Granny Dan

Granny Dan

Book - 1999
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When Granny Dan died, she left behind a small box containing a pair of satin toe shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with a ribbon. We discover her as a young prima ballerina, the toast of Czarist Russia, until a sudden illness, a man, and a war intervene to change her life irrevocably.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780440224822
0440224829
9780385317092
0385317093
Branch Call Number: STE
Characteristics: 223 p.

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 07, 2018

I'm pretty sure this is the first Danielle Steel book I've read. I was not looking forward to it, because I had the preconceived notion that Steel's novels are all saccharine sweet romances. While the romance element is central to this story, there was plenty of other material to catch my interest.

Danina Petroskova (which does *not* sound like an authentic Russian name, btw) is a ballerina and, surprisingly, a friend/acquaintance of the Russian royal family. She falls in love with, and has an affair with, a married doctor who serves the Tsar's family. Having an interest in Russian history, especially the story of Tsar Nicholas and the last days of Imperial Russia, I found this part of the story to be entertaining. Of course, Danina and her doctor lover are fictional characters, but Steel has obviously researched this era of Russian history.

I have a few quibbles, including the age difference between the lovers (almost 20 years) and the ease with which Steel justifies the doctor's adultery (to say nothing of the Tsar himself, the nominal head of the Russian Orthodox church). But overall this was an entertaining story.

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deanrob
Aug 06, 2010

Historical hidden love.

This book is about a lady who died with no one knowing who she really was. So one day her beloved grand-daughter receive a package that she left behind which uncovers her past and could have been her future.

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