A Good Woman

Written by Danielle Steel
Review by Rebecca Roberts

In 1912, nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington’s privileged world is shattered forever when the sinking of the Titanic destroys her family. Her life of glitz and glamour in New York society is over, and, hiding from grief, she volunteers at Ellis Island. Nursing the poor ignites a passion for medicine that shapes the course of her life, and eventually Annabelle finds love only to be betrayed. Pursued by a scandal she does not deserve, she 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, Annabelle finds her true calling, working as an ambulance medic on the front lines, studying medicine, saving lives.

Following the life of Annabelle from her sparkling youth to the stark reality of war, lost love, and betrayal, Steel’s newest novel resounds with themes of love, courage, and passion. But, in typical Steel style, the basis of this story is a beautiful rich girl who faces tribulations at every turn, her life in constant turmoil and none of it her own fault, when she finally finds a wonderful man to make it all right. Disappointing, this novel echoes a similar storyline to Steel’s other books and contains little originality.