The Award

The Award 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 storytel

  • Title: The Award
  • Author: Danielle Steel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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.Ga lle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes beCapturing 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.Ga lle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin to occur She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate.The local German military commandant makes Ga lle s family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters Her father and brother are killed by the Germans her mother fades away into madness Trusted friends and employees become traitors And Ga lle 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, Ga lle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety under the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators Then she is suddenly approached by the German commandant with an astonishing, dangerous plan to save part of France s artistic heritage Conducted in secret, flawlessly carried out, her missions will mark her for years, when she is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war Orphaned and alone, she begins a new life in Paris, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand.Ga lle 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 But her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, ensures that her grandmother s brave acts are recognized Now a grateful nation will finally absolve this remarkable woman and honor her as the war hero she was.

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    1. Actually 1.5 Stars - I rounded up out of the goodness of my heart. Here's how I feel about my first Danielle Steel experienceThis novel is proof that a potentially great plot can be destroyed by poor writing. Sorry to all the Steel fans out there who've bought 750 million of these things, but my eyes were almost permanently stuck in the back of my head from all the eye rolling during this novel. I don't want to insult people who enjoy Steel, because she obviously has a massive following, and eve [...]

    2. I wrote earlier that I was finished with Danielle Steel, but when I saw this I convinced myself to read just one more book, much like agreeing to have lunch with an old friend with whom I no longer have much in common. The book started out promisingly as Gaelle suffered through World War II and became an unsung hero. Not that suffering is a positive, but readers can clearly see that this protagonist had developed integrity and followed her conscience rather than the trend. We know from the begin [...]

    3. Another disappointment! The book is the story of Gaelle, a 17 year old girl who is Catholic and watches her Jewish friend and family get taken by the Nazis. She is completely unable to help her friend. She ends up helping rescue hundreds of Jewish children (for the OSE) and then keeps 49 masters to return to the Louvre after the war has ended. - for which she is labeled a collaborator. This is a good idea for a story, and different from the tales written by other authors about this period of his [...]

    4. This was one of Danielle Steel's better books. A beautifully told storyWith heart, depth for humanity, love of family and others and humility inCaring and serving. Gaelle de Barbet was sixteen when this story beganAnd ends when she is ninety-five and receiving a hero's reward for whatShe did during the war in saving children, hiding valuable painting, andGiving of herself to save others. The story goes back and forth betweenParis and New York and captures the tragedy during war and and eventstha [...]

    5. I liked the description of this book, and decided to give Danielle Steel another try. I had read a publisher review, and the story sounded interesting but there was too much Danielle Steel in there to truly enjoy the book. This could have been great, but she turned a potentially great historical fiction into a soap opera. In another author's hands, this may have really been something, because I really liked the premise of the World War II part of the story.If you're like me, and enjoy historical [...]

    6. Ug! Well, storyline absolutely wonderful. Writing, not so much. Very frustrated by end of the book. I was wondering why her editors didn't do better and say to her, "This has to go, and this, and this,( just like all the AND's she put in the book) and - well, she's popular, and it's easy to gloss over it, after all, she is Danielle Steel. I'm not sure I want to read another one though.

    7. Another very good and well polished book by Danielle Steel. We follow the life of Gaelle, a French girl, living in Lyon when the Germans invaded. We follow her as she joins the Resistance, gets branded as a collaborator, becomes a model, falls in love, the journey through motherhood and so much more. I love it when Steel writes books during the World War II era. It's my favorite time period to learn about. The fact that one man had enough power to kill 6 million Jews plus countless "inferior" hu [...]

    8. What a beautiful and extraordinary book by Danielle Steele. The Award is one of her best books ever by Ms. Steele. Gaelle was a young girl in France during the Germany invasion. She was a special little girl who lost her best friend to the Germans, because Rebecca was Jewish, she would never ever forget her. Gaelle was a courageous girl who helped the occupation transport Jewish children to safety and hopefully give them a chance for a full life. She also was the sole contributor to saving the p [...]

    9. A typical Danielle Steel story full of adventure and romance spanning the decades. As always it was sad in parts but the heroine was very strong and overcame all her troubles. I enjoyed it and read in 48 hours. Would recommend.

    10. More of the same from Danielle Steel - lifestyles of the very rich; however, this one did have meager beginnings. A bit of WWII history thrown in adds a different twist from Ms Steel's norm. Interesting, but just an OK read for me -- 4 out of 10.

    11. The award by Danielle SteelEnjoy the author's works and know I will enjoy this one.Starts out Giella and she's about to get the award. Chapters go back to when she was 16.Rebecca came from Germany, Giella's best friend. The Jews are being forced from their homes.One day she sees them take Rebecca's family and throw them into a truck and they disappeared. She tracks them down and visits and is able to talk to Rebecca and even gives her a coat with promises to come the next day.She visits through [...]

    12. I thought I was done with Danielle Steel but I got sucked in with the premise of historical fiction. In the past I have thought that she did a good job with her books set in the past. The novel started off very well and I was immediately intrigued by Gaielle's life in France during WWII and how she was helping save Jewish children. Unfortunately this story was only about 1/4 of the book. She then meets a rich American who she marries and had a horrible daughter who remains horrible through the n [...]

    13. I am becoming increasingly convinced that Danielle Steele is simply using ghost writers and using her name to sell books. The Award was disappointing. The plot was simplistic and very obvious, the characters were shallow and uninteresting. I usually enjoy historical work, but this story felt so artificial. The beginning of the story felt authentic, but the entire second half of the book simply dragged on. I almost didn't finish. I used to be a fan of Danielle Steel, but I am not certain if I wil [...]

    14. This is my favorite of Ms. Steel's last few books! I couldn't put it down and read it in two sittings. It's a novel set during World War II, where he main character is a French resistance patriot when Germans occupy France. The story is different than the many holocaust period novels I have read and I really really liked it!

    15. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Although the beginning is focused on World War II France, the story goes far beyond that and how what occurred during that time affected the main character. The ending was well done, not making everything perfectly perfect.

    16. This was one of Danielle Steel's better books, it got a bit long-winded in the middle, and I wish the first part had been longer, but still a good quick read.

    17. I truly enjoyed reading this book , it's a no brainer now that I'm a avid reader of Danielle Steels novels and this one was heartwarming , nurturing , and endearing .

    18. I thought it was OK, but not sure that I would recommend it. One of the local book clubs I participate in read this book for our November get-together. Book club members generally liked it, but did not think it was as good as Danielle Steel's early work. I finished reading the book, but had to push myself to the end. I thought the early part of the story - where the protagonist worked against the Nazis in France, smuggling Jewish children and great art works, was much more compelling than when s [...]

    19. I picked up The Award, now in paperback at the grocery store. Looking for a quick read to pass the time away. WELL was a fast read but a novel with depth, relationships, grief, the war. How interesting I had just completed reading Women in the Castle, also a book about Hitler and the lives completely affected by the war. The Award traces a woman's life; losing family, bringing Jewish children to safety, saving/hiding magnificent artwork and after the war, returning it to a museum.Gaelle is the p [...]

    20. 1940 - German soldiers occupy France with strict rules for the Parisians. The Resistance was becoming a powerful force. The government had given up, but the citizens were doing everything possible to undermine the Germans. Many payed a high price for concealing the Jews, trying to spare them from being sent to deportation camps.Gaelle de Barbet, a young catholic girl, loses her family, and finds herself alone in the world. Gaelle becomes very active in the Resistance, helping transport Jewish ch [...]

    21. It has been a while since i have read any Danielle Steel books. I had read so many over the years that i decided to give her books a rest. That was until i saw 'The Award' in the local Charity shop! I have enjoyed so many of Danielle Steel books, and as much as i enjoyed 'The Award', this one fell just short. I have read better.

    22. I've never been a huge Danielle Steel fan but got suckered into this story because of the place and time period -- World War II France. The author did a fairly realistic job describing Gaelle's war experiences but the story veered into fantasy when a naive 19-year-old girl from the provinces captured the bachelor of the century who was nearly 50. Most of the story was spent describing the "rich and famous lifestyle" of postwar America. The last few chapters covered nearly 50 years of the heroine [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this Danielle Steel book. It starts out in the WWII years, tells about Gaelle de Barbet, a young girl who suffers many tragic losses during the war, of close friends and eventually, all of her family. Not even eighteen years old, she is now all alone. She starts, with the French Resistance, smuggling very young children who are orphans, over the border to safety. She is eventually approached by the German Commandant who had been living in her childhood home, to hide valuable Fre [...]

    24. Great book set in France during World War 2. It is the story of Gaelle de Barbet a young girl age 16 who sees many tragedies and horrors during the war but makes a remarkable achievement to work undercover to safe children and babies from certain death as their families are sent to the extermination camps. She also is given paintings from a German officer that occupies her house, these paintings are smuggled to her for safekeeping with the promise that they will be delivered to the Louvre after [...]

    25. I found this to be a well-paced and fulfilling story about a woman (Gaelle de Barbet) who helped the French Resistance during WW2, later worked as a fashion model, and then ultimately went on to create a full family life. I thought the author successfully managed to strike a balance of substance and levity in weaving together Barbet's years during and after the War to create a personalized and sweeping view of her life. I would describe this book as a blend of historical and contemporary fiction [...]

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