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Precious Gifts

By: Danielle Steel
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
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Handsome, widowed, sophisticated, utterly charming, Paul Parker won the heart of a wealthy young Frenchwoman - the daughter of an American financier, the granddaughter of a major French art dealer - as his second wife. In two marriages, he fathered a challenging son and three very different daughters. But as irresponsible as he was irresistible, he ultimately shrugged off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant.

Raised by their mother with all the care and resolve their father lacked, the three Parker sisters have become vibrant, self-reliant young women: Timmie, the oldest, a fiercely dedicated social worker in New York; sweet, nurturing Juliette, proprietor of a fledgling bakery in Brooklyn; and their younger sister, Joy, who is struggling to build an acting career in Los Angeles. While they love their mostly absent, glamorous father, he has left them with a legacy of impermanence and uncertainty in their own relationships with men. And with no strong role model to guide him, Paul's son has gone from one failure to another, even while his stepmother makes excuses for him, as he seethes with jealousy of his younger sisters.

Now, after a long illness, Paul has slipped away peacefully in his sleep, and his family has gathered together to read his will. As his final wishes are revealed, his son is forced to face reality as an adult. And his daughters see a new side to their father - one that shows a caring man trying to redeem himself with a different, lasting legacy. He has made a very personal bequest to each of his children, carefully designed to help them achieve their own unique dreams and find true happiness. But Paul has saved the biggest surprise for his ex-wife, Véronique: a secret from the past that shakes her world and sets her free. He leaves her a gift that remained a mystery for their entire marriage, and she begins a search to discover its history and rightful owner.

The story of a man's last wish to make a difference - and of the loved ones he leaves behind, fulfilling their destinies at last - Precious Gifts is bursting with indelible characters and emotional complexity as it takes listeners from New York and Los Angeles to the art capitals of Europe and the South of France. Inspiring and uplifting, it is a deeply moving exploration of the rich territory of loss, inheritance, and reawakening - Danielle Steel at the height of her literary prowess.

©2015 Danielle Steele (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I Like Danielle Steele

I like Danielle Steel but his one is not among my favorites. Whinny children and a story line that keeps trying to get somewhere. The end could be very touching but I just couldn't summon much excitement.

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Another great one

Just trust her..... she always comes through! Worth the read and the annoying parts ;) ha

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Enjoyable but distracting

I enjoyed the story line however, the accents were very distracting. It seemed at times that the French accents passed on to the characters that should not have had accents. Having a man narrate the book with primarily female characters also made it difficult to engage. I would recommend the book for reading but not this audio version.

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Not one of her best books. Struggled to finish.

This novel did not hold my interest. It was most definitely not one of her better novels. The narrator was great though

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Easy to follow. Family interactions.

At first there was a lot of time discussing the characters. But as the story moved along, I could see why. Four lives had different paths.

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Everything comes to a fine conclusion

DS's normal happily-ever-after ending was good. Nice story told of riches and poverty, love and strife but all ended well. Predictable but very Enjoyable.

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Excellent book.

Excellently written book. I thoroughly enjoyed the boo. I recommend this author a as one of the best in this age.

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Would have liked a better ending, it was fine but yeah could have been better!

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Great!

I loved this story. It started out blah, but quickly turned around. Daniel Steel is my favorite author. I can't wait to read the next book.

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Precious Gifts

A story about a family who get gifts in their father's will and how it changes their lives.

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  • 05-09-21

Great story!

Really enjoyable read. A story about a complicate family. A good escapism about family life.

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  • 10-31-19

excellent story

another great read from famous author Danielle Steel. I'm sure you will love it too.

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  • 10-29-16

wonderful story

loved it..didn't want it to end...narrator was great..will listen too again and again and again

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  • 05-24-16

Mother's life with grown up children

This book shows how you have to let go of your children & live an independent life