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Gabriella Harrison believes, as she is told, that 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, and respects no person and 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 into love...

©1998 Danielle Steel (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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excellent story and the best narrator i have liste

excellent story and narrator was the best to date. cruel start but good end up

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Couldn’t turn it off !!

Beautifully read, couldn’t take a break from it I was so engrossed in the story, so well written and heartbreaking at times but didn’t want it to end . Thank you

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Great read!

very sad but a good listen... Really enjoyed it...I I I I I I I

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Hate, love redemption and a happy ending against the odds

Good overall performanceI could not put this book down. It was tragic and I was affected by the abuse and at one stage I thought I could not go on. It was a book of sadness a woman fighting for her life against the odds. It's also a love story that shows relationships under the microscope. A well written book.

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The long road home

A really enjoyable read as always from Danielle Steele. Personally I think one of her best.

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  • 08-02-08

What a sad story

This is by far one of the most despair-filled stories I've ever read, at times extreme - at the same time, it kept my interest throughout, and I would recommend it.

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  • Rose
  • 02-03-08

The Long Road Home

In my opinion, this is the most moving book that Danielle Steel has ever written. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Christopher
  • 27-12-06

AWESOME!

This was a great book. I couldn't turn it off.

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  • KARLA F
  • 04-03-09

Graphic, Moving and Intense

Not your typical chic lit...enjoyable because of the depth of the characters and the compassion it illicits. I would recommend it but don't expect it to be to uplifting. Evokes emotions.

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  • Kathleen
  • 09-11-21

Incredible story

Amazing story. I loved and hated this story! It was about good and evil. I found it almost exhausting at times; and then, exhilarating to understand the strength of the human spirit and the amount of pain and abuse that one person can endure.

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  • Janice P. Swan
  • 17-07-21

Awesome book!!

What a book!! So moving! It brought tears to my eyes. Being a Catholic and an student of a convent school, I can envision Gabby’s life amongst the nun’s and her desire to enter the religious life. Her natural need to be loved, and her inexperience lead her in the wrong paths.

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  • Diane Barbosa
  • 27-06-21

Strength beyond measure

Sad but excellent story. Lots of twists and turns. Shows the ugly and beautiful side of love.

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  • vickey houk
  • 22-05-21

Amazing!!! Wonderfully written.

When I first started reading this book I didn’t think I could listen to it after the first paragraph I wanted to shut it off but then I wanted to know what happened. So I kept it listening, this book is so well written that you just wanted to keep listening yes it’s the saddest book I’ve ever read in my entire 60 years of living but the way it ends beautifully written and very sad, I thought this wasn’t a book that Daniel still would’ve written it’s nothing like any of the 23 books of hers that I’ve read so I was quite surprised and kept looking to make sure it was written by her, it’s definitely a book that is amazing which says it all about Danielle steel she is an amazing author I’m going to read every book she ever wrote.



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  • Jessica J. Fries
  • 05-03-21

Overwhelmingly Magnificent

Not much one can say about this moving piece. It's a must read. bon appetite

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  • Britaney Thompson
  • 18-11-20

sad story, happy ending

enjoyed this book! It was sad and very close to home for me. I was glad Abby finally found peace!