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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  4,723 Ratings  ·  143 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, 512 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Dell (first published 1986)
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Jun 24, 2008 Karina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2016 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
Noha El-Shami
Mar 04, 2014 Noha El-Shami rated it liked it
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
Irais Elvira
Jun 13, 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 :)
Elizabeth Douglas
Apr 04, 2016 Elizabeth Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 23, 2015 Mugdha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Margaux Wrockley
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
Sep 28, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Manik Kumar
Bored often, tempted to throw the book at the middle & end of story as we will be able to get know what steel would have written!

Unknown Chinese General & Rommel, German General were given enough prominence though they occur for few pages only.

I started to like Molly(Actually Mai Le
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
Michael Alan Grapin
Jul 09, 2014 Michael Alan Grapin rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2016 Somya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 04, 2015 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
Jacks Wife
Feb 24, 2009 Jacks Wife rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2014 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I read this many years ago and recently re-read it. Duty-bound Audrey has always taken care of her family in 1930's San Francisco. They are shocked when she finally decides to follow in her deceased father's adventurous footsteps and pursues her dream of traveling and meeting new people. Her world changes as she broadens her horizons, taking photos all around the glove and meeting new and exciting people. Adventure, love and heartbreak come her way as she follows her dreams.
Jan 14, 2016 Hema rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
It started off well. But as this happens to be my third of the author's book I felt that the plot was very much predictable. It was very easy to predict what would happen to the characters. When you are reading a book or watching a movie where the things become predictable, you tend to lose interest, don't you ? However, I had to finish the book because i didnt want to live with the feeling of giving up a book in the halfway.
Geetika Raizada
Aug 01, 2014 Geetika Raizada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The moment I started this, I wasn't able to put it down. The story, characters feels so alive. It's more like you are living in that era with them. Steel has included everything from the hypocrisy of the society , to the lust for travelling the urge to find out more. The book fully gave us the idea about the turbulent times during war. And the epic romance blooming in all this mess.
Owenna Stewart
Jan 06, 2016 Owenna Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the perfect start to my reading year. oh how iv missed books like this. i feel like iv aged a life time with these characters. Seen the world as if i was right with them and fought wars for my country. Mrs steel will forever be one of my favorites. She just knows how to captivate the audience and reel them in making them forget the world around them and enter the character
Dec 13, 2013 Jolene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sep 08, 2008 Cyrisse added it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Wanderlust was my first Steel, and in retrospect a wise choice because I remember liking this one. It is early-20th century set, and I tended to gravitate more to Steel's historicals than her contemporaries. I liked the characters and story, from what I recall of them.
Anna Marie
Dec 16, 2014 Anna Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steel
One of my all-time favorite books, as well as authors. I enjoy reading Steel's novels, especially historicals. I've also read this book twice and I do plan to read it again in the near future.
Caitlin Swalec
Definitely a beach read, but a sophisticated beach read. I learned a few historical and cultural facts, which I enjoyed. Worth reading for fun.
Ruby :)
May 06, 2014 Ruby :) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just remembered that I read this book a loooooong time ago, and it was my favourite one of Danielle Steel... Might read it again someday...
Jul 23, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it
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
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