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The Long Road Home

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,443 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
A novel of courage, hope and love...

From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, seven-year-old Gabriella watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan home. The click, click click of her mother's high heels strikes terror into her heart, as she has been told that she is to blame for her mother's rage - and her father's failure to protect her. Her world is
Paperback, 476 pages
Published March 4th 1999 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1998)
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Mar 01, 2013 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
I think the last time a book gripped me this much was when I read "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult. On that note, I don't think I have ever read a book that made me feel so angry, saddened, and hopeful many times throughout the whole story. It was riveting and left me feeling broken hearted for the poor girl who could never catch a break. I have NEVER teared up this much while reading a book in my life. Steele's writing made the characters feel so real, to the point where I actually HATED a ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this since I was about 16 or so, having found it lying around my sister's house when i was living with her, but here's what I remember:

It doesn't just skim through like a story told, it's deep and long and solid. Telling of a life, letting you live that life with her. Details of abuse, aftermath, darkness, and the hard journey to the other end to the light. It's an emotional read. I think I might have cried, shuttered, and sat in stone-faced silence through this piece of work. I c
Aundrea O'Connor
Dec 15, 2011 Aundrea O'Connor rated it it was amazing
Very easy to read and hard to put down. Seems to have crazy twists and turns. Very enjoyable!!! Tear jerker and leaves warm smiles. Can't wait to see how the ending turns out.Read the first half within part of a day. :) (12/13/11)

This book was very difficult to put down. Throughout the whole book there are so many unexpected twists and turns. Would recomment it to anyone who wants to read an unforgettable book. Amazing author. Never have been disappointed with her style of righting. (12/15/11)
Kao što sam već napisala, ova Danijelina knjiga me je totalno oduševila!
Nakon što ju je majka poslije deset godina zlostavljanja ostavila u samostanu i kada su je časne sestre odgojile i učile da bude jedna od njih, Gabrijela upoznaje sveštenika po imenu Džo. Pomislim da je to zaslužila, ljubav koja ih je obavijala, radost kada su čekali bebu...Međutim, kraj njihove veze me je šokirao! Danijela je uspjela da me ostavi s otvorenim ustima od šoka :D
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Jan 19, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a typical DS, I did my usual quick skipping reading, it was ok, easy to read which suits a purpose.
Carolyn F.
Audiobook, abridged.

The good things about this book - hence the 2 stars:

Anthony Fusco is a great narrator. Did both the male and female voices excellently and I could feel the pain and happiness as he read.

The first half was good, but . . .

The bad things about this book:

Can't Gabrielle ever have a happy life.


First she's beat by her mother constantly while her dad stands there and watches and thinks, "Oh my, I wish she would stop."

Then she's sent to a convent where
Apr 19, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Always embarrassed to admit having read a Danielle Steel book, this is the first of hers that I ever picked up. The story grabs you in an 'Oh my God I cant believe this is happening, how awful!' kind of way but after the first half of the book it tends to become somewhat mismatched and I found myself feeling that I have been sad with this book long enough and wanted it to just finish. The relationship between Gabriella and the nuns of the convent is lovely and I enjoyed the slight exploration of ...more
Jean Doolittle
Dec 09, 2012 Jean Doolittle rated it did not like it
Oh, my God! I have never read Danielle Steel before, and I certainly expected more than what I got from this bestselling author. The story was full of pathos and grabbed my attention all right, but much of the horror came from the poor quality of her writing and research. Such stories of abuse do exist, but I don't think Steel has a clue about the real impact that the (unrealistic) conditions she set up would have on a young girl like Gabriela. The dialogue was pedestrian and she continually "to ...more
Joneetha Pralou
Jan 16, 2010 Joneetha Pralou rated it it was amazing
This incredible book brought me to tears, and was one I promptly suggested for my sister. If anyone has suffered at the hand of an abusive parent, you'll immediately connect with this book. It tore my heart out, and gradually rebuilt it piece by piece as she told the story. Incredible.
Sep 20, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book while I was a freshmen in high school and even then I could not put it down! I felt like such a nerd while all my friends were talking after our work was done or in between classes and I was quietly reading and at times even tearing up or crying. This was an excellent book and was one of the first that would lead me to becoming a huge lover a books. I remember feeling the pain from an unwanted young girl and more and more getting badly abused and getting very little ...more
Marianne Stehr
Oct 03, 2010 Marianne Stehr rated it it was amazing
I have not read Danielle Steel since college, when I thought it was the greatest literary work around LOL, but this .25 pickup at a library sale was sitting on my TBR forever, it was wonderful. It sucked you in completely and just when you think that the heroine can take no more, more is thrust upon her. I really enjoyed this one, a great book and completely engrossed me, finished it in two partial days!!!
Dorothy Pruett
Jul 10, 2011 Dorothy Pruett rated it it was amazing
I'm not a fan of Steel... But I read this book MANY years ago and I couldn't put it down. My classmates used to tease me because they thought it was a bible. Lol. Now that I've read it again, it was still hard to put it down but now that I'm more experienced with reading I was very irritated by how she repeated things over and over. other than that, it is still a breathtaking experience. A great book!
Mar 26, 2011 Angelyn rated it it was ok
I thought I would try some authors I have seen a lot but never read. Danielle Steele is one. I don't know if this is representative of her other books but it was not a romance. It was a book about abuse. It seemed she had done her homework and really understood what abused children go through and how they think. The book was long and tedious though because of that.
Apr 10, 2016 Selma rated it it was amazing
Nakon duzeg perioda NEcitanja, ova knjiga me je vratila u one dane kada sam knjige gutala u jednom dahu, u nekoliko sati. :) Samo cu reci WOW, definitivno jedna od boljih Danijelinih knjiga, sa snaznom porukom, potresnom pricom i mnostvom emocija.
Feb 14, 2013 Rei rated it it was amazing
Although hard to read at times, it's still a solid and deep story of one girl going through some of the worst-case moments in life, but having to come out in the end, face her past and becomes a strong young lady.

I only ever read it once, and that was years ago, though the story is still completely and utterly memorable on my mind like I read it yesterday, so I guess that's a good thing. I have been meaning to buy my own copy, as my last one was my mothers that I read.

It's not the best one of h
Liana Qissy Cat
Apr 25, 2013 Liana Qissy Cat rated it it was ok
Weak protagonist! Gabriella is labelled 'strong' in this book because she overcame all the obstacles but I personally feel that it made her character weak & pathetic when she allowed people to kick her around. And then it ends with a happily ever after with Prince Charming. Boring...

"Most things are complicated in life, arent they? It's a shame it has to be that way. Sometimes it seems like nothing can ever be easy. But there are also times it's easier than we make it. I think we all complic
May 10, 2012 Tetz rated it really liked it
To tell you honestly, I literally cried when I was reading this. Specifically the part where Gabriella's dad found her in her room unconscious surrounded by her pool of blood. I couldn't control my tears any longer, so I just let it shed. This is my second book from Danielle Steel, the first one was Star, which was for me, a little unrealistic. Though even this book is, but I appreciate this better than Star.
Oct 24, 2011 Nyeilza rated it liked it
its such a sad one point during the read i thought, can it get any more worst for the character,,but den again something happens n its more horrifying! her own mother beats her, the father leaves them, the mother discards her,the boyfriend tries to kill her! u should know what you are going in for, u might just enjoy it!.the emotions and pain have been described quite nicely though.
Mikaela  Bottaro
Sep 09, 2015 Mikaela Bottaro rated it liked it
It was just to sad for me. Like I've no problem with drama, on the opposite I actually enjoy it usually. But I like high level kind of drama, drama on books that you just won't forget. This one was just way to dramatic and not enough... Special? I'm not sure if that the right word, but for sure something was missing on it.
Primo libro della Steel che io abbia letto a cui mi senta di dare la sufficienza, e credevo che questo giorno non sarebbe mai venuto!
Diversamente che in altre occasioni, qui la Steel riesce a sfruttare abbastanza bene la buona idea alla base della trama, perdendosi un po' nella seconda parte, ma tutto sommato senza lasciarsela sfuggire tra le mani come invece fa in Immagine allo specchio o Dolceamaro, solo per citarne un paio.

Aggiungo solo che, benché solitamente detesti quando in traduzione il
Katie Scarlett
Nov 14, 2015 Katie Scarlett rated it it was amazing
I hardly ever give 5 stars. Books have to be pretty epic for me to give the highest rating. And this is just that. It kind of has the feel of Forrest Gump. The storyline. Starting at a very young age Into adulthood. And reminds me also of Matilda. Only her parents are MUCH worse. And there's no crazy gross principle. Her mother hates her and beats her, and the father is too insecure and scared to say anything. Gabriella is then abandoned by her father and dropped off at a convent by her mother. ...more
April Chamberlain
This book was a huge surprise to me. All my friends that DO NOT read, ever, had read this book before me and each one said how good it is. Very tough to read in parts due to the nature of the story, but in the end, like most Danielle Steel books it gives you courage and hope. Very, very good book
This book was amazing in alot of ways having a girl survive the abusive mother and a father that left her to live with her. To the convent she grew up in tobe kicked out because of a preist she fell in love with! She survived so much and still searched for the happiness she always wanted!
Jun 07, 2013 Fady rated it really liked it
Danielle Steel's books are mostly the same. this one is a nice novel but all her ideas are the same! the hero in the story is always a girl who suffers all her life and she goes through hell and at the end she finds the love of her life after so many failed relations! so cliché
Tiffany Karafinski
Oct 02, 2015 Tiffany Karafinski rated it really liked it
heartbreaking story throughout, but happy ending :)
Mar 11, 2010 Mary-Frances rated it did not like it
Not thrilled with it. It's been a long time since I read a Danielle Steel and I thought they were lighter than this. I began to have a hard time buying into the story when SO many bad things happened.

When did she get so depressing?
Bill Khaemba
I honestly to God wasn't expecting to love this book, It was those books that lived inside my bag, not even my shelf. I feel really guilty for not appreciating or making it a top priority on my reading list.

I don't where to start with this book!!!!!

Being the first time I have read her book... I didn't honestly thought it packed a punch. My emotional stability was put to test with this book. Touching on strong themes, such as Child Abuse, Love, Life Struggles, Confronting the past and a lot of l
Feb 16, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
This was a hard book to read because it deals with severe child abuse. It does show that an abused child can triumph, but not without a lot of problems. I don't recommend it to the feint of heart.
Wendy De Jesus
Sep 11, 2015 Wendy De Jesus rated it it was amazing
This was the first Danielle Steel book I read and I loved it. The story is so heart wrenchingly sad but her writing style and ability to weave a story is impecable. I defenitely recommend
sue dyson
Aug 22, 2015 sue dyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping Story

I could not turn the pages fast enough. I openly cried through much of this book. It reminded me of a story known all to well. Thank you DS.
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