The House

The House

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by Danielle Steel
     
 

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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

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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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Library Journal
Sarah Anderson, a 37-year-old estate attorney, is fed up with her monotonous life. She puts in very long hours in her office and is involved in an unhappy relationship with a man who will only see her on occasional weekends. Then a beloved elderly client dies and leaves Sarah a generous inheritance. He also leaves a message asking her to use his money for something wonderful, to enjoy her life, and do something enterprising. Following his suggestion, Sarah breaks up with her deceitful boyfriend, buys a rundown old mansion, and focuses all of her attention on fixing it up. She employs the help of architect Jeff Parker, who shares Sarah's excitement for refurbishing this beautiful old home. As she and Jeff work to restore the house, Sarah also begins to repair her life. Steel keeps the listener interested in this predictable page-turner. Read by Erik Singer, House is a fine addition to popular fiction collections.-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739327043
Publisher:
Diversified Publishing
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.05(d)

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PETER GARRITY, PhD, is a professor at Columbia University Business School and teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. He has developed and implemented applied mathematics instruction to J.P. Morgan, PaineWebber, Chase Manhattan Bank, and others.

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
August 14, 1947
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/steel/

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The House 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 129 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Danielle Steele book I've read, but I was very disapointed with it , to say the least. I've heard from quite alot of people how great her books but I don't see whats so great about her. the paragraphs are soooooooooooooo repetivive. I wanted to yell at her, GET ON WITH IT! allow me to quote from William Strunks wise words: OMIT NEEDLESS WORDS. We understand Phil is a obnoxious jerk, you don't NEED to emphisize it any more. If you want something boring to get you asleep I recomend you to read this.
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Gb tom :( u no good liar and cheat
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U don't want to date me :'( i want something that serious i don't want to just be fu.cked i want a nice date a kiss on the cheek and fu.ck then msybe a ring and kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cries more
Donna5575 More than 1 year ago
Was a very good read as all of Danielle Steel books are. Enjoyed it very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks over to her stealthly and puts his little d.ic.k in her p.u.ss.y
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Knocks on the door
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Two leg houses at house all results.
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If you love D Steele, you will love this book. Some typical DS twists, love the history, traveling...love DS.
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Shape shifts into someone. Who is it? Hahaha!
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Knocks
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I want to read it but idk if its good
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, easy, sweet story. Sometimes I really enjoy reading a book that I know will have a nice, wrapped-up ending.Quick read that I'd recommend for a day at the beach or weekend away.
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