Remembrance Author:Danielle Steel The novel begins in the bitter turmoil of post-World War II Italy. Nineteen-year-old Serena returns home from war years spent in the safety of an American convent. She finds her family dead, her gracious childhood home sold, her only remaining possession an empty family title: Serena, Principessa di San Tibaldo, princess of broken dreams. — Whe... more »n Serena meets American Major Brad Fullerton, it seems like the end to allher bad dreams. Brad and Serena fall in love in Rome and marry in Paris, and return to America filled with plans for a gloriously happy life together.
Their joy is darkened by the disappoval of Brad's family and a secret that follows them to their new home in San Francisco-a secret that brings a new kind of pain to Serena and her baby daughter, Vanessa, when Brad is lost to them in Korea.
A twist of fate takes Serena from California to New York, where she is propelled into a new love that is like the collision of two falling stars. The aftermath of that explosion shapes and shadows the destiny of the two beautiful daughters whose womanhood Serena never lives to see. In a brillantly crafted, climax, it is her mother's legacy of love that finally sets Vanessa free from the fears that no other love could dispel, restoring not only her past but also her future.« less