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I have recently read two books. One is named The English Legacy written by Norman Renshaw, and the other is named 44 Charles Street written by Danielle Steel. This article is a review of Danielle Steel's book.
About Danielle Steel:
Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular and highly acclaimed authors. She was born in 1947 in New York. When she was 26 years she published her first novel, Going Home.
She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. To date she has 80 international bestselling novels in print and sold 600 million copies. She lives in California and Paris.
The book of 44 Charles Street is about a business woman Francesca Thayer. Life suddenly became very difficult for her after her relationship with lawyer Todd collapses and he moves out. To keep her beautiful, old house she has to advertise for lodgers.
Then three people arrived. First one is a young, attractive school teacher. Her name is Eileen. She has just moved from LA. The second one is called Chris. He just divorced and has a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The last one is called Marya. She's a famous cookery author. She hopes to rebuild her life after the death of her husband.
The book of 44 Charles Street has been published in 2011 both in the US and in the UK. The British version is published by Bantam Press and has 400 pages including a chapter of Danielle Steel's new novel Betrayal. The book is a paperback and it's available on Amazon and other websites. The original price is £7.99.
I had never heard of Danielle Steel before. When I saw the book in library I was drawn to the cover, in which a young girl wears a red coat and green culottes. I was interested in her dressing style. However after reading the blurb on the back and the brief introduction to the author inside I decided to borrow the book.
44 Charles Street is an easy to read book thanks to a very clear print. To me the story is interesting. I have enjoyed every minute from the start to the end. The author's writing style made me feel the story really happened. Her observations of life are really detailed and precise. In the book I saw my own life and other people's too. It encouraged me to read more.
As I said I had never read Danielle Steel's book before, so I couldn't compare this book with her others. To me it's a good book to read, however I feel a little predictable. Believe or not I already guessed the happy ending after I finished the chapter 6. In some point I feel her writing is a bit repetitive and the story could have been condensed. Don't get me wrong I don't mind the repetitiveness. However to some who read a lot books the repetitiveness would be too obvious and the story would be too predictable.
All in all the book of 44 Charles Street tells a sweet story that I have enjoyed a lot. However it's not a book I would like to read again and personally I would not buy the book as a collection.