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The Award

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Capturing historical events, terrifying moments of danger, tragedy, the price of war, and the invincible spirit of a woman of honor, The Award is a monumental tale from one of our most gifted storytellers - Danielle Steel's finest, most emotionally resonant novel yet.

Gaëlle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family, and send them to a detention camp for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate.

The local German military commandant makes Gaëlle's family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters. Her father and brother are killed by the Germans; her mother fades away into madness and ill health. Trusted friends and employees become traitors. And by accident, Gaëlle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help.

Taking terrifying risks, Gaëlle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety underneath the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators. Then she is suddenly approached by the German commandant with an astonishing and dangerous plan to save part of France's artistic heritage as the Germans withdraw. And once again, her life is on the line. Conducted in secret, flawlessly carried out, her missions for the Resistance change her life and mark her for years. She is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war, and flees Lyon in disgrace, orphaned and alone. She goes to Paris to put the war behind her and begin a new life, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand.

Gaëlle's life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love. She returns to Paris to run a small museum, honoring victims of the Holocaust. She has never sought recognition for her courage during the war years she can never forget. Her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, is determined that past wrongs finally be made right, and her grandmother's brave acts be recognized. Now a grateful nation will finally acknowledge this remarkable woman. At last, she is absolved and honored as the war hero she was.

©2016 Danielle Steel (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Maremare13
  • 22/11/2016

Not my favorite Steel book...

It just seemed like a lot of things were repeated over and over...like how much they loved each other...we get it, we got it after the first several times. The first part of the book was the best. IDK, the story line just didn't have the usual somewhat believable air to it. It was not so bad that I could not finish it, but it was just not up to snuff in my minds eye. The narrator was not my favorite either, that may have a lot to do with my disappointment in the book. over pronunciation in French, and there was just something about his voice... oh, well, maybe I will be back in tune with the next book

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  • Erma Matteson
  • 11/02/2017

Disappointed!

The story was exceptional, but I was continuously distracted by the narrator's poor presentation. I could read that material more effectively without having ever seen it -- and I just turned eighty-eight!

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  • Vickie Kell
  • 01/11/2017

Very slow book

Book was slow. Story could have been good but just fall short. The narrator put me to sleep! Not her best work.

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  • Laura Krug
  • 19/09/2017

Yawn. Skip it

What disappointed you about The Award?

This is the first and last book by the author I'll suffer through. Had to read it for book club. Has no prose to enjoy or literary value. A sappy disappointment.

Has The Award turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/06/2018

It would have been a good story

It would have been a good story to listen to, as I’m a big fan of D.S. but sorry, the narration is awful 🤷🏻‍♀️.

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  • amanda
  • 03/02/2017

what happened to her?

I sighed in exasperation as the same thing was said over and over in different ways. I used to love Danielle Steel but last 20 books have been filled with fillers to make a simple story go on and on. Still this is better than the last few books.

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  • 22/11/2016

Wonderful

Probably one of Danielle Steel's best yet. I love, love, loved every minute of it.

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  • DriftyBreeze
  • 14/03/2017

Terrific

I enjoyed this book very much. One of her best!
Love when real history is mixed in.

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  • GranWV
  • 05/05/2018

The Devastation of War<br />

The story of the atrocities played out by the Hitler regime and its allies is horrendous. One cannot fathom how seemingly intelligent people could let such odious things occur. Still, there were the brave acts and kindnesses of strangers that came to light after the war which gives a ray of hope for the future. This is one such story.

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  • Tamara Wynn
  • 29/10/2017

OMG

it made me cry, sod that stuff like this is true!!!!!!greatfull for people like her

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