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  • The Long Road Home

  • Written by: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Anthony Fusco
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Written by: Danielle Steel
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Gabriella Harrison believes, as she is told, that she is to blame for her mother's rage - and her father's failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents' aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, and respects no person and no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide.

Even as a child, her only escape is through the stories she writes. Only writing can dull the pain of her lonely world. And when her parents' marriage collapses, Gabriella is given her first reprieve, as her father disappears, and then her mother abandons her to a convent. There, Gabriella's battered body and soul begin to mend. Amid the quiet safety and hushed rituals of the nuns, Gabriella grows into womanhood in a safe, peaceful world. Then a young priest comes into her life.

Father Joe Connors never questioned his vocation until Gabriella entered the confessional and shared her soul. Confession leads to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love...

©1998 Danielle Steel (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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  • Jan K
  • 2008-02-08

What a sad story

This is by far one of the most despair-filled stories I've ever read, at times extreme - at the same time, it kept my interest throughout, and I would recommend it.

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  • Christopher
  • 2006-12-27

AWESOME!

This was a great book. I couldn't turn it off.

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  • Rose
  • 2008-03-02

The Long Road Home

In my opinion, this is the most moving book that Danielle Steel has ever written. I would highly recommend it.

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  • KARLA F
  • 2009-03-04

Graphic, Moving and Intense

Not your typical chic lit...enjoyable because of the depth of the characters and the compassion it illicits. I would recommend it but don't expect it to be to uplifting. Evokes emotions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-12-22

The most depressing book I ever read

This book is so unlike any of D. Steel books and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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  • Jennifer Stout
  • 2022-12-11

Heartbreaking

This was one of the saddest books I've read so far by D.S. and it was a good one.

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  • Mary Louise Zeller
  • 2022-08-01

The truth will set you free.

It was well written and well performed. It dealt brilliantly with an important issue, Lon swept under the rug, child abuse. I suffered it myself and the book was one more tool for healing and recovery for me. It’s important to get that an bused child is not at fault for the abuse they suffer. It is totally on the abuser. In that realization is freedom from the abuse that lives in us long after the abuser is gone. In that knowledge I can let go and be me, the greatness of who I am. Thank you Danielle Steele. Mary Louise

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  • Kathleen
  • 2021-11-09

Incredible story

Amazing story. I loved and hated this story! It was about good and evil. I found it almost exhausting at times; and then, exhilarating to understand the strength of the human spirit and the amount of pain and abuse that one person can endure.

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  • Janice P. Swan
  • 2021-07-17

Awesome book!!

What a book!! So moving! It brought tears to my eyes. Being a Catholic and an student of a convent school, I can envision Gabby’s life amongst the nun’s and her desire to enter the religious life. Her natural need to be loved, and her inexperience lead her in the wrong paths.

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  • Diane Barbosa
  • 2021-06-27

Strength beyond measure

Sad but excellent story. Lots of twists and turns. Shows the ugly and beautiful side of love.