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A los ojos de los demás, Audrey Driscoll es una solterona que parece estar destinada a pasar sus días cuidando de su abuelo y de sumimada hermana. Sin embargo, su espíritu aventurero y comprometido con una realidad desalentadora -son los años de la depresión en Estados Unidos- necesita huir de una sociedad que la oprime.Escindida entre los dictados de su conciencia y los de su corazón Audrey decide ser dueña de su destino y realizar su sueño: emprenderá un viaje por Europa, donde conocerá a un alma gemela, Charles Parker-Scott. Juntos, iniciarán un periplo que les conducirá a la fascinante China, al norte de África y a la Alemania de preguerra.
Against a vivid backdrop of history, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of love and war, acts of faith and acts of betrayal...and of three generations of women as they journey though years of loss and survival, linked by an indomitable devotion that echoes across time.For the Wittgenstein family, the summer of 1915 was a time of both prosperity and unease, as the guns of war sound in the distance. But for eldest daughter Beata, it was also a summer of awakening. By the glimmering waters of Lake Geneva, the quiet Jewish beauty met a young French officer and fell in love. Knowing that her parents would never accept her marriage to a Catholic, Beata followed her heart anyway. And as the two built a new life together, Beata's past would stay with her in ways she could never have predicted. For as the years pass, and Europe is once again engulfed in war, Beata must watch in horror as Hitler's terror threatens her life and family--even her eighteen-year-old daughter Amadea, who has taken on the vows of a Carmelite nun.For Amadea, the convent is no refuge. As family and friends are swept away without a trace, Amadea is forced into hiding. Thus begins a harrowing journey of survival, as she escapes into the heart of the French Resistance. Here Amadea will find a renewed sense of purpose, taking on the most daring missions behind enemy lines. And it is here, in the darkest moments of fear, that Amadea will feel her mother's loving strength--and that of her mother's mother before her-as the voices of lost loved ones echo powerfully in her heart. And here, amid the fires of war, Amadea will meet an extraordinary man, British secret agent Rupert Montgomery. In Colonel Montgomery, Amadea finds a man who will help her discover her place in an unbreakable chain between generations...and between her lost family and her dreams for the future--a future she is only just beginning to imagine: a future of hope rooted in the rich soil of the past.With the grace of a master storyteller, Danielle Steel breathes life into history, creating a bold, sweeping tale filled with unforgettable characters and breathtaking images--from the elegant rituals of Europe's prewar aristocracy to the brutal desperation of Germany's death camps. Drawing us into a vanished world, Echoes weaves an intricate tapestry of a mother's love, a daughter's courage...and the unwavering faith that sustained them--even in history's darkest hour.From the Hardcover edition.
En el verano de 1915, durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, los Wittgenstein, patriarcas de una rica familia judía alemana, consiguen reunir a todos sus miembros para disfrutar juntos en Suiza de unos días lejos de la tragedia cotidiana de la guerra. Ninguno sospecha que aquel verano iba a ser el último de una vida feliz, acomodada y sin problemas graves.Poco después, Beata, la hija mayor, cae irremediablemente en las redes del amor. Pero se trata de un amor prohibido con un oficial francés católico. Esta relación, que los dos amantes defienden frente a todos, terminará dividiendo a la familia. Dos décadas más tarde, Beata deberá enfrentarse con la aterradora amenaza que significa Hitler para sus seres queridos y sobre todo para su hija Amadea.Historia de tres generaciones de mujeres marcadas por sus pasiones y sentimientos, entre la sociedad europea más elegante y la horrenda desesperación de la guerra, Ecos invita al lector a compartir una experiencia cálida, emocionante e inolvidable.«Una historia conmovedora sobre el amor y la pérdida.»Booklist
Fiona Monaghan, a sus 42 años, es la editora jefa de una revista de moda neoyorquina, un trabajo que le encanta y que le permite viajar por todo el mundo, mantener sus armarios a rebosar de ropa fabulosa y acudir a fiestas llenas de glamour. El matrimonio, desde luego, no es algo que pase por su cabeza: el viejo bulldog Sir Winston es su único compañero de cama. Hasta que un sofocante día de junio John Anderson entra en su oficina. Ejecutivo de publicidad, viudo y con dos hijas, no puede ser más opuesto a Fiona. Tras un romántico viaje a París, Fiona ya le ha hecho sitio en sus armarios, dispuesta a casarse. Pero el odio a primera vista que sienten las hijas de John por Fiona, unido a que este no es capaz de soportar el frenético mundo en el que ella se mueve, les llevará, tan solo un año después de su boda, a plantearse el divorcio. Y es en este momento cuando Fiona tomará una decisión que, lejos de alejarla de su marido, conseguirá, mediante un viaje al interior de sí misma lleno de dolor y sorprendentes descubrimientos, concederles una segunda oportunidad.Danielle Steel nos introduce en las vidas de dos personajes inolvidables mientras aman y lloran, luchan y sobreviven... Y se lanzan a reconstruirlo todo.«Los fans de Steel se divertirán con sus detalladas descripciones de un estilo de vida privilegiado, y con el final feliz.»Booklist
Una vibrante historia de amor entre una reportera de televisión y un cirujano. Melanie parece tenerlo todo: éxito profesional, dos hijas gemelas y un estilo de vida rutilante, pero su corazón está vacío. Peter es una eminencia mundial, pero acaba de enviudar y sus hijos sufren la pérdida de su madre. Ambos afrontan un terrible reto: ser capaces de amarse sin eclipsar sus personalidades ni enturbiar las difíciles relaciones con sus hijos.
En dieciocho años de matrimonio Liz y Jack Sutherland han formado una familia, un bufete de abogados que goza de bastante éxito y un hogar feliz cerca de San Francisco. Pero la mañana del día de Navidad, la tragedia llega a sus vidas: Jack es asesinado por el marido despechado de una clienta en proceso de divorcio. Empieza un período difícil para Liz, pues no solo ha de sobreponerse al dolor causado por la pérdida del gran amor de su vida para ayudar a sus hijos a comprender la muerte violenta de Jack, sino que ha de sacar adelante el bufete ella sola. Los meses pasan pero, cuando Liz parece haber encarrilado su vida y la de los suyos, uno de sus hijos sufre un accidente y ha de ser hospitalizado urgentemente. Mas lo que ha comenzado como un nuevo dolor, acaba abriendo el camino a la esperanza, ya que el doctor Bill Webster no solo curará las heridas del hijo, también reparará el corazón roto de Liz."Steel es una de las mejores."Los Angeles Times
Through forty years--from Hollywood's golden days in World War II to the present--Faye Price would create first a career as a legendary actress, then a family, and finally she would realize her dream of becoming one of Hollywood's first woman directors. But nothing was more precious to Faye than her five children. In a changing world, a milieu where family values are constantly challenged from without and within, the Thayers would face the greatest challenges and harshest test a family can endure, to emerge stronger, bound forever by loyalty and love. It is only when Faye is gone that they can each assess how far they have come, and how important their family album is.From the Paperback edition.
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. From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran, Family Ties is a novel that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all.
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#x19;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#x19;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#x19;s life yet again in the most unexpected direction of all. From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran,Family Tiesis a novel that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be, and that the powerful bonds of family are the strongest of all. From the Hardcover edition.
La vida de Charles, un prestigioso arquitecto, se desmorona por completo cuando su esposa, de la que está perdidamente enamorado, le abandona por otro hombre. Desesperado, abandona Londres y vuelve a Nueva York. Pero tampoco allí le van bien las cosas y decide pasar una temporada en un pequeño pueblo de Vermont para recuperarse. Sin embargo, no imagina que una ejemplarizante historia de amor, ocurrida muchos años atrás en una peculiar mansión, le permitirá reorganizar su vida dándole un sentido que ya creía perdido para siempre...
Carole Barber ha viajado a París en busca de inspiración para escribir una novela. Actriz consagrada gracias a una prestigiosa carrera ante las cámaras, Carole también pretende encontrarse a sí misma en esta ciudad que tantos recuerdos le trae de una historia de amor que vivió años atrás y que acabó de forma trágica.Sin embargo, Carole resulta herida en un ataque terrorista y pierde la memoria. Sus hijos se reunirán con ella para ayudarle a recordar, a reconstruir su vida pedazo a pedazo, detalle a detalle. Desde su infancia en Mississippi hasta los inicios de su premiada carrera como intérprete, este viaje interior ofrecerá a Carole la oportunidad de reconquistar a aquellos que perdió en el camino y de enmendar los errores de un pasado que no fue tan feliz como todos imaginaban. Además, Carole recibirá la visita de un misterioso desconocido en el hospital#Honor Thyself es el retrato inolvidable de una celebridad atormentada por los mismos temores que cualquier persona anónima. Una historia repleta de pequeños milagros y grandes sorpresas.«Sus fieles lectores se sentirán catapultados por el ritmo incesante y la prosa sincera de Danielle Steel.»Booklist
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff's, New York's most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five-year-old Jane O'Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Alone with two children, Bernie must face the loss and learn how to move on. New people, new experiences, a new life alone with two kids. He meets it with courage and humor, and learns some of life's hard but precious lessons as he does. (From the Paperback edition.)
Paris, L.A., and the world of ready to wear fashion provide rich backdrops for Danielle Steel's deeply involving story of a gifted designer whose talent and drive have brought her everything--except the ability to erase her past and trust relationships. FIRST SIGHT New York. London. Milan. Paris. Fashion Week in all four cities. A month of endless interviews, parties, and unflagging work and attention to detail at the semiannual ready to wear fashion shows--the famous prêt-à-porter. At the center of the storm and avalanche of work is American Timmie O'Neill, whose renowned line, Timmie O, is the embodiment of casual chic, in fashion and for the home. She has created a business that inspires, fills, and consumes her life. With an unerring instinct for what the next trend will be, an innate genius for business, tireless labor, and sheer fearlessness, starting from nothing, over two decades Timmie has built an international empire that has brought her enormous satisfaction and success. In a world where humility and compassion are all too rare, her humor, kindness, integrity, and creativity are inspirational. Yet as blessed as she feels by her success, Timmie harbors the private wounds of a devastating childhood and past tragedy. She is too smart, too experienced, and too hurt to want much in her personal life beyond a succession of convenient, very limited relationships. Always willing to take risks in business, she never risks her heart. But despite her well-ordered and highly controlled world, it turns out that Timmie O'Neill is not immune to magic when it strikes. And it strikes in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, when an intriguing Frenchman comes into her life when she gets sick. At first, Timmie and Jean-Charles Vernier are only patient and physician. They become confidants and friends, corresponding at a safe distance between Paris and Los Angeles once she goes home. There is every reason why they must remain apart. But neither can deny their growing friendship and the electricity that sparks whenever they meet. First Sight is as complex and compelling as modern life itself. Careers, families, histories, losses, duty, obligation, and fear of losing control and getting hurt. It is a tale of daring to take risks, and losing control just enough to have a life, when the opportunity presents itself. When two very different worlds and strong-willed people collide, everything changes in an instant, as they confront the age-old question of whether to lay oneself bare and risk intimacy--or not. Are they brave enough to face what comes next? And will they do it together or apart?
Five Days in Paris is a novel about honor and commitment, love, and integrity.
In Danielle Steel's beloved #1 New York Times bestselling novel, two strangers meet unexpectedly and fall in love in the City of Light. As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything: power, position, and a family that means everything to him. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskell's life, and integrity is the base on which he lives. Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband's ambition and career until her soul is bone-dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows.Accidentally, they meet in Paris. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendôme, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. Peter follows her, and in a café in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so certain of his path, is suddenly faced with a professional future in jeopardy. Olivia is no longer sure of anything except that she can't go on anymore.Five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life's challenges head-on.Danielle Steel's classic novel is about honor and commitment, love and integrity--and the strength to find hope again. Five Days in Paris will change your life forever.BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Danielle Steel's Hotel Vendome.
Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life's adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey--full of tests and trials--as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime. FRIENDS FOREVER Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Sean--each bursting with their own personality, strikingly different looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around them. As they turn from grade-schoolers to teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love. In what may be her most intricate and emotionally powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching, ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the challenges we face in life--sometimes, if we're lucky, with a friend forever by our side.
Durante catorce años, el matrimonio de Steve y Meredith Whitman se ha caracterizado por una relación colmada de pasión y amistad, pese a las exigencias de sus respectivas profesiones. Meredith, ejecutiva de un banco de inversiones, ha conseguido ser socia de una de las principales firmas de Wall Street. Steve, médico por vocación, ha elegido trabajar en un servicio de traumatología de un hospital y renunciar a una carrera mejor remunerada. Lo único que falta en sus vidas son hijos. Steve desea tenerlos, pero Meredith se niega a afrontar la maternidad, sobre todo ahora que le han ofrecido una inmejorable oportunidad de codearse con la flor y nata empresarial de San Francisco, a cuatro mil kilómetros de Nueva York. Steve promete reunirse con ella cuando consiga a su vez un empleo en California. Tal vez entonces, confía, puedan por fin formar una familia.Sin embargo, ni Steve ni Meredith han contado con las frustraciones que conlleva vivir separados. Sola en San Francisco, ella pasa largas horas en la oficina con su jefe, el carismático Callan. Por su parte, él comparte veladas con una colega del hospital. Casi sin darse cuenta, Steve y Meredith comienzan a llevar vidas independientes en mundos cada vez más alejados y sus corazones empiezan a verse arrastrados por fuerzas irresistibles.
The 1960s. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. Civil rights. Viet Nam. Tana Roberts comes of age in this turbulent decade, and begins a journey that will lead her from New York to the South during the heat of racial unrest. A thoroughly modern young woman, she yearns for a career and is willing to sacrifice everything to get it. And it's only much later that Tana discovers that she can have it all. Career. Love. And peace of mind. As she comes of age, at last, and comes full circle.From the Paperback edition.
With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing in his comfortable existence prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage--or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office. With nothing left to lose, Charlie takes a leave of absence from his job to drive through New England, hoping to make peace with himself. Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden, blinding snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There, as if by chance, Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her most precious possession: a remote, exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived and died there two centuries before. Her name was Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau's graceful depths, he feels her presence, and longs to know more about the life she led. It is Christmas Eve when Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet black hair. He thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke on him, until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, Sarah Ferguson comes alive. Intrigued and unafraid, Charlie immerses himself in the diaries, eager to learn more about the woman for whom the house was built. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789, the year she arrived in America. Without self-pity or sentiment, she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. Determined to start a new life in the vast new world, Sarah finds freedom--and danger--as she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life. His name is François de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, caught between Sarah's world and his own, their story is a gift--one that gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.From the Paperback edition.
On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives--a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them. The Gift, Danielle Steel's thirty-third best-selling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability--and the wonder--of life.From the Paperback edition.
In her powerful memoir His Bright Light, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel opened her heart to share the devastating story of the loss of her beloved son. In A Gift of Hope, she shows us how she transformed that pain into a campaign of service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine. For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked anonymously, visiting the "cribs" of the city's most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking to bring attention to their plight. In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author speaks out publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of our society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way--and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice. By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel's A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.
In the sunswept beauty of San Francisco, Gillian Forrester is filled with the joy of a love that will surely last. But a painful betrayal forces her to flee to a new Life The first unforgettable novel
Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, raised amid the glamour of New York society, with glorious homes on Fifth Avenue and in Newport, Rhode Island. But everything changed on a cold April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic shattered her family and her privileged world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life. But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring grief - this time caused by the secrets of the human heart. Betrayed and pursued by a scandal she does not deserve, Annabelle flees New York for war-ravaged France, hoping to lose herself in a life of service. There, in the heart of the First World War, in a groundbreaking field hospital run by women, Annabelle finds her true calling, working as an ambulance medic on the front lines, studying medicine, saving lives. And when the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris - now a doctor, a mother, her past almost forgotten. . . Until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind. Finding strength in the most unlikely of friendships, pulling together the broken fragments of her life, Annabelle will return to New York one more time - this time as a changed woman, a woman of substance, infused with life's experience, building a future filled with hope . . . out of the rich soil of the past. Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel's new novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman, a good woman, a true survivor who triumphs against overwhelming odds. For Annabelle's story is more than compelling fiction, it is a powerful celebration of life, dignity and courage - and a testament to the human will to survive.
In my eyes she had always been old, always been mine, always been Granny Dan. But in another time, another place, there had been dancing, people, laughter, love. . . . She had had another life before she came to us, long before she came to me. . . . She was the cherished grandmother who sang songs in Russian, loved to roller-skate, and spoke little of her past. But when Granny Dan died, all that remained was a box wrapped in brown paper, tied with string. Inside, an old pair of satin toe shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with ribbon. It was her legacy, her secret past, waiting to be discovered by the granddaughter who loved her but never really knew her. It was a story waiting to be told. . . . The year was 1902. A new century was dawning as a motherless young girl arrived at a ballet school in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of seven. By age seventeen, Danina Petroskova had become a great ballerina, a favorite of the Czar and Czarina, who welcomed her into the heart of the Imperial family. But events both near and far away shook the ground upon which she danced. A war, an extraordinary man, and a devastating illness altered the course of her life. And when revolution shattered Russia, Danina Petroskova was forced to make a heartbreaking choice--as the world around her was about to change forever. Granny Dan is about the magic of history. In it, Danielle Steel reminds us how little we know of those who came before us--and how, if we could only glimpse into their early lives, and see who they once were, there is so much we would understand and learn. For in this extraordinary novel, a simple box, filled with mementos from a grandmother, offers the greatest legacy of all: an unexpected gift of a life transformed, a long-forgotten history of youth and beauty, love and dreams. (From the Paperback edition.)
In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and forever alter her world. In blue jeans and a pullover, Princess Christianna is a young woman of her times: born in Europe, educated in America, worried about the future of the world she lives in, responsible beyond her years. Christianna is the only daughter of the Reigning Prince of a European nation that takes its royalty seriously-and her father has ironclad plans for Christianna's life, a burden that is almost unbearable. Now, after four years at Berkeley, life in her father's palace cannot distract Christianna from what she sees outside the kingdom-the suffering of children, the ravages of terrorism and disease. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades His Royal Highness, her father, to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa. And for Christianna, a journey of discovery, change, and awakening begins. Under a searing East African sun, Christianna plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, finding a passion and a calling among the brave doctors and volunteers. Finally free from the scrutiny of her royal life, Christianna struggles to keep her identity a secret from her new friends and coworkers-even from Parker Williams, the young doctor from Doctors Without Borders who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing. But as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon her home, Christianna's struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn. By a simple twist of fate, in one shocking moment, Christianna's life is changed forever-in ways she never could have foreseen. From the splendor of a prince's palace to the chaos of war-torn nations, Danielle Steel takes us into fascinating new worlds. Filled with unforgettable images and a remarkable cast of characters, H.R.H. is a novel of the conflict between old and new worlds, responsibility versus freedom, and duty versus love. (From the Hardcover edition.)
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- Embossed Braille - Use Bookshare’s DAISY Text or BRF formats to generate embossed braille.