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In her fifty-second bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust--and of one woman's triumph over a devastating betrayal.Marie-Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of. Freedom, love, security in a beautiful old French château. But when Marie-Ange is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the enIn her fifty-second bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of the power of lies, the misuse of trust--and of one woman's triumph over a devastating betrayal.Marie-Ange Hawkins has the kind of childhood that most people dream of. Freedom, love, security in a beautiful old French château. But when Marie-Ange is just eleven, a tragic accident marks the end of her idyllic life. Orphaned and alone, she is sent to America, to live with her great-aunt on a farm in Iowa. Bitterly resented by the old woman, cut off from everything she has known and loved, Marie-Ange is forced to work tirelessly on the farm, dreaming only of the day she can return to her beloved Château de Marmouton.In Marie-Ange's isolated existence, only the friendship of a local boy, Billy Parker, offers comfort and hope. But her only wish is to gain an education--and escape. Then, just after her twenty-first birthday, an unexpected visitor brings startling news and an extraordinary gift: the freedom to return to France, to Château de Marmouton. When she arrives in France, Marie-Ange learns that the château's new owner is Comte Bernard de Beauchamp, a dashing young widower who invites her into his home, then into his heart. But their magical life together, which soon includes marriage, children, and lavish homes, slowly takes an ominous turn. A mysterious woman tells Marie-Ange a shocking story, a story so chilling she doesn't want to believe it.Not even her dear friend Billy can help her now. He is thousands of miles away. And as the darkness gathers around her, Marie-Ange must find the faith and courage to take one, last desperate step to save her loved ones and herself.Danielle Steel's powerful novel is about being pulled into a place where nothing is what it seems. It is about being seduced and lied to and turned around, and wanting to believe the lies--until the moment comes, in one blinding instant, when survival and salvation depend on a final Leap of Faith: the only path to freedom, and life....

Title : Leap of Faith
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ISBN : 9780440236993
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Leap of Faith Reviews

  • BooksTwins
    2019-04-19 21:23

    RESEÑA COMPLETA EN EL BLOG: es primer libro que lee de Steel y no se sabía que esperar. Es muy corto y rápido de leer, es perfecto para pasar una tarde, y la verdad es que el final me dejó anodadada.

  • Ashley Daviau
    2019-03-21 22:16

    This book was entirely too predictable and almost bored me to tears. I had guessed 90% of the storyline about 20 pages into the book. The main character was incredibly dull and really quite stupid to be honest! The only reason I managed to finish the book is because it was relatively fast paced so I just gritted my teeth and sped through it.

  • Sara M. Abudahab
    2019-04-09 19:28

    Actual rating: 1.5This was the most predictable book I've ever read. from the first 50 pages, I knew exactly what was going to happen at the end and I was right...This is my second Danielle Steel book, and I really hope her other books are better than this one, I really was irritated with the main character Marie-Ange she was so naive and stupid in ever aspect possible...Summary: ( I hid half of the summary in case you still want to read this)Marie-Ange Hawkins lived a happy life in France, until one day when both her parent and her only brother Robert were going to Paris and had an accident on the way and died on the road leaving her with only her caretaker Sophie.Marie-Ange had no family other than her old aunt Carol from her father's side, whom her father always disliked, and since she was so young to be living on her own she was sent to Iowa in the USA to live on her aunt's farm. And yes it turned out her father was right her aunt is horrible and treated her like a slave for 10 years, she even deprived her of food and didn't give her any money for her college even though she worked very hard on the farm.I chose this picture of Mrs. Dubose from How to Kill a Mockingbird because they were both so mean.During those years she becomes friends with Billy Parker and through the years they became inseparable, she taught him French and he was there for her from their first day in school until they graduated, he loves her so much but she won't marry him and break his heart because one day she want to go back to Paris where she grew up and wants to stay in Iowa and help his father.(view spoiler)[Everything was going just okay until Marie-Ange turned 21 and a lawyer came to visit her to tell her about a trust fund her father had left her, which *ta ta ta* has 10 million dollars in it which she can have only one-third now and another third when she's 25 and the last third when she's 30. After some thoughts, she decides to go back to Paris to see the house she grew up in, and there she finds Bernard de Beauchamp a 40-year-old man who lost his wife and his son in a fire almost 10 years ago.They become friends instantly regardless of the age difference, they help each other rebuild her childhood house and eventually they fall in love with each other and decide to get married.and they have two children together.So what's the problem?He keeps spending a lot of her money!! he spent 3 million dollars in less than a year, not only that but he lies all the time.After she hired an investigator to track his spending habits, turns out his first wife Louise is still alive and when he told her "his son died" turned out to be his first wife's son not his.Louise asked the investigator to tell Marie-Ange that she would like to meet her, and when they meet she warns her of Bernard and tells her that he was the one who killed her son and tried to kill her by setting their house on fire because he wants her money....At this point, the story was pretty boring, one day while Marie-Ange and Bernard were having a party a "fire" started and he again tried to kill Marie-Ange and her kids by locking the door and keeping them inside.Why is it called Leap of Faith? because Marie-Ange jumped off of the building when the firemen asked her too xDAnd of course, when Billy hears about this he leaves Iowa, kinds of breaks up with his fiance (because she broke up with him), because he never cared about her the way he cared about Marie-Ange, and the novel ends with him in Paris and we don't really know if they end up together or not, lol but I guess we already knew what will happen. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Hannah
    2019-04-15 01:17

    The book came with a very sudden plot twist and I liked how the author put the story together. There was a lesson to be learned which was basically don't trust strangers even if you think they're okay. However, the book was repetitive and it was in a rush so it wasn't described that well. Overall, it was a book that I enjoyed reading in my freetime.

  • Sidra
    2019-04-20 02:19

    I picked up the book last night, and just continued to read it till 3pm today. It was okay. The best thing about the book was the fast pace. I did not enjoy the static characters. I did not enjoy her repetition. I dislike the way Steel kept repeating most of the sentences.Example, page 122:"She loved the way he worried about her, and wanted to protect her ... she loved the protection he offered, his obvious concern. She was totally in love with him."Really? I mean come one. I felt like I had some major reading disability and needed someone to spell it out to me in writing to get any, any emotion for the text.I disliked, HRH's cold, convenient ending, I disliked Leap of Faith's generic, way predictable ending. I may have even had guessed the ending when I was only 1/3 into the book.

  • Jen Marx
    2019-03-28 21:17

    If 2.5 stars were an option, I would have given this book that score. I did feel some sort of investment in the characters; however, it was very predictable. The tale was also rather anti-climactic. The woman has just thrown her two children into a net and has seen that they were fine. Despite the fact that she was scared, I do think that "leap of faith" is a bit of an overstatement. The ending did not seem to fit well with this very predictable tale. I was hoping to see a light at the end of the tunnel with Marie-Ange, and I do feel as though a bit more romanticism on Billy's part would have solved that dilemma. I was left with many unanswered questions: How will Billy respond to her children? What were the feelings of the youngsters? What happens to the lying scoundrel? How does leaping off a roof allow Marie-Ange to come to terms with the tragic loss of her parents and brother, the belittling by her great aunt, and the abuse by her husband?

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-01 21:32

    I remember this one! Horrible elderly aunt in the country, treating her niece terribly. A kind of Cinderella comes good story. Liked it a lot.

  • Joshua
    2019-03-30 22:20

    This broke the usual Danielle Steel formula in a few ways. One being the protagonist is a young child when the story begins, another was the western setting and just the plot as a whole was different from the typical Steel blueprint. I almost wish this was longer, it sometimes felt like I was reading a synopsis or a book report instead of being absorbed in the story. I won't even get into the improbable parts, or about how hard I laughed when (view spoiler)[She was dropping her babies out of the window during the fire her evil husband set to kill her and her children(hide spoiler)]Nonethless I enjoyed this, super quick and easy read. Danielle Steel is a guilty pleasure of mine.

  • Cait S
    2019-04-18 20:07

    This book was too short to matter. I feel like it could have been a decent story if it was about 200 pages longer. As it is, there just wasn't enough time. A story spanning almost 15 years and two countries just cannot be told sufficiently, for me, in that short of time. None of the characters were fully fleshed out. None of the emotional stuff made an impact because there was no build up. The entire thing fell totally flat for me.

  • Marilyn Lagier
    2019-04-03 20:32

    OK--I like a Danielle Steel when there's some substance to the book; this one must have been written solely for the purpose of buying her some new jewelry or something. It's awful--read it in one hour. She just cranked this one out with her standard formula--sweet girl, bad things happen, then good things happen, the end.

  • Sapphire Butt
    2019-04-07 23:23

    i cried alot and loved it in so many ways ... its really hard to accept that someone u love so much has betrayed you i can really relate to that bt as marie-ange never lost faith so wont I. Im going through a very difficult time and it helped me somehow...brilliantly written ! looking forward to read more of ur work !

  • Amy
    2019-04-01 02:33

    I decided to read books that have forever piqued my curiosity since I was kid: I would see these books line the shelves at the library, on and on. These authors still are bestsellers and incredibly productive. Thus, a little fun project that both entertained and surprised me. I selected these authors based on recollections of my hometown library back then, so it's not necessarily all-encompassing. Here is part four of four!Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4---I honestly didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised, again, like with reading Nicholas Sparks. This was a romance, but in the best kind of way: you know, all the adorable, genuine love, kindness, selflessness, happiness for others, through and through, and so on. The first half of the book melted my heart; I'm pretty sure I was smiling stupidly the entire time. Then the second half got kind of crazy; I was frowning all throughout, thinking, "What are you doing Danielle Steel! This is not supposed to happen!" But, finally, there was the happy ending. It was pretty predictable, but a fun, quick read.Well, I finally read a Danielle Steel book! I know, it's a weird check list, but I've just been so curious about her books.

  • Danielle Schryver
    2019-04-01 20:25

    Ive had this book on my bookshelf for several years now. It was actually given to me by a woman in the waiting room for the OR when both our husbands were having surgery. She had finished it while waiting and passed it on to me. :)I have never read a Danielle Steele book before. I have stayed away from them, as I had the impression of "fluffy romance". My grandmother used to love her!So I picked this up 2 nights ago. It was a very quick read and I did enjoy it. However, I found it very, very predictable. It seems Ive heard this story many times before with mildly different characters and circumstances. The down on her luck girl, who finds herself the recipient of some good luck, which is then taken again from her.I didnt think the book long enough to really develop the changes in Marie Ange's character. It kind of reminded me of a Lifetime movie. I did enjoy the book as a nice quick easy read. I just felt it was lacking some content. Im not sure if I will read this author again. I may give another a try. Any suggestions on which one?

  • Anna
    2019-03-26 18:20

    It's a 3.5. The story is predictable. I cannot say that the author has justified the title of the book. I was expecting something else. Overall, it's an "okay" read. Not something I would recommend, unless you just need something to kill time.Also, this is my second read book by Danielle Steele and I am wondering if it is typical that her protagonists never end up marrying the most obvious choice??

  • Katrina Perolino
    2019-03-29 01:12

    I am not a big fan of Danielle Steel, but I must say that this book touched me so much. I liked how tragedy was presented, how the lead character became the usual Cinderella, and of course, the gasp-inducing twist at the end. Give this book a spin if you want to read Danielle Steel without fluffiness and 'munchness'. :)

  • Redfox5
    2019-03-26 20:28

    This feels like Steel did half a job, she knew she had to churn one out so she knocked it up quickly to keep the masses happy. I didn't hate this book but it's not that interesting. It didn't feel like we got to know any of the main charcters that well and the ending was rushed. Still it was alright and she doesn't bother to repeat anything.

  • Mandy Writresse
    2019-04-10 00:26

    Well, it was a nice book, a fast-read, good story etc. but the ending was way to sloppy.. Too bad, could've been better by adding another chapter with a real ending (rest of their lives etc.). Anyways, fast and fun read. But did Steel put effort in the book, the characters and the ending? Nope.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-13 02:23

    Female character Marie-Ange was so naive that it makes you want to strangle her. The ending was horrible. It's like the story was building up to what makes you think is going to be a great romantic ending but it leaves you flat.

  • Jean
    2019-04-04 23:27

    Well written and a good story. Quick read

  • Jojo
    2019-04-17 20:12

    Easy to read but, the concept of the story didn't fascinate me all too much.

  • Trinity
    2019-04-12 18:21

    It was okay, but I wanted more!

  • Antoinette
    2019-04-04 21:09

    The end was soooooo stupid. I don't want to think what might happen. I want to know what happened

  • Abbie
    2019-03-31 20:07

    Must be one of her worst books because it was very poorly written, not in the least absorbing and so utterly generic

  • Wendy
    2019-03-26 23:15

    aaaaaaaaaaaawful. I've never read Danielle Steel before, and if this is any way representative, I never shall again.

  • Sherry
    2019-04-04 02:33

    This was very good book!!! one of her best

  • Saúl Girón
    2019-04-12 18:25

    Una novela para leer (como diría mi madre) al mandado y no al retozo!No había leido a la autora, pero la primera impresión fue bastante buena.Digamos que la trama es bastante predecible, pero eso no le quita méritos a la obra. Como indiqué, una novela para pasar un buen rato, de facil lectura... una versión moderna y recortada de El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera!:,)

  • Kinjal Parekh
    2019-04-12 23:26

    It is a very fast paced book with sudden plot twists. I found many repetitions and also the plot was quite predictable but I loved the story line. It touched my heart and made me very emotional at Marie-Ange's lows. It made me cry. Thank God I wasn't travelling at that time!Overall, I enjoyed reading this in my freetime.Also, it is a quick read of 260 pages.

  • Yongqing
    2019-04-04 00:13

    This book was so bad, I'm actually feeling outraged. I took it on - well, faith (Hey! I can see why they chose the title right there!)- that a book this popular cannot possibly be so immature. I understand that for books in this genre, we've got to expect some pretty clear author-bias towards the main characters. That's okay, sometimes we just want a brainless bit of wish-fulfillment fluff where the heroine triumphs despite a tragic backstory and assorted villainy, and wins True Wuv. But you actually have to let your readers get to know your character, before we can root for her. We are repeatedly told what a sparkling creature of light and "vivaciousness" the heroine is, without having a single shred of evidence to that effect. On that note, I must say that it takes some particular talent to so assiduously prevent one's characters from talking about or doing anything of interest whatsoever, and condensing anything with such potential into charming one-liners: "They sometimes spent hours by a small stream, sitting there and just talking to each other, about life, their families, their hopes and dreams and their futures." Um, I'd like to raise my hand here? What are their hopes and dreams and futures, et cetera et cetera? Because, you know, I still have no idea.What do we have by way of conflict? In the first half of the book, it's the cold, penny-pinching and beauty-hating Aunt Carole who takes guardianship of Marie-Ange. Except - there's no conflict. Aunt Carole is mean, Marie-Ange is virtuous... full stop. What do we have by way of romance? Billy Parker and Marie-Ange are friends, Marie-Ange forbids from taking it further... full stop.When we find out somewhere later on that the reason Marie-Ange never heard from someone beloved to her (further building her case as the Poor Little Orphan-Girl with the Tragic Past) was that her aunt had been returning all of that person's letters for years - and get this - intercepting and throwing away all the letters Marie-Ange had sent that person, I actually laughed aloud. So, um, her aunt works in the postal service? Or she wheels her vindictive, crippled-in-both-body-and-soul self to intercept the heroine's mail, for no reason other than Pure Evilness? Right. I'm not even going to go on to describe what happens in the second half of the book. I need time to get over this and heal.So, in conclusion - it says right there in the Goodreads blurb that this story is a "compelling" story of the "power of lies" and "the misuse of trust" and oh, I FEEL THE TRUTH OF IT RIGHT HERE. Yes! I've experienced firsthand the power of the lie that this story is "compelling", and my trust that millions of people can't be wrong and Danielle Steel is a good author of romance. I shall indeed triumph over this devastating betrayal of good writing and go on to read hundreds of vastly superior chick-lit that I might actually get an afternoon's worth of entertainment from.

  • Éride
    2019-03-27 19:13

    Reseña de ACTO DE FEActo de fe es una novela romántica escrita por Danielle Steel en el año 2001. Cuenta con un total de 186 páginas.Marie-Ange es una niña que vive con sus padres en un precioso castillo francés. Una desgraciada tarde, sus padres y su hermano mueren en un accidente, y ella se ve obligada a viajar hasta Iowa para vivir con su tía soltera, una vieja amargada y cruel que la obliga a trabajar para ella esclavizada en su deprimente granja. Por suerte, gracias a Billy, tendrá la oportunidad de ir a la universidad y labrarse un futuro. Afortunadamente, un buen día, un abogado le comenta que su padre le dejó una enorme fortuna en herencia y que ahora es millonaria. Así, tendrá la oportunidad de regresar a Francia y volver a su antiguo castillo. Una vez de vuelta, conoce al actual propietario, un conde, y se enamora de él. Al cabo de cierto tiempo, se casan y tienen dos hijos. Pero Marie-Ange, sin querer, realiza una serie de averiguaciones sobre el pasado de su marido y descubre cosas que hubiera preferido mantener en la sombra.ASPECTOS POSTIVOS: es corta, fácil y sencilla de leer y de comprender, y te sumerge en la historia de manera bastante asombrosa. Yo ya había perdido la esperanza de encontrarme con un libro medio decente de esta autora, y la verdad es que me ha sorprendido bastante. Se empatiza muchísimo con la protagonista, no sé si será porque hemos tenido vivencias semejantes, pero me ha gustado. También me ha gustado el desarrollo de la acción, y lo bien narrada que está la historia, lo cual hace que te sientas como si estuvieras dentro de ella. ASPECTOS NEGATIVOS: la típica americanada. El amado marido con un horrible lado oscuro que es mejor no descubrir.También me ha molestado lo tonta que puede llegar a ser la protagonista intentando exculpar a su marido de todo, incluso cuando este ha cometido un asesinato. ¡Es demasiado! La ostentosidad de todo. Enormes palacios, antigüedades, grandes casas, largos viajes… Eso no me molesta, lo que me molesta es que hagan como que ese tipo de cosas están al alcance de todo el mundo, cuando no es así. Por desgracia, eso es algo muy típico de esta autora.Sí lo recomiendo, para pasar un rato entretenido. No deja mal sabor de boca, pero tampoco es nada del otro mundo. Lo que más me gustó fue la primera mitad. En la segunda la protagonista comienza a resultarme un poco insufrible.Tampoco me ha gustado que el marido sea tan tonto de cometer el mismo error dos veces. es algo que, para mí, carece de todo el sentido.PUNTUACIÓN: 5/10

  • Lucy Angela
    2019-04-17 19:07

    I knew in an instant when I impulsively picked up this book , that I'd like this much. I meant it's about memorizing your house in the past. because I did that childhood house which was many miles away from where I lived now nor my life that I belong now. also the moral value that packed in this story. I finished it in 3 hrs. a thin one yet full of sth to learn. who do you choose? a country boy like Billy, honest and caring or Comte Bernard who was polished, attractive yet greedy and selfish?I think I married someone like Billy. an honest man yet a little bit naive but enough for me. and I think Aunt Carol character here is not as mean as the writer tried to describe bcuz the detail of hardwork that Marie Ange had to do wasn't described so well. the first time I witnessed the relationship betweeen Marie and Billy developed, I imagined Josh Hutcherson and Annasophia Robb in The Bridge to Therabitia movie. I even imagined Billy had Josh' face.and then when the relatonship between Marie and Bernard developed then Marie realized who the man she's married truly was.. I felt like watching 'Education' movie again starring Carey Mulligan. that's been so much true, the slice of life Danielle Steel told us in her piece of work and I found myself enganged in the story from the beginning until the end. I just skip the part I hate when one by one the true face of Mary Ange first husband discovered. total. I do hate that part. feel so much sorry for the heroine here and hating to imagine if that ever happened to me. which I wished never ever happened.thin pages but had a deep impression in my reading experience. but then again D.S. left us with the kind of continue-that-for-your-self ending. I even had an idea to continue it myself just for my pleasure. but I didnt ;)