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A Good Woman
A Good Woman
Author: Danielle Steel
From the glittering ballrooms of Manhattan to the fires of World War I, Danielle Steel takes us on an unforgettable journey in her new novel -- a spellbinding tale of war, loss, history, and one woman's unbreakable spirit.... — Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, raised amid the glamour of New York socie...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385340267
ISBN-10: 0385340265
Publication Date: 10/28/2008
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 85 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
A well written story with likeable characters, this book was enjoyable and fast paced. Follows a young lady overcoming impossible odds who triumphs at the end. Easy, casual summertime reading at its best by one of the best authors.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am a huge fan of Danielle Steel and her last few books have not been very good. This one though is back to the Danielle Steel I have come to admire. The writing was wonderful and I loved the story line. After all these years of writing she hasn't lost her touch-only thing I would change about the book is more of a closure on the storyline but she is famous for doing that. Highly Recommended!
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Helpful Score: 1
this good was okay. I liked the struggles that main character goes through and works to over come. I gave it three starts because I was disappointed that there wasn't more romance. Still a good read though.
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At first I thought was going to be a goofy book, but it turned out to be a real good book. I related to a lot of the content. I was glad to see it had a different scenario that the string of Steel's book that became same plot different character.
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Born into a life of luxury and raised among the privileged classes of New York society, nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington has spent the majority of her life mingling with the afluent and cherished elite, as a part of the glittering world and the glamorous ballrooms of the Manhattan social set. With glorious family homes on Fifth Avenue and also in Newport, Rhode Island, Annabelle has been raised to expect only the best that life has to offer - taught to rely on her family's name and their stellar reputation to pave her way in life. Yet Annabelle's life as she knows it is irrevocably swept away on a bitterly cold day in April of 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic shatters her life forever. Drawing on an indomitable source of strength from somewhere deep within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work.

It is while nursing the poor, that Annabelle finds her true purpose - igniting a desire in medicine, a passion that will never be extinguished - something which will inevitably shape the course of her life far into the future. But for Annabelle, it is her first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage which will soon bring her yet more grief and an incalculable heartbreak. Devastated and betrayed by the revelation of her husband's deepest secrets, Annabelle flees New York for war-ravaged France, pursued by a scandal she does not deserve. Hoping to lose herself in a life of service, Annabelle will dedicate herself to the fulfillment of others.

There in the heart of war-torn France - at the height of World War I - in a ground-breaking field hospital run entirely by women, Annabelle finds her true calling. Working as an ambulance medic on the front lines; studying medicine; tending to the gravely sick and grievously wounded; doing what she can to save lives. And when the war ends, she begins her new life in Paris - as a respected doctor, a mother, and with her past put firmly in its place; her devastating memories almost entirely forgotten...until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind.

Finding strength in the unlikeliest of friendships, pulling together the broken fragments of her life, Annabelle will return to New York once more - this time as a changed woman; a woman of rare substance; someone who was forged by life's experiences; and infused with her hard-won knowledge of harsh circumstances. Annabelle will finally find joy in building a future filled with hope...growing out of the rich, fertile soil of the past.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I found it to be well-written, richly detailed and well-grounded in the historical period. In my opinion, this was slightly different from Ms. Steel's usual work, and Annabelle Worthington was a vibrantly strong character, who I immediately related to - and felt for - as I read further into the story. I would certainly give A Good Woman by Danielle Steel an A+!
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LOVED IT! I don't normally like to read historical books, but this one was so good.
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I thought the book was pretty good. It seemed to me like some of the characters could have had more depth to them but otherwise a good read.


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