A Long Road Home

Bestselling novelist Danielle Steel takes us on a harrowing journey into the heart of America’s hidden shame in a novel that explores the power of forgiveness, the dark side of childhood, and one woman’s unbreakable spirit.

A long way indeed!

A long way indeed!

Scandal, betrayal and treachery do little to animate this dreary saga from Steel. My first book of hers was not a great experience I must admit. Quick Review :

Book/Series The Long Road Home
Author  Danielle Steel
Year 1998
Genre Romance, Fiction, Drama, Sociology
Storyline The plot takes us through the shattered world of a girl subject to abuse & heart-break in the quest of “home” – a place where she can feel safe and find happiness.
  • Unbreakable spirit of the protagonist
  • Candid portrayal of the bitterness of heartbreak & suffering
  • Way too much pathos for my liking. I get that life isn’t really easy but piling tragedy over tragedy?
  • Weak supporting characters. It was as if Gabbie got all the attention.
  • In the end when Gabbie is “home”, doesn’t feel very convincing!
Special Mentions  –
Number of Re-reads None for me thank you very much
My Recommendation A one-time read but be ready to feel intense stabs of pain and anguish.
Rating 2.5/5

By the time she’s six, Gabriella Harrison has known nothing but torture at the hands of her battering mother –Eloise, a socialite who hates children–especially her own. Gabbie’s alcoholic father is incapable of dealing with the madness that rules the house and soon escapes with another woman. Home sweet home indeed!

Like a ray of light, Eloise soon tires of motherhood and dumps the girl at a convent. For the first time, Gabbie dares to let herself go. She experiences unconditional love from the sisters, a talent for writing and, later, illicit passion in the arms of a priest. When discovered, the affair leads to the priest’s suicide and her subsequent eviction from the convent.

However, Gabbie fights against the odds, with new friends, a new lover and her burgeoning talent as a writer. Still, tragedy tails her like a lost puppy, and her monstrous mother casts a long shadow over her triumphs. The plot continues to tread on with Gabbie searching for “home”.

Steel’s attempt at a redemption story falls flat for me because of repetitious prose and two-dimensional characters. The inevitable happy ending, when it finally arrives, doesn’t seem like the end. I doubt if I could be tempted to pick up another Danielle Steel book. Any better suggestions?


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