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. 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.
Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel's novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman - a good woman - who triumphs against overwhelming odds. More than compelling fiction, her story is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage - and a testament to the human will to survive.
©2008 Danielle Steel; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Too frequently stories are romance novels, or mysteries, or some other "type" of novel, but "A Good Woman" was just what I was looking for, ie. just a really good, well-developed story. I enjoyed it thoroughly and had an easy time following along, even through the stop and start of listening that inevitably occurs in the course of only listening while traveling back and forth to work. The story had good character development and was believable. I've even recommended it to my husband, because it isn't just a "chick" story either, even though it comes from a female's viewpoint.
I know that less-than-glowing reviews are rarely appreciated on audible, but I feel compelled to share non-the-less. I was curious to read (listen) a novel by Danielle Steel. I'm a fan of romance novels and always understood the author to be one of the best in the genre. I must say I'm a bit disappointed (perhaps my standards were much to high) in this novel. Although the story itself was lovely, the use of narrative mode kept me at arms length from the characters. As I listened, I continued to wonder what would happen, but at the same time not really feeling invested in the story. If you are looking for a romance, this isn't it. If you want a great story on the lives of women, try Firefly Lane or something similar. If you want an interesting and mostly average audio book... go for A Good Woman.
I found this book interesting to listen to. Brings the characters to life and how the life was in that time period. This story keeps the reader interested and wanting to find out what happens to the main characters life.
To begin with, poor choice having a man read a woman's story...especially when he makes his voice go high, emulating a woman's. Obviously, many enjoy Danielle Steel, however, I find that I am not one of them. Lots of words with not much point. On the whole, rather boring.
The book was slow paced with great detail but it's hard to believe the main character wouldn't get any breaks. Needed more of her enjoying life.
Now I know why I haven't read any Danielle Steel. The nauseatingly simplified characters play out a predictable story told in a boring, one-dimensional tone. The characters and the narrator are a perfect match.
I now remember why I never read her books.
The narrator was so slow it was painful and the story used so much "Titanic" rhetoric it was annoying.
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
The synopsis of this historical fiction sounded intriguing, but the book ended up being silly and unrealistic. The narrator did a fine job with what material she had. I know, I know, Danielle Steel is a best selling author with a horde of fans, I just am not one of them.
The narrator should stick to "reading" and not try to change his voice to do the female parts
Annabelle had plenty of character
Trying to emulate female voices
Don't get this narrator to chance to destroy another Danielle Steel book
Yes. Not the typical romance novel. A lot of unexpected twists throughout.
Annabelle's ability to persevere throughout every tragedy.
I particularly liked his strong tone of voice.
Her reaction when her husband exposed his secret.
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