This story grabbed me from the very beginning. I have a young daughter and I could only imagine how the mother in this story must have felt. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one night, cried many times, and was very satisfied with the ending.
First I would like to explain that I am the kind of person who prefers the old movies over the new "modern" movies. The reason is that I prefer movies to have a happy ending, and many of the movies of today have endings that leave me wanting something different. Also, I don't like watching movies where 10 people are shot down and killed in the first few minutes... yuck. I don't like sappy romance stories or reading through page after page of steamy sex scenes. So....
Although Danielle Steel has written a lot of books, I think THE GIFT was her 34th best seller, this is the first one that I have read of hers. I read some reviews that said it was different from her usual work, but I wouldn't know.
Having explained all that, I have to say I really liked the story. It was sweet and poignant. I guess some would describe it as Chick-lit. Whatever! I read it in one day and I thought it was a very nice story. Life in the 1950s was different than life today, but people still had to make difficult choices and live through hardship and pain.
My absolute favorite of Danielle Steel's. I read it about 11 years ago for the first time, and have since read it another 3 or 4 times. An absolute tear-jerker, with a very touching story behind it about family. This is the book that got me hooked on Danielle Steel.