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The Long Road Home

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,908 ratings  ·  232 reviews
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.

From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan townhouse.At seven, she kn
ebook, 448 pages
Published February 25th 2009 by Dell (first published January 1st 1998)
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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
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
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)
Joneetha Pralou
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
Jean Doolittle
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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?
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.
A long road to the end of the book. It had been awhile since I had read a Danielle Steele. It may be another while.
Jacob Lasher
This book was absolutely breathtaking. I love this book so much, finished it one sitting. READ THIS.
I am in two minds about this book:

The first one likes the way this book was written. It was very powerful and i found my tears running freely down my face numerous times.

But on the other hand i hated the topic of child abuse, especially from the hands of the parents. The biggest problem with this, is the fact that it could have happened. That so many people should never become parents, and so many don't respect or value someone else's live. Some humans behave worse than animals and anyone who
I decided this month to read two Danielle Steele novels. It'sbeen a busy month for me working A lot of hours, so I prescribed myself some escape novel reading on myKindle and picked up some Danielle Steele. This One was MUCH better than the first book that I read. I always enjoy a good tale that takes you through the life of someone, you start with the main character around age 3 as a young toddler facing abuse from a cruel mother. The beginning reads like a Walt Disney story reminding me of thi ...more
In Danielle Steel's the Long Road Home, she told us an emotional and heart-breaking story about healing and abuse. When Gabriella Harrison was a little girl, her mother blamed her for the rage and abused her. She knew there was no place to hide, when the only escape was the stories she write. Later her father abandoned her as she was dropped off at the convent. That's when her battered body and soul was taken care by nuns to heal. She also spent most of her life as a nun. When she grew up into ...more
Melissa K
I have read several Danielle Steel books and of course various other romances. This is one of the only DS that I think is good-to-excellent (the others are "The Ghost" and "Johnny Angel"). Surprisingly good with a lot of depth, parts were actually uncomfortable to read due to the nature of child abuse. But it was done well. I actually have kept my ppb copy for many years to re-read again someday
Janelle Jansson
This story was fascinating. Gabriella had horrible parents. Her mother beat her senseless, and more often than not, almost killed her. After what seems like the longest 10 years of her short life, Gabriella is left in a convent by her mother. Her mother never returns, and Gabriella never hears from her again. Years later, Gabriella is free from the convent. This was an amazing story. A must read.
Ines Norton
Há bastante tempo que a Danielle Steel estava na minha lista de autores a conhecer e esta história não desapontou, e a Danielle deu-me algo que eu adoro em livros personagens apaixonantes e heroínas fortes de características embora com tantas qualidades torne-se um pouco irrealista. Mas gostei bastante e recomendo e irei ler muitos mais títulos desta autora...


For a long time now (since I've seen some adaptations of her books) I had Danielle Steel in my to read list and she has not
Jordan Henderson
Simply amazing!

This book was absolutely amazing to read. From the first chapter to the last page it had me on the edge of my seat. The detail Danielle Steel uses is heart wrenching. I didn't want to put it down at any point and there were a few tears shed throughout the entire novel. A MUST READ!
Nelly O
Having not read a chic-lit for sometime now, I picked this book from a friend's house. I have not been emotionally charged with a character like I was with Gabriella.

You can't help but feel through her sadness, hurt, neglect, confusion and the tears! It was a relief whenever she got a BREAK, hoping it would last but then we would be back to where we started.

A good and easy read especially for those getting back on the reading scene!
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