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The House

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Written By: Danielle Steel

Narrated By: Eric Singer

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2006

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The restoration of a majestic old home provides the exhilarating backdrop for Danielle Steel's 66th bestselling novel, the story of a young woman's dream, an old man's gift, and the surprises that await us behind every closed door'.

Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco, the house was magnificent, built in 1923 by a wealthy man for the woman he adored. For her and for this house, he would spare no expense and overlook no detail, from the endless marble floors to the glittering chandeliers. Almost a century later, with the once-grand house now in disrepair, a young woman walks through its empty rooms. Sarah Anderson, a perfectly sensible estate lawyer, is about to do something utterly out of character. An elderly client has died and left her two gifts. One is a generous inheritance. The other, a priceless message: to use his money for something wonderful, something daring. And in this old house, surrounded by crumbling grandeur, Sarah knows just what it is.

A respected attorney and self-described workaholic, Sarah had always lived life by the book. With a steady, if sputtering, relationship and a tiny apartment that has suited her just fine, Sarah cannot explain the force that draws her to the mansion and its history to the story of a woman who once lived in the house, then mysteriously left it, to a child who grew up there, and a drama that unfolded in war-torn France'and to a history she never knew she had.

Taking the biggest risk of her life, Sarah enlists the help of architect Jeff Parker, who shares Sarah's passion for bringing the exquisite old house back to life. As she and Jeff work to restore the home's every detail, as one relationship shatters and another begins, Sarah makes a series of powerful discoveries: about the true meaning of a dying man's last gift'about the extraordinary legacies that are passed from generation to generation'and about a future she's only just beginning to imagine.

In a novel of daring and hope, of embracing life and taking chances, Danielle Steel brilliantly captures one woman's courageous choice to pour herself into a dream'and receive its gifts in return.

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  • Jennifer Medak

    Great story. At times the main character was a little depressing but she picked up again midway through.

  • molly

    What a great book this was. I truly enjoyed this book as i drove to and from work. Enjoyed and easy reading.

  • H.C.

    I love this book! This is one of Danielle Steel best work. It's heart warming and funny too.

  • Anonymous

    I could almost see the house as it was being described from the beginning to the renovated end. As for the main character, for such a smart girl, she was so woefully flawed when picking her first boyfriend. You want to just shake some sense into her, but it's not unlike real life.

  • Rody Canham Blair

    This book starts out very slow - I listen during my commute to work and if I had another audio CD available, I would have not continued. However, I continued and after about the 2nd or 3rd disc it changed and became very much worth it.

  • Karen Littau

    I really enjoyed the book and it made you wish you could have something like this happen in your life.

  • Peggy Clee

    Started out very slow. A little too much description for my taste. It did, however, get better, but it's not one of Danielle Steele's best.

  • Sherry Perkins

    I thoughly enjoyed this book, it was fun and relaxing to listen to.

  • Trisha Brummer

    This is literally the first Danielle Steel book I have ever read. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a little predictable and unrealistic, but come on - do we really expect anything else in a romance novel. It was enjoyable - I might have to listen to some others.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the book even though it is quite predictable. It was a good listen for a long drive to work.