The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

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The Long Road Home by Danielle Steel, Anthony Fusco

Bestselling novelist Danielle Steel takes us on a harrowing journey into the heart of America's hidden shame in a novel that explores the power of forgiveness, the dark side of childhood, and one woman's unbreakable spirit.

From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan townhouse. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents' party, in her parents' life. But she can't resist the magic. Later, she waits for the click, click, click of her mother's high heels, the angry words, and the pain that will follow. Gabriella already knows to hide her bruises, certain she is to blame for her mother's rage—and her father's failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents' aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, respects no person, no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide.

Even as a child, her only escape is through the stories she writes. Only writing can dull the pain of her lonely world. And when her parents' marriage collapses, Gabriella is given her first reprieve, as her father disappears, and then her mother abandons her to a convent. There, Gabriella's battered body and soul begin to mend. Amid the quiet safety and hushed rituals of the nuns, Gabriella grows into womanhood in a safe, peaceful world. Then a young priest comes into her life.

Father Joe Connors never questioned his vocation until Gabriella entered the confessional and shared her soul. Confession leads to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously intolove. Like Gabriella, Joe is haunted by the pain of his childhood, consumed by guilt over a family tragedy, for which he blames himself. With Gabriella, Joe takes the first steps toward healing. But their relationship leads to tragedy as Joe must choose between the priesthood and Gabriella, and life in the real world where he fears he does not belong, and cannot cope.

Exiled and disgraced, and nearly destroyed, Gabriella struggles to survive on her own in New York. There she seeks healing and escape through her writing again, this time as an adult, and her life as a writer begins. But just when she thinks she is beyond hurt, Gabriella is once again betrayed by someone she trusts. Brought to the edge of despair, physically attacked beyond recognition and belief, haunted by abuse in her present and her past, she nonetheless manages to find hope again, and the courage to face the past. On a pilgrimage destined to bring her face-to-face with those who sought to destroy her in her early life, she finds forgiveness, freedom from guilt, and healing from abuse. When Gabriella faces what was done to her, and why, she herself is free at last.

With profound insight, Danielle Steel has created a vivid portrait of an abused child's broken world, and the courage necessary to face it and free herself from the past. A work of daring and compassion, a tale of healing that will shock and touch and move you to your very soul, it exposes the terror of child abuse, and opens the doors on a subject that affects us all. The Long Road Home is more than riveting fiction. It is an inspiration to us all. A work of courage, hope, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553455700
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Edition description: Abridged, 4 cassettes, 6 hrs.
Product dimensions: 4.91(w) x 5.61(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Toxic Bachelors, Miracle, ImPossible, Echoes, Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, 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.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Cheryl Jones More than 1 year ago
i cried for gabriella and cheered for her at the end! child abuse is alive and is a reality. report it even if you have a slight suspician. i highly recommend this reading. steele's best!
mc15 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books Danielle Steel has ever written. In fact, it might the best book D.Steel has ever written. It moved my husband & me to tears. I have never read such a heart wrenching story in my life. The book has many dramatic events, it touched me to the very core of my soul. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about real life experiences, with tragic and dramatic events in different types of relationships. It also makes you rethink your childhood whether it was unhappy or not.
Reyes75 More than 1 year ago
once you start reading cannot place book down awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never read Danielle Steel before so my friend's mother gave this book to me. I must say it is one of the best books I ever read and I was hooked from the very beginning. I couldn't put it down and really felt like Gabbie was a real person. She was such an inspiration for all that she went through. This book will make you cry. Definitely pick up this book. I will be reading more of her books in the future.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
Intense and Thought Provoking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I was a wonderful book. It was a fast read and and fast paced.i would recommend this book to all. It does have a lot of abuse in it. So if you don't like reading books of this nature then don't read it. It was a very realistic book it made you feel like you were right there and it was happening to you. I loved the book. I have read four of her books and loved them had 26 chapters and less than 300 pages. I didn't want to quit reading until I finish it was that good of a book. Keep it up Danielle steel. Love your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! I cried, became angry and found hope. This is one of Steele's best.
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I absolutely loved this book so much. Excellent plot, excellent writing, but then look who we're talking about. Hell, it's Danielle Steel. One of the best there ever was. Thanks a million for all the great stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times the pages r worn, but each time is like reading it for the first time. I find myself crying each time its that heartwrenching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read, gripping story. A generally good book. What you would expect from Danielle Steel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So Sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you think it can't get any worse...the strengh, the courage, the will to fight and reclaim her life. If you' ve had a troubled past this book will teach you to overcome it. It's all about learning to let it go and let the good in.
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Could not put this one down, hated to see it end.