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Publisher's Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel, Past Perfect is a spellbinding story of two families living 100 years apart who come together in time in a startling moment, opening the doors to rare friendship and major events in early 20th-century history.

Sybil and Blake Gregory have established a predictable, well-ordered Manhattan life - she as a cutting-edge design authority and museum consultant, he in high tech investments - raising their teenagers, Andrew and Caroline, and six-year-old Charlie. But everything changes when Blake is offered a dream job he can't resist as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco. He accepts it without consulting his wife and buys a magnificent, irresistibly underpriced historic Pacific Heights mansion as their new home.

Shocked by an earthquake the night they arrive, the past and present suddenly collide for them in the elegant mansion filled with tender memories and haunting portraits. The original inhabitants suddenly appear for a few brief minutes. In the ensuing days, they meet the large and lively family who lived there a century ago: distinguished Bertrand Butterfield and his gracious wife, Gwyneth; their sons Josiah and little Magnus; daughters Bettina and Lucy; formidable Scottish matriarch Augusta; and her eccentric brother, Angus. All long since dead. All very much alive in spirit - and visible to the Gregorys and no one else.

The two families are delighted to share elegant dinners and warm friendship. They have much to teach each other, as the Gregorys watch the past unfold while living their own modern-day lives. Within these enchanted rooms, it is at once 1917 and a century later, where the Gregorys realize they have been given a perfect gift - beloved friends and the wisdom to shape their own future with gratitude and grace from a fascinating past.

Past Perfect is Danielle Steel at her bewitching best, a novel for the ages. Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels in print. Her many international best sellers include Magic, Blue, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children's book Pretty Minnie in Paris.

©2017 Danielle Steel (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Richard
  • COVINGTON, IN, United States
  • 11-30-17

Fascinating!

I truly loved this book and the narrator! I wish it was a series! Danielle Steele never lets you down!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-01-17

Boring

This was not the typical Danielle Steel book. It was as if someone else wrote it. I kept waiting for the story to take off but it never did.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great

The book was wonderful and the narrator did a fine job as well. The End

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Danielle Steele needs to stay with what she does best

I was excited about getting another Danielle Steele book. However I did not like this book at all.

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Very entertaining, completely enjoyed it, highly recommend and the narrative is extraordinary.

Very entertaining, completely enjoyed it, highly recommended.
San Francisco is a place that has been in my heart even before I visited...perhaps there are ties from my past life?
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Excellent reading!

This book was so interesting. It is so different from her other books. I could not put the book down as it drew me into the story. You felt as though you were part of the family!

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tedious <br />

the writing seemed so stilted. I know Steele is a best seller and that her plot lines are interesting, but the writing is so lackluster. I guess I prefer a different style.

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Really good

Really delightful book not a romance, but a warm story about two families from two separate times. But enjoying each other.

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Too perfect

This book was ok. There was no intrigue, nothing funny, everything was always just great. Needed something to hold interest.

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Disappointing

Not Danielles typical read. Not as enjoyable as her others. disappointed in this book completely

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  • linda young
  • 01-28-18

Unusual

Very good different from her normal style
Not really what I expected but really enjoyable

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  • H. Ricketts
  • 01-09-18

Hated the Subject

What did you like best about Past Perfect? What did you like least?

Danielle Steel is an amazing author and like all her other books, this is well written in a true DS style. However, in her intro DS says should wouldn’t normally do a ghost story and neither should she! Ghosts that send emails - really?! Hated the re-appearing ghost family as they are not in the least believable.

Would you recommend Past Perfect to your friends? Why or why not?

No - hated the ghosts!

Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but no complaints!

Was Past Perfect worth the listening time?

Frustrating and irritating but I did finish it.

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  • John Lennon
  • 12-22-17

very different to her normal books<br />

I struggled getting to grips with this book but persevered to the end.
very imaginative. Not one I would read again, Dissapointed.




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  • Joan
  • 12-12-17

Oh Dear Danielle. Have you lost the plot?

I’ve listened to dozens of DS books but over the last couple of years she has churned out 12 or more, all of which aren’t up to scratch. She writes 2 or 3 at once.
Anyhow. PAST PERFECT is the poorest of the bunch. Total fantasy, with a ghost family living with a contemporary family. Of course it stretches our belief system, but it is poorly constructed and not thought out. It seems rushed and has an abrupt ending.
Of course, DS has a huge talent for writing feel good page turners and some may forgive the unbelievably ridiculous behaviour of some of these characters. I laughed out loud more than once. You could say I was entertained. But how I long for a return to a better standard of story telling. I keep listening and hoping.