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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

Seriously, This book would be awesome as a movie! I found it to be interesting and humorous and involved a little romantic background.

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Starts slow but worth the wait!

Took a little time to get going but once it did I was hooked. It’s definitely a different avenue for a Danielle Steel book, but definitely a good one.

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Ok but not too interesting

Ok but gets a little boring. Just not interesting to me. Her older books are the bomb. Newer, well they are ok and I am a fan so I will listener to all of them.

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Not your Typical Danielle Steel Book

This book was not what I was anticipating or expecting from this author and it took me a while to get into it. Turned out to be a pretty interesting book but not one of her best.

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  • BH
  • 08-09-18

Narrator

The narrator's voice really added the er of the 1920's to the story well. I enjoyed the story line Danielle led us on, what an imagination she has.

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BORING

I waited through the entire book for something to happen. Sadly, it never does. It's a long book and just a lot of visiting between the two families, that's it! I am very disappointed.

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Whimsical

This book was very entertaining and fun for my son to listen with me--no bad language or a lot of sex. Also a new twist in a fictional story. One of the best Danielle Steele books I have read.

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Awesome read!

Loved from beginning to end. I didn't want the story to stop!! Connected well with the characters.

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Unusual Story

I am rather new to DS. This is an unusual, whimsical story. It was interesting to an extent, but I did get a little bored. The narrator did a good job, however.

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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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  • Judith 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.