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A Good Woman

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,723 ratings  ·  412 reviews
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 society, with glorious homes on Fifth Ave
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
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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 pl ...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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 fat
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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
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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
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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
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Afnan El-mouzan
أفضل ما قرأت لدانييل حتى الآن ..
النهاية متوازنة وليس فيها "شطحه" مثل رواية النذل
و بدايتها غير مملة كرواية صاحبة السمو الملكي

أحداث الرواية وقعت في بداية القرن 19 ..
حيث العادات والافكار التي لا وجود لها الآن في أمريكا وفرنسا
والحرب والعالميه الأولى
و غرق التايتانك


كل هذاأضاف لي اشياء جميلة
..

الشيئ الذي لم أفهمه بعد في رواياتها "" ليه كل الأبطال أغنياء ؟!"

Jennifer
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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 wa
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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 gay ...more
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 ...more
Tuulia
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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 wond
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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, ...more
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.
Debdatta D. Sahay (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 cours ...more
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 th ...more
Amy (amyb2332)
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 be
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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 woul
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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
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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 ...more
Cara
This is hands down one of the worst novels I have ever had the misfortune of stumbling upon. The plot was ridiculous, the lead character was entirely two-dimensional, and the prose itself was cringe-worthy. Steel uses the novel to platform extremely conservative, homophobic viewpoints that are completely incompatible with a modern audience. It was like Lemony Snicket all over again, except without the witty narration or clever, empathetic characters to drive the story. How this has such a high r ...more
Angelina
I remembered while listening to this why I stopped reading Danielle Steel. Most of her books are the same just with some different scenarios.
I hope no one in the history/future of mankind could ever have as many bad things happen to them as the main character of this book had happen to her. It was one thing after another and it was not very realistic after the first couple of life shattering events.
The only reason I was giving Mrs. Steel another go was I had listened to her newest book, Legacy
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Zézinha Rosado
Mais uma boa história bem ao estilo de Danielle Steel, uma história de coragem de Annabelle, que perde a família no naufráfio do Titanic, que tem um casamento falhado e que abandona as suas raízes e parte para um país distante, para lutar pelo seu sonho: ser médica.
Numa época de guerra, em que as mulheres eram olhadas apenas como orfãs ou viúvas, Annabelle luta contra todos os preconceitos e segue em frente com o sonho que mantinha desde criança.
O história desenrola-se a bom ritmo e o título do
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Alice Harbin
I liked the book, but I found that it moved slowly and fairly predictably. I have not lived among the rich and famous, but Annabelle did and was too naive and trusting. This was hard to square up with her perseverance and independence later in France. True she grew up in a sheltered environment. Her mother was not smart about just "getting her married." Later, Annabelle did some pretty courageous things, but unfortunately she met Antione, who epitomized the smallness of the upper classes, who we ...more
Yasmina
قصة رائعة تحكي كفاح امرأة في مجتمع اكتفى أن يحكم بالظاهر !!
امرأة كانت في يوم من الأيام تعيش حياة سعيدة رغيدة فتنقلب الأمور وتتغير الأوزان وهذا طابع الحياة..
من خلال قراءتي للرواية شعرت كم هو صعب أن يصفك الناس بشيء لم يكن موجوداً فيك خاصة إذا كان هؤلاء الناس هم أقرب الناس إليك الذين يعرفونك جيداً وعاشروك سنيناً طوالاً ولكن حينما يتكالب عليك المجتمع بسهامه الجارحة فإن هؤلاء الناس لن يكونوا درعاً يحميك بل سيكونون أحد تلك السهام الجارحة التي يبقى أثرها أبد الدهر!
كم هو صعب أن تتهم امرأة في عرضها وت
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Kristina
Danielle Steel
A Good Woman
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This is one of my favorite books I've read so far. It has everything: love, betrayal, ambition, good will, dedication... In the time when women weren't so equal to men and when their ambitions weren't important, one woman stood up for herself and did what she always knew she was meant to. Of course, she probably wouldn't be able to fulfill her dream if she hadn't had such a tragic life, but in spite of everything that has happened to her, she kept going.
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Thom Swennes
Some diehard traditions still survive but many have fallen by the wayside, to the relief of recent generations. A Good Woman is the story of one woman’s struggle in a traditionally oppressive society. Annabelle Worthington is a young heiress in the cream of New York society in the second decennia of the Twentieth Century. The sinking of the Titanic costs the lives of her father and brother leaving her alone to look after her widowed and mourning mother. Tradition dictated at the time that the fa ...more
Kasey
Oct 13, 2009 Kasey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nah
Recommended to Kasey by: library shelf
When I was in college I had to read The Book of Job. You know the one....everyone dies, everything bad happens, it lasts a really long time. Gordon would say it was a country song. Had Job been a woman in the early ninteen hundreds, this book would have been her story. Everyone dies, bad things keep happening, and if I read one more time that she's a good woman I may cross my eyes and hope they freeze. Truly a disappoinment from an author I have always enjoyed. Guess everyone has a bad day(book) ...more
Bev Taylor
annabelle was born into a live of privilege and brought up in the high society of new york

all that changes when she loses her brother and father in the sinking of the titanic

a year of mourning follows and josiah appears who works at the same bank as her father. although 19 years older a very close friendship develops and he eventually proposes

h/e the marriage is not what it seems. then her mother dies and josiah confesses to annabelle and demands a divorce

war has broken out and to escape she
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