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44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel

44 Charles Street (2011)

by Danielle Steel

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While everything was good Francesca and Todd purchased the house at 44 Charles Street, a definite fixer-upper. Before the house was completed the relationship became as run down as the house. Unfortunately Francesca had fallen in love with the house, but without Todd’s financial contribution could not afford to maintain it. Solution – take in roommates. This is the story of what happens as the roommates come and go.

I generally do not read Danielle Steel and this book was a prime example of why. Although I am sure it will appeal to fans of her books, it was a little too pat and for me.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Another enjoyable book by Danielle Steel. ( )
  jnut1 | Mar 4, 2014 |
Review: 44 Charles Street
By Danielle Steel
361 pages
Main: Francesca, Chris, Eillen, Marya
Secondary: Ian, Charles, Todd, Avery, Henry, Thailia

Dialogue: substandard; dialogue is used frequently, but none of it is written well—it’s all bland statements or bland explanations, and the dialogue is no different than the narrative; no emotion is channeled through

Vocabulary: perfect; the mark of a seasoned writer—there’s a good blend of college-level words to keep things interesting

First Page Narrative Hook: not present

Strengths: characters are lively; connections are made to each character as the story came to a close

Weaknesses; predictable plotline; dialogue is poor; problems/antagonists facing the protagonist are dull or are resolved much too quickly—this, however, is a personal taste; the primary weakness is the REPITITION: nearly a third (and I am not exaggerating) of the book could be edited out and the story would read just fine! Lastly, characters are unrealistic because each one is a perfect fit for the other.

Low rereading value

Bottom line: I don’t want to hate on Danielle Steel. She’s a women’s fiction writer. She’s successful and has gathered a huge fan base. But this book just didn’t appeal to me. At all. I had to drag myself from page to page in order to finish it. All in all, this book just isn’t for me. ( )
  sphawkins | Jul 10, 2013 |
Over the course of a year 4 roommates become a family. ( )
  lindahallmann | Jun 16, 2012 |
Its an excellent book. Its a story of a failed relationship and how what happens after leads to everlasting love. Francesca is the owner of the house on 44 Charles Street. She lived in this house with Todd. Neither believed in marriage and though they could live together without marriage ever becoming an issue. Unfortunately, at forty-one years of age Todd's biological clock started to tick. He wanted marriage and the children to fill his life along with Francesca. As for Franscesca, her mind was made up. She feared she would turn into her mother, Thalia who married five times and lived a comfortable life because of these previous marriages. At sixty-two she was looking for her sixth marriage and was not having any luck. This made Francesca afraid of making a commitment like marriage.

After Todd leaves the house, in an effort to make the mortgage payments, Francesca decides to take in roommates. She takes in three roommates. Her first is Eileen, a recent college graduate and a Special Ed teacher. Her second a thirty-eight divorced man named Chris who is the father to Ian. Last, Marya a famous French chef whose husband passed away about six months earlier. They are all single and need each other for family comfort. Over time during the difficult times life brings us, they become a family.

Great read.
  Seale724 | May 28, 2012 |
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Classic Steel, phoned in. Much repetitious ruminating and a stultifying, unmusical prose style too often obstruct the intended edgy escapism.
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Owner of a struggling art gallery and newly separated from her boyfriend, Francesca Thayer does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders, and soon her Greenwich Village house becomes a whole new world.

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