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44 Charles Street: A Novel [Hardcover]

Danielle Steel
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 5 2011
A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel’s luminous new novel: strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan’s West Village.

The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor—even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world.

First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca’s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life.

As the roommates bond, and the house fills with the aroma of Marya’s exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Naïve Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris’s custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more.

Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, ultimately life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it’s a place those who visit will never want to leave.  

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"Charismatic and talented, The Big Five have been firm friends since their first day at school and the challenges, pitfalls and heartache of adult life make them ever more reliant on their trusty friendships. A satisfying novel from the Queen of Romance which explores each of the five's complicated family dynamics." Sunday Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Felt like a first draft April 9 2012
I was sorely disappointed in this book. It felt like a first draft of a book that still needed to be edited.

- She kept saying the same things over and over again - the same phrases to describe the shallowness of the mother, the relationships of the people in the storyline, and more.

- You hear "show don't tell" at writer's conferences, but this felt more like you were having coffee with someone as they made up a story to tell you across the table. It was a good storyline but needed to be fleshed out more to be a novel. I didn't care about any of the characters or what happened to them. I could stop reading at any time and the only reason I kept reading was because I PAID for the book.

- The author didn't bother making any of the major scenes "major" but side-stepped them. When the main character comes home to a dead roommate she "senses" something is wrong and calls the police from outside, totally skipping the drama of the situation. When her boyfriend's son is kidnapped, the father remembers where the ex-wife used to take him, they show up and take him home. A complete non-event!

- The two couples who fall in love during the story go from being friends to kissing and agreeing to have a relationship without any catalyst for a change to romance.

This book left me feeling frustrated and ripped off. The publishers know they'll sell the book because the author is famous, but they should focus more on quality than on deadlines and dollars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 44 Charles Street Dec 31 2013
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Another successful hit from Danielle Steel. This novel is a must have and like all Danielle Steel novels this is another masterpiece. Thank you Danielle Steel for all the enjoyment I have received over the years by reading your novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK Oct. 9 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It wasn't the best Danielle Steel I've read, but it certainly wasn't the worst either. It dragged in places, seemed far fetched in others and frankly you could see the ending coming after the first chapter. There was the usual repetition in this book as all recent Danielle Steel books. I work in a long term care home so reading her books is like having a conversation with some of the residents I care for, so not ideal for a vacation read for me. The characters all did some stupid and foolish things, like leaving an abused young girl alone in the house with her abusive boyfriend aware of where she was, no one really caring when a life was cut abruptly short, people just out of nowhere deciding that they had fallen in love. Seriously one day you think of someone as being like a brother and then next you want to marry him, yuck. Overall it was an ok read in that I was able to finish it, I'm slowly losing faith in this author that she can go back to her old ways of writing brilliant riveting stories as she once did. I guess I'll have to find a new favourite author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless. Feb. 6 2012
Classic Danielle Steel. This book was a great read, and to sound cliche, I couldn't put it down. It was everything, every emotion wrapped up and bound into one novel. I am a huge Danielle Steel fan and she never disappoints.
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