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44 Charles Street

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  8,532 ratings  ·  788 reviews
First time in paperback!

A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel's luminous 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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Dell (first published 2006)
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Apr 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really do like a good dose of DS when I’m on holidays. 44 Charles Street is typical of this author, lots and lots of repetition and a bit of contradiction with characters’ thoughts, but what I enjoy is the simpleness of the plot and ease of reading. It never fails to serve their purpose for me. The story was not serious and I liked all of the characters. I love to read about New York, and as Danielle Steel is French (isn’t she? I probably should look it up), she has a nice way of weaving that ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fluff
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 ...more
Jennifer Didik
Mar 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-copy, fiction
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
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. ...more
Bluetiful Hadeel
So this is Danielle Steel?
I have heard so much about her and that her novels are page turners. That wasn't the case for this novel.
I took a WHOLE week to finish this one. Sometimes, it takes me longer if I was busy or something. But this time I really couldn't go through the pages. So boring. Repetitive. Even the emotional parts are not emotional at all.
I don't recommend reading it at all.

One star for the cover.
One star for Marya & Charles-Edouard.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 / ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I know I'm being knitpicky, but as an animal lover, why does Francesca's mom have to show up wearing a fur coat? (big sigh...)
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, romance
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, ...more
Sandra Koziol
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish

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
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been a fan of Steel, and what possessed me to read this, I hardly can recall. Maybe I was ill and saw it in the book shelf and thought it would help to pass the time. Big mistake. This is because it turned out to be exactly like the few other of her work I had read so far. Badly written, ridiculously plot and weak character development. How is this author still able to write is truly beyond me
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz Green
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Denise Ballentine
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 ...more
Sep 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Trish at Between My Lines
My current audiobook read, and it’s my first time reading a Danielle Steel book in about 20 years. It’s ok, I’m not jumping up and down with excitement, or racing out to buy another one. It’s an easy read, and I do like the characters, I suppose it’s just that bit too predictable for me, and very far removed from my life.
Bookish Indulgenges with 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
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There's a lid for every pot... You Just have to find yours."

3 stars. Needs improvement...

Let me start of by saying I loved this book! There were times when I literally couldn't put it down because it has all of the right elements for such a wonderful story.

That being said here are the two reasons why I gave this book a mediocre ranking:

For starters the book was VERY repetitive. That was slightly annoying, but I tolerated it because I liked the story so much. But at the end of the day, the
Feb 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gel (Whimsy Wanders)
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it


I haven’t read a Danielle Steel book for almost two years now because I’ve been so caught up on reading young adult books so I find this book very refreshing from all the teen angst and drama.

What I liked about this book is that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was nice to read an adult book again and just see the story unfold before me and to not have to worry about every single event in the book or character. Because
This is the first Danielle Steel book that I have read in quite some time. I used to read her books as soon as they came out, then when she started writing so many I kind of lost interest. In fact the last one I read, by the end of the book, I didn't care what happened to the main character at all. This one attracted my attention however, and was actually pretty good. The main character, Francesca owns a house and an art gallery with her live-in boyfriend of 5 years. When their relationship ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
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
Jul 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow...what a horribly written book. As other reviews said, it is very repetetive. The characters are kind of all over the place and the narrative jumps around so at times it is hard to follow. Disappointin from Danielle Steele. It had potential to be good, but I am stretching to give it 2 stars.
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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