Even as a child, her only escape is through the stories she writes. Only writing can dull the pain of her lonely world. And when her parents' marriage collapses, Gabriella is given her first reprieve, as her father disappears, and then her mother abandons her to a convent. There, Gabriella's battered body and soul begin to mend. Amid the quiet safety and hushed rituals of the nuns, Gabriella grows into womanhood in a safe, peaceful world. Then a young priest comes into her life.
Father Joe Connors never questioned his vocation until Gabriella entered the confessional and shared her soul. Confession leads to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love...
©1998 Danielle Steel; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
This is by far one of the most despair-filled stories I've ever read, at times extreme - at the same time, it kept my interest throughout, and I would recommend it.
Not your typical chic lit...enjoyable because of the depth of the characters and the compassion it illicits. I would recommend it but don't expect it to be to uplifting. Evokes emotions.
I was born a Scorpio and habitual line-stepper in Berkeley, CA and the rest is history...
It was a really good book. It was interesting and it never dragged. However, the brutality of the abuse was horrifying. Gabby seemed to just have one terrible thing after another happen to her and it wasn't until the very end that it seemed like things might finally be looking up. But knowing her history, if the book would've continued, that probably would've went horribly wrong as well.
When it first started I thought it was weird that a man was reading it but he did a fantastic job. I read the first chapter on my own but knew it would take me way too long to finish it so I got the audiobook and read along whenever possible. In my experience with audiobooks, the person reading it can either make or break the listening experience. Anthony Fusco made it. Great job.
haven't read the print version
when Gabriella befriended the professor
When Gabriella confronted her father
Good book, I enjoyed it. There were parts that actually got a reaction out of me.
I was wondering how the book was going to go on after Gabby's love affair ended with the Pastor, but it did and this girl went through torcher as a child and as an adult. This is a great a book and I would recommend it. It is similar to Danielle Steel's book Malice. And there was nothing wrong with the grammar, because I was listening to it and the repetition at times is needed to have an understanding of what happened in past chapters.
"Hate, love redemption and a happy ending against the odds"
Good overall performanceI could not put this book down. It was tragic and I was affected by the abuse and at one stage I thought I could not go on. It was a book of sadness a woman fighting for her life against the odds. It's also a love story that shows relationships under the microscope. A well written book.
"The long road home"
A really enjoyable read as always from Danielle Steele. Personally I think one of her best.
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