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The Long Road Home | [Danielle Steel]

The Long Road Home

Gabriella's world is a confusing blend of abuse, terror, and pain with no safe place to hide from her parents' violent rage. She gains reprieve when she is abandoned to a convent, a safe, peaceful place where her battered body and soul begin to mend and grow into womanhood. Then a young priest comes into her life. Confession leads to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love...
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Publisher's Summary

Gabriella Harrison believes, as she is told, that she is to blame for her mother's rage - and her father's failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents' aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, and respects no person and no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide.

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.

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    Jan K Massachusetts, USA 02-08-08
    Jan K Massachusetts, USA 02-08-08 Member Since 2014

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    "What a sad story"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher West Palm Beach, FL, USA 12-27-06
    Christopher West Palm Beach, FL, USA 12-27-06
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    "AWESOME!"

    This was a great book. I couldn't turn it off.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KARLA F 03-04-09
    KARLA F 03-04-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Graphic, Moving and Intense"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Milton, VT, USA 03-02-08
    Rose Milton, VT, USA 03-02-08
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    "The Long Road Home"

    In my opinion, this is the most moving book that Danielle Steel has ever written. I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAMELA 07-08-15
    PAMELA 07-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Road Home to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Road Home?

    when Gabriella befriended the professor


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Fusco – was your favorite?

    Gabriella


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Gabriella confronted her father


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, I enjoyed it. There were parts that actually got a reaction out of me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LoJ 06-01-15
    LoJ 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PENNY FEARON 04-29-15
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    "Excellent read!"

    One of her best stories I've read. A long book.
    Buy and you won't be disappointed. Another great d.steele book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    martha 01-09-15
    martha 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenomenal"

    Phenomenal book & not your typical love story -I enjoyed every bit!! Danielle Steel delivered exceptionally in this book. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie OREGON CITY, OR, United States 02-04-14
    Natalie OREGON CITY, OR, United States 02-04-14
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    "Sound fuzzy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader sounds like he is in a tunnel. The sound is aweful.


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Fusco’s performance?

    The performance was okay however it sounded fuzzy and unclear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Condell Park, Australia 04-09-12
    Jenny Condell Park, Australia 04-09-12
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    "Pure Danielle Steel - never lets me down"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabrielle - tore my heart out.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Long Road Home and why?

    Gabrielle. Made me physically ache for all she endured.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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