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44 Charles Street: A Novel Hardcover – Apr 5 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385343140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385343145
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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DANIELLE STEEL is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with eighty international bestselling novels in print and 600 million copies sold. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death. She lives in California and Paris. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassiopeia on April 9 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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By Leigh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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By John Turcotte TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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By Diane on Aug. 7 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story was well written. I really enjoyed it. Most of her book are great. Only one book in all these years I did not like.
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