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Wanderlust

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  4,923 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Wanderlust is the story of Audrey Driscoll. Orphaned young, Audrey has grown up caring for her eccentric millionaire grandfather and her demanding younger sister, Annabelle, who assume she will always be there for them. Sheltered yet restless, responsible beyond her years yet hungering for experience, Audrey is hopelessly bound until she herself makes the daring decision t ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Little Brown and Company
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Karina
Jun 24, 2008 Karina rated it really liked it
Beware! You really do get Wanderlust after reading this book!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Wanderlust, Danielle Steel
عنوان: سفر عشق؛ نویسنده: دانیل استیل؛ مترجم: سعید درودی؛ تهران، مهتاب، بهزاد 1372، 463 ص
Ridhika Khanna
Feb 11, 2015 Ridhika Khanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, romance
Well, I gave this book a four star as it is brilliantly put. The story is captivating and I loved the character of Audrey. The book takes you through a lot of emotions and I did cry when I was reading about Audrey adopting Mai Li. I thought to myself how much courage one needs to do what she did. Staying back for the kids and eventually adopting one. However there were a few points worth pointing out:

1. It is hardly a book about "wanderlust". It is just a romantic tale about a man and a women. I
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Noha El-Shami
بعد ما لتت "دانيال ستيل" وعجنت ورغت بكلام كتير كعادة الكتاب الأمريكانيين أقدر أقول أن أكثر ما أعجبني هو

شغف البطلة القوي والدائم بالسفر والترحال والتصوير؛ ففي أقل من عام (طبقا للأحداث) استطاعت قطع الكرة الأرضية من شرقها لغربها في رحلة طويلة بدأتها من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، زارت خلالها لندن وفيينا وأسطنبول وبكين وشنغهاي وبعد ذلك بعام آخر ومع بداية الحرب العالمية الثانية تزور برلين ونعيش معها تعصب النازيين، وتزور القاهرة كمصورة لمراسل صحفي -هو حبيبها- البريطاني الجنسية والمتخفي وراء جواز سفر
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Somya
Oct 27, 2015 Somya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING!!!
Irais Elvira
Jun 12, 2014 Irais Elvira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
No me esperaba para nada este libro, sorprenderte.
Viaje por todo el mundo, me angustié con sus angustias y lloré con sus tragedias.
Recomendable para un fin de semana :)
Jessica Friday
Mar 23, 2017 Jessica Friday rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite book. Beautifully written and a pleasure to read again and again. It's a wonderful romantic story that takes you through high society San Fransisco, the glamorous South of France, the horrors of World World II, and back again.

Audrey and Charlie are such a fascinating couple and truly meant to be. Danielle Steel can truly play on your emotions and make you feel so much. I read this every few years and am never disappointed.
Ray
Mar 22, 2017 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a young woman and her journey to grow up and become what she wants to be. She gets to travel, she falls in love, and evens up with orphans from China. Great ending and its so sad to see how selfish people really can be.
Ali
Jan 09, 2014 Ali rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardcover
This book told the tale of one woman's desire to travel. It begins with Audrey Driscoll finding her father's photo albums filled with photos of far off, magical places. Places Audrey desperately wants to visit. Alas, she is "stuck" taking care of her elderly grandfather and younger sister. Audrey has taken care of Annabelle (Annie) since she was a very young girl. Her parents were killed in an accident and Audrey became the parent. She did everything for Annabelle, and as such, Annabelle is inca ...more
Margaux Wrockley
Oct 05, 2015 Margaux Wrockley rated it liked it
I'm a home buddy who dreams to travel around the world making reading this book interesting. Well, the time setting of the story is too much of a throwback. I have to say that Danielle Steel truly has a gift in taking her readers into a wonderful journey through her novels so no wonder why she's said to be America's favorite novelist. Well, the story is unpredictable and the novel is a little bit fast-paced with all its colorful characters.

I have to say that the part when Audrey gave birth to a
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Mugdha
Oct 23, 2015 Mugdha rated it it was amazing
Some books make you forget where you are and what you are doing till you cannot read anymore. Wanderlust is one such book! I lived with Audrey, I cannot imagine feeling any different than narrated while Audrey traveled on her first solo trip. I don't know whether it's the timing I have read this book or the wanderlust that lingers in the heart which made me fall in love with this book only after reading first few pages. finished this book in 2 days flat and had to really fight myself to stop rea ...more
Helena
Jan 18, 2014 Helena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I couldn't have read this book faster. I'm a girl that adores to travel and I think this book and I were a match made in literary heaven. So with all of this said I think you can pretty much tell I fell in love with this story. The characters were so well developed and every single place Audrey visited I could imagine it with a clarity that made me want to join her and Charlie on all their adventures.

When I first started the book I thought it was slow and repetitive but as I kept on rea
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Jacks Wife
Feb 24, 2009 Jacks Wife rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This is such a great book,I've read it twice.
It's set during the time just before and during the time of Hitler,focusing on a young woman and her family. Her father,sisters,and the people in their lives.
The young woman,main character,is one who has taken on the task of caring for her younger sister,whom she has spoiled rotten since her birth,and continues when their parents,who are adventurous wanderers themselves,are killed in a plane crash,and the girls go to live with their father's father,i
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Takudzwa Maramba
I know I'm not in this books' target audience. Maybe that's why I didn't like it. My little sister is a big Danielle steel fan and handed me this book to start with after I had expressed interest in reading Letters From Nam; it took me three months to finish it. It's long-winded, slow and a tad empty. Both the girls; Audrey and Annabelle Driscoll struck me as stubborn, self-centered, annoying rich girls with all the character of a loaf of supermaket bread. Audrey's decision to go on walkabout af ...more
Elizabeth Douglas
Apr 04, 2016 Elizabeth Douglas rated it really liked it
I have always felt like it doesn't matter who wrote the novel if it grabs you. If it holds your attention and makes you love reading, who cares what it is. I have a degree in English and soon I will have my masters in English, and I absolutely adore this novel.

I can't even pinpoint why I love it so much. The only characters I really like are Audrey, Violet, and James. I adore Audrey's journey of self discovery. I adore how her sense of humor is so unbelievable (I mean, come on - Steel tells us
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Michael Alan Grapin
Although her parents were killed while traveling, Audrey Driscoll always dreamed of traveling to romantic and exotic places much to the dismay of her sister and grandfather. Her wanderlust finally caught up with her during the great depression and she set out to explore as much of the world as she could see. Along the way she met her dearest friends and the love of her life whom she followed to the orient. She found herself in charge of a orphanage and brought one of the orphans home with her to ...more
Cyrisse
May 22, 2008 Cyrisse added it
Recommends it for: all romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
Shelves: danielle-steel
Wanderlust is a 1986 romantic novel, authored by Danielle Steel. The book was originally published on June 1, 1986 by Dell Publications, receiving a short number of both positive and negative editorial reviews. The plot follows Audrey Driscoll, a fictional character, travelling from America to China, Germany, England and North Africa; however is repeatedly make to choose between her desire for her adventure, or to abide by her conscience.

Audrey Driscoll grew up in her grandfather's San Francisco
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Jolene
Dec 13, 2013 Jolene rated it really liked it
I MUST SAY THAT THIS WAS A PRETTY GOOD BOOK! IT WAS SAD HOW AUDREY AND ANNIE LOST THEIR PARENTS WHEN THEY WERE SO YOUNG. BOTH GIRLS HAD TO GO LIVE WITH THEIR GRANDFATHER (THEIR DAD'S FATHER). AUDREY WAS MORE LIKE A MOTHER TO ANNIE THAN A SISTER, AFTER ALL SHE HELPED HER WITH EVERYTHING. AUDREY TOOK CARE OF THEIR GRANDFATHER TOO! SHE EVEN HIRED AND FIRED THE HELP AND TOOK CARE OF GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE. SO IT'S NO WONDER THAT WHEN ANNIE GOT MARRIED AND HAD A BABY & TURNED 21 THAT 26 YEAR OLD AUD ...more
Dawn
Sep 28, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
There was a (short) period in my younger life when I really enjoyed Danielle Steel, especially her more historical novels. And then there was a long period of my life where I could not read a Danielle Steel novel without gagging. (Was there ever an author who employed "And" as a sentence starter more?) She has not improved with age, and I am talking about her own.
This is one of her earlier novels. I picked it up in a "Free" box in a neighbor's post yard sale, read it fairly quickly, and remembe
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Jessica
Jun 04, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
UGH, such drivel! Every trite, overused cliche imaginable. Strong young woman is orphaned and becomes caretaker for younger sister and ailing grandfather (very, very rich grandfather). Feels unfulfilled and goes on a journey in which she immediately meets a (very, very rich) couple who take them under their wing and introduce her to the man she falls passionately in love with within a few days. They then proceed to repeatedly make love for hours, and then their lovemaking goes on for hours and t ...more
Venkataragavan
The first half of this book isn't very enticing. Two lovebirds who cannot bear to stay apart from each other end up running back to each other on and off. After a while, it makes for irritable reading.

Edward Driscoll is an amazing character in this book. I loved his interactions with Audrey. All of his wit and dry humour. Particularly the 'upstairs maid' quip!

Once that incident in Harbin starts to unfold, the read is riveting. My heart leapt and dove with every moment of Aud's life. Vi and Jame
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Hema
Dec 15, 2015 Hema rated it liked it
I had to read this book for book club, and to be honest, I wasn't sure it was such a good choice. Danielle Steel is a good writer, but her books aren't exactly conversation starters. The only thing I really like about this book is that you are able to live vicariously through the characters. This is a well written book and the characters are well developed. However, the plot is simply not my cup of tea. The characters' sense of love for their significant others is a bit over-exaggerated. There a ...more
Kinza
Jan 31, 2017 Kinza rated it liked it
I have read more Danielle steel books than i can stomach... i love the way she writes but i also feel that sometimes her continuous use of the war with HITLER gets quite repetitive... although in this book the war is more in the background and the whole plot does not revolve around it.
This was one of the main reasons i like this book and the other more important reasons is that as in almost all of Danielle Steel books it showed that women are not DAMSEL IN DISTRESSES and can take care of themsel
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Maureen
Jun 26, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff-but-fun
I don't read her books anymore, probably because they are just churned out like paper towels on a spool. However, this one is particularly memorable to me. I remember this on having a green cover at the time and it was about an orphanage, so when I went back to look at the synopsis offered here, it is indeed the same book. What makes it the most memorable to me is the fact that I went through almost an entire box of Kleenix crying over some aspect of this novel which I have no memory of this man ...more
Sandra
Jul 14, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book was that it went beyond other romance novels. The characters were more plentiful. The main romance interests had lives outside of each other. The book took place during World War II and Steel used a lot of that in the plot, much more than other romance novelists might have deemed necessary, but it was nice to read chapters about real life between the romance, if you know what I mean. Basically, this book was just so much more than a typical mass market romance one mi ...more
Trista Blair
May 29, 2013 Trista Blair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I read this book a long time ago, but to this day it is still one of my all time favorites. Audrey Driscol is more than your average DS heroine. She has no mommy issues, she is adventurous in spirit and although she takes her responsibilities at home seriously cannot help but long for a life of traveling and excitement. Enter Charles Parker-Scott, the epitome of everything that Audrey longs for in life. He is dashing, attentive and mad for Audrey.

Although the two are constantly caught between d
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Rachael Morris
Sep 06, 2011 Rachael Morris rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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Sarah Smith
Aug 06, 2012 Sarah Smith rated it it was amazing
Every detail of Danielle Steel's adventurous romance novel, "Wanderlust" is ABSOLUTELY, ACHINGLY POWERFUL!!!! :-). Mere words can neither adequately or accurately express just how much I loved it!!!! :-). I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it from beginning to end!!!! :-). "Wanderlust" is the FIRST and ONLY Danielle Steel novel that I have ever had the privilege of reading at this point, and it is just SIMPLY EXQUISITE!!!! :-). I have read it twice now, and I do not believe that I will ever tire of its magic ...more
Lori
Feb 27, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing
This book combines two of my favorites, traveling and historic fiction. This woman was so brave to do the things she did. I wish I had her courage. *Warning* Danielle Steel puts one or two sex scenes in most of her books. I try to overlook them because she has so much historical content that I find fascinating. Although some of her more recent books didn't contain any. I was pleasantly surprised.
Teresa Cooper
I think wanderlust was a very well written book and that is why I read Danielle Steel, I think her story telling is well written and well researched and her stories are easy to understand and follow. I think that she uses a lot of different places, people, situations and circumstances to hold the readers interest and I think she does a excellent job being a great storyteller. I would encourage anyone to read her literary works she is wonderful!!!
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