44 Charles Street

44 Charles Street

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel's luminous new novel: strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan's West Village.
The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor--even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world.

First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there's Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca's art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life.

As the roommates bond, and the house fills with the aroma of Marya's exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Naïve Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris's custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more.

Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, ultimately life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it's a place those who visit will never want to leave.  
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385343145
Branch Call Number: STEE
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 13, 2017

A very fun summer vacation roadtrip audiobook. Made the hours in the car fly by.

Sep 27, 2016

Great story, predictable but still good.

IMolina3 Feb 04, 2014

this is one of my fav book of her..

KJB1964 Oct 21, 2013

Great Book ! I read it in 2 Days :)

Peanutpancake May 14, 2013

Loved this book, very hard to put down!

ladydebv Mar 01, 2013

I loved this story and all of its characters!

Nov 24, 2011

A very enjoyable story.

Jun 15, 2011

Danielle Steel as usual is the best at delving on social/family issues! This book as many others from her touches a chord with the readers and each of us can identify with some of the situations the main protagonist goes through! Excellent narration and style is so lucid that the story grows on you. Somewhere in the novel the reader gels and starts living in 44 Charles Street himself! A fairytale ending but each character's life is very well etched. Excellent relaxing read!

May 26, 2011

Lame. 3 of 10 stars

debwalker Feb 15, 2011

When Francesca’s relationship with her longtime boyfriend ends, she stands to lose the art gallery and the house they co-owned. But she comes up with financial plans to keep the business and the house by making sacrifices—selling some cherished original artwork and taking in boarders. Despite her opinionated mother’s fears and objections, Francesca allows three strangers into her beloved home: Eileen is a young schoolteacher with a penchant for online dating; Chris is a quiet father trying to gain sole custody of his young son; and Marya is a recently widowed famous cookbook author. Over the course of a year, the housemates coalesce into a surrogate family, supporting one another through good times and bad. VERDICT In best-selling author Steel’s (Family Ties) latest novel, the lives of the supporting cast members are far more compelling than her protagonist’s, and reading about their challenges and successes is a sufficiently entertaining way to spend some time. Steel also touches on difficult social issues, such as abusive relationships and drug abuse.—Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY

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