This is an amazing story of a woman who is handed many horrible fates in one life time. The characters, places and events in this book are both horrible and yet amazing. I love the way that the author describes these so that you can see them clearly in your mind with a little touch of imagination. The characters play a major part in this story let's discuss them:
Annabelle: An underdog for sure. Well not at the beginning. Annabelle grew up with a rich and privilleged life. Everything changes when her father and brother die on the Titanic, her mother on the other hand survives and in some ways controls Annnabelle's life. I love the fact that although she marries Josiah and get's divorced she can still handle herself. She has alot of guts to leave everything she knew in New York and go to France for her passion. To fight a war that isn't yours takes heart! I love the end of the book the most. It leaves a mystery but not to much, a perfect amount to leave you wondering, but not needing more.
Josiah: What a man? I could hardly believe that he was gay, but in some ways it makes sense. What man doesn't have sex with his wife in 2 years at all! I think he hated himself for what he had done to Annabelle and he was right to do so.
Hortie: She seems like a really sweet best friend... untillll she judges Annabelle and won't believe her. She doesn't deserve such an amazing friend as Annabelle! I don't like Hortie at all anymore!
The man that got Annabelle pregnant: I can't remember his name because everytime I read it I was filled with hate. Anyone who rapes a woman does not deserve to live. I'm happy he died.
Consuelo (Annabelle's Daughter): What a sweetheart and gift to her mother. I thought that Annabelle would hate her for the way that Consuelo was conceived but Annabelle appears to love her more than anything on earth :) Yay mother and daughter bond!
Antoine: What a jerk! Can I please punch you in the face monsiour? I called him many names while he was insulting Annabelle and poor little Consuelo.
Callam: What a future to look forward too ♥
Favorite/Memorable Lines and Moments:
" 'I wonder why he didn't take his houseguest to the party,' Consuelo mused, as she left their glasses and pitcher of lemonade in the pantry.
'Maybe they're unsuitable,' Annabelle teased, 'a shocking, unsuitable woman. Maybe he has a mistress,' she said, chortling as her mother guffawed."
"I had a picnic with a young lady who wants to dissect a human cadaver,' Josiah said, grinning, and Henry laughed out loud.
'Jesus,' Henry said, looking amused and impressed, and pretending to be frightened. 'She sounds dangerous. Stay away from her.' "
" 'Other than Hortie he had become her best friend ind the world, and he was better comapny now since he wasn't pregnant, and feeling sorry for himself all the time."
" 'Are we celebrating something?' she asked naively, feeling a slight buzz from the champagne.
'I hope so,' he said softly. 'That depends on you. It's up to you to decide. What I've wanted to tell you since last summer is that I'm in love with you. I don't mean to upset the applecart of our friendship, or startle you. But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with you, Annabelle. I think we're wonderful together, and I can't stay single forever. I've never met a woman who made me want to settle down. But I can't think of a better foundation for doing that than being best friends, which we are. So I would like to ask you to do me the honor of marrying me, if you will.' As he said the wrods, he saw Annabelle staring at him in complete amazement. Her mouth was slightly open and her eyes were wide.
'Are you serious?' "
" 'Well, you did it,' he chuckled, 'you've civilized him. They said it couldn't be done,' he said to Annabelle.
'You're next,' she teased as she kissed him. 'Now we have to find someone for you.' He looked nervous as she said it and pretended to shake with fear.
'I'm not sure I'm ready for that,' he confessed. 'I think I'd rather hang out with you, and enjoy the thrills of marriage vicariously. You don't mind if I tag along, do you?' "
"She finsihed with her patient, and walked out, puzzled. She couldn't imagine who it was. And there was Antoine de St. Gris in a handsome blue topcoat, creating havoc in her waiting room, entertaining the patients, most of whom were laughing. He had been telling them jokes, and she took him into her office for a moent.
'What are you doing here?' she asked with an embarrased smile. It pleased her to see him again, but she was working. 'I'm seein gpatients.
'I'm very impressed. I think I caught a severe cold last night. I have a very bad sore throat.' He stuck his tongue out for her to look at when he said it. And she laughed at him. He was outrageous, irreverent and embarrasingly charming.
'It looks fine to me.'
'How's your leg?' he asked.
'My leg? Fine. Why?'
'It look broken to me. let me have a look at it.' He amde as though to reach for the hem of her skirt, and seh stepped away from him laughing."
" 'I shouldn't be taking you out at all. I'm spoken for. I've fallen madly in love with your daughter. She must be the most adorable child I've ever seen.' Annabelle smiled at what he said.
'You have a nice way with children.'
'I was one, a long time ago. My mother insists that I still am and never grew up.' "
" 'What kind of doctor are you?'
' A good one,' she said with a smile, and he laughed in response."
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