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The House

 
 
 
 
The House
Author: Danielle Steel
ISBN 13: 9780440242031
ISBN 10: 0440242037
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: 2007-01-30
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $7.99
 
 

The restoration of a majestic old home provides the exhilarating backdrop for Danielle Steel’s 66th bestselling novel, the story of a young woman’s dream, an old man’s gift, and the surprises that await us behind every closed door….

Perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco, the house was magnificent, built in 1923 by a wealthy man for the woman he adored. For her and for this house, he would spare no expense and overlook no detail, from the endless marble floors to the glittering chandeliers. Almost a century later, with the once-grand house now in disrepair, a young woman walks through its empty rooms. Sarah Anderson, a perfectly sensible estate lawyer, is about to do something utterly out of character. An elderly client has died and left her two gifts. One is a generous inheritance. The other, a priceless message: to use his money for something wonderful, something daring. And in this old house, surrounded by crumbling grandeur, Sarah knows just what it is.

A respected attorney and self-described workaholic, Sarah had always lived life by the book. With a steady, if sputtering, relationship and a tiny apartment that has suited her just fine, Sarah cannot explain the force that draws her to the mansion and its history–to the story of a woman who once lived in the house, then mysteriously left it, to a child who grew up there, and a drama that unfolded in war-torn France…and to a history she never knew she had.

Taking the biggest risk of her life, Sarah enlists the help of architect Jeff Parker, who shares Sarah’s passion for bringing the exquisite old house back to life. As she and Jeff work to restore the home’s every detail, as one relationship shatters and another begins, Sarah makes a series of powerful discoveries: about the true meaning of a dying man’s last gift…about the extraordinary legacies that are passed from generation to generation…and about a future she’s only just beginning to imagine.

In a novel of daring and hope, of embracing life and taking chances, Danielle Steel brilliantly captures one woman’s courageous choice to pour herself into a dream–and receive its gifts in return.

Library Journal

Sarah Anderson, a 37-year-old estate attorney, is fed up with her monotonous life. She puts in very long hours in her office and is involved in an unhappy relationship with a man who will only see her on occasional weekends. Then a beloved elderly client dies and leaves Sarah a generous inheritance. He also leaves a message asking her to use his money for something wonderful, to enjoy her life, and do something enterprising. Following his suggestion, Sarah breaks up with her deceitful boyfriend, buys a rundown old mansion, and focuses all of her attention on fixing it up. She employs the help of architect Jeff Parker, who shares Sarah's excitement for refurbishing this beautiful old home. As she and Jeff work to restore the house, Sarah also begins to repair her life. Steel keeps the listener interested in this predictable page-turner. Read by Erik Singer, House is a fine addition to popular fiction collections.-Carol Stern, Glen Cove P.L., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.