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Handsome, widowed, sophisticated, utterly charming, Paul Parker won the heart of a wealthy young Frenchwoman—the daughter of an American financier, the granddaughter of a major French art dealer—as his second wife. In two marriages, he fathered a challenging son and three very different daughters. But as irresponsible as he was irresistible, he ultimately shrugged off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant.

Raised by their mother with all the care and resolve their father lacked, the three Parker sisters have become vibrant, self-reliant young women: Timmie, the oldest, a fiercely dedicated social worker in New York; sweet, nurturing Juliette, proprietor of a fledgling bakery in Brooklyn; and their younger sister, Joy, who is struggling to build an acting career in Los Angeles. While they love their mostly absent, glamorous father, he has left them with a legacy of impermanence and uncertainty in their own relationships with men. And with no strong role model to guide him, Paul’s son has gone from one failure to another, even while his stepmother makes excuses for him, as he seethes with jealousy of his younger sisters.

Now, after a long illness, Paul has slipped away peacefully in his sleep, and his family has gathered together to read his will. As his final wishes are revealed, his son is forced to face reality as an adult. And his daughters see a new side to their father—one that shows a caring man trying to redeem himself with a different, lasting legacy. He has made a very personal bequest to each of his children, carefully designed to help them achieve their own unique dreams and find true happiness. But Paul has saved the biggest surprise for his ex-wife Véronique: a secret from the past that shakes her world and sets her free. He leaves her a gift that remained a mystery for their entire marriage, and she begins a search to discover its history and rightful owner.

The story of a man’s last wish to make a difference—and of the loved ones he leaves behind fulfilling their destinies at last— Precious Gifts is bursting with indelible characters and emotional complexity as it takes readers from New York and Los Angeles to the art capitals of Europe and the South of France. Inspiring and uplifting, it is a deeply moving exploration of the rich territory of loss, inheritance, and reawakening—Danielle Steel at the height of her literary prowess.

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Praise for Danielle Steel

“Steel is one of the best!” Los Angeles Times

“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops. . . . She delivers!” Publishers Weekly

“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.” San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; and Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved.

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Chapter 1

Timmie Parker sat with one leg tucked under her at her desk. As the stress of the morning increased, she had shoved her long blond hair into a rubber band, and by noon there were four pencils and a pen stuck through it. She wore a clean but wrinkled plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up, over a tank top, torn jeans, and high-­top Converse, and no makeup. She had the tall, lean, elegant frame of her father. She was six feet tall in bare feet, twenty-­nine years old, and had a master’s in social work from Columbia. She was currently working for a foundation whose mission was to find free or low-­cost housing for eligible members of the homeless population of New York, and she’d been at her desk since six o’clock that morning trying to catch up on work. There was a mountain of files on her desk. And she would have liked to find a place to live for every single one, and knew that if she was lucky and continued pounding on government agencies and other resources they used, she’d find a home for one or two who were eligible. The word “eligible” was used as a catch-­all phrase to filter out all those who needed it most.

It was a sweltering July day, and as usual her air conditioner wasn’t working. She could already tell it was going to be one of those days where nothing worked quite the way she wanted it to, and she’d be delivering bad news to some of her most desperate clients. Heartbreak was her stock in trade. She lived in a permanent state of outrage over the injustices in the system, and how ineffective it was to help her clients. Helping the homeless had been her passion since her teens. She was a dedicated and deeply caring though often angry person. Her tirades over social issues at the dinner table in her youth had been frequent. And she had spent all the years since trying to do something about it. Above all, Timmie Parker wasn’t a quitter—­she worked tirelessly for those she served. And once she found them housing, she stuck with them. Once they were isolated in tiny government-­owned efficiency apartments, without the support system they had come to rely on in the streets, loneliness, despair, and suicide became serious risks.

Timmie had a hundred great ideas about how to make things work better, but there was never enough money or support teams. Poverty programs had been slashed in the economic crisis, private foundation funds were dwindling, too, and no one in government would listen. Timmie felt like she was emptying the ocean with a thimble, as she watched her clients slip through the cracks, waiting a year or more to enter free detox programs or qualify for a place to live. The women fared worse than the men on the streets and were often victims of violent crimes in shelters. She faced miles of red tape every day, trying to help people fill out forms for disability benefits or ID cards. Her soft spot was always teens, but it was easier to refer them to youth programs around the city, and they were more resourceful about surviving on the streets. Timmie had already seen six clients by noon that day and had a dozen more to see that afternoon. She rarely left the office before eight or nine p.m. and sometimes stayed till midnight, and came in long before office hours began every day. Her work was her life, and for now it was all she wanted.

She’d lived with a man in grad school, who had cheated on her with her best friend. And she had been engaged to another man after that, who cheated on her, too, though at least not with someone she knew. She’d broken up with him and since then had poured all her love, passion, and energy into her work, and hadn’t dated anyone for the past two years. She often said that the women in her family were unlucky. Her younger sister Juliette had an unfailing weakness for losers. They sponged off her for as long as they could, took advantage of her gentleness and kindness, and eventually, after getting everything they could out of her, dumped her for someone else. And the only one surprised by it was her sister, who would cry over it for months, and then find another one just as bad.

Her mother, Véronique, had spent the twenty years after her divorce being loving and supportive of their charming, handsome father, who had been a cheater, too. She had discovered that he had been unfaithful to her during their entire marriage, which ended over a twenty-­three-­year-­old supermodel. He had had a trail of beautiful girls ever since, while Véronique made excuses for him, and said things like “you know how your father is.” Timmie knew all too well how their father was, and she had finally come to the conclusion that all men were the same. Charming, often handsome, and rarely honest, they cheated and lied and used women. She had never been close to her father because of it, and was horrified to discover that the men she got involved with were no different, although never as charming and handsome as her father, who was a master at the seduction game. Few women could resist him. He could charm the proverbial birds off the trees, a characteristic she had come to hate. She hated charming men, and her mother and sisters accused her of hating all men. She didn’t, she insisted, just the liars and cheaters, and the men who seemed to fall for her. She instantly assumed there was something wrong with them if they wanted to be with her.

Only their youngest sister, Joy, had avoided the same fate. She had always been their father’s favorite, because she was so beautiful, and looked just like their mother, who was still beautiful at fifty-­two. Both Véronique and Joy had thick dark hair, porcelain-­white skin, and violet eyes, although Joy was taller than their mother and had modeled in college. Since she was old enough to talk, she had always managed to wrap their father around her little finger and get anything she wanted from him, but she kept her distance from them all. Joy was the most independent, and stayed aloof from the men in her life, too. It was easy to see that she was afraid to get hurt. She was always getting involved with men who lived on the opposite coast, or who were as focused on their careers as she was, so she could keep them at arm’s length. They all seemed to adore her but were never around.

Timmie liked to point out that none of them had decent relationships, which she attributed to what she called “the family curse.” In her opinion, their father had condemned them to a fatal attraction to the wrong men. It was a part of her that she hadn’t been able to change so far and now no longer tried. She had too much else on her plate, and finding housing for her clients was a lot more important to her than meeting the right guy. At this point, she didn’t really care.

The phone rang on her desk, between clients, and she was in a rush to see the people waiting for her. She thought of letting it go to voice mail but didn’t want to miss a call from a client in distress, or any of the housing agencies she had contacted that morning by phone and e-­mail, so sounding stressed, she picked it up.

“Timmie Parker,” she said tersely, in an official voice. She wasn’t a warm, fuzzy person, although she had a good heart, as witnessed by her job.

“Hi, Timmie. Arnold,” the caller announced himself, and a chill ran down her spine. The voice at the other end was instantly familiar. It was Arnold Sands, her father’s attorney and closest friend. She had known him since she was a child. Her father had been very ill for the past year, after a stroke left him incapacitated and in a nursing home. She had seen him two weeks before, and he had drifted in and out of consciousness, while she sat there silently, watching him and holding his hand. His left side was paralyzed, and it was painful to see him so diminished. He had always been vital and looked years younger than he was, until the stroke. He had been slowly slipping away for the past year, at eighty. And despite her disapproval of his lifestyle for most of her life, it was still comforting to know she had a father, and there was always the secret, unspoken, magical belief that one day they could turn things around and have an honest relationship, and he would magically become someone she could admire and count on. She knew that was never going to happen, but as long as he was alive, she clung to that hope. He had never been there for anyone, not for her, her mother, or her sisters. Her mother had forgiven him for it. Timmie never had.

“I’m sorry to call you at work,” Arnold said, sounding serious, and Timmie sensed instantly what was coming.

“Dad?”

“He slipped away quietly last night.” They all knew it had been inevitable, and it had taken longer than they thought. Juliette had gone to see him several times a week, Joy hadn’t visited him in two months—­she lived in L.A. and was busy and seemed to have the hardest time facing him in that condition. She did everything she could to avoid it. Timmie had gone to see him every few weeks, although she hated doing it. And their mother had seen him a month before, in June, before she left for the summer in the South of France. Véronique had rented a house near St. Tropez for two months, and she had spent a day with Paul before she left, and had confessed to Timmie that she was afraid it might be the last time she’d see him, but she said that they’d said everything they needed to say. She didn’t tell her daughter, but Paul had apologized to her for his many failings as a husband, and even as a friend, and she had been at peace when she left. She had come to terms with all of it many years before. Twenty years since they’d been married was a long time, and Véronique was a forgiving person. She wasn’t bitter about the end of their marriage, or the reasons it had ended, or even the enormous settlement she had given him, which he had been squandering on other women and his comfortable lifestyle and excessive luxuries ever since. The settlement hadn’t hurt Véronique financially, nor the girls. They had depended on their mother when they were younger and never on him.

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What an extraordinary story
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2018
Growing up, reading Danielle Steel''s books for years, this was the newest one I read . It hit so close to home it was astounding and made me look at life around me with new open eyes. My heart broke four Mom, the girls and I wanted to smack the brother who ends up getting... See more
Growing up, reading Danielle Steel''s books for years, this was the newest one I read . It hit so close to home it was astounding and made me look at life around me with new open eyes. My heart broke four Mom, the girls and I wanted to smack the brother who ends up getting what he deserves. Family is what matters but so many don''t realize it until it is too late. Make the time now to love your family. Be there for each other. Before it is too late because you only get 1 chance, and if you screw it up, your family is left paying for your choices. This book brought that to home. What another great book by a treasure who knows how to write with heart, love, compassion and gut wrenching stories.
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IF YOU LOVE DANIELLE STEEL, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017
Wonderful book and every one of Danielle Steel''s book has a message. Here it tells us the relationship between a mother, her three daughters, her ex husband and a wonderful painting. While reading we find out what the three daughters are up to and how the mother finds love... See more
Wonderful book and every one of Danielle Steel''s book has a message. Here it tells us the relationship between a mother, her three daughters, her ex husband and a wonderful painting. While reading we find out what the three daughters are up to and how the mother finds love for herself and a painting that she gave her husband as a wedding gift, turns out to be a special painting for someone else. This message here shows how important it is to stay in touch with family and not forget that they are there for you and vice versa, no matter what happens in life.
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Heartwarming
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2015
I am a huge Danielle Steel fan and always recommend her books. This book tells you that there are still wonderful caring people around. Having four daughter''s myself, it showed how caught up you can get in they''re world but you have to make your own world. It was an... See more
I am a huge Danielle Steel fan and always recommend her books. This book tells you that there are still wonderful caring people around. Having four daughter''s myself, it showed how caught up you can get in they''re world but you have to make your own world. It was an enjoyable warm hearted read, enjoy
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Another Great Danielle Steel Novel
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
Let''s just get this out there, I love Danielle Steel books. Precious Gifts doesn''t disappoint. I don''t want to give the story away, so will keep this simple. Precious Gifts is a story Veronique, an ex-wife, and mother who has raised 3 beautiful strong daughters. When her... See more
Let''s just get this out there, I love Danielle Steel books. Precious Gifts doesn''t disappoint. I don''t want to give the story away, so will keep this simple. Precious Gifts is a story Veronique, an ex-wife, and mother who has raised 3 beautiful strong daughters. When her ex-husband passes away, his will is read and the gifts he leaves each of them will change their lives in unexpected ways. The daughters learn that their mother needs and desires a life of her own, and her role is not just to sit and wait for one of them to call.
Another Danielle Steel book that I couldn''t put down and stayed up late to finish.
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Amazing Story
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018
Enjoyed again another Danielle Steel''s books. As a mother reading the words of truth between mothers and daughters just stuck me as such a familiar occurrence having been a young widow myself with grown daughters. Life in her stories shows how similar we all are while... See more
Enjoyed again another Danielle Steel''s books. As a mother reading the words of truth between mothers and daughters just stuck me as such a familiar occurrence having been a young widow myself with grown daughters. Life in her stories shows how similar we all are while appearing different.
I will continue to read and enjoy her many,many books with pleasure.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2020
A wonderfully written story about a family and all the wrongs and rights they all go through. And about making something right for someone who was wronged long ago. And about loss and finding love and kindness and ending loneliness.
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... first book by Danielle Steel and I was very pleased. It''s a heartwarming story of a father that ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
This is my first book by Danielle Steel and I was very pleased. It''s a heartwarming story of a father that was unable to show his love in this life but certainly gave his wife and child more than anyone could imagine by his death. A must read for those warm hearted,... See more
This is my first book by Danielle Steel and I was very pleased. It''s a heartwarming story of a father that was unable to show his love in this life but certainly gave his wife and child more than anyone could imagine by his death. A must read for those warm hearted, nostalgic readers. It leaves you feeling very happy and satisfied. a must read
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Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
I enjoys this nook very much. It was a taken place in several cities n Europe as other books were. I learn alot of history in her books. I would recommend it to all of her fans who enjoy a good book by her.
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A good read, full of hope and struggles and an ultimate surprising outcome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2020
I found the beginning of the book long and wordy. However, having skipped through a few pages, about halfway through, the story picked up pace and became a really good read. Danielle''s characters are always well rounded and believable. I enjoyed the book.
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Get into a good mood!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2016
I like all of Danielle Steel ''s books. Clear, simple and at the same time every day life stories that a person can recognize in friends and lovers. It is life in a poetic setting and even when things go wrong, there is always hope to be found and the endings are always, or...See more
I like all of Danielle Steel ''s books. Clear, simple and at the same time every day life stories that a person can recognize in friends and lovers. It is life in a poetic setting and even when things go wrong, there is always hope to be found and the endings are always, or at least most of the time, happy ones.
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Another page turner!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 19, 2021
Again another brilliant book from Danielle Steel. It keeps you wondering to the end what the Gifts are with a few twists along the way. Another must for any Danielle Steel fans!
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EASY READING
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2016
Once again Danielle Steel has excelled herself with another one of her stories. I have every one of her books and she never fails to disappoint. This is a book that you can''t wait to get to the end but are disappointed when you do as you want the story to go on. I would...See more
Once again Danielle Steel has excelled herself with another one of her stories. I have every one of her books and she never fails to disappoint. This is a book that you can''t wait to get to the end but are disappointed when you do as you want the story to go on. I would recommend this and every other one of Danielle Steel''s books - perfect.
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Another triumph
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I absolutely loved this book. This was a love story with a great twist, bring on the next one :)
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