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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, Power Play, Winners, First Sight, Until the End of Time, The Sins of the Mother, 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; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children's book Pretty Minnie in Paris.


After her boyfriend announces he's leaving, Francesca Thayer focuses on keeping their dowager New York townhouse at 44 Charles Street on her single income. The household is enlivened when to cover monthly mortgage payments she takes in boarders-a wanton young woman, a reserved divorced father with whom Francesca will fall in love, and a famous woman chef. Typical of Steel, protagonist Francesca is a strong woman who overcomes setbacks and finds mature love. Reader Arthur Morey jumps between age groups and sexes with minimal distraction to the listener. Formula, stereotypes, and plot contrivances will make this comfortable listening for romance and Steel fans. ["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," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Delacorte hc, LJ 2/15/11; the mass market Dell pb will publish in January 2012.-Ed.]-Judith Robinson, Dept. of Lib. & Information Studies, Univ. at Buffalo (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise for Danielle Steel

"Steel is one of the best!"--Los Angeles Times "Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "Steel pulls out all the emotional stops. . . . She delivers!"--Publishers Weekly "What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity."--San Francisco Chronicle

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