someday. Someday is Brigitte’s watchword. Someday she and Ted, a rising star in the field of archaeology, will clarify their relationship. Someday she will have children. Someday she will stop playing it so safe. Then, on a snowy day in Boston, Brigitte’s life is jolted. Suddenly everything she counted on has changed and she finds herself questioning every choice she has made along the way. As she struggles to regain her balance and plot a new course, Brigitte agrees to help her mother on a family genealogy project. In Salt Lake City at the Family History Library, she makes a stunning discovery — reaching back to the French aristocracy. How did Brigitte’s mysterious ancestor Wachiwi, a Dakota Sioux, travel from the Great Plains to the French court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette — and into the arms of a French marquis? How did she come to marry into Brigitte’s family? What is the truth behind the tantalizing clues in the fragmented, centuries-old records? Following the threads of Wachiwi’s life, Brigitte travels to South Dakota, then on to Paris, irresistibly drawn to this brave young woman who lived so long ago. And as she comes closer to solving the puzzle of Wachiwi’s journey, her previously safe, quiet life becomes an adventure of its own. A chance meeting with a writer of historical fiction, a new opportunity, and a difficult choice put Brigitte at last in the forefront of her own story. With a complex and powerful family legacy coming to life around her, someday is no longer in the future. Instead, in Danielle Steel’s mesmerizing new novel, someday is now. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly Brown | 2/8/2014

    " This is the first Danielle Steel novel I've read. I thought it was very well organized and written, as well as heartwarming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 2/8/2014

    " The only reason I'm giving it a 2 is because the genealogy part of the book was the only thing worth reading! Otherwise, I was banging my head trying to finish it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 2/3/2014

    " Decent book. The best part of the book was in the Indian camps, and tracking Wachiwi's life, and her trip on the boat to France. And it should have been caught in the editing that Indians did not drink alcohol in their camps. Duh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 1/26/2014

    " One of her best books yet. I have read almost all of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Wayss | 1/21/2014

    " Starts very slowly but gets much better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 1/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this book much more than her last, Family Ties. Danielle Steel's historical fiction novels seem to be much more interesting, although very predictable, than her regular fiction. Legacy intertwines the story of Brigette, a modern woman who has lost her longtime boyfriend and job in the same week, with that of her ancestor Wachiwi, a Sioux Indian. Brigitte decides to assist her mother with researching her family history firsthand in Utah and eventually France. Alternating sections fill in the story of Wachiwi, who was kidnapped from her tribe, escaped and traveled to France with the younger brother of a Marquise. Wachiwi's story is much more interesting as Brigitte is a little irritating in her misery. A quick but entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 1/9/2014

    " you'll enjoy this book if you are a hopeless romantic- I sure did! It was a light, romantic read and I identified a lot with one of the protagonist, Bridgette. Loved the historical story of the Sioux woman back in the 1700's and her very courageous life!!! AMAZING storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 1/9/2014

    " I give this a 3.75. This was easy, fun, fast and fluff read. I loved the story line. I just wish that more time had been spent on Wachiwi. I liked that the author was honest about how the mormons use genealogy and share the work with whom ever is interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/29/2013

    " Just loved this book-loved how the two stories went on at the same time but yet it wasn't confusing. Great characters and great ending. Loved her taking a chance and getting out of her comfort zone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Awjtf | 12/28/2013

    " I usually don't read Danielle Steel so.... This one happened to be about a woman searching for her families history. I was sucked into it and couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Popp | 12/14/2013

    " This book started out slow for me, but then improved towards the middle. It is a typical Danielle Steel book, who I always find to be entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 12/13/2013

    " Lame, long, weak that and that completely describes the characters and the novel. 2 of 10 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Saunders | 12/11/2013

    " One of her better books(if you want history included) I love the France historical reference "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eleanor | 12/8/2013

    " I enjoyed the story of Wachiwi very much, but Brigitte's story was just too generic for me. I wish Ms. Steel had written the novel only about Wachiwi and none of the modern day nonsense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/2/2013

    " Sometimes a girl just needs a quick book with a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 8/4/2013

    " Great book, one of my favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 7/23/2013

    " Lovely read... Wawichi is a strong character... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannan | 3/28/2013

    " Pretty good. Enjoyed from my Mom and avid fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Macaluso | 3/22/2013

    " Not her best - but kind of a guilty pleasure to read one of hers once in a while! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 9/7/2012

    " As usual I love Danielle Steels's books and this one was right up there "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana Slocum | 9/3/2012

    " Very good book - I really enjoyed reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/15/2012

    " Its interesting to see an opinion placed in a book regarding Mormons and geneaology. Overall a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Kass | 5/16/2012

    " A pleasant quick read. You have to take many leaps of faith, though, to get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/19/2012

    " This was a good book! Very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslee | 11/25/2011

    " I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book. I normally shy away from Danielle Steel but liked what the story was about and took it for a spin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/18/2011

    " Typical Danielle Steel, which is always a fast read and pretty much the same book I've read by her 50 times. It's junk food, but I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowlak5 | 8/3/2011

    " Pleasantly surprised. Probably one of my favorite of Steel's novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narcisse | 6/17/2011

    " These Started ''Legacy'' I'll zippppppppppppppppp tell you when I'm finished;) though hardly get time to read due to Ramadan it's alright:)) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 6/13/2011

    " I never thought I would read one of her books--a friend recommended it to me. The geneaology stuff was intriguing, but I'm not a fan of her writing. WAY too repetitive, and the characters were skanky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 6/11/2011

    " Decent book. The best part of the book was in the Indian camps, and tracking Wachiwi's life, and her trip on the boat to France. And it should have been caught in the editing that Indians did not drink alcohol in their camps. Duh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 6/2/2011

    " Really loved this story and was sorry the end came so quickly. Could of used another 100 pages or so.
    It turns out to be a family history search and what a find. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/25/2011

    " This was a good book! Very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/22/2011

    " A novel about a woman catching the genealogy bug from her mother after she lost both her job and your boyfriend of 6 years in 1 week. Nice mentions of the Mormons and their resources for doing genealogy!!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/25/2011

    " Was a good book but took a little to get into. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 4/18/2011

    " I liked it. I'm glad that I read for entertainment. It wasn't deep and quite predictable, but it was ok. It was my first Danielle Steel and I know this is not the book that made her Danielle Steel. What was? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 4/16/2011

    " I haven't read a Danielle Steele book in a while....this one is interesting enough, but still a love story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/5/2011

    " This book started out slow for me, but then improved towards the middle. It is a typical Danielle Steel book, who I always find to be entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 4/3/2011

    " Another good book by one of my favourite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/29/2011

    " Danielle Steel started off like she usually does, talking in circles. As in she takes about 10 pages to tell you the same thing over and over. I almost didn't get past that, but I'm glad I did because it turned out to be a pretty good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 3/29/2011

    " I have been a reader of Danielle Steele's books for years although never consistent, always just purchased one if it looked interesting. A few weeks ago, I happened to pick up the Legacy, and it is by far the best of all Danielle Steele's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the history and genealogy in it. I found it to be very compelling. A great read. "

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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

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.