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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco, the house was magnificent, built in 1923 by a wealthy man for the woman he adored. For her and for this house, he would spare no expense and overlook no detail, from the endless marble floors to the glittering chandeliers. Almost a century later, with the once-grand house now in disrepair, a young woman walks through its empty rooms. Sarah Anderson, a perfectly sensible estate lawyer, is about to do something utterly out of character. An elderly client has died and left her two gifts. One is a generous inheritance. The other, a priceless message: to use his money for something wonderful, something daring. And in this old house, surrounded by crumbling grandeur, Sarah knows just what it is.

A respected attorney and self-described workaholic, Sarah had always lived life by the book. With a steady, if sputtering, relationship and a tiny apartment that has suited her just fine, Sarah cannot explain the force that draws her to the mansion and its history–to the story of a woman who once lived in the house, then mysteriously left it, to a child who grew up there, and a drama that unfolded in war-torn France…and to a history she never knew she had. 

Taking the biggest risk of her life, Sarah enlists the help of architect Jeff Parker, who shares Sarah’s passion for bringing the exquisite old house back to life. As she and Jeff work to restore the home’s every detail, as one relationship shatters and another begins, Sarah makes a series of powerful discoveries: about the true meaning of a dying man’s last gift…about the extraordinary legacies that are passed from generation to generation…and about a future she’s only just beginning to imagine.

In a novel of daring and hope, of embracing life and taking chances, Danielle Steel brilliantly captures one woman’s courageous choice to pour herself into a dream–and receive its gifts in return.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/19/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book, the family matters, the romance, it had sense of sad with joy and love all wrapped up together. Was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teresa | 2/17/2014

    " OMG!!! This book was so.............how do I put it.......boring. I dont know how many times DS said or mentioned that Sarah and Phil were together for FOUR years. Or how Sarah wanted more time with Phil then just weekends. She said it so many times in the first....what..... 3 or 4 chapters. I almost put the book down and begin a new one, but I stuck it out. The book was so predictable though and toooooo repetative for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gretchen | 2/6/2014

    " It's really interesting how some books come into our lives at just the right time. I just went through a break-up with a guy I really shouldn't have been with, but didn't realize it until after he broke up with me. I picked this book up with some trepidation on two counts: one, I don't usually read Danielle Steel on the basis of personal principles, and two, I was afraid it would be some schmoopy love story about two people gazing into each others' eyes. Gag. But I was somewhat pleasantly surprised for the most part. Now back to my original point about being broken up with. The reason I really connected with this book was that, like the main character, I was with a man who I shouldn't have been with, but couldn't see it because I didn't want to or wouldn't see it for fear of being alone. I settled. But, like Sarah, have now realized that life is much better and brighter without the weight of having to be with someone I didn't really enjoy being with anyway. So, while the writing was elementary, and the end was predictable, it was very nice to read about a character with whom I could so closely identify. I wouldn't necessarily rush out in order to grab this one (or any other Danielle Steel book) off the shelves, but it was enjoyable for what it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/6/2014

    " Thought this was a particularly good book. I have not read many of her novels, but thought this one had greater depth than other books of hers that I have read. I still find myself thinking about what changes I would like to make in my life as a result of reading this book. "

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