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Family Ties

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  4,944 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews
Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect. Talented, beautiful, just starting out with her first job, new apartment and boyfriend, she had the world in the palm of her hand--until a single phone call altered the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister's three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, eve ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 322 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published 2010)
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27th out of 51 books — 279 voters
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Jul 01, 2010 Sjcapanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Okay, I know I'm slumming it a little with Danielle Steel, but I had to clear my mind after the intensity of the Steig Larsson books. Besides, I had never read a Danielle Steel book, and I figure as an American woman, I am required to read at least one.

I was pleasantly surprised. Although it was obvious that Danielle sacrificed quality writing/editing in favor of churning out the latest in her prolific book-writing machine, I found the characters likable and the storylines interesting, if sligh
Jul 07, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok
Wow this was a disappointment. Not that I expected much - just an easy summer read; however DS totally failed in this book. While she tends to be fairly shallow ... this was even more than shallow. Ugh. What a waste of money.
Becky Schulman
Jul 19, 2010 Becky Schulman rated it liked it
Although the story is interesting, I am struggling through this book. I think that I have outgrown Steel's writing style. The repetition and incomplete sentences keep tripping me up.
Another "and they lived happily ever after story". In the real world, very little ends up as neatly as this true escapism book. I probably wasn't in the right frame of mind to read this right now.
Jul 30, 2010 Debbie rated it did not like it
This is the second Danielle Steel book I've read. After the first one (Matters of the heart), I thought to myself, 'Well, maybe that one was bad, I will try another and see if I like her any better...' -Nope! Still poorly written, repetitive, boringness that pushes me to NEVER pick up another D.S. book again! Sure, the family drama is a little interesting, but definitely not good enough to put yourself through reading it.
Mary Verdick
As Long as He Needs Me by Mary Verdick

Predictable Steele, but Enjoyable

Bright young architect Annie Ferguson seemed to have it all--good looks, a promising job, a new boyfriend, a cozy Manhattan apartment--then, with shocking suddenness, a phone call ended it all. Her sister and brother-in-law were killed in a tragic accident and, keeping a promise she'd made to her sister, Annie is left with her sister's three small children to raise. Although it meant a drastic change in her lifestyle, and even losing her boyfriend, who couldn't
Nov 22, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok
I hadn't read a Danielle Steel book in years. This one surely didn't get me hooked again. It was fine and easy to read, but nothing much too it.. no substance at all.
Dec 07, 2010 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff, fiction
I have to admit I did enjoy this book more than her others. It's still poorly written with so much repeating the same thing over and over [I have said her books will be great when I lose my marbles but I'm beginning to think possibly the author has and can't remember what she wrote from one chapter to the next]. The plot is better than her usual and her characters are very likeable. Sure her main character is a saint as usual but this one really is a nice person!
Jan 16, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
Light easy read. The character Pattie sort of irritated me because not only did she have to be plain looking, unlike Annie, but she also had a mean side. Seriously, I wish there could have been something redeemable about Pattie because I felt a bit sorry for her. Now I really did not sympathize with Ted having slept with his professor. Sure Pattie took advantage by encouraging her student, Ted, to come over and "study" with her, but he was an adult and should have known better. No sympathy for a ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Jul 12, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Another Danielle Steel classic.

The amazing bond between sisters is like no other. Annie and her sister Jane have always been very close despite their 10 year age difference. Jane is married to Bill Marshall and have three children, the youngest six and the oldest twelve. Then the unforeseeable happens. While away, Jane and Bill are in a fatal plane crash that means Annie's promise to Jane to step up to the plate and care for her now orphaned children is now happening. Annie is single, twenty-si
Aug 26, 2011 Mirjam rated it liked it
Twenty-six year old Annie Ferguson has just graduated and is determined to build a succesful career as an architect, when her sister and brother-in-law die in a plane crash leaving their three children to Annie's care. It's a heavy responsibility for a young women, but Annie has made her sister a promise and family is very important to her. Liz, Ted and Katie grow up in the loving care of their aunt, who puts her own personal life on hold. The children go to college and leave Annie alone in an e ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I have been reading Danielle Steel books for years and really enjoy her. I do agree with some other readers that she tends to repeat herself quite often, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. As a mother, I could only imagine how Annie felt when Ted was in an abusive relationship. So sad to know that there are probably some men out there who just can't say no and leave. We usually hear about the women being abused, not the men. I also felt for her when Katie and Paul went to his home land in ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
May 29, 2012 Ingrid Fasquelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficile de ne pas associer Danielle Steel à la littérature sentimentale. Amours impossibles, trahisons, drames psychologiques... A croire, elle serait une sorte de Barbara Cartland moderne. Mais c'est bien réducteur ! Après mon dernier échec avec le roman d'Ann Rule, Une petite Fille trop gâtée, j'ai ressenti le besoin impérieux de me tourner vers un roman de littérature populaire, dont le thème et la trame accessibles étaient sûrs de me plaire. J'avais déjà lu et apprécié Une grande Fille et ...more
Jun 14, 2012 N rated it did not like it
Predictable, weak plot and simplistic dialogue. No.
Dec 10, 2012 Erika rated it did not like it
I've been reading Danielle Steel books off and on since I was a teenager. I don't know if any of them were as bad as this. Wow.

Basically, it was the standard Steel repetition of her most recent works as written by a thirteen year old. I never felt like I knew the characters really well, but I sure as hell knew what they wore on a day to day basis. Blah, blah, blah.

It could have been a good book. The plot sounded like an interesting one. It just really lacked depth. Sort of makes me wonder if S
Apr 23, 2013 Giorgia rated it it was amazing
What a sweet fantastic story about life and family!
The characters of this story are fantastic, they are flawed, they have such personalities and they love each other so much. They are young, they make mistakes, they learn from them and they grow up!
Truly heartwarming, sweet and fluffy!
May 22, 2013 Reham rated it it was amazing

الحياة توهة وتجارب وتضحية شابة يتخلى عنها حبيبها بسبب موت شقيقتها وزوجها لتترك لها ثلاثة اولاد بنتين وولد وتبدأ خالتهما آنى بالتفرغ لهم وتربيتهم لتعيش لهم ولعملها فقط لتنسى حياتها الخاصة وتقنعها صديقتها دائما للبحث عن رجل لتكون حياتها كاملة ولكنها ترفض ويكبر الاولاد ويشق كلا منهم طريقه ف الحياة الكبرى ليز مصورة فى مجلة فوغ وتيد ف كلية الحقوق تقع ف حياته مشكلة كبيرة تتعلق به امراه تكبره باثنى عشرة عاما وتكاد تعرقل مستقبله ولكنه يكتشف خداعها له والصغرى كايت تحب شابا امريكيا بجذور ايرانية وتسافر مع
Aug 12, 2013 Sheri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 10, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it liked it
Annie Ferguson was happily settled into her Manhattan life concentrating on her career as an architect when her life changed in a blink of an eye. With the sudden accidental death of her sister and brother-in-law, she finds herself responsible for the lives of her two nieces and a nephew. Overnight she became a family person from a single career oriented woman. Over the years she balanced her career and family and came to genuinely came to love the kids as her own. Now, that they are all grown u ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
I've been away from Danielle Steel's book for many, many years as the story lines began to repeat for me. While waiting for several other books from the local library, I decided to read this one and wasn't sorry I did. It was not heavy reading, it wasn't complex, but it did a fairly good job of letting the reader really come to know the four main characters (six if you include Pattie the manipulator and Tom the love concern). Annie, at 26, finds herself the guardian of her sister's three young c ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was ok
Danielle Steel has some great ideas, and she really is a good writer, but I feel that her books lately just don't measure up to her older books. The ideas behind her stories are fine, its the way she repeats certain things over and over and over. It feels like she isn't really re-reading or going back over her writing to ensure a good flow, or in this case, less repetitive narration. Every time she mentioned Ted and Pattie, she mentioned their age difference. And with Tom, she always threw in th ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Nikita rated it liked it
I just devised a system to review books and henceforth, whenever I do such reviews, I am going to judge and rate books based on these points. At the onset, let me make it very clear that I DO NOT consider myself as any form of authority to pass such judgements, but these are only my opinions as a reader and a budding writer, something I felt when I read the book(s). Feel free to disregard any or all portions of the review and form your own opinions when you read the book. Review may include spoi ...more
Laura Miller
Sep 21, 2016 Laura Miller rated it really liked it
I thought this is a very interesting family story. I find the characters were ones I really liked, and wanted to read more about them, kept me wanting to read more and more. Look forward to the next Danielle Steele Novel.
Oct 27, 2015 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اول قراءة لدانييل استيل.
تحمل لك الحياة احيانا مفاجئات وصدمات غير متوقعة،اني الشابة ذات الستة والعشرون عاما تجد نفسها فجأة مسئولة عن ثلاثة اطفال بعمر5سنوات و8سنوات و12 سنة،بوفاة الاخت وزوجها اصبحت المسئولة الوحيدة عنهم.
ستة عشر عاما كافية لتصل بهم الي بر الامان،لكن هل تستطيع التخلي عنهم الآن وقد اصبحوا اهم ما في حياتها؟
هل تستطيع ان تتركهم يواجهوا مشاكلهم وحدهم؟
هل تستطيع الالتفات الي حياتها الخاصة؟
امر صعب ان تكون وحيدا في عمر الثانية والاربعين،والاصعب محاولة الرضي بهذا الامر الواقع،لكن الحياة دائما
Oct 29, 2015 Jen rated it did not like it
"It was her dream come true. AND the handsome pair had spotted each other across a crowded room, AND it was infatuation at first sight."

"She knew she had to blow their socks off, AND the plans she had been working on were meticulously done, AND her immediate supervisor had shown a lot of respect for her ideas AND was giving her a chance to shine."

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! This tripe would not fly in an English Comp 101 class, let alone from a best-selling author, and that's just the first two pag
Sep 05, 2016 Maede rated it it was ok
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Jul 27, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a 3.5 really. But, the storyline was better and the story itself is well crafted in comparison to the last two books I've read of her. I don't quite like the ending for all the characters. However, all in all it is a nice read.
Oct 26, 2016 Melika rated it it was ok
easy,predictable. Pretty much it.
Sep 24, 2016 Dyanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading about Annie's fate, I'm reminded of Kate Hudson's Raising Helen in the first two chapters. Then it speeds up to 16 years later and how Annie handles the troubles the kids goes thru in their young adult life.. Very American style of parenting, and how she compares it to how Iranian youngsters are brought up. Too much generalisation perhaps. Anyway, it's a light read. The cover of this book is quite clever. At the front you have a nest and at the back, it shows the nest is empty.. Sums up ...more
Monica B.
Oct 14, 2016 Monica B. rated it did not like it
I'm trying to branch out more with the genres I read; but with such a well-established author I was hoping for something much different. As an aspiring author, I admit I can get a little caught up in technical aspects not everyone cares for-- but this novel was pure, rough-draft level stream of consciousness. There was sparse imagery, lists, run-on sentences, abuse of thematic repetition, pointless dialogue, and poor diction. That being said, Steel has a grasp of tension she deftly employed to k ...more
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“And if they really fuck it up and do make a horrible mistake, which can happen to anyone, from any culture, you still have to sit back and watch from the sidelines. It's their life. What you need is a life of your own. You can't hang on to them forever and live theirs or stop them from making mistakes. That's the deal. Once they grow up, they belong to themselves, not to us.” 33 likes
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