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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half way thru and "caught in the middle"..Love it & Hate it
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...
Published on April 28, 2000 by BOOKWORM

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, this book defintely was not! Good, but not great.
Ms. Steel could have done much better on this novel, in my opinion. She just didn't have a real page turner this time, I'm sorry to say. I could barely force myself to turn the pages. And besides, who falls in love four times in their love and always swears of love, but finds it again ? I'm not so sure this is realistic.
Published on July 13, 1998


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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half way thru and "caught in the middle"..Love it & Hate it, April 28, 2000
This review is from: Fine Things (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...then a month or 2 later, Liz begins to feel nauseous and exhausted, misses her period (and doesn't realize it), never remembers feeling that horrible....and doesn't think that maybe she's pregnant ! ...it's just too unrealistic at times...
Sure it's fiction, it's a novel, but it's easy to get absorbed into a good book..
This one is too surreal, and it's disappointing in a way...
Redundancy...
In each chapter, someone is going to or coming from an airport...A few times I thought I was re-reading a past chapter...Either Bernie is flying on a business trip, or his parents are coming to see him...
More repetitiveness...
Each time Grandma Ruth comes, she has bought tons and mountains and lots and lots and lots of toys for the kids from "Schwarz...and each time Bernie sees his mother he has a new bag for her or she is wearing a suit or hat that he bought her years before...
There is way too much mention of the department store Wolff's...That store seems to be the saving grace of everything...
Need food ? Wolff's has a gourmet department...
Need a lawyer ? Wolff's has that too !
Whatever Bernie or his family needed was provided by Wolff's. Seems like these 4 people are living in a glass bubble called Wolff's...
It is also annoying to have to hear about every piece of clothing worn by Grandma Ruth, Liz and every other woman in the book, where the oufit was made, what material it was, and how it looked on them....A run-on sentence just to describe an outfit...( I love clothing and shopping but this is a novel, not WOMENS WEAR DAILY)...
Also, I was told in English class in high school NEVER to start a sentence with the word AND, and sure enough DS seems to do that VERY VERY often...
I plan to finish this book, since it's a gripping story, but I am very bored with the writing style.......I will not give up on DS however, I do plan on reading more of her books, (not consecutively - i need a change of writing style)hopefully I don't come across these same bad habits......
I would love to hear if anyone agrees or disagrees with me...send me an email......no offense to anyone, just my honest-to-goodness opinion !
I never thought it was possible to like the story line of a book, but not like how it was written...
I guess it's kind of like what they say about jokes "it's all in the delivery"......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!!!, February 24, 2001
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"ckmissy13" (Long Island, NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fine Things (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional................... story of love and hope, August 14, 2000
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Roller Coaster!, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome....heart touching!, November 14, 1998
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This review is from: Fine Things (Mass Market Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Danielle Steel, October 10, 2004
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K. Morgan (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fine Things (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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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BOOK, December 1, 1999
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This review is from: Fine Things (Mass Market Paperback)
This was a good book, that kept your interest throughout, and made you feel a part of the story. And If you want to read another book that goes straight to your heart, read Stolen Moments by Barbara Jeanne Fisher. . .It is a beautiful story of unrequited love. . .for certain the love story of the nineties. I intended to give the book a quick read, but I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't put the book down. From the very beginning, I was fully caught up in the heart-wrenching account of Julie Hunter's battle with lupus and her growing love for Don Lipton. This love, in the face of Julie's impending death, makes for a story that covers the range of human emotions. The touches of humor are great, too, they add some nice contrast and lighten things a bit when emotions are running high. I've never read a book more deserving of being published. It has rare depth. Julie's story will remind your readers that life and love are precious and not to be taken for granted. It has had an impact on me, and for that I'm grateful. Stolen Moments is written with so much sensitivity that it made me want to cry. It is a spellbinder. What terrific writing. Barbara does have an exceptional gift! This book was edited by Lupus specialist Dr. Matt Morrow too, and has the latest information on that disease. ..A perfect gift for someone who started college late in life, fell in love too late in life, is living with any illness, or trying to understand a loved one who is. . .A gift to be cherished forever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this book was so heart-touching !, August 20, 1999
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This review is from: Fine Things (Mass Market Paperback)
I loved this book ! It brought tears to my eyes..it was my first danielle steel book! I dont' wanna give the plot away to readers so I'll leave it at that..I would recommend this book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real tear-jerker!, October 17, 2000
This review is from: Fine Things (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a superb story of a young mother who finds a man to love, and who loves her. Her little girl loves the man, too, and so they all get married. He's Jewish and she's Christian, and her mother-in-law has her doubts about the marriage, but she eventually learns to love the young woman and her daughter.
As the months go by and she becomes pregnant with her little boy, she finds out after the birth that she has cancer. This is a very trying and difficult time for Bernie Fine, the young man who has waited all his life for his dream girl, now with the thought of losing her to a terrible, uncurable disease.
Fine Things was made into a movie of the week, and it is one of the finest Danielle Steel movies ever made. It ranks 2nd in my opinion poll, right under The Promise with Kathleen Quinlan and Steven Collins.
Little Noley Thornton (alias Heidi) stole my heart in the TV movie of Fine Things. I love everything this child is in, but especially this movie.
Both the book and the movie are worth buying, and I give them both five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her best work, April 18, 2000
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Anne Cahill (Groton, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fine Things (Mass Market Paperback)
"Fine Things" was the first Danielle Steel book I ever read, probably 10 years ago by now. I was up well into the night frantically turning the pages to see what would happen, and I was stunned to find myself in tears more than once. I can't emphasize enough the emotional impact of this story. This is also one of the few times that DS has written a story primarily from the male perspective, and she did it extremely well -- in fact even better than some of her recent books have written about women! Bernie isn't your run-of-the-mill hunky dreamboat -- he's a regular guy with problems in the romance department and an interfering mom to boot. His relationship with Liz and her struggle with cancer was truly heart-wrenching. If you have to read just one Steel novel, make it "Fine Things".
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Fine Things by Danielle Steel (Mass Market Paperback - February 1, 1988)
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