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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440245179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440245179
  • ASIN: 0440245176
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

After her boyfriend and business partner leaves her, Manhattan art dealer Francesca Thayer is forced to take in boarders in order to save her beloved home. In short order, she rents out rooms to Eileen, a young teacher; Marya, a famous chef; and Chris, an attractive single father. They all become close friends, but their lives remain chaotic. Eileen falls in love with tattooed men, Marya has a persistent, married suitor, and Chris gains full custody of his son as his ex-wife becomes increasingly erratic. Along the way, Francesca stops worrying about what might have been, and becomes more involved in the world around her-romances, plumbing problems, and all. While addressing the recession, the lethal danger of Internet dating, and the evils of drug abuse, Steel keeps the tone gentle and soothing in this warm, cozy tale about the triumph of love, friendship, and second chances. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

When Francesca Thayer and her husband, Todd, divorce, he wants to sell their art gallery as well as their charming house at 44 Charles St., and split the proceeds. Francesca can't bear to part with either. She talks her artist father into becoming a partner in the gallery, but that still leaves the problem of how to keep her home. Against the advice of her mother, Francesca decides to share her house with three other people. She chooses carefully: Eileen Flanders, a young, fresh-faced teacher; Chris Harley, a divorced father with shared custody of his little boy, Ian; and Marya Davis, a newly widowed, famous chef who doesn't want to live alone. It looks as though Francesca's problems are solved. However, Eileen isn't as innocent as she seems, and the men she meets on the Internet and brings home range from incredibly rude to physically abusive, shattering the peace of the new family. This book is classic Steel--lots of emotion, friendship, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and danger. Her countless fans are guaranteed to find it impossible to put down. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With 590 million books in print and best-seller-list placements lasting nearly 400 consecutive weeks, Steel, somehow both predictable and surprising, is unfailingly popular. --Shelley Mosley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

Customer Reviews

Good story line excellent characters.
Shirley Dockins
I couldn't put the book down until I was finished reading it.
Ruth Pauline Green
This book did not have a plot and was so repetitive.
melissa freeman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robin Landry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2011
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Danielle Steele is a legend, but her new book is not her best. It felt predictable to me, and the main character, Francesca, felt a little to perfect for me as reader to identify with as a reader. The title of the book, 44 Charles street, is what the book is about, an old house that Francesca and her boyfriend of five years bought together in New York. Todd, the boyfriend, turns 40 and feels that he wants more out of life, meaning a wife and kids, while Francesca, an art gallery owner, wants to keep doing what she's doing.

Unfortunately, Francesca can't afford the beautiful old house by herself so she takes on roommates and that's where the meat of the story takes place. There's a young teacher who likes bad boys, a famous chef (this felt weird, because a famous chef would have enough money to afford her own place. Next we have a man Francisca's age who has his young son staying with him every other weekend. He puts in bunk beds for the two of them making me think he's dirt poor.

Francisca's parents are eccentric and the most interesting people in the novel for me, yet not much time was really spent on them. Francisca's mother would have been great to follow instead of her boring, perfect daughter.

But again, this is a Danielle Steele novel, and she sells millions of books because she's great at what she does and the reader always gets what they pay for, a good story, great potting, and likable characters. Great escapism that doesn't ask a lot from the reader and sometimes, that's exactly what you want. I just felt like this wasn't her best novel. She's written much better books and I'm sure will continue to do so in the future.
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71 of 83 people found the following review helpful By fleet girl on April 6, 2011
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As someone who has read all of her books the last few have been Okay but this one kept me up half of the night because I wanted to finish it. I simply could not put it down. As in typical Danielle Steele style she crafts a well written story that makes you wanting more. At the end its all wrapped up with a bow....but still wishing the story would not end. A great story, a great devolopment of characters my only complaint is that she once again rushed the ending when we were wishing she would go on another couple of chapters. A great escape to your normal day....once you start you cannot put it down!!!!
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jay on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Never have I read a book that compelled me to write a review. This is one of the worst books I've read. The entire book could have been summed up in 40 pages and saved me the time I spent slogging through each chapter. How many times does the same sentence need to be repeated in order for the reader to soak it in? According to this author, at least 25. I got so tired of hearing how the characters felt about one-another that I actually considered ditching the book over half-way through. This is truly a book that I would only recommend to a third grader. If you're an adult reader considering buying 44 Charles Street, save yourself the time and money.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on April 23, 2011
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I have enjoyed Danielle Steel novels for many years, and this is the first to truly disappoint me. The story had no depth at all, and virtually no story. Truly, the tale could have been condensed and told completely in two chapters. By the second chapter, you already knew exactly where the story was going and how it would end. It had almost no dialogue or interaction; rather, it was told almost as though it were being narrated by a third party. I found this novel to be extremely boring. I will be very cautious when considering future Steel releases. My opinion - this one is not worth the time or money.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By melissa freeman on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Seriously, i want my money back! This book did not have a plot and was so repetitive. I downloaded this on audible and hated every moment of it. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did. Do not waste your money on this one - Danielle Steel is losing it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PennyCO on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It wasn't her best and I've read all of them. In fact, I had to force myself to finish it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Poornima on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't see what the hype around Danielle Steel is all about. This is the third book of hers that I have read and I can't say that I have enjoyed a single one of them. She seems to have a set of rules - a plot with some sugary sweet characters, some problem that the main character struggles with, a man in the sidelines for amusement, some tragedy and the same lines repeated about a 1000 times just in case we don't get it the first 999 times. I finished this book with difficulty and I am struggling to understand what it was all about. The plot is nothing and the characters seem to be so shallow doing nothing about anything. I mean who decides to keep quiet and do nothing when a girl staying with them in the same house is getting beaten black and blue by her boyfriend? And then leaves her alone with him and goes on a vacation? Come on. I kept struggling till the end thinking something is bound to happen but alas....zip, nada, nothing.....
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan W. Shepard on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If Danielle Steel could not use the word "and", her books would probably only be 50 pages long. I do not understand the editing, or perhaps non-editing, procedure of her books.
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