From #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle
Steel, Past Perfect is a spellbinding story of two
families living a hundred years apart who come together in
time in a startling moment, opening the door to rare
friendship and major events in early-twentieth-century
Sybil and Blake Gregory have established a predictable,
well-ordered Manhattan lifeâ€”she as a cutting-edge design
authority and museum consultant, he in high-tech
investmentsâ€”raising their teenagers Andrew and Caroline and
six-year-old Charlie. But everything changes when Blake is
offered a dream job he canâ€™t resist as CEO of a start-up in
San Francisco. He accepts it without consulting his wife and
buys a magnificent, irresistibly underpriced historic
Pacific Heights mansion as their new home.
The past and present suddenly collide for them in the
elegant mansion filled with tender memories and haunting
portraits when an earthquake shocks them the night they
arrive. The original inhabitants appear for a few brief
minutes. In the ensuing days, the Gregorys meet the large
and lively family who lived there a century ago:
distinguished Bertrand Butterfield and his gracious wife
Gwyneth, their sons Josiah and little Magnus, daughters
Bettina and Lucy, formidable Scottish matriarch Augusta and
her eccentric brother Angus.
All long since dead. All very much alive in spiritâ€”and
visible to the Gregorys and no one else. The two families
are delighted to share elegant dinners and warm friendship.
They have much to teach each other, as the Gregorys watch
the past unfold while living their own modern-day lives.
Within these enchanted rooms, it is at once 1917 and a
century later, where the Gregorys gratefully realize they
have been given a perfect giftâ€”beloved friends and the
wisdom to shape their own future with grace from a
Past Perfect is Danielle Steel at her bewitching
best, a novel for the ages.