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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

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

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  • Rose
  • Milton, VT, USA
  • 03-02-08

The Long Road Home

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

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So Beautiful

I read this book when I was in high school and fell in love with it. I listened to this book for 3 days and it brought back so many memories. the book is beautiful, engaging and a real tearjerker. I enjoyed every minute of it

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An emotional rollercoaster

I read this book several years ago and I was very excited to see it as an audiobook. Very good read!

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The Long Road Home

The story of a young woman physical and mental abused by many people in her life until she finally finds someone who loves her and protects her forever

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A different book

I had a hard time keeping up with the characters. I hope others like it.

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prefect ending

what a great story. I was so there. I couldn't put it down. I listened to it until it was over. wow so powerful.

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Sad but entertaining

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.

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  • beverley myton
  • 05-12-16

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.

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  • Joyce
  • 05-11-16

The long road home

A really enjoyable read as always from Danielle Steele. Personally I think one of her best.

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  • carol Vona
  • 10-28-17

Totally amazing

At first I was very emotional when listening to this book. It is very gripping. This book is full of life happenings and very easy to follow. The narrator is excellent. I love Danielle Steele books.

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  • heather
  • 02-13-16

The long road home

This is the second time I have read this story fist time I read in paperback book and the second time withAnthony Fusco both times I find it great and I have several friends I hand the books onto and they enjoy them as much as I do