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Fine Things Hardcover – Large Print, February 1, 1987

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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 alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bantam/Doubleday/Delacorte Press Large Print Collection
  • Hardcover: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385295421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385295420
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,880,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Teresa Tudury is unique; she deals with big, impossible issues with proportionately impossible humor; she sneaks into the grandeur of intimate reality with the full force of discovered truth. I don't know if we deserve an artist of this range and vision, but we owe it to ourselves to try to be worthy.
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Excellent book written from the husband's perspective. He grows by leaps and bounds into being a wonderful father and care provider for all in his immediate circle.There is a kid-knapping which is harrowing,but worth the read.
judy
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Fine Things is one of those books with intrigue, happiness and tears. I think I have read it at least a dozen times and still cry in certain parts. This is not a 'typical' romance story. There is action and it moves from one scene to the next nearly flawlessly.
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By Jbarr5 on October 31, 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 her ex husband.
He still travels to Milan and other countries for the fashion designs for the store. The ex reurfaces and Liz ends up with cancer...
Life spirals out of control when the twists and turns stop. So much heart break. They move on and things take a turn, like how book got its name.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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By A Customer on February 24, 2001
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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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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.
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Loved this novel!! I am a huge Danielle Steel fan, and this is now one of my favorites. Each time I thought the story was ending, a new story began. So emotional and touching, I'd recommend to all my friends.
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