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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel delivers one of her strongest books to date with this trans-generational narrative that draws inspiration from her own family history. Opening on the cusp of World War II and following an aristocratic German family who seeks refuge in America-with their magnificent Lipizzaner horses-this rich historical novel speaks to the transformative power of love and family.
Late 1930's Germany: Best friends Alex von Hemmerle and Nicolas von Bingen, titled childhood friends with neighboring estates, are witnessing the rise of Nazism when Nick's father reveals the long-buried secret of his son's partial Jewish ancestry. Warned by highly placed friends to flee, the only treasures Nick and his sons can take are two dazzling Lipizzaner horses, gifts from Alex. These powerful and majestic creatures become their ticket to a new life waiting across the ocean-one in which a job has been promised to Nick with the famous Ringling Brothers Circus. While Alex and his daughter face escalating danger in war torn Europe, Nick struggles to adjust to life in the circus…until a graceful young high wire walker manages to steal his heart.
Spanning multiple generations and continents, this is a rich, involving story of transformation, perseverance, fate, love, and loss, tied together by two families who were never meant to stay apart and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever.
©2014 Danielle Steel (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Jenny on 04-06-15

Very enjoyable!

This purchase was totally worth it. It was pretty typical DS read but it had some very interesting historic references that furthered the story so well. The narrator was very good and I was sad to hear it end. Some parts were predictable but that's what is comfortable about DS books. I would totally buy this again.

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By Coffee Lover on 07-23-15

Tedium at its most extreme!

My first and last Danielle Steel book. I was lured by the fact that it was on sale and because it had tons of 4 and 5 star reviews. I must have missed something. Every point in the story was rehashed again and again in boring, infinitesimal detail as if the listener hadn't the wit to grasp the meaning unless they were beaten over the head with it. The narrator was an American, though the main characters were all German, and he brought nothing whatsoever to the story. I made myself finish it but wish I hadn't.

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By Tina on 05-01-16

Great Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend it, great story and characters

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry but still a great moving story

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By NO SOUND!!!!!!!!!!!! on 07-20-15

excellent read

loved it. a very good read and very sad but a page turner. I myself have a love of horses, especially white ones.

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By lisapisa on 07-07-17


typical Danielle Steele. I don't know why I've listened to every book she's written as we all know the ending before you read/hear it.

but it's nice easy listening background noise when I commute, because if I miss a sentence or 3 mins of it, there's no need to fumble on my phone in a crammed train to rewind as I wouldn't have missed anything.

I guess I stick with DS as it has the same effect on me as eating a comforting hot soup on a really cold morning - its predictability is calming in this era of terrorist attacks


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By princessraza on 02-03-17


A beautiful story that is very unique from other Danielle Steel novels, with poignant and sad moments during a time that truly changed the world forever during the midst of WWII, from Germany to America, where lives are no longer even remotely close to how they were before. Danielle Steel manages to seamlessly interweave an extremely world changing event of Nazi Germany WWII with the wonderful, exciting and mysterious world of the circus with "The Greatest Show on Earth" - The Ringling Bros Circus. It will captivate your heart from moments of sadness to triumph and many interesting climaxes through the beauty and magic of the incredible Lipperzaner horses. The story will stay with you long after the final page.

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