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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: February 2006 ISBN: 9780739325230
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 1/30/2014

    " I felt like a lite read...this is a good one for me, since I feel swamped right now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 1/28/2014

    " This was an absolutely wonderful book. What an extraordinary house; I felt like I have been inside it. This book is about kindness, friendship, generations of a family, hardwork and passion and what a small world it is that everything ties together nicely in the end. Highly recommend reading this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frangipani | 1/20/2014

    " A nice easy comfortable read. Literary equivalent of a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate. Aeroplane Fiction, or as another reviewer said "fluff books" LOL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book more than the 'usual' Steel books. I like to read her when I'm on vacation and don't mind if I lose the book. Her writing is an easy read [fluff books] and sometimes enjoyable. This one was worth the day it took to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 1/17/2014

    " I liked this book kept me interested "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 1/14/2014

    " Great book. The ending did not surprise me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ria | 1/9/2014

    " Brilliant heartwarming story, a lovely Christmas read. A whimsical tale set around an old house and the inhabitants of the past and the current generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PrivateLibrary | 1/5/2014

    " Typical Danielle Steel, but I did enjoy the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelina | 12/30/2013

    " This is one of the better ones that she has written in a while. But it still follows the same pattern as most of her other novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/17/2013

    " Easy read and typical Danielle Steel, happy ending. Who wants this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Potterhead Here! | 12/16/2013

    " It was the first book i read of Danielle and it made a fan of her. It's wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Davison | 11/25/2013

    " really good book! I knew from the moment she walked into that house that she was going to buy it and i hoped the moment she met Jeff that she would dump Phil and be with him. Such a happy ending :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Mahlman | 11/24/2013

    " I'm embarrassed to say I liked this book. It takes place in San Francisco and is actually a pretty good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/22/2013

    " A great story, however I wish the ending had been more descriptive. The ending seemed a bit short. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elle Field | 8/5/2013

    " It was a nice enough story and a quick read, but the writing was very simple. I've never read a Danielle Steel book before ... not sure I'll be reading another if they are all written like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 7/30/2013

    " Rich with so much history and easy to read and surprisely very clean. I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Valero | 6/14/2013

    " Typical modern day Danielle Steel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 3/28/2013

    " It was sweet, easy read for the road trip to Savannah. Typical Danielle Steel, I had not read one in a very long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Twiga21 | 1/28/2013

    " It was more of the same thing that she always writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 7/6/2012

    " A friend gave me this book. It was a good book to read by the pool. Nothing heavy, but interesting enough to hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 5/15/2012

    " A good read if you need a light read after the stress of the workday..interesting story, well told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 3/27/2012

    " Snooze. I read this book for lack of anything else to read. I don't understand how Steel is so popular, I found this book predictable, a waste of time, and Steel's writing very trite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/29/2012

    " I loved this book. This was the very first Danielle Steel book I read I have rad. My mom likes Danielle Steel, but I thought I just wouldn't like her, but it was totally different. I now am looking forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cerulean | 1/15/2012

    " I am typically not a Romance/Chic-Lit reader or fan, but this was given to me, so I thought why not. I was only drawn to it and read it because it had Architecture in it. Just a little mind numbing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marynelson321 | 8/2/2011

    " Read it 3 times...l loved the story that much! Old pictures, great memories, great transformations! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 4/16/2011

    " a difficult topic, and an abosolutely amazing book! the book deals with a lot of emotional abuse, but i really found it an amazing experience to read it. gave me a lot of insight. if you can handle difficult content, i really reccomend it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 4/21/2010

    " I wanted to read something by this very popular author just to see what she was like, unless this is a fluke, I do not think I will read any more by her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/21/2010

    " Truly a good read about mental/emotional abuse -- upsetting, for sure, but enlightening! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ndri | 1/9/2009

    " Kekerasan dalam rumah tangga yang terselubung.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 10/4/2008

    " This was my first book I have read by her and it was addicting!! I loved the twist and turns in the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 5/7/2008

    " Life is a Journey, we all go down this road, but we find ourselves too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 4/18/2008

    " This is another beautiful romance novel from Danielle Steel. Very beautiful and touching for a tear-jerker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/24/2007

    " I really enjoyed this book. It described a woman who was emotionally abused by her husband. It was interesting because you normally hear about physical not emotional abuse. The book talked about her abuse and the strength it took for her to finally leave her husband. "

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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

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin. His audiobook narration has twice won him the AudioFile Earphones Award.