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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440200567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440200567
  • ASIN: 0440200563
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Fine is happy with his life. In his early 30s, he has just been made senior vice-president of Wolff's Department Store in his hometown of New York. He is not pleased, therefore, when he is sent to California to open up a posh new Wolff's in San Francisco. His luck changes, though, when he falls in love with an enchanting five-year-old named Jane, and with her mother, Liz O'Reilly. Jane adores strong, sensitive Bernie and all three are blissfully happy until tragedy strikes the Fine family. In short, this is a story about the power of love and the unity of family to surmount grief and misfortune. The narrative moves slowly in parts and the dialogue is somewhat trite, but the characters are likeable and the story entertaining. Sure to be in demand by Steel fans. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan University Libraries, Kalamazoo
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Great detail to her story.
Lori Jackman
There is a roller coaster of emotion in this book as there is happiness and tragedy and triumph.
K. Morgan
It was such a vivid story.
Valerie Boone-Ogunleye

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BOOKWORM on April 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate to be party pooper...
I know that Danielle Steel is a fabulous author, and that her books are loved worldwide, and I do think she's an incredible person....
BUT
I just picked up this book, I am still in the middle of it, and I thought I would give my opinion already...
I think its an amazing story, great characters, and very emotional...
but something about the writing is not very intriguing or "different"...
Most of the sentences seem repetitive, like "he never loved her so much..."..."she never looked more beautiful"...."Jane loved him very much and he loved her too"...(I feel like these sentences are in each chapter). A lot of the writing is just predictable and boring; it almost seems like it was written for an elementary school reader...At times I have found myself re-reading sentences and saying "is she kidding ? "..
OK, here's one example
"Her mother looked wide-eyed and alert and beautiful, just like she had before, only thinner, and they were moving to Stinson Beach the next day"
...can someone please tell me how that sentence makes any sense ? ..
I found many of these, as a matter of fact they distracted me from reading all along my subway ride...I wish I had a highliter for each one I found...and for each "She loved him very much" or "She was never happier in her life"...
Another thing I'm not crazy about is how DS always uses the phrase, ".....and he told him just as much"....If you have read this book you might remember...
Another thing...
After Liz and Bernie were married they were trying SO HARD to have a baby. They wished for it when they tossed coins into the Fontana di Trevi on Via Veneto...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ckmissy13" on February 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was amazing!!! The things that go through your mind while reading this book are indescribable. This has to be by far the best book I have ever read. After Bernie Fine moves to San Francisco on business and gets his life together it becomes an amazing fairy tale that every girl wishes for but soon after tragedy strikes it all seems to fall apart. But with an excellent ending it all comes together. An important point to this book is how it twisted the norm, it always seems as though it is the women left to pick up their shambled lives while raising their children after dealing with some tragedy, but this book did a fine job of showing that that is not always the case. I truly enjoyed this book and could not put it down after I had started it. Another excellent job done by Danielle Steel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Boone-Ogunleye on August 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fine Things is a wonderful story. I read the book in less than 3 days. I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Bernie Fine and his wonderful character. Once you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down. This story demonstrated the courage to continue. It was such a vivid story. I rented the movie to compare the book and the movie and the people in the book were just like the people in the movie. This has got to be one of the most wonderful books I've ever read........ and I've read many. Kudos to Ms. Steel for such wonderful work.
Valerie Boone-Ogunleye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana on February 21, 2000
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Fine Things, in my opinion, is one of the best examples of Ms. Steel's writing. She clearly shows her talent with this one! Your heart automatically goes out to our hero, Bernie, as he expertly faces the never ending traumas in his lifetime. The tragic events that take place, yet the humorous dialogue given from Bernie's Jewish mother, help to shape Steel's best book yet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1998
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This is one of my all time favorites by Danielle Steele. I cried practically through the whole book and could relate to the circumstances involving Bernie, Liz, and Jane. I'd recommend this to any fan of romance readers (especially Danielle Steele).
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By K. Morgan on October 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fine Things is the story of Bernard Fine. Bernard is a success in his career at Wolff's. One of the leading department stores. He doesn't have as much success with his personal life. After dating two women who were NOT what his mother approved of and whom ended up breaking Bernie's heart he has given up on love and declared himself married to his job. He is sent to San Francisco to run the store there. He doesn't want to move there and is promised a return to New York as soon as is fit. Bernie meets and falls in love with Liz O'Reilly. Life for the two and Liz's daughter Jane is perfect. Too perfect though as cancer strikes Liz shortly after the birth of their baby. Bernie's perfect world is turned upside down as he has to watch his wife die and keep up some sense of normalcy for his two children. Life isn't very easy without Liz though. One tragedy after another happens to Bernie and the family. Eventually though life turns out to be good for Bernie and the kids.

This was a very good read. It keeps the reader wondering what will happen. I read fast and furious to see what would happen to Liz and after she passed away to Bernie and the children. There is a roller coaster of emotion in this book as there is happiness and tragedy and triumph. The characters seemed to be fairly well written, even if they were flawed. Nanny Pippin was a great asset to the story. I enjoyed her character very much.

This being an older Steel novel I must compare it to recent ones by saying it is much better. There isn't nearly the repitition as is in her newer novels. The characters actually have dimension and have a story to be told. The plot was good too.

If you are a Danielle Steel fan I think you'll enjoy her work. If your new to Ms. Steel and weren't impressed by her recent work try this book out. It is much better and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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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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