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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  14,298 ratings  ·  534 reviews
On a June day, a young woman in a summer dress steps off a Chicago-bound bus into a small midwestern town. She doesn't intend to stay. She is just passing through. Yet her stopping here has a reason and it is part of a story that you will never forget.

The time is the 1950s, when life was simpler, people still believed in dreams, and family was, very nearly, everything. Th
Paperback, 275 pages
Published February 5th 1996 by Dell (first published January 1st 1986)
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Tea Jovanović
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Ovaj roman je moj prvi prevod... I moje prvo iskustvo s lošim nepismenim lektorom... Nažalost nikako da dođe do drugog izdanja i da se sve greške isprave... Otada nijedan moj prevod ne može da ode u štampu a da ja prethodno ne pogledam i ne odobrim lektorske intervencije... Valjda sam zbog tog prvog lošeg iskustva kasnije "kopala oči" lošim lektorima koje je sudbina povezala sa mnom (kod raznih izdavača) i koji su bili skloni da prevodiocima prčakaju neovlašćeno i nepotrebno po tekstu a da im s ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very touching,beautifully written,with strong and lovable characters.....(paperback!)
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'd say that this book was mainly directed towards teens. I thought this book was very knowledgeable and interesting. I loved how Steele portrayed the idea that there is a reason for everyone who enters your life, and there is also a reason for their leaving. Also that not everyone is meant to be a part of your life forever, but some are only there to bring a "gift," not saying what that gift might be.
Mansuriah Hassan
This is a heart warming, compassionate and yet inspirational book about two families that have suffered tragedies and are trying to get their lives back. Loss is part of this book and unfortunately in life everyone at some point will face loss of their loved ones.

In the first part of the book you meet a perfect and happy family of Whittaker that loves each other very much. Whittaker’s are a family of four: John, Liz, Tommy and Annie. Tommy was an only child until he was ten. The parents, John a
As I was perusing the Rockridge library in search of a romance novel for my month of trash, I felt unexpectedly out of place turning the revolving paperback romance shelves, like I had found one of the many hidden exits from well-adjusted, socially accepted sanity into the hazy fringe. This, I felt, was taboo. Which is exactly what this month was supposed to be about. But I had a mission, and that mission was to find Danielle Steel. I was a little disappointed to discover her shelved with the ha ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ليس مُقدرا للجميع أن يظلوا بجانبناً إلي الأبد ،،

القراءة الأول لدانيال ستيل .. ولا أعتقد أنها ستكون الأخيرة ..

فلقد أحبب قلمك للغاية سيدتي ..
أحببته بمنتهي البساطة ..
أحببت رقته وعذوبته وحتي حزنه أحببته ..
فليس من السهل أندمج هكذا وأشعر وكأنني معهم في غرفة واحدة .. أتحدث معهم وعنهم وإليهم في بساطة وتلقائية وهدوء ..
تخيلت أنني أشاهد الرواية تحدث أمامي حقا ..
وحتي حين اضطررت إلي التوقف عن القراءة ليومين ، عدت إليها وكأنها لم تفارق يدي لحظة !

دانيال ستيل ...
لقد جئت بما يجول في أذهاننا جميعاً حين نمتلك ما
Aug 11, 2017 added it
هنالك بعض الاشخاص يمرون سريعاً في حياتنا بعدما يكونوا قد منحونا هدية ما..
تلك التي نُذكرنا بعد رحيلهم عنا إنه مازالت أرواحهم ترافقنا ولم تُغادرنا
وما يدريك لعلك عندما تهدي أحدهم الحياة مجدداً ...قد يمنحك هو مستقبلاً :)
Pratima Das
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is about a family who has a child after 10 years. Finally having a child was the best gift for them, they named her Annie. Everyone was happy because of her, she was the joy of the family, she was only five years old when she died, a senseless death.Everything was shattered from then onwards, her parents and her brother, Tommy didn't talk to each other for months. They used to get into constant fights, everything had for them since Annie left them.
In another part of the story this girl
Cristine Pia
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Gift is a message for us to look around in our life and love what we have. A family that was reaped apart after their daughter Annie died of meningitis at the age of five. Annie had give the family the meaning of love. After her lost the family spend the next year isolated from anybody grieving their lost. Until their son Tommy start a relationship with a girl which happened to be pregnant. Maribeth had got pregnant in her first time and with no luck the father rejected her and the baby. Mar ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated-owned
I am on holidays from my studies and decided to read a DS novel. Great choice! It was a refreshing and endearing easy read. A 1950's setting which could easily translate to current day, I flew through this without a moment's hesitation. I found this hiding in a draw in the caravan after my summer holiday ~ I bit off more than I could chew with my reading list ~ it would have been perfect for that setting as well. I tend to read DS on holidays, for that simple and comforting reason of light, easy ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
In 1950s USA, sixteen year-old Maribeth goes to a school dance (wearing what her father calls a flimsy prom dress and disgusting makeup) and lets a senior star athlete who normally wouldn't give her the time of day (and has just "broken up" with his girlfriend) flatter her into unprotected sex in the front seat his car on the way home. Maribeth ends up pregnant, the boy goes back to his girlfriend the next day and doesn't care what happens to Maribeth, Maribeth's brother realizes she's pregnant ...more
Dai Alvarado
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Una historia preciosa.

La vida de estos chicos no podría ser más diferente y a la vez parecida. Ambos están en una situación que resulta difícil para ellos, Tommy tratando de superar la muerte de su hermana y luchando contra el derrumbe de su familia y Maribeth contra un embarazado indeseado.

La verdad es que amé la historia completamente y a sus personajes. Como bien dice Maribeth, hay personas que llegan a tu vida como un regalo, una bendición y eso es lo que ella fue para la familia Whittaker
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was a great story in my opinion on how this family overcomes misfortune that seem impossible to overcome. It shows how the love of a stranger is sometimes kinder than the love of a family member. What i like most of all was the fact that the story took place in 1950s where what the brave young girl did and acted was seen as shameful and now most young girls have done what she has and worst and now the way girl acted in the book seem to be how girls now a days are. As i was reading this book ...more
Wow! One of those books you read so long ago that you forgot about it! Discovered again/reminded about thanks to Goodreads. I marked it as read, however since it's been 'so' long, I'm not rating it. Just remember reading it and liking it back then......memory lane.
Viktoria Horvath
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was really sad in the beginning because Annie died, and I was literally crying.

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I loved Tommy and Meribeth's love story, I also liked that Tommy wanted to marry her even though she was having some else's baby.

But I didn't liked the fact that she didn't wanted to keep her own baby, I was quite angry with her when I was reading the book.

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But other than that I LOVED IT!!!!!

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Alexandra Vezure
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Genul de carte foarte usor de citit.. destul de previzibila, dar cu un parcurs placut. Ma temeam ca finalul o sa fie "ieftin" si siropos (ca au trait fericiti pana la adanci batraneti), dar nu a fost, motiv pentru care i-am acordat o stea in plus.

Parca ar fi scrisa pentru adolescenti.. si n-ar fi deloc o idee rea daca ar citi-o mai multi tineri. Sunt cateva "lectii" tratate foarte interesant si pentru cei care au minte sa priceapa, ar putea fi chiar educativa.

Daca esti genul care se transpune
Jen Kayna (Habitat for Happiness)
This was an easy read. The story was "cute" and heartwarming. The writing was very story driven; and by that I mean there was a lot of "she did this and he said that and they went here" but not as much descriptive details about the surroundings as many other books I read have. The story was enjoyable to read, and had some great lessons in it, but it wasn't one of those stories that I couldn't put down. I do wish there was a sequel, because I'm wondering if the main characters kept their promise ...more
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
OK, I will admit it. Danielle Steele is a bit predicatble. By the second chapter I had guessed at the ending; but reading the story and getting there was great. This is a total tear jerker. I would love a follow up story to see what happens with Tommy and Maribeth in the future.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
a sweet and heart touching story about love and people in our lives.
it was a nice read :)
Libros Love
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En primer lugar quiero destacar que es una increíble lectura para esta época, ya que se desarrolla cerca y durante la Navidad 🎄

Es una narración ligera con pocos personajes muy bien construídos. Comienza como dos historias separadas de dos familias que están rotas por distintas vivencias, pero a medida que avanza la trama logran conocerse y se entrelazan las narraciones en una sola historia. 😍
Tiene varios mensajes y enseñanzas los cuales no puedo transmitirles para no generarles un spoiler 😉 La
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
My first book by this author and coincidentally it was a gift by a friend.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Célia Loureiro
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Este foi o primeiro livro que li - primeiro romance, subentenda-se. Foi no Natal de 2002, estendida no sofá. As luzinhas da árvore de Natal iam acendendo e apagando e eu julguei que não haveria sítio mais confortável no mundo que aquele criado pelo livro, o sofá e a árvore. Foi há muito tempo, já. Onze anos para quem tem 23...
Enfim, é um livro passado nos anos 50, sobre uma jovem muito ingénua que se deixa enganar por um espertalhão e acaba grávida.
É também a história duma família que perde uma
Charmaine Saliba
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, I simple loved it. A story of love, lost and hope. A face pace novel, that touched my heart. I am sure that this novel will stay with me.
On Christmas day Annie a little girl of five felt ill and died. She was too precious for her parents and her brother, she brought them so much joy and love that when she left them, they were destroyed. They stopped talking to each other and retreat in to a place full of guilt, hurt and anger.
One day when Tommy was in a dinner, he met Maribeth, he was imm
Ikram Benmoussa
J'ai lu ce livre avec une connaissance préalable de ce qui va se passer à la fin toutefois je n'ai guère pu le laisser à côté et lire un autre roman. Le cadeau est une véritable chef-d'oeuvre de Danielle Steel, Le lire est une façon de chercher une paix interne, il m'a donné un sentiment de tranquillité envers ce qui se passe de malheureux dans la vie, surtout la perte d'un proche qui peut nous bouleverser et nous transmettre dans un monde d'anxiété et d'angoisse, chaque personne a un rôle bien ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t ready for the dramatic assault. Until at this very moment, the story is still in my mind that it occupies its own particular space in my brain and especially in my heart. Those who still believe in unexpected gifts that give joy and agony to life should read this book.
While reading this book, all I did is cry and cry and cry. Though I haven’t experience the characters problems, I can feel their pain and agony. My eyes were red when I’m finally done reading it.
Bu t I am kinda disappoint
Rina Giorgio
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book "The Gift", tells a beautiful story of a tragic loss of a child. The Whitaker family was truly blesses with another child Annie, but after she had died the family is in shreds and could never fully recover from what was taken from them. As they had lost one child they did have Tommy, who brought a girl home and she would change their lives forever.
This book deserves five stars. It is truly heartwarming and really emphasizes the true gift of a child. Thought the book is sad it shows gr
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Its like a romantic tale of two lovers that were brought together by chance. This book shows how one person can change your life. It shows how a family could be broken apart by the loss of one person and then repaired with the gift of another!! Great novel!!! One of my favorites by Danielle Steel. This book got me into her novels to begin with. If you have the chance read this book
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“Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that's why they're here. You'll have that gift forever.” 3155 likes
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