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The Gift

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,991 Ratings  ·  417 Reviews
On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. Th
Paperback, 275 pages
Published February 5th 1996 by Dell (first published January 1st 1986)
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❁ بــدريــه ❁
هناك بعض الأشخاص الذين يُقدّر لهم عدم البقاء في حياتنا
بعض الأشخاص يمروّن لفترة وجيزة
ربما ينجزون كل شيء بصورة أسرع منا جميعًا
لا يحتاجون إلى البقاء هنا لمئة سنة لإنجاز الأمور بشكل صحيح
بعض الأشخاص يأتون إلى حياتنا لمنحنا شيئًا ما
هدية، نعمة، درسًا يجب تعلمه و لهذا السبب يكونون هنا

Apr 12, 2016 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, for-swap-meet
I am on holidays from my studies and decided to read a DS novel. Great choice! It was a refreshing and endearing easy read. A 1950's setting which could easily translate to current day, I flew through this without a moment's hesitation. I found this hiding in a draw in the caravan after my summer holiday ~ I bit off more than I could chew with my reading list ~ it would have been perfect for that setting as well. I tend to read DS on holidays, for that simple and comforting reason of light, easy ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Heba rated it liked it
هنالك بعض الاشخاص قدر لهم عدم البقاء في حياتنا ..يمرون سريعا بعدما يكونوا قد منحونا هدية ..قد تكون درسا يجب أن نتعلمه الحب..العطاء..تحمل المسؤولية ..
وبالرغم من رحيلهم إلا إن روحهم تظل ترافقنا لا تغادرنا ابدا
وعليك أن تتذكر ..في الوقت الذي تهدي احدهم الحياة مجددا ...قد يمنحك هو مستقبلا...
Tea Jovanović
Jun 22, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated-it
Ovaj roman je moj prvi prevod... I moje prvo iskustvo s lošim nepismenim lektorom... Nažalost nikako da dođe do drugog izdanja i da se sve greške isprave... Otada nijedan moj prevod ne može da ode u štampu a da ja prethodno ne pogledam i ne odobrim lektorske intervencije... Valjda sam zbog tog prvog lošeg iskustva kasnije "kopala oči" lošim lektorima koje je sudbina povezala sa mnom (kod raznih izdavača) i koji su bili skloni da prevodiocima prčakaju neovlašćeno i nepotrebno po tekstu a da im s ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Dey rated it really liked it
I'd say that this book was mainly directed towards teens. I thought this book was very knowledgeable and interesting. I loved how Steele portrayed the idea that there is a reason for everyone who enters your life, and there is also a reason for their leaving. Also that not everyone is meant to be a part of your life forever, but some are only there to bring a "gift," not saying what that gift might be.
Mansuriah Hassan
This is a heart warming, compassionate and yet inspirational book about two families that have suffered tragedies and are trying to get their lives back. Loss is part of this book and unfortunately in life everyone at some point will face loss of their loved ones.

In the first part of the book you meet a perfect and happy family of Whittaker that loves each other very much. Whittaker’s are a family of four: John, Liz, Tommy and Annie. Tommy was an only child until he was ten. The parents, John a
As I was perusing the Rockridge library in search of a romance novel for my month of trash, I felt unexpectedly out of place turning the revolving paperback romance shelves, like I had found one of the many hidden exits from well-adjusted, socially accepted sanity into the hazy fringe. This, I felt, was taboo. Which is exactly what this month was supposed to be about. But I had a mission, and that mission was to find Danielle Steel. I was a little disappointed to discover her shelved with the ha ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Nahed.E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ليس مُقدرا للجميع أن يظلوا بجانبناً إلي الأبد ،،

القراءة الأول لدانيال ستيل .. ولا أعتقد أنها ستكون الأخيرة ..

فلقد أحبب قلمك للغاية سيدتي ..
أحببته بمنتهي البساطة ..
أحببت رقته وعذوبته وحتي حزنه أحببته ..
فليس من السهل أندمج هكذا وأشعر وكأنني معهم في غرفة واحدة .. أتحدث معهم وعنهم وإليهم في بساطة وتلقائية وهدوء ..
تخيلت أنني أشاهد الرواية تحدث أمامي حقا ..
وحتي حين اضطررت إلي التوقف عن القراءة ليومين ، عدت إليها وكأنها لم تفارق يدي لحظة !

دانيال ستيل ...
لقد جئت بما يجول في أذهاننا جميعاً حين نمتلك ما
Lauren Stoolfire
In 1950s USA, sixteen year-old Maribeth goes to a school dance (wearing what her father calls a flimsy prom dress and disgusting makeup) and lets a senior star athlete who normally wouldn't give her the time of day (and has just "broken up" with his girlfriend) flatter her into unprotected sex in the front seat his car on the way home. Maribeth ends up pregnant, the boy goes back to his girlfriend the next day and doesn't care what happens to Maribeth, Maribeth's brother realizes she's pregnant ...more
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What a wholesome heartwarming Book!

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Jul 16, 2009 Aline rated it it was amazing
The Gift is a message for us to look around in our life and love what we have. A family that was reaped apart after their daughter Annie died of meningitis at the age of five. Annie had give the family the meaning of love. After her lost the family spend the next year isolated from anybody grieving their lost. Until their son Tommy start a relationship with a girl which happened to be pregnant. Maribeth had got pregnant in her first time and with no luck the father rejected her and the baby. Mar ...more
Pratima Das
Jun 06, 2010 Pratima Das rated it really liked it
This book is about a family who has a child after 10 years. Finally having a child was the best gift for them, they named her Annie. Everyone was happy because of her, she was the joy of the family, she was only five years old when she died, a senseless death.Everything was shattered from then onwards, her parents and her brother, Tommy didn't talk to each other for months. They used to get into constant fights, everything had for them since Annie left them.
In another part of the story this girl
Cristine Pia
Feb 02, 2013 Cristine Pia rated it it was amazing
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Mar 18, 2009 Daisy rated it really liked it
It was a great story in my opinion on how this family overcomes misfortune that seem impossible to overcome. It shows how the love of a stranger is sometimes kinder than the love of a family member. What i like most of all was the fact that the story took place in 1950s where what the brave young girl did and acted was seen as shameful and now most young girls have done what she has and worst and now the way girl acted in the book seem to be how girls now a days are. As i was reading this book ...more
Viktoria Horvath
Mar 07, 2014 Viktoria Horvath rated it it was amazing
It was really sad in the beginning because Annie died, and I was literally crying.

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I loved Tommy and Meribeth's love story, I also liked that Tommy wanted to marry her even though she was having some else's baby.

But I didn't liked the fact that she didn't wanted to keep her own baby, I was quite angry with her when I was reading the book.

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But other than that I LOVED IT!!!!!

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Alexandra Vezure
Feb 05, 2015 Alexandra Vezure rated it really liked it
Genul de carte foarte usor de citit.. destul de previzibila, dar cu un parcurs placut. Ma temeam ca finalul o sa fie "ieftin" si siropos (ca au trait fericiti pana la adanci batraneti), dar nu a fost, motiv pentru care i-am acordat o stea in plus.

Parca ar fi scrisa pentru adolescenti.. si n-ar fi deloc o idee rea daca ar citi-o mai multi tineri. Sunt cateva "lectii" tratate foarte interesant si pentru cei care au minte sa priceapa, ar putea fi chiar educativa.

Daca esti genul care se transpune
Ikram Benmoussa
J'ai lu ce livre avec une connaissance préalable de ce qui va se passer à la fin toutefois je n'ai guère pu le laisser à côté et lire un autre roman. Le cadeau est une véritable chef-d'oeuvre de Danielle Steel, Le lire est une façon de chercher une paix interne, il m'a donné un sentiment de tranquillité envers ce qui se passe de malheureux dans la vie, surtout la perte d'un proche qui peut nous bouleverser et nous transmettre dans un monde d'anxiété et d'angoisse, chaque personne a un rôle bien ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Barrett rated it it was ok
I'm glad I've finally read something from such a prolific writer. Can't say she's for me though. Everything was a bit precious.
Jun 11, 2016 Rubina rated it liked it
2.5 stars
a sweet and heart touching story about love and people in our lives.
it was a nice read :)
Célia Loureiro
Apr 15, 2013 Célia Loureiro rated it liked it
Este foi o primeiro livro que li - primeiro romance, subentenda-se. Foi no Natal de 2002, estendida no sofá. As luzinhas da árvore de Natal iam acendendo e apagando e eu julguei que não haveria sítio mais confortável no mundo que aquele criado pelo livro, o sofá e a árvore. Foi há muito tempo, já. Onze anos para quem tem 23...
Enfim, é um livro passado nos anos 50, sobre uma jovem muito ingénua que se deixa enganar por um espertalhão e acaba grávida.
É também a história duma família que perde uma
Jun 18, 2016 Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2016 Sa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certaines personnes ont pour mission de traverser nos vies. Elles ne font que passer. Parce qu'elles sont plus avancées que les autres...Elles n'ont pas besoin de traîner cent ans...On dirait...on dirait que ces gens-là arrivent dans nos existences juste pour nous offrir quelque chose. Un don, une bénédiction, une leçon qui nous servira plus tard. Voilà pourquoi ils sont là...
Nov 03, 2012 Aica rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t ready for the dramatic assault. Until at this very moment, the story is still in my mind that it occupies its own particular space in my brain and especially in my heart. Those who still believe in unexpected gifts that give joy and agony to life should read this book.
While reading this book, all I did is cry and cry and cry. Though I haven’t experience the characters problems, I can feel their pain and agony. My eyes were red when I’m finally done reading it.
Bu t I am kinda disappoint
Aug 14, 2015 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story.

It was actually a wholesome story about a good teenage girl who makes a mistake one time and winds up pregnant. The reader will enjoy reading how her parents react and how another family shows their love for this teen.
Rina Giorgio
Jun 10, 2014 Rina Giorgio rated it it was amazing
The book "The Gift", tells a beautiful story of a tragic loss of a child. The Whitaker family was truly blesses with another child Annie, but after she had died the family is in shreds and could never fully recover from what was taken from them. As they had lost one child they did have Tommy, who brought a girl home and she would change their lives forever.
This book deserves five stars. It is truly heartwarming and really emphasizes the true gift of a child. Thought the book is sad it shows gr
Kizzy Herrold
Dec 31, 2015 Kizzy Herrold rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved this book.... had it not been a gift though I'm not sure I ever would have read it. must remember to check steel out every so often for a change of pace.
Vince Neil
Dec 27, 2015 Vince Neil rated it it was amazing
This book brought me to different places -- I particularly liked the cafe I've been to. :)
Julia Brumfield
Jul 10, 2014 Julia Brumfield rated it it was ok
Shelves: book, danielle-steel
Out of all the time that I have been to the library and perused the shelves I have run into Danielle Steel shelves. They appear around like dandelions wherever you look whether at a flea market, used book sell from a library or even just plain garage sells and yet I have never read a single one until now....

Coming into reading my first Danielle Steel I entered the book with the knowledge that many true readers either dislike these books or they love them. So where would I fall?

I cannot say th
Aug 15, 2014 Akhiii rated it it was amazing
Nice book
Jan 15, 2009 Joseph rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Its like a romantic tale of two lovers that were brought together by chance. This book shows how one person can change your life. It shows how a family could be broken apart by the loss of one person and then repaired with the gift of another!! Great novel!!! One of my favorites by Danielle Steel. This book got me into her novels to begin with. If you have the chance read this book
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“Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that's why they're here. You'll have that gift forever.” 2708 likes
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