On Sale: July 24, 2012
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Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the
years that follow, they become friends and more than
friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges,
face lifeâ€™s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities,
and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York
Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their
unforgettable journeyâ€”full of tests and trialsâ€”as three boys
and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a
Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy, and Seanâ€”each
bursting with their own personality, strikingly different
looks and talents, in sports, science, and the arts. Each
drawn by the magical spark of connection that happens to the
young. At the exclusive Atwood School, on a bright September
day, starting in kindergarten they become an inseparable
group known to outsiders as the Big Five. In this rarefied
world, five families grow closer, and five children bloom
beside one another, unaware of the storms gathering around
As they turn from grade-schoolers to
teenagers, seemingly perfect lives are buffeted by
unraveling families, unfortunate missteps, and losses and
victories great and small. And, one by one, they turn back
to the Big Five to regain their footing and their steady
course. But as they emerge from Atwood and enter the college
years, the way forward is neither safe nor clear. As their
lives separate and diverge, the challenges and risks become
greater, the losses sharper, and the right paths harder to
choose, in a journey of friendship, survival, and love.
In what may be her most intricate and emotionally
powerful novel yet, Danielle Steel tells a heart-wrenching,
ultimately triumphant story that spans decades, weaves
together a vivid cast of characters, and captures the
challenges we face in lifeâ€”sometimes, if weâ€™re lucky, with a
friend forever by our side.
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