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Legacy

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,002 ratings  ·  338 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Danielle Steel's Hotel Vendome.

This compelling, centuries-spanning novel brilliantly interweaves the lives of two women—a writer working in the heart of modern academia and a daring young Sioux Indian on an incredible journey in the eighteenth century. The result is an unforgettable story of courage in the face of the unknown.


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ebook, 336 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Debbie
Another typical Danielle Steel novel, where the heroine finds love and happiness in the end, and never deals with such mundane realities as health insurance, how to make the next mortgage payment, or gaining weight. Instead, Brigette is most concerned about explaining why she stayed in a comfortable (read BORING) relationship and job for so long, and dealing with not having had a kid or two.

The plot is rather thin, as Brigette is canned from her job, and dumped by her boring boyfriend. And alth
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
This book was given to me as a gift by my staff.I have never bought a Danielle Steel book or read one as I didnt think it was my kind of book. But my fellow gift givers thought "women my age" like her books *scatches head here* not sure what they meant by that. So I started to read this book the day after Christmas ( afraid I may get a quiz or something ) and it was pretty good. It starts off with the main charcater Brigitte at the age of 38 being dumped by her boyfriend of 6 years and getting s ...more
Terrie
This book was very interesting to me because it is the story of a woman, Brigette, who is searching for her ancestory. Her first stop is the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The entire book is very complimentary of the Library, Mormons and the tremendous help she received there. She discovers that her 4th Great Grandmother was a Dakota Sioux who somehow ended up in France. Brigette goes to the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris to continue her search, where she determines that the employee ...more
Erin
I think the book would have been so much better if it had just been about Wachiwi in the late 1700's. The parts with Brigitte were so boring and repetitious and took away from the best part of the book. Although I loved the first part of the Wachiwi story with Jean, I didn't feel anything between Wachiwi and Tristan, although their love was supposedly so real and deep. I feel the book was way too repetitious and poorly developed. Danielle Steel has been my favorite author for more than 20 years ...more
Diane
Started out well and mildly intriguing, but quickly got redundant. Clearly, there was a page quota which had to be filled. Did I say redundant. Let me tell you again how I felt..and then say it again .. It went on and on like that. Only second DS book I've read. Clearly a very bad choice! Or maybe all her books are like this and I didn't see it the first time. I know I skipped pages then too. There were two parallel stories, which sounded intriguing and a good ploy, but it was not. One began thr ...more
Jonne Adams
I really liked this book but struggled between giving a rating of three or four. It has a great plot in which the current day character, Brigette, finds her comfortable world turned upside down by the loss of both her long time boyfriend and a job she has held for 10 years. At her mother's urging she agrees to delve into some research in her mother's longtime passion, the family's genealogy, which had always bored her to death in the past.

Her research starts with the Mormon Library in Salt Lake,
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Gloria Bernal
The story was fantastic, the writing was not. You have two stories in one novel here. Present day and past. Brigitte is the present day main character. She is a wishy-washy, educated but unambitious woman who has nothing to show for her education or her choices in life. She is unmarried, nearing 40, no kids, a mediocre job at a university and writing an uninteresting novel for several years that she is bored with. She has invested 6 years with a guy who dumps her, she gets layed off after 10 yea ...more
Peg
I thought I would proudly go through life being able to say I had never read a Danielle Steel book. Alas, she made the mistake of writing one that showed up in the genealogy-related fiction section of our library and now, although I'm only on page 83, I absolutely must finish it to see how it turns out. Yes, she is ridiculously redundant, and yes, I feel like I'm reading a grade-school level work. However, I'm a family history buff, curious of late about the fiction works based on a genealogy th ...more
Amber Gorman-korn
It has been many years since I have read a Danielle Steel novel, so when I started Legacy I was in for a great surprise. Ms. Steel has always been a good author, but with this book, I feel she has transformed into an amazing author.

I loved how the story started with Brigitte, and the changes and that she was facing after a ten year slump. (I don't want to ruin the book for anyone by giving anything away) After a visit with her mother she is guiltily asked to help research some of their family h
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Christe
I couldn't put this book down! This is one of the best Danielle Steel books I've read. If you are a genealogy buff, love Native American culture & romance you will absolutely love this book! This story has so much diversity in it, from having everything go wrong to making a fresh start with life when everything changes for the better. It sure leaves you with a feeling of hope, courage & wanting to research your family history to find those most interesting ancestors. What a wonderful boo ...more
Valerie
I've read every single one of Danielle Steel's books. I think by now it has become a habit. Legacy is such a welcome change from the predictable story of so many of the others. This has a great storyline...not just sex! Her writing is still very repetitive, but at least this one had some surprises. It really held my attention. I loved the story of Wachiwi.
Sherryl
This is the first Danielle Steel book that I have read in a while that was different. I loved the story line and how she combined two different periods of time. It was a very good book and a page turner for some of the book (which is usually not typical for a Danielle Steel in my opinion.)
Travelcrazyone
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I wouldn't say it was a typical DS book because this one had some specific content to it that required research & historic details to bring this story together...and it wasn't all in a NY penthouse or Paris.

The woven story of family genealogy that is shared both past and present was interesting . I found myself intrigued with the Indian side of the story more.

I've "dabbled" in my own family's genealogy with much success through Familydna.com so as
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Lisa Lyles
I liked this book! It reminded me of some of Danielle Steel's earlier books. I liked the story within a story format.
Betty
Topic was interesting but it was a typical Danielle Steel - interesting but not compelling.
Diane
Listened to this story on CD. This is the first Danielle Steel novel I have "read." She has the tendency to repeat or reinforce the same information over and over, especially in the beginning. But once she finally gets moving, the interwoven stories of a modern woman and her Sioux ancestor are compelling. Assuming Ms. Steel did her research well, I learned much about colonial attitudes and France in the late 1700s. I would recommend this story to those who like a good adventure. Wachiwi is a gre ...more
Jessica
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Lainy
From the cover

A tale of love, courage and family, interweaving the lives of two extraordinary women - a writer working in the heart of modern academia, and a daring young Sioux of an unforgettable journey in the eighteenth century.

Someday is Brigitte Nicholson's watchword. Someday she and the man she loves, Ted, will clarify their relationship. Someday she'll have children. Someday she'll finish writing her book. Someday she'll stop playig it so safe...Then something happens that changes Brigett
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Brenda
When Wachiwi, a South Dakota Sioux, and daughter of Chief White Bear, was kidnapped by the Crow in 1784, in a war raid which also killed two of her brothers, and the young man whom she had hoped to marry, Ohitekah, she was devastated. After a hard three day ride, in which she was trussed like a turkey and slung over the horse in front of one of the tribe, she was presented to the Chief of the Crow tribe, Napayshni, where she vowed to escape or die trying. She would never forgive him for stealing ...more
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Books “GARIS KETURUNAN”
Judul Asli : LEGACY
Copyright © 2010 by Danielle Steel
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Alih Bahasa : Lanny Murtihardjana
Editor : Eka Pudjawati
Cover by Marcel A.W.
Cetakan I : Juni 2013 ; 448 hlm
Rate : 3,5 of 5

Brigitte Nicholson menjalani kehidupan pribadi secara rutin dan teratur selama bertahun-tahun, tanpa ada perubahan yang membuatnya merasa nyaman dan aman, tanpa memiliki ketergesaan untuk meraih sesuatu yang lebih. Hingga pada suatu hari, ia dikejutkan oleh rangkaian
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Melissa
Legacy is a story about 2 women, Brigitte & Wachiwi.

Brigitte is a modern woman who has purposely made her life as dull as possible. She dates the same man for 6 years and keeps the relationship the same with no suprises. She makes a point not to advance up in her job as she is fine with being the #3 person without all the responsibilities. When her boyfriend leaves her and she gets fired from her job, she suddenly realizes that she has had no real life to begin with. Her solution to this is
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Shellie
Mar 22, 2011 Shellie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shellie by: Ruth J.
Ms. Steel pumps out a novel almost as often as some of us fill our cars with gas and choosing to read one is saying you need mindless drivel for a day or so, that way you're not so disappointed by the lack of genius. This story of a strong Sioux woman of the 1700's and her current counter-part Bostonian is actually a pretty good/plot story and I would love have read it as told by or Sarah Gruen (Water for Elephants) or Jane Hamilton (Map of the World) or Jonathan Hull (Losing Julia)or David Wrob ...more
Alison
Perhaps my interest in this story is founded in the premise that the main character helps her mother with family research - which is something I'm currently doing. It was interesting to follow another family's journey through old documents, questions about their heritage, a trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library to research and ask questions. Of course, our heroine was able to jet across the Atlantic and spend time (and money) in Paris researching her ancestors, not something we c ...more
LindyLouMac
It is only because of the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge that I find myself reading Danielle Steel again as just over two years ago I read and reviewed Sisters claiming that ‘Although I have been reading the novels of Danielle Steel as light relief for over thirty years I am now seriously wondering why I continue to do so. She may be a prolific and popular author but I think the time has come to remove her novels from my wishlist and spend more time reading other authors that I enjoy mo ...more
Erin
The main character in this book was so f-in awful...seriously she was the whiniest (whiney-est?), most ungrateful POS I've seen in a book in a long time. This boring, lazy chick (Brigitte) gets dumped and finally helps her sweet mother do some geneology research. There she discovers a Sioux girl who married a noble french ancestor of hers. The story of the dull Brigitte is interposed with the young Sioux girl, who is such a Mary Sue. Beautiful, perfect, loved and desired by everyone who lays eye ...more
Jeanne
Researching a mysterious Dakota Sioux Chief's daughter found in her family lineage, Brigitte discovers a love story for all times . . . the story of the Chief's daughter, Wachiwi, from South Dakota and a Marquis from France. How did this young woman from South Dakota end up in France in the 1750's? Follow Brigitte as she finally finds a member on her family tree (Wachiwi) that truly intrigues her and as she develops a special relationship of her own as she traces her roots back to France. Daniel ...more
Andrea
"Legacy" was beautifully written, combining two stories into one. As much as I enjoyed Brigitte's story of reshaping a life that she suddenly found had changed overnight, I thoroughly enjoyed the background story of Wachiwi, the Sioux ancestor Brigitte discovered she had when doing some research into her family history. The story of Wachiwi was a beautiful one about a strong, determined young girl who made the best of a situation that was out of her control. Her story was far more touching to me ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
I loved the story about the Sioux girl. I found it interesting and I love reading about the early lives of the different natives. Even if it's all fiction. Like most books that have two time eras to them, I pick one over the other. And the present day story was dull and lacking. What I found especially difficult to read in this novel is the repetitive writing that Danielle Steel does. When she was writing about the past, there was less so because it was more on what happened than on feelings. In ...more
Kay
Jun 07, 2011 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone interested in genealogy
Shelves: fiction
I am not a fan of Danielle Steel despite reading all her books. For me they are fillers and rest my mind even though I get aggravated with the author a lot. Yes, this one repeats itself over and over which does irritate me and her female characters, are in her mind's eye at least, are perfect when the reader knows they aren't! And lucky reader we have 2 main characters in this book.

Having said that--- this book hit one of my favorite hobbies-- genealogy!!! It was so entertaining to read about a
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Anne Hawn Smith
I haven't read any of Danielle Steel's books for a very long time, but someone told me that this book was different and it was. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a story viewed by characters in the present and past and I like those. One is a young woman who is working on an advanced degree and living with her boyfriend who is an aspiring archeologist. Here life is like treading water only there is no shore even being looked for. Suddenly, the boyfriend leaves to direct a dig and she goes home with ...more
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