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Leap of Faith

Written by:
Danielle Steel
Narrated by:
Ron McLarty

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2001
4 hours 54 minutes
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 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 new 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.
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Not the best and not the worst. A little stale and bland but a very quick and easy read non the less.

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Angela Jones

Story was okay, kept my attention but did not leave me wanting to hear more. It seems it ended in the middle of the book. Marie-Ange had such a sad life and just when it was turining around the story ends.

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Same story, new locale. A nice listen, but you do not sit in the car waiting for the chapter to end or run to the car in the morning.

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Ellen McAdam

I had forgotten Danielle Steel's penchant for making her heroine's suffer. A few days earlier, I listened to A Good Yarn. I couldn't wait to get in the car every morning. A Leap of Faith was a totally different story. I actually fast forwarded through some chapters because I felt so sorry for poor Marie-Ange and could not take any further misery. This is not a feel good novel and the "happy ending" was far too short.

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