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A Good Woman

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,597 Ratings  ·  476 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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A Good Woman by Danielle SteelThe Storyteller by Jodi PicoultThe Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch AlbomThe Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
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1st out of 138 books — 5 voters
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Ann Foweraker
Aug 27, 2012 Ann Foweraker rated it it was ok
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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Vannessa Anderson
Oct 10, 2009 Vannessa Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: danielle-steel
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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Joan
Sep 04, 2010 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Melissa
Jan 15, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
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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Christine Rebbert
Nov 16, 2009 Christine Rebbert rated it liked it
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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Jennifer
Jul 06, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it
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Afnan El-mouzan
Jan 22, 2012 Afnan El-mouzan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ؟!"

Tempo de Ler
Feb 12, 2016 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se Uma Mulher de Coragem é indício da qualidade do trabalho da autora no geral, então tenho andado a perder livros fantásticos. Até agora só li Grande Mulher do qual, por vários motivos, não gostei, mas este Uma Mulher de Coragem agradou-me imenso e até me fez lembrar um bocadinho Lesley Pearse, o que, no meu entender, é um elogio dos grandes!

Gostei muito do modo progressivo como a autora fortifica a protagonista ao longo do livro. Anabelle vai-se transformando em consequência do que lhe acontec
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Mary
Jun 30, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
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 ...more
Anna Phoenix
Dec 07, 2011 Anna Phoenix rated it did not like it
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
Jul 07, 2011 Laurie rated it did not like it
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
Denise Gianelli
Apr 20, 2016 Denise Gianelli rated it really liked it
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.
Tuulia
Dec 02, 2011 Tuulia rated it did not like it
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Andrea
Jan 04, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, 2011
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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Zézinha Rosado
Dec 05, 2013 Zézinha Rosado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minha-biblioteca
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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Lisa
Mar 03, 2012 Lisa rated it did not like it
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.
Samyann
A Good Woman is just over nine hours of listening, read by Jay O. Sanders. (Audible Audiobook - I get tired of asking the librarians all the time for the Audible version - it is never an option , sorry)

Repeating myself a bit with other Danielle Steel book reviews …. but if you’re a fan, you’ll understand from where I speak :-). Danielle Steel is one of the most prolific writers in America today. As a reader, you either love her or hate her, there really is no in-between, and she has legions of f
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b00k r3vi3ws
Aug 11, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it liked it
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
Jan 10, 2012 Michelle L rated it liked it
Shelves: mp2
“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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Holly Voll
Feb 24, 2016 Holly Voll rated it did not like it
I listened to this book on CD and was thoroughly disappointed! I wanted to like it but it was so predictable, that I could not say that it was a good book. The author made the poor woman suffer so much that it was unrealistic. What a bummer. A Good Woman I usually enjoy historically-presented works but this one didn't hit my mark at all.
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
Aug 08, 2012 Elizabeth Nesbit-comer rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2014 Debbi rated it really liked it
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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Katia Guezi
Dec 24, 2015 Katia Guezi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, détente
La seule chose de captivante dans ce roman; c'est bien le combat que mène Annabelle pour s'en sortir, se libérer de cet engrenage dans le quel la plonge la haute société New-Yorkaise du XXe siècle.
En terminant cette lecture je n'ai pas eu un bagage en plus, le style d'écriture est le plus banale possible. ça reste une lecture fluide qui ne demande pas un grand effort.
Carol Hahn
Jan 06, 2016 Carol Hahn rated it really liked it
Actually I would probably rate this book somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. I think Steele presented the views at the time regarding roles in society economic status somewhat realistically but some of the events were a little hard to believe. Since I knew it was fiction, I just went with it.
Tracey
Aug 12, 2011 Tracey rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2010 Cara rated it did not like it
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
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