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The Long Road Home | [Danielle Steel]

The Long Road Home

From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan town house. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents' life. Later, hiding in a closet, the click, click, click of her mother's high heels will strike terror in her heart. Gabriella 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, respects no person, 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 leades to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love. Like Gabriella, Joe is haunted by the pain of his childhood, consumed by guilt over a family tragedy, for which he blames himself. With Gabriella, Joe takes the first steps toward healing. But their relationship leads to disaster as Joe must choose between priesthood and Gabriella, and life in the real world where he fears he does not belong, and cannot cope. Exiled and disgraced, and nearly destroyed, Gabriella struggles to survive on her own in New York. There she seeks healing and escape through her writing again, this time as an adult, she is beyond hurt.
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From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan town house. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents' life. Later, hiding in a closet, the click, click, click of her mother's high heels will strike terror in her heart. Gabriella 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, respects no person, 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 leades to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love. Like Gabriella, Joe is haunted by the pain of his childhood, consumed by guilt over a family tragedy, for which he blames himself. With Gabriella, Joe takes the first steps toward healing. But their relationship leads to disaster as Joe must choose between priesthood and Gabriella, and life in the real world where he fears he does not belong, and cannot cope.
Exiled and disgraced, and nearly destroyed, Gabriella struggles to survive on her own in New York. There she seeks healing and escape through her writing again, this time as an adult, she is beyond hurt.

©1998 by Danielle Steel; (P)1998 by Bantam Double Day Dell Audio

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    Deborah St. Clair Shores, MI, USA 07-16-07
    Deborah St. Clair Shores, MI, USA 07-16-07
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    Roxanne Warroad, MN, United States 03-26-12
    Roxanne Warroad, MN, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "definately worth the listen!"
    What did you love best about The Long Road Home?

    The story was very new and inventive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriella, she remained strong throughout all of her ordeals.


    What about Anthony Fusco’s performance did you like?

    He was very believable in all of the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry.


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    Joy West Jefferson, NC, United States 10-27-08
    Joy West Jefferson, NC, United States 10-27-08 Member Since 2015

    Love to read as I drive; never leave home without. Love the Cousins O'Dwyer Books #1 - made me feel I was there. Narrator X-celent! Purrfekt

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    "A REAL story..."

    Unlike most of the Danielle Steel Books that I have to-date, this one seems more about REAL people living REAL lives... NOT just the rich, famous and wonderful, it speaks about real issues... wish there were more that I, personally, could relate to. I am a REAL person with REAL life drama and help people with abuse-issues. THIS touched me as did the story (I believe it was called) Journey or A Journey or something like that, which spoke of a well-to-do woman who didn't recognize the more subtle abuses of / from her controlling manipulative spouse.

    To Danielle Steele... Please, write more REAL STUFF... i don't relate to 200' yachts, SanMaritz, Harry's restaurant, the Claridge... et al. I and many like ME, are down-2-earth people living in REAL dramas... trying to stay afloat the best we can while helping other real people to cope with THEIR own real life dramas... If you need some ideas that will bring tears to your eyes, give me a call!

    THIS is actually about the first book I've opted to 'critique' / review. It was / is quite worthy!

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    DJ 03-24-13
    DJ 03-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Hit for Danielle!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Long Road Home the most enjoyable?

    Danielle writes of tragedy and triumph. I have every book she has every written and will continue my library. She puts us right there not with the character but as the character to actually live the story as our own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tragedy to Triumph


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    Mrs. 03-18-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is very well written and it gets you in right away


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heroin's strength


    What about Anthony Fusco’s performance did you like?

    His speaking is very good also the way he took on different tones for different people


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Susan Putnam Valley, NY, United States 01-19-13
    Susan Putnam Valley, NY, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. If they like Danielle Steel


    Would you be willing to try another book from Danielle Steel? Why or why not?

    I'v read many books of Danielle Steel. I typically like them for light quick listening.


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    I think a woman should have been the narrator.


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    The book was okay. It was interesting, but too short. I think I more lean towards longer books.

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    C. Graves Berkeley CA 01-09-10
    C. Graves Berkeley CA 01-09-10 Member Since 2009

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    Wow. I have read and listened to several Danielle Steel stories and this one was the most tragic story. The character had to survive one horrible ordeal after another starting since her childhood. Danielle Steel stayed with her pattern of writing and you know life will not be wonderful for the main character, but this main character was so young. The character made the best of a bad situation and survived. The long Road Home title was perfect. The ending did give you a feeling of hope. As with life, it takes years and years of life to overcome physical and mental abuse. For a moment there, you did not know if this character was going to make it. The book is hard to enjoy but worth the journey.

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