Granny Dan

Granny Dan

Book - 1999
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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 had had another life before she came to us, long before she came to me. . . .

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, tied with string. Inside, an old pair of satin toe shoes, a gold locket, and a stack of letters tied with ribbon. It was her legacy, her 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 new century was dawning as a motherless young girl arrived at a ballet school in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of seven. By age seventeen, Danina Petroskova had become a great ballerina, a favorite of the Czar and Czarina, who welcomed her into the heart of the Imperial family. But events both near and far away shook the ground upon which she danced. A war, an extraordinary man, and a devastating illness altered the course of her life. And when revolution shattered Russia, Danina Petroskova was forced to make a heartbreaking choice-as the world around her was about to change forever.

Granny Dan is about the magic of history. In it, Danielle Steel reminds us how little we know of those who came before us-and how, if we could only glimpse into their early lives, and see who they once were, there is so much we would understand and learn. For in this extraordinary novel, a simple box, filled with mementos from a grandmother, offers the greatest legacy of all: an unexpected gift of a life transformed, a long-forgotten history of youth and beauty, love and dreams.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780385317092
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.

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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