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The Gift | by Danielle Steel

The Gift by Danielle Steel
(Dell, 1996, 288 pages)

About the book:

On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small Midwestern town. She doesn’t intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small Midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child’s senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives—a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family’s dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.

I’m a big fan of Danielle Steel books.   I happened upon this one at the St. Charles County Library Book Fair that was held a few weeks ago.  I could not believe I had not read it, seeing as I’m a fan and try to keep up with what she’s written.  Shame on me!  It looked like it would be a nice summer read and it proved that it was.  Danielle wrote this during her early years of writing.  It was written in 1996.  This was her thirty-third book.

The Gift is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability and the wonder of life.

I loved the innocence of the characters and how they all came to love again after awful things happened to them.  I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. I can count it as one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. If you’re looking for a quick, easy, enjoyable summer read, I would definitely highly recommend it.

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