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Monday, April 11, 2011

A Good Woman (Danielle Steel)

Annabelle Worthington, born into a life of privilege, was raised amid the glamour of New York society. But everything changes on a cold April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic alters her world forever.
Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle throws herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor and initiating a passion for medicine that will shape the course of her life. But a seemingly idyllic marriage brings more grief, and pursued by a scandal she does not deserve, Annabelle flees the country for war-ravaged France.
There she finds her true calling, working as an ambulance medic on the front lines. When the war ends, Annabelle begins a new life in Paris, where she becomes a doctor and a mother, the past almost forgotten... Until a fateful meeting opens her heart to the world left behind.

Quote: "Six days after she closed the house in New York, the Germans sank the Lusitania, killing 1.198 people, in a terrible tragedy at sea, which revived all her memories of the Titanic, and once again rocked the world and yet another of her mother's cousins died, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who stayed back to help others into lifeboats as her father and brother had on the Titanic. And like them, Alfred lost his life, when the ship exploded and sank in less than twenty minutes. Two weeks later, Italy entered the war and joined the Allies. And there were terrible stories in the news of nerve gas being used at the front and untold damage to the men it affected. All of Europe was in a state of turmoil, which seemed to mirror the despair and anguish that Annabelle felt."

Why this book speaks to me: I love reading stories based on actual facts, and this is no exception... "A Good Woman" begins with the tragedy of the Titanic, leading us through WWI, as well as dealing with delicate subjects, such as homossexuality, adultery and ways to handle rumours and lies, particularly when they are just that... But it also teaches us how to be the better person, because in the end what everyone else thinks does not matter as long as we learn to love ourselves and the life we were given.

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