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Fine Things

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  8,554 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy ofWolff's, New York's most glamorous departmentstore. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in SanFransisco to open a West Coast store. His career isskyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center.When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes offive-year-old Jane O'Reilly, and then into the equallyenchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, B ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published February 25th 2009 by Dell (first published 1987)
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Elizabeth Lehto
Bernie Fine, our main character, finds himself being transferred from his beloved New York City to San Francisco. While he's less than thrilled about the move, his life changes for the better as he meets five-year-old Jane and her mother Liz. Bernie has found the love of his life in Liz, and they quickly marry. However, that would be way too easy for a Danielle Steel novel, and we find that shortly after the birth of their first child, Liz is faced with a losing battle to cancer. Now, Bernie fin ...more
Jason
This book is about a man named Bernie. In his life he has met many people but they all have a special place in his life. When he meets his future wife he has no idea what will happen next. The incoming events are difficult and touching to him and his loved ones. He has a kid that came with his wife Liz. The kid named Jane finds that Bernie not only is a good father but also a good supporter in events to come.

I can connect to the world because people marry others and already have kids that become
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Sheri
this is one of those books you wont want to put down, but fair warning it is a tear jerker. the main character finds the love of his life, their romance is one of a kind the kind we all dream of and then she is taken from him and he has alot to deal with , there are alot of twists and turns alot of susupense, alot of romance , a little bit of everything, even some laughable moments. Danielle steel is a great author i have heard alot about her but this is the first book of hers i have read and I ...more
Jennifer
One summer when I was a teenager I had no money and nothing to do. I started digging into my mom's bookshelf just for something different to read. (You can only read your Sweet Valley High and V.C.Andrews so many times.) I plowed through book after book of Danielle Steel that summer. And after I read it I claimed the book as mine and it went on my bookshelf. To this day I don't know if my mom has actually read a Danielle Steel novel.
Melinda Stern
i loved that this book was written from a man's perspective, and such a great guy! i've moved away from romance-type novels, but this will always be one of my faves. oh, i guess a small warning: i cried and cried!!! (still a wonderful book though)
Martha
This is an older Steel book and I did enjoy it. I do find now that her books are becoming cookie cutter and I don't read all of the newer ones, unless I happen to see them at the library.
Jaylia
Oct 02, 2007 Jaylia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tragic love story
Great book...I have never cried so hard while reading a book aside from Where a Red Fern Grows ; )
Dana
One of the best Danielle Steel books I've read. Not only is this book NOT about a female heroine, it's very realistic. The main character, a man called Bernard (aka Bernie) isn't exceptionally handsome or anything, and has an over protective mother. His luck with women isn't the best, until he found Elizabeth O'Reily! His mother, or should is say, his JEWISH mother, didn't approve of her at first due to the simple fact that Liz isn't Jewish. Later on though she learns to accept her and love her. ...more
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Apr 30, 2008 Porcshagaye19yahoo.com rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL MY FRIENDS
Recommended to Porcshagaye19yahoo.com by: I DO NOT REMEMBER
THIS NOVEL IS THE FIRST AND ONLY NOVEL THAT HAS BROUGHT ME TO TEARS.
sandra
Good book. Very strong character. Cry...cry....cry....
Cyrisse
Sep 08, 2008 Cyrisse added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: Aunt Susan
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Danielle Steel has outdone herself with ’’Fine Things’’. Her books always make me very emotional. Almost all her books are woman oriented - and involve sacrifice, separation, pain which incidentally all revolve around the main theme -’’Love’’!

’’Fine Things’’ is different as it is one of the few books that concentrate on a hero instead of a heroine. The hero here is Bernie Fine who finds the love of his life, only to have her tragically snatched away from him (you’ll need tissues for this part!)
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Jeanne Halloran
"Fine Things" is an excellent work! Unusual for Danielle Steel, this is a story of a man - Bernie Fine - and of all his joys and heartbreaks. The story is suspenseful, especially during the kidnapping scenes and it had me sitting on the edge of my chair throughout the novel. While Danielle Steel usually tells the tale of a woman, I like that this is Bernie's story. The male perspective gives us diversity. I am giving this novel four stars.
Jamie Casey
This is about a career man, that is a career man by accident/fate. He gets offered a job and takes it in the fashion industry just until he finishes college and gets his degree, but he and his boss realize that maybe this is just more than temporary, after all. Bernie finishes school, but continues to work as a senior manager for a very prestigious NY store, where he meets his wife and daughter one afternoon. Bernie and Liz marry and Liz gets pregnant. Once she has their son, they discover Liz's ...more
Megan
What a heartbreaking page-turner. I couldn't put this down. It pulled out all of the saddest stops, and it successfully became only the second book ever to make me cry.

I love that the main character is a male, based on everything he goes through. This is something I'd typically read happening to a woman. Steel throws all of the most devastating happenings possible at this character and you can't help but feel sorry for him.

I know Steel has the reputation for being over-the-top and cheesy, but i
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Kristen
In Fine Things, Danielle Steel told us a tale about life and loss. Bernie Fine was an upcoming "wonderboy" in a New York department store and looked into the eyes of 5-year-old Jane O'Reilley. He knew she was the love of his life that would last a lifetime. After they marry and she gave birth to their first child, Jane was stricken with cancer. He knew the time they had together was short. Now alone with two children, he must deal with the loss and learned how to move on with his kids with new p ...more
Jessica
This book brought tears to my eyes a few times! Danielle Steel sure knows how to write
Ana
Another of my fav DS book that I read many years ago.
Kaetrin
Bernie Fine meets the woman of his dreams, single mother Liz O'Reilly. They get married and have a son but then Liz dies of cancer so Bernie is alone with Jane (Liz's daughter) and the new baby. So the first part is happy and then it's really sad and then it's about how he finds love with someone else. It follows the hero throughout which is a bit unusual for Steel. I think I've grown out of Danielle Steel books - I read a lot of them as a teen but they don't work so well for me now. (Although I ...more
Heather
A slow start but worth sticking with.

I have read quite a few Danielle Steele books over the years. She is a hugely proflic writer, so I find that some of her books I totally love and can't put down, others I wouldn't read again. This fell in the middle, I might read it again....

It did have a slow start and I thought it was going to be completely predictable, some things were easy to guess, but she weaves enough of an interesting story that I kept reading.

Not one of her best...but definitely not
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Ellen
Hadn't read a Danielle Steel in quite some time...and yup, it was exactly what I expected. Cheesy, predictable, picture perfect, as usual. But it was still an enjoyable and somewhat poignant read. I would definitely recommend it to someone who likes "these kinds" of books. I think she did a pretty nice job of writing from the male's perspective, and although the characters were cookie cutter, the dialogue kept you wanting to read for more. And a corny cliche happy happy gift wrapped story is nic ...more
Vida
This was the first Danielle Steel book I read back when the Dunco Book Club first started and I was about 10 or 11. It was also the first time I'd read a sex scene--not that Steel is ever explicit, nor particularly memorable as, more often not, Steel's plot lines are as generic and uninspired as her titles. I've probably read more Steel books than I've listed here just because back then I read practically everything I could get my hands on and between the book club and the school library, that w ...more
Alicia
I heard Danielle Steel say in an interview once that she doesn't like being called a romance novelist. That's a shame. She is a great novelist about all facets of the human condition, but romance writing is what she does best. This novel may be the very best example of that. Of the novels I have read of hers, this IS the best example. Without spoiling the plot, the novel is about finding a soulmate in the least expected places, at the least expected times, and the lengths someone will go to for ...more
Kim Thebwordpoet
"Fine Things is about Bernard Fine; an owner of a clothing store who falls in love with Liz and her beautiful little 5 year old daughter Jane. After Liz's death from cancer, Bernie must now rescue Jane from her birth father who kidnaps her not too long afterwards."

“I cried when I read this book. It was so touching - so raw; it was a little different than anything I've ever read up until that point. Plus, when I first read it, a close family friend had died so it helped me through some tough time
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Ann
What a pleasant read. I was surprised by all the twists and turns this story offered. This story offered real life happiness and tragedies. Danielle Steele usually offers stories about the wealthy and how the rich prince-like hero saves the damsel-like commoner. This story offered that, but there was so more substance. Without giving anything away, Bernie is a guy who just wants to find love. He finds it. Tragedy strikes Bernie more than once, but he eventually finds happiness again.
Amanda
This book was an alright read, and I really got into it at some spots. But there were other areas where I either felt like the story could have ended, or it just seemed to drag on. I did love the children characters, as well as Bernie's first wife. They were all very genuine. I did end up coming to like Bernie's mom near the end, as her spunk got more active and she was used for comic relief. It was a sad story overall, with a happy ending.
Frances
Danielle Steel novels are those big fat paperbacks you find abandoned by previous tourists at hotels. This was the only thing in English I could get my hands on in Mexico in the fall of 2005. Despite a writing style and characters I didn't like, and numerous plot holes, and an unflattering caricature of Mexico itself, I remember many, many details from this book years later. It's kind of like a pop song that gets stuck in your head.
Brandy
This book was really good until the last 3/4 of the book. Killing Liz and then the stuff with Jane & her real dad was fine but then it's like the author needed to make up a bunch of other stuff just to make the book long. The main character had been through enough anyway without dragging out another love story and tragedy in the last 100 pages. The first 1/4 was really good though. It should have just ended there.
Carole
I haven't read ALL of Danielle Steele's books, but I read the first 10 or 15 or so and loved 'em - actually liked the earlier books better. The more recent ones are all about super-women (who happen also to be pretty, thin, rich, whatever) , who are mighty hard to "identify" with , and who easily fly coast to coast (no problem) - just doesn't seem real. The plots have become the same and extremely predictable.
Prasanna Dommu
Boring, predictable and pointless.
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