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This is another love story of danielle steels but this brings more emotion than any of her others for me. This is the true life story of her grand mother granny dan, she was a top russian ballet dancer who had the heart wrenching choices to make as to weather her career was more important than the love of her life. She made her choices and lived with them for the rest of her life through happy times and turmoil, i will leave you to read the book to find out if she got true love in the end. Danielle steel had always looked at her grandmother as an old woman, her grand mother told her little of her life but after her death there was a brown paper box which daniella found, inside where her ballet shoes, a gold locket and a large bundle of letters she had kept for all these years. After reading these letters daniella realised the pain and heart ache her grand mother had endured and saw her grandmother as a beautiful young woman which inspired her to write this book which i think personally was one of the best danielle has ever written, This book just screams at you to continue to read, you wont be able to put it down. This book was first published in 1999 and cost me £5.99 from wh.smiths.
Dancing on the coattails of history, Danielle Steele's Granny Dan is a sweeping saga based on the true life story of her grandmother. As a young woman, Granny Dan was the leading young ballerina in pre-communist Russia, which in that society, would have been similar to being Julia Roberts in our own country today. She charms the Russian royal family, especially the czar's young son, and is admitted into their inner circle. Torn between the disciplined life of a dancer in a strict ballet school and the fairy tale-like existance at the czar's summer home, the young woman must make painful choices. An illness causes her to become very close to her physician, a man in a loveless marriage and they fall deeply in love. So much so that Steel's grandmother keeps all his letters with her until she dies. Steel bases her book on the letters, which she had translated. Marrying her grandmother's real-life story with her masterful fiction-writing techniques, Steel presents a powerful tale of star-crossed lovers, strong characters who are real and believable. Their passion for each other is played out against the backdrop of history. We are given a taste of what life in czarist Russia was like, and it is as if we travel back in time with the characters. With the coming of the communist revolution, their world is forever lost. This ultimately tragic story is a haunting one, which will stay with you long after you've read the last page
When I began reading Granny Dan, I was captivated. It was wonderful reading about the events that happened in Dania’s life and the things that happened between she and Nikolai. However, I was very disappointed at the ending. I feel Danielle Steel needed to add at least one more chapter to the book. The content of the book lifted me higher and higher, and then at the end, I felt as though I was dropped. I believe there could have been a much better way to end Granny Dan! But still a good read!
As a big Danielle Steel fan, I usually buy each of her books soon after their release in paperback, and always read them the same day. I bought 'Granny Dan' on my lunch break one day last week, and read it after work. It starts off with a woman remembering her grandmother. Danina Petroskova, who she always called Granny Dan. All of the book, except for the beginning and end, which are set in the present day, is set in the early part of the 20th century. Danina Petroskova lives in Russia, and after her mothers death is sent to a ballet school, aged seven. The story follows her life up until she is in her early twenties, and has something for everyone. There is sadness, romance, history (albeit with some adaptations!) and ultimately tragedy. But having said that, the ending is both sad, but if not exactly happy, then comfortable. Although Danielle Steel is a prolific author, she has an easy to read style that is perfect when you want to relax at the end of a tough day. I would recommend this and any Danielle Steel books to anyone who likes this type of easy readng.