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Granny Dan

Danielle Steel

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrice Donnell, Lewis Arlt

Length:

5h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:49


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:27


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:50