A fabulous read about one life-changing year for the inhabitants of a brownstone in Greenwich Village – involving, moving, this is Danielle Steel at her best
44 Charles Street presents some of the real issues of today's ever changing world, where life is not quite as simple as it was many years ago. We all take on more responsibilities now than men and women used to, and there is a lot more to juggle in modern life.
In the book, the main female character is faced with trying not to lose her house or business after a break-up with a long term live in boyfriend, and trying to untangle their commingled financial interests. Once apart, the responsibility of keeping it all together, both her art gallery and her home, falls entirely on her. To try and make ends meet and not lose her house, she decides to take in 3 roommates, and the fun begins. A fresh faced freckled recent college graduate is the first to sign up, a sweet young girl, who immerses herself in internet dating, sometimes to a frightening degree. The second addition to the group is a somewhat mysterious divorced man, recovering from a bad divorce, with an irresistible seven year old son. And one by one the mysterious circumstances in his life are revealed. And the third resident of the house is a famous, recently widowed female chef, who loves the other residents of the house, uses them as a testing lab for her fabulous gourmet meals, and unexpectedly finds love with a well known French chef, proving that 'love has no age'. The ages in the book span from 22 to 60, their previous life histories are as varied. Their careers range from teaching, to running an art gallery, architecture, and haute cuisine. Each one has their private challenges, from single fatherhood, to adjusting to widowhood, financial challenges for the owner of 44 Charles Street, and some very risky dating practices by the youngest member of the group, as she navigates the uncharted waters of computer dating, with both its appeal and its risks. It's a book that touches on some very contemporary themes. I hope you love it, and find it relevant for your life today as well. There is something for everyone in 44 Charles Street; with four very different and very appealing people living under one roof!!!