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The Long Road Home Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 1999
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At age 6, our heroine, lovely Gabriella Harrison, a rich kid on Manhattan's Upper East Side, "looked startled much of the time, like an angel who had fallen to earth, and had not known what to expect here." What Gabriella gets is a mother like Lucifer and a father who slips out to sleep with Italian prostitutes while Mrs. Harrison is busy breaking Gabriella's spirit--and sometimes her bones. Gabby's tormentor makes the real-life moms in Mommie Dearest and Mommy Dressing look sweet.
Gabriella gets a better break when her parents divorce and dump her in a convent. She meets a sensitive, older man with a deep, dark secret, and pretty soon they've got some steamy erotic secrets in common.
Unfortunately, he's a priest, and troubles erupt that are too much for any confessional to contain. Soon Gabriella is living on the East Side again, only this time in Mrs. Boslicki's boarding house, where the richness in people's hearts makes up for their relative material poverty. A kindly, retired Harvard English professor resembling Einstein nags her into trying her hand and purging her demons as a writer. "When I say you have talent, young lady, I mean it," says Professor Thomas. "They didn't hire me at Harvard to grow bananas." Will Gabriella have the courage to confront her talent? Can she face her past at last, conquer the future, and land a man to share it? Hey, is this a Danielle Steel novel or not? --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Scandal, betrayal and treachery do little to animate this dreary saga from the prolific Steel (The Ghost). By the time she's six, Gabriella Harrison has known nothing but torture at the hands of her battering mother, Eloise, a socialite who hates children?especially her own. Gabbie's alcoholic father is incapable of dealing with the madness that rules the mansion and soon escapes with another woman. Then Eloise decides she's tired of mothering and abandons 10-year-old Gabbie at St. Matthew's convent. Gabbie blossoms at the nunnery, where she finds unconditional love from the sisters, a talent for writing and, later, illicit passion in the arms of a priest. When discovered, the affair leads to the priest's suicide and Gabbie's eviction from the convent. Always one to make lemonade of life's lemons, however, Gabbie assuages her grief with new friends, a new lover and her burgeoning talent as a writer. Still, tragedy tails her like a lost puppy, and her monstrous mother casts a long shadow over her triumphs. Steel's latest attempt at a redemption story falls flat because of repetitious prose and two-dimensional characters. The inevitable happy ending, when it finally arrives, can't make up for a plodding narrative lacking in any real suspense.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I must say that I was expecting something very different from what was actually delivered. For one thing, the plot was saturated with twists and curves. It felt as though I was riding a roller coaster of sorts because I couldn't foresee what would happen next. Every turn took me in a new direction and I truly enjoyed that aspect of this story.
The other thing I enjoyed was that this story as a whole transcended time, meaning, it could have taken place at the turn of the 19th, 20th or 21 century. It's setting was quite malleable so you as a reader couuld picture this story unfolding in nearly any era.
The final aspect of the story I enjoyed was that it was believeable. Some of Danielle's stories are a bit out there, but this one is believeable. The reader could see how these events could happen to any young person at anytime.
So overall,"The Long Road Home" was a great novel. It is definitely worth reading, particularly if you're in the mood for something unique. Enjoy!
I only gave it 4 stars because of the suspense. It kept me glued till I was finished.
All ds books have such an abrupt ending. I feel as if they are edited in some way.