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Granny Dan: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2000
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Praise for Danielle Steel
“Steel is one of the best!”—Los Angeles Times
“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops. . . . She delivers!”—Publishers Weekly
“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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In my eyes she had always been old, always been mine, always been Granny Dan. But in another time, another place, there had been dancing, people, laughter, love. . . . She had had another life before she came to us, long before she came to me. . . .
She was the cherished grandmother who sang songs in Russian, loved to roller-skate, and spoke little of her past. But when Granny Dan died, all that remained was a box wrapped in brown paper, tied with string. Inside, an old pair of satin toe shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with ribbon. It was her legacy, her secret past, waiting to be discovered by the granddaughter who loved her but never really knew her. It was a story waiting to be told. . . .
The year was 1902. A new century was dawning as a motherless young girl arrived at a ballet school in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of seven. By age seventeen, Danina Petroskova had become a great ballerina, a favorite of the Czar and Czarina, who welcomed her into the heart of the Imperial family. But events both near and far away shook the ground upon which she danced. A war, an extraordinary man, and a devastating illness altered the course of her life. And when revolution shattered Russia, Danina Petroskova was forced to make a heartbreaking choice--as the world around her was about to change forever.
Granny Dan is about the magic of history. In it, Danielle Steel reminds us how little we know of those who came before us--and how, if we could only glimpse into their early lives, and see who they once were, there is so much we would understand and learn. For in this extraordinary novel, a simple box, filled with mementos from a grandmother, offers the greatestlegacy of all: an unexpected gift of a life transformed, a long-forgotten history of youth and beauty, love and dreams.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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I recently finished her book, Friends Forever. Unfortunately, much of this current book did not engage me.
The story was about five friends who met in kindergarten and become immediate friends through their childhood, teen and college years. They dubbed themselves the Big 5, and became inseparable. The cast of characters included them, their parents, stepparents, and siblings.
What I did not enjoy about this book was the pacing. The book moved too fast, rapidly changing from scene to scene. It was quickly flipping back and forth through the characters through time as they advanced from kindergarten to college.
Much of the first half of the book was about the parents of the Big 5. This, in my opinion, made it very hard to get any true character development with many of the characters until the last 1/3 of the book. By this time, the story had quickly trimmed the cast down by moving rapidly through drug overdoses, suicide, and an accidental death, and funerals.
The overall message was about the risky life’s choices of this particular generation. The events in the story did affect the lives of the characters. Unfortunately, due to its fast pace, the reader did not have time to feel it. This book could’ve been so much more. And has a great story line…Who didn’t have the “Best Friends” in school.
I enjoyed the last third of the book when we finally were left with one main character and her struggles. The book slowed down enough to look inside a couple of the character’s motives, feelings, and decisions that they faced.
As typically Danielle Steel novels go, it was an easy read. It had an ending that left you feeling good. Unfortunately, it did not capture my heart as some of her previous novels did.
Overall, this book was sad. I'm not going to say it was realistic, but definitely very sad. Izzy ends up with Sean only because they were desperate to save each other or Izzy to save Sean. That"s like a consolation prize. Just my two cents.
I'm glad I invested time into this book. Thank you Ms. Steel.