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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Jay O. Sanders Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781423320449
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Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, but everything changed on an April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic changed her family and her world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life.

But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring grief caused by the secrets of her husband. Betrayed, and pursued by undeserved scandal, Annabelle flees New York for war-ravaged France, hoping to lose herself in a life of service. There, in the heart of the First World War, in a groundbreaking field hospital run by women, Annabelle finds her true calling, studying medicine and saving lives. And when the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris—now a doctor, a mother, her past almost forgotten…until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world she had left behind.

Finding strength in the most unlikely of friendships, pulling together the broken fragments of her life, Annabelle will return to New York one more time—this time a changed woman, a woman of substance, infused with life's experience, building a future filled with hope…out of the rich soil of the past.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 2/19/2014

    " Another entertaining book by Danielle, but no "knight-in-shining armour" to make her "happily-ever-after" - she did it on her own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magi | 1/25/2014

    " greeat rainy day read. life of ayoung aristcrat in NY,how sinking of Titanic changes her life. travwel to France,during WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 1/22/2014

    " Enjoyed the Titanic connection though tragic. It indeed had a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina D. | 1/22/2014

    " In the book, "A Good Woman" by Danielle Steel, nineteen year old Annabelle Worthington has everything. She has a loving and wealthy family, large houses, and a social life until tragedy strikes. Annabelle's brother, father, and mother are on a trip to Europe while Annabelle is sick at home. She later finds out how her family was aboard the Titanic when it sank, and soon enough, she learns of her father and brother's deaths. Even though her mother survives, Annabelle faces a horrible tragedy that leaves her heartbroken over her losses. She must go in mourning for a year in respect of her deceased male relatives. However, mourning brings Annabelle an opportunity. Josiah Millbank, an older family friend, becomes Annabelle's dear friend in her time of mourning. She soon becomes married to him. After two years of marriage, Josiah must tell Annabelle a horrible secret he had been keeping from her their whole marriage, leading to their divorce. After being abandoned by Josiah, and the death of her mother, Annabelle has nothing left in New York. Everyone she had ever known now ignores her, even her best friend. Annabelle decides to move to France, where she can follow her passion in medicine, and help the war effort at hospitals. After a few years of hospital service, Annabelle has her dream opportunity in reach,and she can become a doctor. Annabelle soon is accepted into medical school, where ahe studies for a year. Her studies are interrupted when another battle leaves hosptials flooded with wounded soliders, and she returns to work in hospitals. As Annabelle continues her life, she is struck with more overwhelming tragedies, like her daughter, and soon to be new husband. But as Annabelle has been for all her life, she is strong and willing, and soon finds ways to miraculously overcome the problems that she is currently facing. Through all her life's struggles, Annabelle is able to get over the heartbreaking hardships she had faced in the past, and is able to continue her life as a woman, and a good woman at that. This book was a book I truly enjoyed. Danielle Steele writes with passion and description that makes the book such a great story. All of the characters are relatable at one point, and the whole idea seems realistic. Even though the book takes place in the early twentienth century, the plot is also relatable in our current time period. There may be instances that may seem a little overwhelming, but soon starts to make sense and calms down. Steele writes with so much description, I could picture all the events taking place. When I was into the plot and main point in the story, I could not put the book down. It was so good that I spent all day reading about Annabelle's life and her hardships. Also, the book was special because it was relatable and had a plot that was unique and original. The characters were so well developed that you truly felt for them, and it was almost as if you were good friends with them. For these reasons, I truly enjoyed the book, "A Good Woman" by Danielle Steele. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayesha Ahmed | 1/16/2014

    " A book that made me cry at some of the parts...for doing something alone in this cruel world, you just need to have courage.. Its a Great book..people should read it:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowlak5 | 1/15/2014

    " I have not read Danielle Steel lately because her style becomes too comfortable and predictable for me. This one caught my eye and I am glad it did. Annabelle was a believable, strong, intelligent character who made her choices with dignity and self confidence. Maybe it was the book's theme that a woman can achieve her dreams despite frustrating obstacles that fully engaged me in the story. I enjoyed this book and renewed my guilty pleasure of reading Danielle Steel's novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianeterry | 1/7/2014

    " I could not put this down, mad me remember why I liked Danielle Steel so much. The main character goes through so much it actually made me cry. A beautiful story of how a young womans copes during a year of morning & detarmination to keep anothers secret even when all turn against her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/3/2014

    " Slow moving at first. Story takes place with a backdrop of the Titanic sinking and the start of the Great War. I got this book to experiment with reading on netbook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Shulman/Lichtman | 1/1/2014

    " Danielle Steel did it again. I don't read her often, but when I do she always impresses me. Good story with impressive historic information in it. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 12/4/2013

    " This book is the type of book I enjoy reading--history--WWI--family-tragedy-but mainly the dedication of a young woman to pursue the medical field when this is not the norm for women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/19/2013

    " Travelling? Or, need a distraction? I devoured this one in a few days. Someone handed it to me on a plane. It's your typical Danielle Steel, but I liked the message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/29/2013

    " a little more involved than the usual steele - always an entertaining afternoon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/8/2013

    " This is a beautiful historical romance by Danielle Steel. This pulled at your heartstrings with every emotional twang. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sidney | 4/12/2013

    " A typical Danielle Steel book. Okay, but wouldn't recommend it because I'm embarrassed to say I read/listened to it! But, it was good because I was sewing and kept me company. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricialogan8 | 3/6/2013

    " I really like this book this is the third time I have read it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/25/2013

    " Danielle Steel' portrait of a wealthy upper class woman whom survives heartbreak, betrayal, and loss but somehow beats the odds is one of her best story yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 12/20/2012

    " I know...I know...Danielle Steel? But sometimes a girl just wants to read fluff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Balla | 9/24/2012

    " Danielle Steele's best work! Incredible author, incredible story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grannyvango | 9/6/2012

    " A good book as Danielle Steel's books always are.A bit tragic if this young wonman if had not had any bad luck she wouldn't have had any at all.Just as things appeared to get better ,she had another dissappointment.I guess the ending was left as it was letting you draw your own conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Harper | 8/22/2012

    " I loved this story could not put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue King | 4/29/2012

    " There are too many good books to waste time reading this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherrill | 12/25/2011

    " Very slow. Not her best book. I don't know why the main character couldn't catch a break, I would have like to see at least one good thing other than her daughter or becoming a physician happen to her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madde | 6/28/2011

    " Lovely. Again very good Danielle Steel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 6/18/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. I love the main character in the story. She overcomes tragedy with such grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ewelina | 6/10/2011

    " I loved this book! It was engaging, and still had some interesting historical information in it. The character in this book was a strong woman, and a great example of a good person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 6/5/2011

    " Not one of my favorites. The storyline was a little to predictable with her first marriage. A little too much "history" for me. Not her best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/13/2011

    " Every so often Danielle writes a really good book and this was one of them. Just proves you can't judge a book by it's cover. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 2/24/2011

    " There are too many good books to waste time reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/21/2011

    " Another really good book by Danielle Steel. She surprises you in this one. You think you know what is going to happen towards the end, and it isn't what you thought. This one is full of great historical facts and I really enjoyed reading it. She made the main characters come alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 2/9/2011

    " The story of this woman's life made me want to give her a hug at every tragedy that occurred. Steel wrote about a woman who never gave up on what she dreamed of. This book is now one of my favorites A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/7/2011

    " Danielle Steel' portrait of a wealthy upper class woman whom survives heartbreak, betrayal, and loss but somehow beats the odds is one of her best story yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbierandall1 | 2/6/2011

    " S L O W This book was repetitive, slow moving, boring! UGH "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs | 2/5/2011

    " this was a very interesting book....definitely she was a very strong woman...
    please read....this is a very good book2 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/30/2011

    " Slow moving at first. Story takes place with a backdrop of the Titanic sinking and the start of the Great War. I got this book to experiment with reading on netbook. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, 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.

About the Narrator

Jay O. Sanders began his acting career off-Broadway in Shakespearean roles then went on to appear in numerous films and television series, including Revolutionary Road, The Day after Tomorrow, and Kiss the Girls, based on the novel by James Patterson. He has narrated more than fifty audio books over the years, including the bestselling My Losing Season by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz’s Dragon Tears and Mr. Murder.