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The Gift
The Gift
Author: Danielle Steel
ISBN-13: 9780552142458
ISBN-10: 055214245X
Publication Date: 11/9/1995
Rating:
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3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Book Type: Paperback
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The time is the 1950's, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives--a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on.

She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams: And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.
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The time is the 1950's when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinaryset of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems seredipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives-a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.
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This is definately one of DS best! I have recommended it to many people wether they are fans or not.
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This was a great book and a wonderful read. Have kleenex handy!
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This is a wonderful book! I loved this story!
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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small mid-western town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason, and it is part of a story that you will never forget.
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Excellent book! Incredible writing! So heartfelt!
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On a June day, a yong woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason, and it is part of a story that you will never forget.
The time is the 1950's, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town w/ a high school & a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged w/ purpose. A happy home is shattered by a childs senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives--a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man willmeet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.
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I would like for there to be a squeal to this story. I enjoyed this story but I cannot say that it is one of Danielle Steel's best. The main character reminds us that while you can try really hard to always to right, one small mistake can change your whole life.
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This is a beautiful story.
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This book will touch your heart and lift your spirits. Things do work out in the end! You'll read this one in one setting.
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This is a book of reality and substance and a book of moral and truth. It is also a book of love and supreme sacrifice.
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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives--a young woman who will
touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.

The Gift, Danielle Steel's thirty-third best-selling work, is a magical story told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship so moving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability--and the wonder--of life.
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This book was really good!! Had a hard time putting it down. It is a real tear jerker. It is about 2 families brought together by heartache and then by love. Got to read it!!!
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a quiet, unforgetable series of family portraits. A book of love and supreme sacrifice.
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Predictable but enjoyable.
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The Gift is Steel to perfection. A small work, it tells the tale of two 16-year-olds whose meeting restores life to both. The death of Tommy's little sister wrecks a family's happiness. The unwanted pregnancy of Maribeth threatens to ruin her attempt to lift herself out of an anti-intellectual and sexist environment. But when the two meet, love, support, sensitivity, and some much-needed wisdom redeem the bleak circumstances of their lives and bring the story to its satisfying conclusion. Cliched, sentimental? Maybe, but Steel believes in the goodness of her characters and here, more than ever before, shows absolute faith in a simple tale of rewarded virtue. This is the author at her best: mature, to the point, refreshed by the tale of her young lovers.
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I love her books. This is one of the smaller books that she has written.
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Very beautiful and touching story. I could see the predictable ending coming a mile away but I still enjoyed reading it. Steel is very good at getting her reader to feel emotions along with the characters in her books. Its a great book to have tucked in your purse for waiting rooms, easy to pick up and easy to remember where you left off.
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From the Publisher:

On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-boundbus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is justpassing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a storythat you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams,and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern townwith a high school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on atree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of eventsbegins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged withpurpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A lovingmarriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives--a young woman who willtouch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fallin love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family'sdreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious giftshe leaves them.

The Gift, Danielle Steel's thirty-third best-selling work, is a magicalstory told with stunning simplicity and power. It reveals a relationship somoving it will take your breath away. And it tells a haunting and beautifultruth about the unpredictability--and the wonder--of life.
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Set in the 50' in a small midwestern town. A childs senseless death and a marriage starts to unravel. A stranger and peoples lives are changes by a precious gift she leaves them. I you like Danielle Steel you will like this book.
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Excellant book, It makes me mad, happy and sad at differant times, the only reason I am giving this one up is because I know someone out there will get as much out of it as I did
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Honestly, this book wasn't much to my taste. It's not that it was horrible. The story is about a teenage girl who gets pregnant and her family sends her away to a convict. Instead, the girl finds a family to live with until she has her baby.
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Great book!
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Reviewer: G. J Wiener (Westchester, NY USA) -

I decided to explore the literary work of Danielle Steele by choosing this short novel from my local library. Some may find it a bit mushy but I definitely was hooked all the way through.
It was almost magical how the pain the Whittaker's loss of their daughter was mended by Maribeth's arrival in their world. It shows you that children no matter what they get themselves into can somehow still display innocent and trusting for one another. Love truly can conquer all as Tommy certainly looks past the problems of Maribeth and sees her emergence as a calming presence to the loss of his sister and the near destruction of his family. Slowly but surely and certainly happilly, Tommy, Liz and John manage to come together again.

I guess one never knows where the missing puzzle to someone's happiness lies. Sometimes I guess one has to believe in magic and Danielle Steele certainly affirms this.
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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason, and it is part of a story that you will never forget. The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. The place is a small midwestern town with a hight school and a downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. And on a tree-lined street in the heartland of America, an extraordinary set of events begins to unfold. And gradually what seems serendipitous is tinged with purpose. A happy home is shattered by a child's senseless death. A loving marriage starts to unravel. And a stranger arrives-a young woman who will touch many lives before she moves on. She and a young man will meet and fall in love. Their love, so innocent and full of hope, helps to restore a family's dreams. And all of their lives will be changed forever by the precious gift she leaves them.
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Set in a small midwestern town during the 1950's, a happy home is shattered by a child's useless death. A loving marriage begins to unravel. A young woman arrives in town and offers hope for restoration of the family's dreams.
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Very predictible, but a very nice story anyway. I teared up a few times and wish there was a sequel.
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The story takes place in the 1950's. The place is a small midwestern town. Two children and their parents have a sweet life full of comfort and all the love and nurturing anyone could ever hope for. But one awful day everything is shattered by the death of the youngest child. The couple finds their "perfect" marriage falling apart and life becomes almost unendurable.
When a beautiful a young woman arrives in town, things slowly begin to change.
The Gift tells a haunting and beautiful truth about the unpredictability, and the wonder, of life.
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Good story by Steel, enjoy her writing. Grand story, really loved this one.
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Another good Steel book!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Wonderful romance book by Danielle Steel.
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Typical Danielle Steel--easy to read. Relatively simle story about life in the 50s.
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I thought this was a very good book.
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A very touching, sweet story!
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An ok read, abit of a tearjerker in parts
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"The Gift" was the most original, heart warming book that Danielle Steel has ever written.
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Unabridged
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It was a good book, I don't remeber what it is about. It's been 14 or so years since I have read it.
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Good read.
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Gift is Steel to perfection. A small work, it tells the tale of two 16-year-olds whose meeting restores life to both. The death of Tommy's little sister wrecks a family's happiness. The unwanted pregnancy of Maribeth threatens to ruin her attempt to lift herself out of an anti-intellectual and sexist environment. But when the two meet, love, support, sensitivity, and some much-needed wisdom redeem the bleak circumstances of their lives and bring the story to its satisfying conclusion. Clich{}ed, sentimental? Maybe, but Steel believes in the goodness of her characters and here, more than ever before, shows absolute faith in a simple tale of rewarded virtue. This is the author at her best: mature, to the point, refreshed by the tale of her young lovers. Not great art, perhaps, but in its own way almost perfect.
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Very good book.
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Another good one for Steel fans!
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The time is the 1950\'s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. the place is a small midwestern town with a high school and downtown, a skating pond and a movie house. A child dies. A marriage begins to unravel. A woman brings a gift that changes many lives.
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Really great book! I cried.
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a very good book that i've enjoyed reading more than once.
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this one is a fun one by Steele - I enjoyed it!
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On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping her has a reason, and it is part of a story that you will never forget.
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From Publishers Weekly:
Steel deviates sharply from her usual romance formula in this tender if sometimes sappy story about bad things happening to good people. It's 1952, and the Whittakers are the perfect happy family. But when five-year-old Annie dies of meningitis the day after Christmas, their lives fall apart. Teenager Tommy begins frequenting a diner where he meets 16-year-old waitress Maribeth Robertson, who's pregnant and has been thrown out of her home. The two lonely adolescents slowly fall in love; Tommy offers to marry Maribeth, but she refuses, claiming that they are too young to be parents; she plans to give the child up for adoption. Meanwhile, Tommy's parents have drifted far apart, but the fear that their son may soon be a father temporarily reunites them. Eventually, the Whittakers, parents and son, help Maribeth to cope with her pregnancy and her family's rejection, while she helps them accept the death of their beloved Annie. Reading more like a novella than a full-fledged novel, the narrative has well-meaning characters, uplifting sentiments and a few moments that could make a stone weep. Nice as it is, however, her fans will no doubt crave for the day when Steel returns to her tried-and-true one-woman/two-great-loves potboilers. One million first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doub le day Book Club main selections; simultaneous Spanish edition, El Regalo, available in trade paper (
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Great read - very heartwarming
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Not her best but definitely not her worse either. Easy read and not a keeper. I knew where this story was early on so very predictable but a sweet story never the less.
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very good