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, number one New York Times best-selling 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.
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.
©2012 Danielle Steel (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I would. This book is perfect as an introduction to this author. I have seen plenty of her books on my mother's shelves over the years. According to her whose taste is wider than most, these books are: "Typical housewive's reads, not award material." Over the last weeks I have used an insane amount on audiobooks. A lot of themmemoirs. I craved this narrator's voice. Sadly he seems to have dobe mostly sci-fi and fàntasy. Generøs I am very picky about no matter who the narrator is. Hence I landed on this. It is not life-changing, but it did take my hand and Lead me safeely into the land of dreams. The first chapters introduce you to each character. Sadly as the story moves on the author pushes the spead-button.
"Oh, come on, too easy way out,"
Yes, I love his voice. In fact so much I would listen to other books by this. author as long as he reads them.
No. The end does not leave room for it.
I would have expected a better quality audio and a better narration. I am disappointed. Anyways, all the books cannot be great!
This was an excellent book. It follows friends from their school careers. I loved how we get to know each Character and how they turned out as young adults. It featured everyday lives and makes you think of your own life. Overall, an excellent story. The story kept me interested in the Characters lives and their families.
NEVER! I read and owned all of Danielle Steel's earlier books. This was a terrible disapointment and the narration was AWFUL! I don't know why a man was chosen to read this. His prerformance was way over the top, too emotional, and just plain creepy.
I may try Danielle Steel again, from the library. I don't think I'll be wasting anymore money on her though.
As stated, his preformance was way over the top. It truly detracted from the story.
All of that and more. I understand that life is life and death is part of it. But really?? The first was touching. The second shocking. The third? By that point I was beyond disappointed and knew I'd be writing a review.
Don't waste your money. This is NOT the Danielle Steel I loved so much twenty years ago. Three words to describe this book...TRASH. DISAPPOINTMENT. REGRET.
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