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This cloth-bound special edition of Danielle Steel’s A Good Woman is enhanced with gold leaf, comes with a special slip case, and is signed by the author.

30 review for A Good Woman (Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Great story! enjoyable,lots of twists & turns,determine to find love to the end...well written (paperback!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann Foweraker

    I struggled to finish this book - growling 'I know - you've TOLD me ten times already and I don't forget that easily' - everytime the author reiterated the 'hard' life of the protagonist - each re-telling adding the latest hardship / misunderstanding / calamity to the long list. The story line carries an amazing range of problems and ambition to set on one woman, in any age, and would make a whole series if written properly. We are told and not shown all the way through and dive in and out of a I struggled to finish this book - growling 'I know - you've TOLD me ten times already and I don't forget that easily' - everytime the author reiterated the 'hard' life of the protagonist - each re-telling adding the latest hardship / misunderstanding / calamity to the long list. The story line carries an amazing range of problems and ambition to set on one woman, in any age, and would make a whole series if written properly. We are told and not shown all the way through and dive in and out of a variety of people's viewpoints, but not in an honest way - hearing only the internal views that the suits the author to tell us and masking the true internal lives of these same people. Though I usually 'champion' strong women in a novel, I found no empathy with this woman and without that the book became meaningless. Historical research was obvious in its add-on use, sprinkled here and there rather than integral. I always finish books like this, trying to find what it was that made them publishable - I can only think it was the name of the author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa Anderson

    I can always depend on Danielle Steel to tell a good believable story. While reading A Good Woman I had to always remind myself of the period that the story took place to keep from condemning the characters of their antiquated opinions. Annabelle was a good child and an even better woman overcoming each atrocity thrown her way with dignity and grace: the death of her brother and dad on the sinking of the Titanic and her mother from heartache. She falls in love with a man old enough to be her I can always depend on Danielle Steel to tell a good believable story. While reading A Good Woman I had to always remind myself of the period that the story took place to keep from condemning the characters of their antiquated opinions. Annabelle was a good child and an even better woman overcoming each atrocity thrown her way with dignity and grace: the death of her brother and dad on the sinking of the Titanic and her mother from heartache. She falls in love with a man old enough to be her father who pursues her with vigor then divorcing her for adultery to live his life with his male lover in the open. To escape the trauma Annabelle flies to France and becomes a doctor. One night while walking to the ambulance she drives she’s accosted and brutally raped by a British Soldier. She keeps the child and loves her daughter with all her heart. Her daughter, around the age of five asked why she didn’t have grandparents like the other children gave Anabelle cause to act. Anabelle wrote the man who raped her mother and asked if she would like to meet her granddaughter. Instead of responding with a letter the Grandmother pays a personal visit. The Grandmother asked the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy and Annabelle told her how her daughter was conceived. The Grandmother told Annabelle she wasn't surprised because her son was not a good person and had raped before. The grandmother invited Annabelle and her granddaughter into her life and legally added her last name to the child’s. Annabelle meets a doctor who sweeps her off her feet and after he proposes she tells him of her life. He tells her he wants no part of her or her bastard child. Annabelle, crushed decides never to trust again. In a conversation with her child’s grandmother she confides in her and the grandmother tells her she should hold her head up because those who condemn her aren’t worth a grain of salt. Annabelle returns to American to face her demons and tormentors bringing her daughter with her. She returns to France unburden. Aboard ship she meets a journalist and learns of his life and tells him of her’s and when he doesn’t think any less of her she knew she’d possibly met her life’s companion. A Good Woman is definitely a page-turner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    To follow. Good ol’ DS

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is the first Danielle Steele book I have read in at least 20 years -- the second ever. I finished the book only because I found it so interesting from an editorial standpoint. There was enough storyline to carry a year-long series, but the book was written like a summary or a book report. As a teacher of writing, I kept thinking "This author has lived a millionaire's life as a result of this writing. HOW? The only answer I could come up with is that she does have interesting, intertwined This is the first Danielle Steele book I have read in at least 20 years -- the second ever. I finished the book only because I found it so interesting from an editorial standpoint. There was enough storyline to carry a year-long series, but the book was written like a summary or a book report. As a teacher of writing, I kept thinking "This author has lived a millionaire's life as a result of this writing. HOW? The only answer I could come up with is that she does have interesting, intertwined plots in her books and she wrote sex-heavy sizzlers in a time when that was just becoming accepted. Her writing style, however, is just astoundingly flat - almost devoid of dialog and energy, a monotonic recounting of events.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Entwistle

    Let me first start off by saying that this is the first Danielle Steel book I have ever read and I absolutely hated so much about the book! Not sure if I'll give her a chance again! Some books I can say are just boring and impossible to get through, this was not like that. It was just so bad for so many other different reasons! I decided to read it for the Titanic aspect of it, but it was all downhill from there. The story was awful! It took one terrible turn after another! A normal person would Let me first start off by saying that this is the first Danielle Steel book I have ever read and I absolutely hated so much about the book! Not sure if I'll give her a chance again! Some books I can say are just boring and impossible to get through, this was not like that. It was just so bad for so many other different reasons! I decided to read it for the Titanic aspect of it, but it was all downhill from there. The story was awful! It took one terrible turn after another! A normal person would have committed suicide if they lived this life halfway through it. The character was so one dimensional that you couldn't sympathize with her even at all with the tragedies. She was supposedly so innocent and determined, yet she let everyone crap all over her again and again for no good reasons. Many times I literally threw this book across the room in disgust but, I finish things through and was determined to get through it. She was so contradictory as a person all through the book, saying she would never do this or that and then doing them after all. Saying she felt one way one minute and then the opposite the next. The characters were certainly not the only problems. I found this writing to be extremely repetitive! She kept saying the same things you already knew over and over throughout the book like you hadn't already wasted your time reading about it before! And I hated things about the writing style. The chapter endings never came at appropriate places. The timing was crazy. Sometimes things would lag forever and then years would pass in a single sentence. And the perspective kept switching that way as well, from person to person without any transition It did not make sense at all! I really don't understand from this writing how Danielle Steele is so famous because this was really horrible. The book doesn't take a "happy" turn until the last ten pages then just hangs there like you are supposed to believe after all that, that there is a happily ever after.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I stopped reading every single Danielle Steel novel about a decade ago, save for a couple in recent years. I just got tired of the same old formulaic writing that enables her to crank out multiple novels every single year. For the most part, a reader can guess before even cracking open the binding for the first time how the plot is going to play out. However, this particular Steel novel was much better due to its historical aspect. I enjoyed how she weaved history into this tale, and the story of I stopped reading every single Danielle Steel novel about a decade ago, save for a couple in recent years. I just got tired of the same old formulaic writing that enables her to crank out multiple novels every single year. For the most part, a reader can guess before even cracking open the binding for the first time how the plot is going to play out. However, this particular Steel novel was much better due to its historical aspect. I enjoyed how she weaved history into this tale, and the story of the Titanic has been mesmorizing our culture for a century. Her tale goes even further to include World War I and some English aristocracy too! Add in the drama of a blackballed American debutante who rises above rape and betrayal to become a doctor in a time when females did not do much outside of the home (and certainly not the uppercrust of society) and she has herself a winner.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine Rebbert

    The Eiffel Tower was on the cover; I had to read it... Danielle Steel can come up with a good story, but she is a TERRIBLE writer. I really don't understand how she's gotten away with it all these years. It can be so frustrating; I want to get out the blue pencil and correct the sloppy grammar, the redundancies, the overwrought passion, and add a little LIFE to these people -- they really don't seem real, more like cardboard cut-outs being moved around on a stage. This story was pretty good -- the The Eiffel Tower was on the cover; I had to read it... Danielle Steel can come up with a good story, but she is a TERRIBLE writer. I really don't understand how she's gotten away with it all these years. It can be so frustrating; I want to get out the blue pencil and correct the sloppy grammar, the redundancies, the overwrought passion, and add a little LIFE to these people -- they really don't seem real, more like cardboard cut-outs being moved around on a stage. This story was pretty good -- the War, the aftermath, etc. etc. It would probably make a great movie (TV, most likely). Well, those of you who love Danielle Steel, or who love Paris, should read it. What more can I say...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am not a Danielle Steel fan, and this is a prime example of why I'm not. I got it because of the link to the Titanic. It is depressing. One horrible thing after another befalls the main character. A normal person would be contemplating suicide about half way through if their life was this plot. The main character just takes it all and keeps meandering along in a meek way. Perhaps that's what is most annoying about this book. The main character has the strength to leave the way of life she I am not a Danielle Steel fan, and this is a prime example of why I'm not. I got it because of the link to the Titanic. It is depressing. One horrible thing after another befalls the main character. A normal person would be contemplating suicide about half way through if their life was this plot. The main character just takes it all and keeps meandering along in a meek way. Perhaps that's what is most annoying about this book. The main character has the strength to leave the way of life she knows to join a combat zone and undertake a profession that is heavily considered man's work, yet she wouldn't dare say "boo" to the parade of people that make her life misery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    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 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+!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna Phoenix

    I'd never read a Danielle Steel book until now. I'm not a big fan or popular romance, but I figured, "Hey, everybody reads Danielle Steel! It even says so on the back of every one of her books! There must be some merit to her." So I grabbed this one since it made reference to a woman helping out in the wake of the Titanic disaster, which is of interest to me, and got started. Is it possible to give a book negative stars? If it was I'd give it minus five. The only reason I gave it one star here I'd never read a Danielle Steel book until now. I'm not a big fan or popular romance, but I figured, "Hey, everybody reads Danielle Steel! It even says so on the back of every one of her books! There must be some merit to her." So I grabbed this one since it made reference to a woman helping out in the wake of the Titanic disaster, which is of interest to me, and got started. Is it possible to give a book negative stars? If it was I'd give it minus five. The only reason I gave it one star here was so I'd remember I'd rated it at all. There was promise in the plot and storyline, but that's all it is - a plot and storyline. Her characters are not developed at all; there's a lot of explanation of what's going on and referring to what had come before - and her use of the word "had", as in "so-and-so had once blah blah blah" was infuriating, as it never seemed to resolve into anything in the present. This sort of exposition makes sense at the beginning of a novel, and I expected that it would fade once she really got into the story - but then when I was halfway through I gave up hope. She makes some efforts at descriptive prose but they fall flat. Really it feels like an overextended story outline that's been slapped together and published without having been edited into an actual cohesive narrative. At first I thought maybe I'd just grabbed a dud, but then I picked up another few of her books and flipped through; they were virtually identical and equally disappointing. So why does "everyone" read Danielle Steel? Because it's easy. It doesn't require thought or intelligence, and the lack of description allows the reader to insert herself into the characters and situations. It's escape in its most elemental form. This has also allowed the author to churn out more than a book a year for god knows how many decades, and to keep selling them because the readers know exactly what to expect; only the names and places change. The most infuriating thing about this actual, physical book was that, after reading - and hating - it, I had to buy it. I had borrowed it but on the morning I was going to bring it back I spilled leftover coffee on it and had to buy a replacement. Worst five bucks I ever spent - but a reminder to myself that even the worst writer can make money!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Markhart

    FINALLY... A Danielle Steel that I truly enjoyed. Sometimes her books are soooo wordy. I usually get bored half way through. Not so with this one. Really enjoyed it. Danielle Steel also loves to write about wealthy people. No exception here. This is the story of Annabelle, at age 19 she lost her father and brother on the Titanic. Her mother survived this sinking. Annabelle married at age 19 to a man who was twice her age. The marriage lasted two years and was never consumated. Her spouse was FINALLY... A Danielle Steel that I truly enjoyed. Sometimes her books are soooo wordy. I usually get bored half way through. Not so with this one. Really enjoyed it. Danielle Steel also loves to write about wealthy people. No exception here. This is the story of Annabelle, at age 19 she lost her father and brother on the Titanic. Her mother survived this sinking. Annabelle married at age 19 to a man who was twice her age. The marriage lasted two years and was never consumated. Her spouse was gay. He divorced her shortly after her mother died. He had syphilis. Since Annabelle would not divorce him, he divorced her stating adultry which nailed the lid on her society coffin. she fled to worn torn Europe to lick her wounds. While studying to become a doctor she was raped by a druncken officer who was polite enough to give her his name (!) He was killed on the front line shortly afterwards. She bore a daughter. Wow. Lots going on in this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tuulia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can only despcribe this book with one word: depressing! Tragedy after another and no end to it. All I felt while reading this book was sadness, there was no positive moment in the book before the last five pages! Generally speaking Danielle Steel isn't my favourite author. This book was an excellent example why. She keeps repeating same stuff over and over again, just like her readers were stupid or simple. In the begening of the book she described every single little detail, towrds the end she I can only despcribe this book with one word: depressing! Tragedy after another and no end to it. All I felt while reading this book was sadness, there was no positive moment in the book before the last five pages! Generally speaking Danielle Steel isn't my favourite author. This book was an excellent example why. She keeps repeating same stuff over and over again, just like her readers were stupid or simple. In the begening of the book she described every single little detail, towrds the end she starts picking up the pace like a race horse. First weeks go by, the months, in the end years change between chapters. I think this was my last Danielle Steel book, no point waisting time on these anymore. Lesson learned!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    I have never read a Danielle Steel book before and I will probably never read another. It was one of my book club reads and was highly recommended as a book I could "devour" in one or two days. According to the jacket write-up, it should have been interesting. What starts out as a great premise for a book turns out to be boring, lacking in descriptive detail, and repetitive. It was as if we had to keep being reminded, chapter after chapter, about the same information from earlier in the book; as I have never read a Danielle Steel book before and I will probably never read another. It was one of my book club reads and was highly recommended as a book I could "devour" in one or two days. According to the jacket write-up, it should have been interesting. What starts out as a great premise for a book turns out to be boring, lacking in descriptive detail, and repetitive. It was as if we had to keep being reminded, chapter after chapter, about the same information from earlier in the book; as if we forgot what had previously happened in the story. Maybe she's getting paid by the word or something. The only reason I finished this book was because I thought I would have a build up and have a final solve. It did not. Maybe hoping that at any moment it would get good. Well, it didn't.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Great, great, great!!!! I loved listening to this and didn't want it to end! I've been reading Danielle Steel since I was in high school and she has some amazing books and then some that are just silly and stupid. This one was AWESOME! The story was so detailed and the main character deeply developed to the point of feeling her pain and disappointment in life. I also loved some of the other characters and the personalities that DS was able to create on paper. I can't leave out the travel and Great, great, great!!!! I loved listening to this and didn't want it to end! I've been reading Danielle Steel since I was in high school and she has some amazing books and then some that are just silly and stupid. This one was AWESOME! The story was so detailed and the main character deeply developed to the point of feeling her pain and disappointment in life. I also loved some of the other characters and the personalities that DS was able to create on paper. I can't leave out the travel and wonderful locations of the story. I was telling someone how much I loved it and she was telling me she loved a book too and it turns out we were reading the same book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I've read a few Danielle Steel books, and I'm not sure why I keep going back to them. Her main characters are ALWAYS Mary Sues. They're always completely perfect and have no flaws whatsoever, and they are completely misunderstood and all the other characters are mean to them. This book followed the formula exactly. On top of that, we're supposed to believe the character has the guts to go to a war zone and become a doctor, but she can't even stand up to anyone who mistreats her. Ridiculous book, I've read a few Danielle Steel books, and I'm not sure why I keep going back to them. Her main characters are ALWAYS Mary Sues. They're always completely perfect and have no flaws whatsoever, and they are completely misunderstood and all the other characters are mean to them. This book followed the formula exactly. On top of that, we're supposed to believe the character has the guts to go to a war zone and become a doctor, but she can't even stand up to anyone who mistreats her. Ridiculous book, it's a waste of time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    A Good Woman by Danielle Steel was an enjoyable read. The main female character was strong, engaging, realistic. The plot, especially the WW1 chapters were engaging. This book, for me had more substance than many of Steel's other books. An entertaining, fast summer read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Phelan

    I'm sorry Danielle if you ever read this little review, but I have no idea how this woman became popular. The entire book is Tell, tell, tell and so little show. How does one even get to care about the characters? An airport special. Sigh.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane Shea

    This is one of the less action-packed of her books that I've read. I feel like this book was more about the character of the characters than the events happening. It is a very good book, but we are talking Danielle Steel. I don't think she knows how to write a bad book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arpita K

    The novel has smoothly going tale with less of suspense. Yes it does surprise you in between. But nothing catchy of course. One time read only and only if you are bored with other genre. The main character was definitely potrayed well

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sofija

    This is a great "quick summer read" . The plot is intriguing and interesting but I think the characters could have been more explored and not so superficial. But overall, i liked some parts of the book and that's why I decided to give it 4 stars, when ,objectively, it's maybe 3/ 3.5. But again, considering that it is summer read and a page-turner, I generously gave it 4 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    3.5 stars. Good characters but seemed to drag in some parts

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle L

    “A Good Woman” by Danielle Steel is the story of Annabelle Worthington. At first, Annabelle’s life was full of simplicity. She was young at nineteen years old and grew into a wealthy household. One day, her family decides to travel to Europe leaving Annabelle behind. Annabelle soon finds out that the ship that her family took was the Titanic and the Titanic sinks. This tragedy kills her father and brother while her mother stays alive. When Annabelle is ready to move on, she meets Josiah, and “A Good Woman” by Danielle Steel is the story of Annabelle Worthington. At first, Annabelle’s life was full of simplicity. She was young at nineteen years old and grew into a wealthy household. One day, her family decides to travel to Europe leaving Annabelle behind. Annabelle soon finds out that the ship that her family took was the Titanic and the Titanic sinks. This tragedy kills her father and brother while her mother stays alive. When Annabelle is ready to move on, she meets Josiah, and they eventually get married. After life seemed to be back to normal, Annabelle’s mother unexpectedly dies. While Annabelle tries to find comfort from Josiah, he admits that he has a life-threatening disease, so her divorces Annabelle. Shortly after, she loses her best friend. With nothing in New York, she decides to move to France to become a medical assistant during the war. She soon gets introduced to a career that she is interested in having. In the midst of this, she had to help heal the men from the war. Tragedy strikes again one night leaving Annabelle with her first daughter. Annabelle eventually moves on with her life of tragedy and continues her life with her daughter as a good woman. “A Good Woman” by Danielle Steel was a great read. The author’s use of imagery gave me vivid ideas as to what the setting was and as to what happened during the book. The characters are relatable, especially Annabelle, because her whole life has been tragic and she finds a way to make it through. I enjoyed the setting of the book in general. The author gave me a good idea as to what conditions Annabelle and the other characters of the book lived in. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the sinking of the Titanic. I would also recommend this book to older readers. It is not suitable to children in elementary school and/or middle school. Some parts of the book would be uncomfortable to younger readers. Overall, the author used imagery very well and made the characters and setting believable and relatable. The plot was different to other books that I have read. I could not put down this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of luxury. But the sinking of the Titanic, with her father and brother on board, brought on something entirely different in her life. She lost her mother too. Then she fell for a man of her father’s age, married him and then a divorce followed. She leaves the country in order to escape the scandal but her fate followed her to France as well where she is raped and gives birth to a child that she conceived as a result of that fateful night. Over the Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of luxury. But the sinking of the Titanic, with her father and brother on board, brought on something entirely different in her life. She lost her mother too. Then she fell for a man of her father’s age, married him and then a divorce followed. She leaves the country in order to escape the scandal but her fate followed her to France as well where she is raped and gives birth to a child that she conceived as a result of that fateful night. Over the course of time, she faces more and more hardships, from the innocent questions of her child to being thwarted in love again. But she toiled through – waiting for the silver lining of her life to appear. The protagonist, Annabelle or the ‘Good Woman’ of the story should have been name a ‘Strong Woman’ more appropriately. Born with a silver spoon, she is soon thrown into horrendous situations one after the other. She endured much more than any woman should ever have to, yet she still toiled on through her life – taking each step as a new beginning. The plot uncovers many aspects of human nature – from an adulterer to a rapist to a chauvinistic pig to a loving old lady to our own strong protagonist – we see so many facets of human psych. The author paints a vivid picture of each situation. Rather than telling us a story, the narration actually shows us the background and lets us take a peek into the mind of the characters. My only complaint with the novel is the repetitive nature of few aspects. Nothing that happens in Annabelle’s life is forgettable and the constant reminders only managed to slow down the pace of the novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I don't normally read a lot of Danielle Steel as her books tend to be pretty predictable, repetitive, and in general just not very good. I picked this one up because the description sounded different and I figured it would be a light enough book to listen to at work. Also, since it was on the NY Times Bestseller list it fits into the Winter Book Challenge on TheNest category by the same name. Anyway, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. It was interesting, I think partially I don't normally read a lot of Danielle Steel as her books tend to be pretty predictable, repetitive, and in general just not very good. I picked this one up because the description sounded different and I figured it would be a light enough book to listen to at work. Also, since it was on the NY Times Bestseller list it fits into the Winter Book Challenge on TheNest category by the same name. Anyway, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. It was interesting, I think partially because of the setting WWI US / France. I really cared a lot about the character and felt sad for her and all her hardships. There were times where things got to be a little repetitive. In the same breath the narrator would state the same idea in different ways and that got to be a little tiresome. I kept thinking, "I got it the first time. I don't need you to retell me!" Overall though a good audiobook, not the next great American novel but it far surpassed what I had come to think of Steel's previous novels. I will definitely pick up more of her historical fiction books in the future. NBC Winter Challenge - Read a book from a bestsellers list 15pts

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amit

    Say this was my 3rd book and last book of Danielle Steel!... Yes indeed... I really disliked this book from my heart you know. 1st when seen the cover I felt like well maybe it gonna be a great experience to read it. But I was wrong - so terribly wrong... It was a book to show a woman to became a iconic figure. But sorry to say the author failed to create that kind of character toward it... Annabelle Worthington the name of that prime female figure from this book. Found herself defeated after that Say this was my 3rd book and last book of Danielle Steel!... Yes indeed... I really disliked this book from my heart you know. 1st when seen the cover I felt like well maybe it gonna be a great experience to read it. But I was wrong - so terribly wrong... It was a book to show a woman to became a iconic figure. But sorry to say the author failed to create that kind of character toward it... Annabelle Worthington the name of that prime female figure from this book. Found herself defeated after that tragic incident as she loss her family and then found a man with more aged than her, married him. Finally ended with divorce - tried to running away from her scandal... Okay it seems everything's in a bit of hurry and those events that happening toward her all expected and going smoothly. Honestly after few chapter I lost my total interest about this book... It was then after that particular book I decided myself not to read Danielle Steel again...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbi

    Danielle Steel became one of my favorite authors when I was a young adult. I have enjoyed many of her books. I wasn't sure this would be one I would like. However, I enjoyed this one very much. This is a story of a wealthy family, but their wealth doesn't save them from heartbreak. This is also the story of a girl who will experience, a sheltered life with all the advantages that money can buy. It begins with the sinking of the Titanic, and the chain reactions of this family who experience great Danielle Steel became one of my favorite authors when I was a young adult. I have enjoyed many of her books. I wasn't sure this would be one I would like. However, I enjoyed this one very much. This is a story of a wealthy family, but their wealth doesn't save them from heartbreak. This is also the story of a girl who will experience, a sheltered life with all the advantages that money can buy. It begins with the sinking of the Titanic, and the chain reactions of this family who experience great loss, love, and broken hearts. This young lady goes to France to help in the war at a convent turned hospital, as she loves all things to do with science and medicine. This begins a big change in her life, and continues through the next 8 years until she finally finds a way to heal. I love historical fiction, and this one did not disappoint me. I highly recommend it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Nesbit-comer

    This should really be called, "A Good Woman who has a bunch of really horrible things happen to her." It was told very well, but it wasn't till I started to explain the plot to my husband and he started laughing that I realized just how improbable it sounds. Oh well, I don't read to stay in reality so I say the more the merrier. I loved Anabel and her honest composure throught her ordeals. This woman has the patience of a saint. I myself would have outed my husband for the liar he was and This should really be called, "A Good Woman who has a bunch of really horrible things happen to her." It was told very well, but it wasn't till I started to explain the plot to my husband and he started laughing that I realized just how improbable it sounds. Oh well, I don't read to stay in reality so I say the more the merrier. I loved Anabel and her honest composure throught her ordeals. This woman has the patience of a saint. I myself would have outed my husband for the liar he was and would have exposed the horrible captain regardless if anyone believed me. My only real gripe with this book is that I just do not see why her husband felt the need to marry her. He already has someone who he has been in love with for years and Anabel is a lovely woman who is certainly not too old to marry someone else. It just didn't mesh with his character to do that to her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I know someone who'd love to read this book because it's a period piece. Book starts off days before the sinking of the Titanic and it's the journey of a young woman who just had just made her debut into society and before she can find a husband she is thrust into a year of mourning. Once she recovers from the loss of her family, she deals with more loss, betrayal, and labels placed on her because of mistakes others made. Her life truly takes turns she never dreamed it'd take but it also brought I know someone who'd love to read this book because it's a period piece. Book starts off days before the sinking of the Titanic and it's the journey of a young woman who just had just made her debut into society and before she can find a husband she is thrust into a year of mourning. Once she recovers from the loss of her family, she deals with more loss, betrayal, and labels placed on her because of mistakes others made. Her life truly takes turns she never dreamed it'd take but it also brought her some very good things as she accomplishes her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. And through all the bad she remains a "Good Woman" as the title says. It never changes her or makes her bitter.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pritha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sad, it's all too sad. It starts with the death of family members, followed by her marriage to a gay man, outcast-ed by society, raped, betrayed by love and ends with meeting a journalist with a possible promising future. I must say, I did not like the ending, it felt like the author was compelled at that point in the story, to end it on a positive note and hence introduced the character of Callam McAffery, the war journalist. She brought in the character almost hastily towards the very end, it Sad, it's all too sad. It starts with the death of family members, followed by her marriage to a gay man, outcast-ed by society, raped, betrayed by love and ends with meeting a journalist with a possible promising future. I must say, I did not like the ending, it felt like the author was compelled at that point in the story, to end it on a positive note and hence introduced the character of Callam McAffery, the war journalist. She brought in the character almost hastily towards the very end, it was abrupt and the ending was written to not leave the readers feeling disappointed, to believe there’s always hope in the end. One could say, that it’s rather incomplete. After all that pain and horrific incidences, she finally found Mr. Right for her happy ever after!!

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