Steel's saga shines
International best-selling author Danielle Steel’s newest book, 44 Charles Street, turns the lives of four strangers upside down in this unforgettable novel set in a turn-of-the-21st-century house in Greenwich Village. Money drove Francesca Thayer to seek out boarders for her painstakingly restored little home, but she needed a change anyway, having newly separated from her boyfriend and suddenly tackling the house’s mortgage all on her own. Her new roommates appear as a casting call of devotedly depicted characters: Eileen from L.A., now a New York City schoolteacher; Chris, the divorcé with a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend; and Marya, a recent widow and fabulous cook. 44 Charles Street brings them all together under one roof, and soon irreplaceable bonds form amidst the palatable and nearly tasted fragrance of Marya’s cooking. The four former strangers find immense strength in each other as each faces a year-long tale filled with both light and inner demons. From custody battles to online dating, 44 Charles Street is filled with all the precarious endeavors of the heart that bring people together. At its core, however, is a message of hope, and readers will finish this quaint new book with a sweet and savory taste on their palates.