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Precious gifts: a novel

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Sweeping from New York to Los Angeles to Paris, Rome, Venice, and the South of France, Precious Gifts is Danielle Steel at her most acute and affecting, with the story of Veronique Parker and her three very different daughters, who each find their destiny with a late assist from a charming rogue.

Paul Parker was the ultimate bon vivant, charismatic but feckless, who left his wealthy wife and three beautiful daughters wounded and wary of men. But after his death, Paul shows surprising insight in the bequests he leaves to each. Knowing that Veronique's wealth is reserved for emergencies and special cases, so as to build the sense of responsibility he failed to provide, Paul aims to address their daughters' immediate needs in his will. To Timmie, he bequeaths the necessary funds to open her own facility to serve her homeless and underprivileged clients. To Juliette, enough to hire a staff to manage her bakery, so she can have time to get away, travel and live more fully. And to Joy, the money to hire a talent manager and funds for two years to get her acting career off the ground. But while Paul may have shown his daughters more support and affection in his final will than he ever did in his actual life, he leaves Veronique with a shocking revelation that shatters her remaining illusions about the understanding they had shared: the existence of a now-adult daughter who'd been born three years before their divorce. Yet this too, is a gift, as it propels Veronique to at last forge a life of her own--and to open her heart to the magnetic photographer she meets in the course of her journey.

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Full title precious gifts
Author steel danielle
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auth_author2 Almasy, Jessica,, Almasy, Jessica., Miller, Dan John,, Miller, Dan John.
author Steel, Danielle.
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display_description 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 Vr?onique: 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.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Fathers -- Death -- Fiction, Large type books, Legacies -- Fiction, Love stories, American, Mothers and daughters -- Fiction, Wills -- Fiction
title_display Precious gifts : a novel
title_full Precious Gifts A Novel, Precious gifts : a novel / Danielle Steel, Precious gifts [sound recording] / Danielle Steel, Precious gifts [sound recording] : a novel / Danielle Steel, Precious gifts [text (large print)] : a novel / Danielle Steel
title_short Precious gifts :
title_sub a novel
topic_facet Audiobooks, Brothers and sisters, Death, Fathers, Fiction, Large type books, Legacies, Literature, Love stories, American, Mothers and daughters, Romance, Wills