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Fine Things

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  10,997 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of  Wolff's, New York's most glamorous department  store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San  Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is  skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center.  When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of  five-year-old Jane O'Reilly, and then into the equally  enchanting eyes of her ...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by Dell (first published 1987)
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Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. Ms Steel writes many books and they're good stories. They all serve a purpose and this one I'll get around to reading again. I'm not the only one to rate this highly.. Literary reads are great of course, and so are books like this! They've all got their place and they find theirs on my shelf quite a lot by the way!
Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! a complex and delightful story about caring,loving and how one treats others less fortunate...well written (paperback!)
Ena Hasečić
Nakon duge potrage napokon sam pronašla ovaj roman, pročitala ga i pozitivno se iznenadila. Jako lijepa priča o životu jednog čovjeka koji se suočava sa tragičnim trenucima, ali i proživljava one najljepše. Jedina zamjerka ide prevodiocima srpskih i hrvatskih izdanja koji su naziv Fine Things preveli kao Lepe/Fine stvari. Prezime glavnog lika je Fine pa prema tome to aludira na njegov život, a ne na neke lijepe ili fine stvari. Preporuka za sve ljubitelje porodičnih drama i ljubavnih priča.
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Fine Things, Danielle Steel
عنوان: سالهای تلخ و شیرین زندگی؛ نویسنده: دانیل استیل؛ مترجم: قدیر گلکاریان؛ تهران، نشر سمور، 1372، 424 ص، عنوان دیگر: تلخ و شیرین؛ عشق و زندگی
از متن: آن روز صبحگاهان رسیدن به خیابان 63 بسیار دشوار بود. باد شدیدی میوزید و کولاک به غیر از ماشینهای سنگین، همه چیز را از حرکت بازمیایستاند و بر آنها خیمه میزد. اتوبوسها کنار خیابان شماره 23 مثل دایناسورهای یخ زده ...ا. پایان متن
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leslie Morganti
Such a sad story, made me so emotional, how one man could have such tragedy in his life and remain a good person is beyond me.
Julie Barrett
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine Things by Danielle Steel
Bernie starts out as a jock in high school, goes to college, avoids the draft and ends up in a clothing store-the owner loves his ideas.
Years later and relationships later we find him living on the west coast running another store. He first sees the little girl and falls in love with her, then meets the mother and they start a relationship, get married months later
and move to NY where she finds out she is pregnant. As the story goes on we find out Liz back story and
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melinda Stern
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Jimmie H. Nehr
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life's Journeys

Super storyline and caring, loving characters. This is the first book that has affected me so. Several times I just had to stop and cry. Can't remember the last time this has happened while I was reading a book.
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Very strong character. Cry...cry....cry....
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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 ; )
Beth Schutz
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book is my favorite Danielle Steel book,if you don't mind crying like a big baby when you read it!
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL MY FRIENDS
Recommended to by: I DO NOT REMEMBER
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favorite
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El precio del amor

Excelente una historia de que en la vida hay ganancias y cosas buenas pero también tenemos que estar preparados para las pérdidas y los momentos dificiles.saber sacarle provecho a los momentos importantes .hay partes muy tristes en la historia pero la vida le dio una segunda oportunidad a bernie.buenisima.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is one of those instances where you re-read a book from your youth and wonder why you liked it to begin with. I finished it, but it was so cheesy and predictable. I love a good cheesy romance, but this was to much even for me.
Jas Kapoor
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I started it yesterday night and finished it by 9 AM today. This book had all the elements, love, hate, emotions and etc.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great building of characters. Story happy, sad, real to life of what things we have to endure. No chance to be bored reading this book.
May 22, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: Aunt Susan
Shelves: danielle-steel
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!)
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
Ben Mohammed
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff's, New York's most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Fransisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five-year-old Jane O'Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when L ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Rachel H Alvini
This was my first Danielle Steel novel. I'm not sure if her other books are different but I don't think I will be finding out. Unfortunately, I did not really like the writing. It just seemed very forced and very rushed. It seemed like she wanted a happy ending, so she rushed to get there; then, when she got there, she realized she was only a third of the way through the book so she had to put in some conflict. Once she did that (and it was over fairly suddenly), she needed another happy ending, ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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