Past Perfect

Past Perfect

by Danielle Steel

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The latest from 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 history.

Sybil and Blake Gregory have established a predictable, well-ordered Manhattan life—she as a cutting-edge design authority and museum consultant, he in high-tech investments—raising their teenagers Andrew and Caroline and six-year-old Charlie. But everything changes when Blake is offered a dream job he can’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 spirit—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 gift—beloved friends and the wisdom to shape their own future with grace from a fascinating past.

Past Perfect is Danielle Steel at her bewitching best, a novel for the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101883990
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 76,086
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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 Fairytale, The Right Time, The Duchess, Against All Odds, Dangerous Games, The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, 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; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67

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Past Perfect: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read everyone of her books and loved every one of them. My only complaint is WHY are her books so EXPENSIVE? ???? For only 280 some pages????? Just a little to steep in my eyes. Just my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably most boring book I've read by this author. I'm a huge fan, but I was very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have tried to read this book for several days. It is so out there i can only take in small increments. Now on p.65 and probably will put this one away. I would only be happy if i could get my money back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Miss Steele's for many years and sorry to say that this book is a major disappointment. As much as I tried to like it, it wasnt possible. Totally ridiculous storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her books. This one was probaly my least favorite....Glad to be done with it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a decent read. I did not enjoy as I usually can’t put a book that she writes down. I had no problem putting this one down.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I really enjoyed this particular book. It was definitely different compared to others that Ms Steele has written. Loved the way that all of the characters accepted one another. A sequel would be interesting as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Danielle Steele for years and this book was absolutely ludicrous. The scene when the female character "saved" the old ghost woman from choking, are you kidding me? The whole thing about the young ghost man going off to war? What is that about. This book was completely ridiculous and stupid! I couldn't even finish it. I really want my $8 back for this nonsense book. If this is how Danielle Steele is going to write she needs to retire. This book WAS NO not even worth publishing. What was the publishing house thinking even putting this book out there. SO DISAPPOINTED!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, while it seems impossible, the story draws you in. The farther you read, the more it feels real because of the depth of characters and things the families shared. It was very entertaining and I hated for it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a different then what I am used to from Steele but I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book. I did not like the paranormal theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read this was! Thoroughly enjoyed it. I marvel at DS's frequently surprising plots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strangest book Danielle Steele has written. Did not enjoy it at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even this I disagree with ds. in thinking that books like, A Knight In Shining Armore are silly, She did a great job with these beautiful people and families!!! I wish it cud have gone farther but A M Alcott said a {Good book is all ways too short } . I definately recomend this buy& book. Rhop2018
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good . .a new twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worse book I have read of DS. It made me not to read anymore of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book. Different and refreshing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live Danielle Steel and have read her books for years. However, I bought this on my nook and was shocked when all I got was 218 blank pages! I am assuming this is a nook/Barnes and Noble issue and will request my money back or a version I can read