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Family Ties: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Steel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Manhattan to Paris and all the way to Tehran, Danielle Steel weaves a powerfully compelling story that reminds us how challenging and unpredictable life can be—and how the bonds of family hold us together.
Annie Ferguson was a bright young Manhattan architect with a limitless future—until a single phone call changed the course of her life forever. Overnight, she became the mother to her sister’s three orphaned children, keeping a promise she never regretted making, even if it meant putting her own life indefinitely on hold. 

Now, at forty-two, still happily single with a satisfying career and a family that means everything to her, Annie is suddenly facing an empty nest. With her nephew and nieces now grown and confronting challenges of their own, she must navigate a parent’s difficult passage between helping and letting go. The eldest, twenty-eight-year-old Liz, an overworked editor in a high-powered job at Vogue, has never allowed any man to come close enough to hurt her. Ted, at twenty-four a serious law student, is captivated by a much older woman with children, who is leading him much further than he wants to go. And the impulsive youngest, twenty-one-year old Katie, is an art student about to make a choice that will lead her to a world she is in no way prepared for but determined to embrace.

Then, when least expected, a chance encounter changes Annie’s life again in the most surprising direction of all. . . . 

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A bland, forgettable tale full of platitudes and clunky exposition, Steel's latest bestseller-to-be follows Annie Ferguson, who inherits her sister's three children when she dies in a plane crash. Annie does her best to raise them and manages to build a career for herself as a promising architect, even if it means putting much of the rest of her life on hold. Once the children are grown, Annie realizes that there are a slew of other problems facing them--abusive relationships, culture clashes, and the painful process of finding one's way in life--and as Annie gently leads her inherited brood through the gauntlet of growing up, she finds her own happiness. The treacle factor is front and foremost as Steel demonstrates, again, why she's not known as a prose stylist, although there's a glimmer of a good plot.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385343167
  • Publisher: Dell (June 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4A2C
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing family drama June 26, 2010
Twenty-six year old architect Annie Ferguson looks forward to starting on her new job and living in Manhattan with her boyfriend Seth. As she is euphoric and confident about the changes in her life, she thought nothing about her vow to be the guardian of her two nieces and nephew she made to her sister Jane. That is until Jane and her husband Bill die in a plane crash, so Annie raises the three preadolescent children (Liz, Ted and Katie). Seth cannot deal with the change so ends their relationship.

Sixteen years later, Annie raised her wards with love while running a successful architectural firm. Ted attends law school, Katie is studying design at college; and Liz is a globetrotting Vogue editor. When Annie sprains her ankle, she goes to the emergency room where she meets TV news anchor Tom. Katie drops out of Pratt to work at a tattoo parlor while traveling to Teheran with her Iranian-American boyfriend Paul. Liz's French lover Jean-Louis seems back with his former lover Francoise, the mother of his child. Ted has a tryst with his older law professor, but when he tries to end their sexual relationship, Pattie stabs him in the hand.

This intriguing family drama is an enjoyable contemporary as the aunt of the three orphaned children proves she is A Good Woman when she takes over raising them with the deaths of their parents. The tale contains way too much angst keeping the four subplots from gelling into a cohesive story line, but instead competes for the lead. Still fans will enjoy Danielle Steel's latest as the strong cast makes the case that family is the ultimate proof of chaos theory.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read July 2, 2010
By Kathy
I read this book in about 6 hours. That's because by page 6, I only had to read the first two sentences of each paragraph. The rest of the paragraph was a repeat of a previous paragraph, or in a few cases an almost exact repeat of the paragraph above it. This has been an ongoing problem with Steel's books for several years now.
The story line was good and interesting, that's why I gave it 2 stars, but I'm really glad I quit buying Danielle Steel's books and now get them free from the library. I would definitely feel cheated out of my money otherwise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Danielle Steel, you'll enjoy this book July 12, 2010
One of the things I like most about reading Danielle Steel is that I know exactly what kind of story I'm about to get. I know that the experience will be a warm, emotional read, and that I'll usually whip through the story in one sitting. She writes very likeable characters that you root for and that keeps the pages turning, wanting to know what will happen next.

This isn't her best book, but it's not her worst either. It's a very light and easy read. It's an ensemble book, where we follow the main character as well as the lives of the three children she inherits at age 26. I found myself very interested in the love lives of the children, which was more dramatic than the somewhat too perfect romance of the main character, though that was a nice escapist fantasy.

Overall, if you're looking for a romantic escape with a happy ending and nice, likeable characters, you may enjoy this.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst ever June 27, 2010
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If this was written by Danielle Steel I hope she was forced to get a story out no matter how bad !!! Truthfully I have a hard time believing this was written by the same writer I've been reading for 25 yrs. I enjoy a good cheap romance story and I've read many Harlequin romance books and this book isn't even as good as some of the worst Harlequin. This book is so bad I really believe Steel should give all of us a refund or at the very least send us a coupon to purchase her next book free which is probable the only way you could get me to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! July 9, 2010
I agree with the reviewer that said the same paragraph was written over and over again! She needs a new editor! Every chapter reiterated how Annie sacrificed herself for the kids! How many times does she have to tell the reader? I found myself skipping over pages; very disappointing. This certainly wasn't worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What 5 year old wrote this? August 1, 2010
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Since turning 30 felt it was time for my first Danielle Steel novel. Did she have a 5 year old ghost writter or just a terrible edtor? I couldn't get past the poor syntax (sentences starting with and or but...reusing the same word in a paragraph just to name a few), poor character development, and a weak female protagonist...stereotypical fluff. As an educated woman from Northern California I'm not buying the other reviews. Did the publisher ask people to submit positive reviews?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it June 19, 2012
I was hopping on a flight with nothing to read and ran across this novel. I generally check out reviews before getting books and wished I would have before I got this one. It's one of the worst I've ever attempted to read. It was so bad, I couldn't even finish it and I'm hoping I can get my money back. As was mentioned in previous reviews, there was a lot of repetitiveness to it and it seems as though it was written by a junior high student - at best. Most of the other reviews cover the poor quality of writing. Adding one more 1-star review has to help bring down the overall rating. Don't know how anyone could give it a rating any higher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Steele, but Enjoyable August 15, 2010
Bright young architect Annie Ferguson seemed to have it all--good looks, a promising job, a new boyfriend, a cozy Manhattan apartment--then, with shocking suddenness, a phone call ended it all. Her sister and brother-in-law were killed in a tragic accident and, keeping a promise she'd made to her sister, Annie is left with her sister's three small children to raise. Although it meant a drastic change in her lifestyle, and even losing her boyfriend, who couldn't imagine being saddled with three kids not his own, Annie never hesitated in accepting the responsibility. Now at 42 she's independent and successful and has never regretted what she had to do, even if it meant putting her own life on hold. Her two nieces and nephew are now grown with careers of their own--Liz, at 28, has a high-powered job as an editor at Vogue and is leery of trusting any man, Ted, an ambitious law student, has gotten involved with a much older and experienced woman, who leads him down a path he doesn't want to take, and Katie, the youngest, an art student, has fallen madly in love with a boy from a different culture that leads her to Iran and possible danger. Annie wants to help them, but realizes she must let them go, as hard as it is at times. Faced with an empty nest she is feeling her lowest when she meets a man unexpectedly in the ER of all places, and her life takes a turn for the better.

This book is standard Danielle Steele fare, where all problems are solved and everything turns out all right in the end. But it's a good read and enjoyable nevertheless.
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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.

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Over $15. to download this to my Kindle!! Are you kidding me!!
The cost of books have gone up significantly in the past month or so.
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