Precious Gifts

Precious Gifts

by Danielle Steel

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Handsome, widowed, sophisticated, utterly charming, Paul Parker won the heart of a wealthy young Frenchwoman—the daughter of an American financier, the granddaughter of a major French art dealer—as his second wife. In two marriages, he fathered a challenging son and three very different daughters. But as irresponsible as he was irresistible, he ultimately shrugged off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant.

Raised by their mother with all the care and resolve their father lacked, the three Parker sisters have become vibrant, self-reliant young women: Timmie, the oldest, a fiercely dedicated social worker in New York; sweet, nurturing Juliette, proprietor of a fledgling bakery in Brooklyn; and their younger sister, Joy, who is struggling to build an acting career in Los Angeles. While they love their mostly absent, glamorous father, he has left them with a legacy of impermanence and uncertainty in their own relationships with men. And with no strong role model to guide him, Paul’s son has gone from one failure to another, even while his stepmother makes excuses for him, as he seethes with jealousy of his younger sisters.

Now, after a long illness, Paul has slipped away peacefully in his sleep, and his family has gathered together to read his will. As his final wishes are revealed, his son is forced to face reality as an adult. And his daughters see a new side to their father—one that shows a caring man trying to redeem himself with a different, lasting legacy. He has made a very personal bequest to each of his children, carefully designed to help them achieve their own unique dreams and find true happiness. But Paul has saved the biggest surprise for his ex-wife Véronique: a secret from the past that shakes her world and sets her free. He leaves her a gift that remained a mystery for their entire marriage, and she begins a search to discover its history and rightful owner.

The story of a man’s last wish to make a difference—and of the loved ones he leaves behind fulfilling their destinies at last—Precious Gifts is bursting with indelible characters and emotional complexity as it takes readers from New York and Los Angeles to the art capitals of Europe and the South of France. Inspiring and uplifting, it is a deeply moving exploration of the rich territory of loss, inheritance, and reawakening—Danielle Steel at the height of her literary prowess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101966921
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 180,207
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Precious Gifts: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another gem from a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great wonderful book. Danielle Steel you are wonderful. Makes you really think what we have in life is Precious. Can't wait for your next book in January. What a great way to wrap up my relaxing Christmas day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel but really didn't like the daughters that much. Too self centered for my liking. Loved "V" though and was happy for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasted my money on this one. Ughhh
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danielle Steel at her best, great reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As i tried to blen into my new school i quickly realized that even with all my training i was tottaly out of my league. There was no way i was blending in. I didnt even know a quarter of what the girls were talkinin about. There was this one girl who ruled the school an seemed to have a personal vendetta against me. There was nothing i could do about it though no one could. She was the presidents daughter. As i was searching for clues the princess that was how everyone had to call the presidents daughter kept getting in my way. On the second week i found a chilling note in my locker "stop sticking your pretty nose where it doesnt belong or else it might get chopped off." That didnt scare me i continued searching but that lead to my downfall. Three nights after i recived the note i was getting ready for bed. I heard the door of my room open assuming it was my room mate i just continued getting ready. until
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Love the D.S. of old. Sometimes she switches her writing style and sometimes she stays true to her original style. For a true D.S. book, Pegasus was fantastic......this one not so much. Characters were all over the place, underdevloped story, and a flat ending. I was very disappointed in this book.
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Love Danielle Steel always a good read but wish the ending was different
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Pa_Sue More than 1 year ago
Veronique Parker is a mother with 3 daughters who has devoted her life to her husband and children until the divorce. She still remains friends with her husband. At his passing he leaves his children and his ex wife money, a home in France, and instructions on how they are to use the money to follow their dreams. They also discover secrets in their father's life. All the daughters have suffered because of their father's inattentiveness to them as they were growing up. Can all these women find love??
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I thought the story was great, but the details were not up to the usual standards. I also found several editing errors in the Nook version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
D.S is the best author, but i hated this book :(