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44 Charles Street

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  4,613 ratings  ·  535 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Delacorte Press (first published May 12th 3)
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So far....this is the most poorly written book I have EVER read! I would love to edit with a red pen as I have already found so many errors. I love the stories DS creates but how she has sustained through the years is beyond me! Why am I reading it? Who knows! It is almost a compulsion. I started reading DS as a teenager and cannot stop. I guess it is a fascination to me to see how my critical reading skills have increased. The good news, the story is interesting. So far I am about half way thro ...more
Jennifer Didik
Here is a small sampling of things I learned while reading this novel:

- When young women meet men via online dating websites, they have tattoos, piercings, and drive motorcycles. They also rape, strangle and kill young women
- The above scenario is the woman's fault. Women experience "Internet insanity" and when they are trapped in abusive relationships, the only way out is death
- People look for rooms to rent in the newspaper
- People refer to brownstones in the West Village as "houses"
- 65 year
Let me begin by saying I have been reading Danielle Steel for 30+ years and have read all her books. Why you ask? Hell if I know, but I am the type that always finishes what I start!! Her plots are certainly not thick and her characters are interchangeable from one book to the other. She repeats herself so much that I do believe if I read every fourth page I wouldn't miss a thing. And I still keep reading them! [what does that say about me?] But they are so quick to get through and once in awhil ...more
I enjoyed some of Danielle Steele's novels a few decades ago. I stopped reading them when they started to be too predictable. I read somewhere that she had written a few good books lately, so I decided to give her another try. I found this story to be horribly written. My guess is that Ms. Steele was committed to churn out a certain number of words by a deadline. There was so much repetition from page to page, even sentence to sentence, that it was ridiculous. Buried under the poor writing / edi ...more
The story was pleasant enough but nothing exciting. I liked the theme of second chances, learning to let go of the past and moving ahead with your life. The characters were pretty well written, however, they were a bit frustrating. I felt that Francesca was incredibly naive for a 35 YO who owns her own art studio. With parents like hers, I would have thought she would be a little more worldly. I was disturbed by the way the roommates handled the situation of domestic abuse of one of their own. T ...more
I really hate giving a book one star, but by the end of this I disliked it...strongly. I read this on someone else's recommendation. Now I remember why I don't read Danielle Steele books. First, I really don't usually like pop-romance stories. And this book reminded me why. One dimensional characters, all pretty much stereotypes, simplistic, and predictable. The writer just tells you all about each person. Then they act accordingly. There is no discovery, no surprises, no depth. This is a creati ...more
Sandra Koziol

I tried. I made it almost halfway through this one before I decided that my available reading time was too precious to waste it on this novel. Perhaps a part of me hopes and wishes that Danielle Steel would write good romances again, but starting with Wanderlust, I haven't really enjoyed anything "new." As others have commented, there is far too much repetition in this novel. Yeah yeah, I get it. No need to remind me again and again. I also find that the novels cruise through time with inane det
I can't believe this book was written by Danielle Steel. It was poorly written, redundant, repetitive, head hopped all the way through it and it didn't hold my interest. I had to struggle to finish it. The story had a good plot line, but the immature writing took away from the story.
I've read quite a few Danielle Steel books through the years, mostly on audio CD's, and this was no exception. She is great to take when driving on vacation, because she is easy to follow. This book, is not one of her best. She seems like a preacher, in that she tells you many, many times, which of her characters you should like, and which you shouldn't. She tells you at least a hundred times, that internet dating is dangerous. This book would be a guilty pleasure, beach read. The book follows h ...more
My mother in law said I should read this book because of "our family situation." So I kept reading trying to imagine how our family situation resembled the people on 44 Charles Street. I couldn't figure it out, until it finally struck me: Oh, yes, of course (smacks forehead): It's about the trials and tribulations of the couple having to put up with the two world famous gourmet chefs renting their spare room and continually trying out their fabulous recipes for their new cookbook on us (oh, the ...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
I have wanted to read this book for quite some time… ever since I saw this book at somebody’s house and the cover had this catch line –“What makes a house… Home?” I have to admit that it was that one line that kept playing on my mind and when I received my review copy, I directly plunged into it without even reading the back cover.

Francesca Thayer is the owner of a struggling art gallery and 44, Charles Street. When her relationship falls apart and she is left with a mortgage that she is struggl
This is the first Danielle Steel novel I've read and I am really not motivated to read any more.

This book was so painful to read through. It was really dry and most of the characters were so flat. My favourite character was Marya, who was one of the roommates, but otherwise everyone else was quite static. The love that blossomed with the protagonist felt completely out of nowhere and I just didn't believe in it.

There was not enough dialogue. There would be a description of a character having a
I received this book as a gift from my husband for Valentines. He hadn't read any reviews on it until after bringing it home to me, if he had I am pretty sure he would have picked up a different book for me.
I say don't read this book unless you are a die hard Daniel Steel reader other than that this book is very poorly written. She repeats herself repeatedly about the mother who is obsessed with getting married and how selfish, and childish she is. There were also more than several repeats abo
It was easy to read, had lots of interesting characters and character development. It was basically a story about relationships, endings, moving on and new beginnings - written in a way to keep you wanting to keep reading until the end.

I started reading Danielle Steel many years ago and have read most of her books. I enjoy picking up one of her books and reading it when I want something lighter (escapism so to speak) and a refreshing change from some of the heavier memoirs and biographies I ofte
uhg I don't know why I did this to myself. I said no more Danielle steel, but it was a stressful week and I wanted a guaranteed easy read. But once again, the repetitiveness was nauseating, and I can't even comment on anything else.
This was unfortunately the only book I had to read, or I would not have read it. It was a book that was passed along to me after my mother's Hawaiian vacation(a desperate pick up at the airport). This book was poorly written, the characters seemed more like caricatures and it was very formulaic. It tried to deal with too many topics--love, loss, death, divorce, drugs, abuse, addiction, wealth, power etc. I would recommend this to no one, surely you can find something better to read.
Marianne Jay
There is nothing better in life than sitting down with a Danielle Steel book. When you are weary, or when life is not being particularly fair ~ Danielle Steel in all her imaginative glory can make you feel better instantly.

44 Charles Street is not Tolstoy or Faulkner ~ it is pure, unadulterated guilty pleasure ~ and that is a good thing.
I got this book on disc from my library and I have no idea how I'm going to finish it. First problem the narrator is absolutely horrendous, I have never heard such a poorly narrated book in my life. Most of the time I am in awe by how well books are narrated but this one I could have done a much much much better job myself.

This is my very first venture into DS, I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts/J.D Robb and always felt like there would be no way that DS could be as good and I was right. I'm proba
Francesca Thayer lived at 44 Charles Street with her lawyer boyfriend Todd. They had been together for some time, but the relationship was falling apart. Francesca ran an art gallery, and Todd was sick of the lifestyle and wanted to return to the world of lawyers. Francesca’s father was an artist who, after a struggling start, was now famous, and his second wife Avery was a great support to him, as well as a wonderful woman. Francesca’s mother was a different story. Thalia was a society snob, cu ...more
Liz Green
This book was recommended to me by a friend she thought that I would be able to relate to it. She was right ... At 38 with my 15.5 year marriage ending I find myself house sharing for the first time. For me it seemed quite a traumatic thing at times. My first house share with 5 others in Brighton being a bit of an eye opener. My second house share a much more peaceful affair. I read the book from cover to cover and my heart was comforted life does indeed go on. People find love again when they l ...more
Anita Mummert
It's ok. I've never read any Danielle Steele and I have a feeling I won't anymore. The story was interesting, but as others have said, the writing is terrible. So many things were repeated over and over again that it's like she was trying to beat it into the reader's head that: Internet dating is bad, her mom was married a bunch of times and she didn't want to be like her, etc. There were times when a character would say something like "I don't think online dating is safe", which she had to foll ...more
Another typical Danielle Steel book - girl encounters adversity (in this case a relationship that doesn't work out, and needs money to pay the mortgage on a VERY large house), girl does something about it (in this case she takes in boarders, rather than selling her house, to which she is very attached), and girl falls in love (in this case with one of the boarders). Some minor bumps, but good almost always triumphs over evil (and when it doesn't, it's somewhat glossed over). Ms. Steel's writing ...more
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.
I hated this book! I expected so much more from Danielle Steel. I thought the characters were half developed. The POV was impossible to follow because the majority of the book was from Francesca's but then there would be random POV's from the other characters. There were also many different thought and sentenced repeated to an extreme. If I heard what Francesca thought about online dating one more time, I was going to set the book on fire! It wasn't very well written, the plot wasn't very well p ...more
44 Charles Street had potential with a deceptively interesting plot summary, but the writing and pacing took the fun out of it. The book had so much unnecessary and/or repetitive segments (and the opening chapters should have been cut - we could have learned about Francesca's financial situation and break-up in a paragraph), and I failed to see why Francesca seemed to think her life was so hard or why she was so attached to the house (especially when (view spoiler) ...more
After Francesca Thayer breaks up with her partner Todd, she struggles to keep both her house and art gallery running. She desperately wanted to keep them and was forced to do the one thing she’d never imagine she’d ever have to do: advertise for lodgers.

A world class chef known as Marya Davis comes to stay with her. And so does the divorced graphic designer, Chris Harley and a young school teacher, Eileen Flanders.

44 Charles Street was to become a very different place…

This book was just ok. Ste
I haven’t read Danielle Steel in years so decided to pick her new one up at the library. It was typical Steel, a fairly good story, predictable, and a quick read. The thing I found annoying, however, was how she kept repeating herself as if you had forgotten what you had read just two paragraphs, two pages, or even two chapters ago. Maybe she was just adding filler to make the book longer, but it was distracting. Sorry Danielle, but I probably won’t be wasting my time on you anymore.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Francesca Thayer, newly separated form her boyfriend, is desperate. Francesca owns an art gallery that she wants to keep. She also as a mortgage on a failing old townhouse. How will Francesca make a new life for herself and keep the things she loves?
Deb F. / Marathon County Public Library
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In een van de recensies die ik voor het lezen van 44 Charles Street las, noemde de recensent dit een 'guilty pleasure'. Daarin kan ik meegaan. Het is een lekker, vlot leesbaar boek, waarin de problemen netjes worden opgelost of genegeerd. En problemen zijn er genoeg: Francesca, de hoofdpersoon, kan zich de kosten van haar huis niet meer veroorloven wanneer haar relatie stukloopt. Ze heeft bovendien nog een art gallery, waarin ze werk verkoopt van nog onbekende, maar veelbelovende schrijvers. Ze ...more
I started to read this as it was the current book being read in my reading group. It is possibly the worst book I have read....ever. It was so bad that I couldn't finish it. The plot was predictable and I found Danielle Steele's writing style mind numbing. How many times can the same information be repeated? When I found myself slapping the book down at regular intervals and having verbal explosions about how bad it was, I knew it was time to stop!
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