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Precious Gifts

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,930 ratings  ·  415 reviews
One act of love will change one family’s destiny

As a devoted mother, Veronique Parker has dedicated herself to her three daughters, before and since her divorce.

Her world is turned upside down when her former husband dies suddenly, leaving her and their daughters astonishing inheritances: a painting of mysterious provenance, a château in the south of France, the freedom to
ebook, 418 pages
Published December 3rd 2015 by Transworld Digital (first published May 1st 2014)
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Timmie was just an awful character with little redeeming qualities. Good story though, and I liked the other characters a lot. The story had a beautiful French feel even though only some of it takes place in France. Danielle Steel writes surroundings so lovely and rich. This was a really enjoyable story of the mother and daughter relationship and second chances at romance. Enjoyed this one a great deal.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Well i dont know ,maybe im not that used too Steel anymore, the story and the writing style are not as sugary sweet as i found her othere reads before, which is a major improvement, but i didnt get atached to any of the charecters,though if choosing between sisters, Timi is probebly my favorit
Fluff Smut & Murder
Dec 22, 2015 rated it did not like it

I absolutely hate it when the book description doesn’t match the actual plot. I thought this was going to be a story about 3 sisters dealing with their father’s death with his gifts left to them through his will to make their lives better. Instead, it’s a whiny diatribe of how busy each daughter is with their lives and how their divorced mother finds love with a jerk in Europe.
What I loved: That I made a decision to stop reading the novel around page 285. I couldn’t find anything redeeming about
Susan Becraft

All Danielle Steele's books are predictable, but this one is dull. The cast of characters include Paul, a raconteur, who married Veronique, an uber wealthy woman, and the daughters they had prior to divorcing. In Steele style, the story begins with a tragedy. Usually her tragedies are more dramatic, a plane crash, for example, but Steele begins her saga with Paul's death and the reading of his will.

The contents of the will surprise the beneficiaries, but they do not surprise me becaus
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It reads very naturally, just like the previous book I have read from this author. Personally I didn't like the characters much. The daughters where rather heartless creatures (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This one just didn't do much for me. The daughter's were so self centered that it was hard to get past that. The theme of the story was good, the characters, not so much. ...more
Charmaine Saliba
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it. Danielle Steel is one of my favourite authors, I really love her style and she never disappointed me. Precious Gift is a lovely story and I laughed and cried especially in the end. It is a fast read in fact, I read it in one sitting. It is a touching story of betray, lost, love and opportunities dealt with a sense of humour.
Veronique is a devoted mother, she is always there for her all grown up daughters. When they have a problem, they know that she will drop everything and
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Song for summary: I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy

I quite enjoyed this book! The characters are elegant, generous, and sentimental; while the plot is a bittersweet blend of loss, grief, and moving on. This was a deep and poignant read, and will certainly satisfy fans of Danielle Steel.
Deborah Imhof
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, a spiritual quality.

It was a romantically driven story with bits of a spirituality quality. Loved the main character, her children were not easy but the situation was completely relatable
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this book more if it didn't make me so angry! Nobody describes the wonders of Europe and new romance better than Danielle Steel, however this heroine let everyone walk all over her, from her children to her new boyfriend. Her favorite strategy was lying by omission to stay on everyone's good side. It was a miracle that she still had any of her inheritance left. I actually found myself hoping for some cataclysmic event that would wake her totally self-absorbed children up, bu ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing quite like a Danielle Steel novel. This book was a fun escape, with a story about a very selfish father who leaves some very specific items in his will; items that will change each of their lives in a positive way. As usual with Danielle Steel books, the characters are highly glossed and somewhat stereotypical, but the story was fun and engaging. The main character, Veronique is a selfless mother and ex-wife who has always put others ahead of herself, and despite a vast family f ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel is a typical read. The cover of the book was beautiful and it prompted me to read it. The places visited in the story ( Venice, Rome, Paris) brought back pleasant memories of my trips. ( not the expensive hotels, ships or restaurants). The ending was surprising and emotionally pleasing. 3.5 stars
Denise Jo
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a typical Danielle Steel book. Like so many of her books it is about family and love. It fell short with some of the characters. One in particular Nicoli. I would have liked more interaction with the sisters and more put into the ending. It had so much more potential.
Laura Miller
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel by Danielle Steel. I family type stories. I love reading this type especially after a novel of suspense or drama. I find Danielle Steel novels easy to read and comprehend without having to think to
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good book. No matter if you are rich or poor makes no difference it is what is in your heart. I love the dynamics between mother and daughters and how it shapes us as people. Love knows no age
Jo Pendolino
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book by an incredible author!!
Tbh, I only started reading this because my mum gave me a copy. I haven't enjoyed any of Ms Steele's books before but I thought I'd give her one more try since it was going free. I'm afraid her style just isn't my cup of tea - I will most likely never finish reading this. ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Nothing spectacular, but a nice quick mindless read.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My kind of reading pleasure. Some good life lessons and Ms Steele makes me feel like I’m traveling as I read. And, I always appreciate a good romance.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Danielle Steel is one my favourite authors. If you love family drama like I do then this is a must buy must read.
Veronique Parker's husband Paul had a blatant affair with a famous model that ended their marriage. But somehow after their divorce Veronique had forgiven him enough to become friends. Veronique had said she did it for the children.

Timmie Parker worked to find housing for eligible members of the homeless population. The youngest sister Joy lived in L.A where she was pursuing an acti
Lisa Barclay
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not a very good DS novel, wouldn't surprise me if there were ghost writers. Three things really annoy me about it - DS needs to get into this century!
1) The fat shaming. The middle daughter is pudgy, bigger than her sisters, likes to sample her own baking - but is pretty anyway. Got news for you - you don't have to be model slim to be beautiful!
2) No one calls the airline to book a flight anymore - you do it online. No one faxes anymore - you email. Get with the times. At least there was some te
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
The story line is that Paul, father of three daughters - Timmie, Juliette, and Joy - and ex-husband of Veronique dies. He also has a son - Bertie - from a previous marriage. In his will he leaves everyone what they need in the short term to make their dreams come true. These gifts are very specific and really fit each of the people involved. This overall view of the story could of made for a really good read. However, none of the story lines are well developed. And Veronique's story got very bor ...more
Shelly Boltz-Zito
What an extraordinary story

Growing up, reading Danielle Steel's books for years, this was the newest one I read . It hit so close to home it was astounding and made me look at life around me with new open eyes. My heart broke four Mom, the girls and I wanted to smack the brother who ends up getting what he deserves. Family is what matters but so many don't realize it until it is too late. Make the time now to love your family. Be there for each other. Before it is too late because you only get 1
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Steel is a favorite author of mine. I love the stories she spins! In Precious Gifts, you will fall in love with Veronique, the mother of 3 daughters as she travels between Europe and New York. Her daughters come from money but Veronique made them pursue their own careers without her finances. After her ex husband dies the lives of all 4 women change what they have known. A wonderful story about family and how precious life is!
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Danielle Steel in that she writes about lifestyles of the rich, but with a bit of a twist. An obviously absent parent during his lifetime, a father thoughtfully gives each of his 4 daughters and ex-wife in death what he couldn't in life . . . a bequest to allow them to follow their dreams. The great ending bumped up the rating--6 out of 10 for me on this one. ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I've never hated a Danielle Steel novel, but there's a first time for everything. The characters were boring, they plot wandered, and I kept hoping she would get to the point. Was more like a travel brochure, with detailed descriptions of the locations the characters visited. This one is really not worth reading. ...more
Minty McBunny
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, january-2016
It was readable and predictable, as her books usually are. Really, not much happens and there's not too much conflict. The main character is kind of a rich, beautiful doormat with a jerk for an ex, a bigger jerk for a stepson and 3 jerky-to-her but beautiful and hard working daughters. Then she meets a hot younger than her jerk & lives happily ever after. ...more
Lynne H.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Great book about family issues and the way some people handle their relationships with their parents and children. A rotten father ends up leaving just the right gifts for each of his daughters and his ex-wife, giving them a chance to do exactly what each one wishes to do.
Susan Ott
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Always enjoy a quick Danielle Steel read. I enjoyed this book, but it was similar to all of her others. I would have liked to read more about her daughters instead of her experience traveling through Europe. I felt like it ended abruptly, even though I liked the ending with the painting.
Crista McCormick
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book 57 for the year.....
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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s bestselling authors, with almost a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include All That Glitters, Royal, Daddy’s Girls, The Wedding Dress, The Numbers Game, Moral Compass, Spy, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift ...more

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