Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, raised amid the glamour of New York society. But everything changed on a cold April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic shattered her family and her privileged world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor, igniting a passion for medicine that would shape the course of her life. But for Annabelle, first love, and a seemingly idyllic marriage, will soon bring more grief—this time caused by the secrets of the human heart.Betrayed, and pursued by a scandal she does not deserve, 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, Annabelle finds her true calling, working as an ambulance medic on the front lines, studying medicine, saving lives. And 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….
In my opinion the best Danielle’s writing, that I read so far. This is the first book that I read this summer, while I was on vacation, I can truly say that none of the following books can take her place. This book left pretty strong impression on me. It’s so powerful, emotional, passionate….One of the first interesting things from book is that it is related with one of the most popular stories in the world, with Titanic. The strong expressiveness that Steel used almost provide us the possibility to feel her words, every moment that Anabela (main character) lived, her feelings, connections with others…
The book has several tragic and pretty emotional moments. First was the moment when Anabela found out that Titanik sink. She was lost and that moment, and scared, but when she found out that her father and brother did not survive, she felt tragic and in pain, and huge emptiness. Second tragic moment was lost of her first love. She lived with her husband for 2 years, without any act of physical love. She was confused but she felt comfortable with him, and loving her was enough. But then one day, he admit her that he is homosexual and has a relationship with his best friend for years. That broke her heart ones again.
Feeling huge sadness and anger because what had happened, she left US and came to Paris, to work as ambulance medic and study medicine. But, instead of forgetting all the pain and sadness she experienced even more. She was raped and stayed pregnant with man she didn’t even know, the rapist. This is very important part of the book, and also in her life. She survived so many thing at that moment, and Steel shown us how strong and consistent woman she is.
After 6 years, of hard life, surviving not just with circumstances, but with people who judged her all the time, she was having a piece life, with her daughter. Everything was better now, and what was the most important for her, she was not alone, she had family.