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Granny Dan [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Steel
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In my eyes she had always been old, always been mine, always been Granny Dan. But in another time, another place, there had been dancing, people, laughter, love...



She was the cherished grandmother who sang songs in Russian, loved to roller-skate, and spoke little of her past. But when Granny Dan died, all that remained was a box wrapped in brown paper. Inside, an old pair of satin ballet shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with ribbon. It was her legacy, a secret past, waiting to be discovered by the granddaughter who loved her but never really knew her. It was a story waiting to be told...



The year was 1902. A motherless young girl arrived at ballet school in St Petersburg. By the age of seventeen Danina Petroskova was forced to make a heartbreaking choice - as the world around her was about to change forever. In this extraordinary novel a simple box, filled with mementos from a grandmother, offers a long-forgotten history of youth and beauty, love and dreams.



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For more than a decade, young Danina Petroskova has known no life but that of the ballet and her mentor Madame Markova. When a deathly illness steals her from the stage, the young dancer is inconsolable, and, desperate to speed her recovery, Madame Markova agrees to hand Danina over to the talented Dr. Nikolai Obrajensky for treatment. Convalescing with the Romanovs at the Tsarskoe Selo palace, Danina learns to live in and love the world beyond the ballet. And while grateful for Nikolai's companionship, she is startled by the intense emotions growing inside her for the married doctor. Drawn to Danina, Nikolai cannot ignore the passion between them either, and the strength of their love quickly overpowers their resistance. Soon Madame Markova and Nikolai's wife remind them of their previous obligations, and as the Revolution hovers on the horizon, the two must make a decision that will change their lives forever.

As if a romance set in the twilight years of Czarist Russia doesn't have enough intrinsic pathos, Danielle Steel takes great care to give her hero and heroine the bittersweet combination of incomparable virtue and external duties. When the young prima ballerina and the married doctor meet, they are drawn to the corresponding sense of integrity and duty in each other. However, when love and duty conflict, the struggle is never easy.

Maestro Steel knows where the heartstrings are, and she plays them with her reliable talents. While students of history may cringe at the simplified approach to the historical period, readers just looking for a good time have found it. With the tough-but-loving mother figure, the ill-but- lovable Prince Alexander, the borrowed ball gowns and the emotional grand jeté, this book has everything a TV movie needs except a small, cuddly pet. Put your feet up, set aside your spoilsport logic and enjoy this novel for what it is: a classic romance. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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The greatest legacy of all...an unexpected gift of a life transformed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440224829
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS7UO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with eighty international bestselling novels in print and 600 million copies sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death. She lives in California and Paris. Visit the Danielle Steel Web Site at www.daniellesteelbooks.co.uk.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Granny Dan is yet another example of the excellent work of Danielle Steel. From the start you are drawn into the life of Granny Dan, a person who has been brought up in the Russian Ballet and at the start knows no other life. The book gives you an insight to life Granny Dan lived and how this changed when she discovered love. I found the book predictable in places, but even the predictable had a twist. I found myself wondering how she would resolve the tug of love she became involved in between her love for the ballet and the man she fell in love with. The book takes the reader through this stage in Granny Dans life with feeling and great emotion. Surrounding the story of Granny Dan is the setting of Russia in the very early 1920's. I found the book drew very effectively on the effect of events in Russia at this time, and the principles by which people lived at that time, all of which have a profound effect on Granny Dan and the life she finds herself living. I myself was unable to put this book down, defiantly another winner for Danielle Steel.
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Format:Hardcover
Granny Dan is yet another example of the excellent work of Danielle Steel. From the start you are drawn into the life of Granny Dan, a person who has been brought up in the Russian Ballet and at the start knows no other life. The book gives you an insight to life Granny Dan lived and how this changed when she discovered love. I found the book predictable in places, but even the predictable had a twist. I found myself wondering how she would resolve the tug of love she became involved in between her love for the ballet and the man she fell in love with. The book takes the reader through this stage in Granny Dans life with feeling and great emotion. Surrounding the story of Granny Dan is the setting of Russia in the very early 1920's. I found the book drew very effectively on the effect of events in Russia at this time, and the principles by which people lived at that time, all of which have a profound effect on Granny Dan and the life she finds herself living. I myself was unable to put this book down, defiantly another winner for Danielle Steel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spell Binding 3 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Granny Dan, is a book written with nostalga in mind, but done well. It starts with a box, belonging to a older relative, and then develops along their life, and what she lived to see and who she was. Danielle Steel wrote with the intention, of looking at the older generation, and just trying to imagine what they have been though, and how they got to where they are today. This book reveals the truth about a lost gran, and how she came to be the person she was, and the tales she could of told. It winds a deep spell around the audience, as she dances her dance of life with her toe shoes....This book is an aquired taste, as the open ending doesn't appeal to many people, but for me it leaves a space for thought, and reason...try...make up your own mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perplexed! 26 Feb. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a book for those who seek to get to know the featured characters well. I felt that although the book explores ballet and its risks and hardship in great detail, the romance leaves a lot to be desired! What there is of the passion is enthralling, as always, but failure to develop the plot gives the reader none of the satisfaction gained from a "happy ending", you're left dangling in mid air, wishing either there was more to read to tie up loose ends or that you could change plot to include the features we all want to hear!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lightweight read with a wafer thin plot. 30 Jan. 2000
By Delix
Format:Paperback
This is a strangely frustrating book. A simple, uncomplicated romance that never progresses, never challenges and never impresses. Set in the context of a fascinating era of Russian history it fails use the backdrop to any effect. I kept hoping that the plot would develop and I read to the end. I was left wishing that I hadn't bothered. If you like a book that leaves a trail long after the last page is read then don't even start this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of love that never dies 14 Oct. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Granny Dan is a story from a wonderful era when life was harsher but seemed so much simpler. It is the story of a legacy left by a Grandmother to a granddaughter who thought she knew Granny Dan but never really did. It's the story of passion which lasted a lifetime but was never really understood. In short it is the story of Nikolai and Danina and how their love never died. Pure, unadulterated pleasure, a sheer joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class 9 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have always liked Danielle Steele`s books, I have by no means read all that she has written but the research that is done for every book is very detailed and the places in her books are real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 May 2013
By lizzy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Absolutely fantastic i didnt want it to end and will deffinately read it again.I cant wait to read some more of Danielle Steel's books.
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