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Publisher's Summary

In Danielle Steel's thrilling novel, a woman's legacy - shaped by tragedy, fortitude, and undying devotion - transforms lives and hearts long after she is gone, and fulfills at last her most precious bequest.

Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?

Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogate's court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie's auction house. They are simply doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But for both Jane and Phillip the search turns personal - and their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations.

Eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson left America with a broken heart in the shadow of World War II. She found a new life in Europe but forever mourned what she left behind. As the truth about Marguerite's extraordinary history - her forbidden love affair and her family's treachery - is slowly revealed, more people are drawn into the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and one among them will inherit the most unexpected gift of all.

©2016 Danielle Steel (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A typical Danielle Steel book

Like most of Danielle Steel's books: interesting and keeps you reading until the end. I'm a big fan of Steel's books; haven't found one that I don't like. Once I start reading, I can't stop until I'm finished as was with this book.

The narration of this book was clear, concise and made you think that that was how the characters would actually sound. If I could, I would have all my books narrated.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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One of Danielle Steels's most boring.

I usually like Danielle Steel a lot, but I just thought that this book was boring, uneventful and predictable. I would not recommend it.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Boring

It's like reading a Dick and Jane book. Boring, predictable and repetitive. The story might have been interesting if hadn't been simplified to an elementary level.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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What a waste of credit and time!

I have never been so disappointed with the Danielle Steel book before. This book was approximately 5 1/2 hours too long. I almost felt, as if I was reading Groundhog Day. Everything was repeated over, and over, and over, and over again. Not only that, but the ending was obvious by the first hour of the book. I believe the only thing that compelled me to finish listening to it, was the inane hope that it would come to some sort of different conclusion.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Easy and pleasant

This is a sweet story... Easy but fairly predictable. If you are looking for relief from a meaty, complex book, this is a pleasant rest stop.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Very repetitive

The reader only wants to hear each segment of a story one time, yet this author makes you hear everything told over & over to each character in the story. First he tells his mother, then he tells this person, then that person, then his mother retells it to someone else, and then that person relays it to yet another person. Not to mention all the irrelevant details. Geez it gets tedious. This book was twice as long as it needed to be.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Depressing Yawn

Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

No.

What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Narrator is the best part of this audio book. He is excellent. I would definitely listen to another book read by Miller.

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I read a novel by Danielle Steel. It will also be the last. <br/><br/>Wikipedia says “Steel has been criticized for making her books overly redundant and detailed, explicitly telling the story to readers instead of showing it to them. This sometimes has the effect of making the readers feel like they are on the outside looking in rather than living the story.” I couldn’t agree more. The story is spoon fed to the reader so much, it made me gag. The main question in the narrative is revealed half way through the book, and it could have ended right there but contrives to continue on for hours. Potentially interesting parts of the story are glossed over with quick narrative while mundane things are overly expounded upon. This story is sad and depressing with little to redeem it. <br/><br/>I just cannot express how boringly bad this book is. How Steel remains a best-selling author is beyond my comprehension.

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First the good news

The narrator, Mr. Miller, did a pretty good job telling the story, even though he must have run from the studio every day screaming "where is the substance and why did I sign that agreement to read this mamby-pamby book?".

Now the bad news: What Was I Thinking?
I have not read or listened to a Danielle Steel book in 20 years. I had forgotten why.
1. Ridiculous, impossible, yet predictable, story line
2. Where is the angst? Doesn't a story need a crisis or a twist from which to recover? Maybe I should shoot myself to bring a little drama to this storyline!
3. Tidy + uncomplicated + sweet = empty fairytale
Sorry, Ms. Steel, I'll wait another 20 years before I try your books again.

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  • Louis
  • La Palma, CA, USA
  • 09-25-16

First and Last

This was my first Danielle Steele novel. And as my title indicates, it's probably my last. This book appeared as a daily special for a nominal price and since I had never read any of this works of the well known author, I decided to try it.

I won't spend a lot of time trashing this work. I will only say that it was not written for me. A good friend and a Danielle Steele fan told me she enjoyed escaping from the heavy problems of everyday life into the romantic fantasy Ms. Steele's novel provide. I can understand that. I would rather watch baseball. If you are one who likes novels with depth, realism or one that ventures into the darker side of human life, you probably won't this work either.

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Family Outcasts and Nobility

This is an Okay story about a family during the 1940s and the lengths the father and mother is willing to go in order to suppress an event that will surely bring shame, ridicule, and ostracization by the community. I certainly believe that extreme actions were taken during the 1940s to hide certain embarrassing things from family, friends and neighbors, but somehow this story was a little over the top for me. Maybe it's because I don't know how the super rich lives!

I purchased this listen during a daily deal for $2.95. In my opinion, it is not worth a credit, but an okay listen if only for the voice of the narrator alone!.

The narrator was very good... a beautiful voice that I could listen to everyday.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Beverley Ambrose
  • 09-24-16

Great story

I've loved all the Danielle Steel books I've read so far & this one did not disappoint. It was a great story & very well narrated. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Chris 043
  • 03-23-17

As Usual a good story by Danielle Steele

Excellent loved it all.
would thoroughly recommend to others. Love all Danielle Steele s books. Never want the story to end.