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The intimate lives of three unforgettable women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men. Jane Gresh: She's rich, talented, and famous, but can her delicious revenge on the man who cheated on her really make her happy? Lincky Desmond: She's smart, beautiful, hard working. She marries Mr. Right but will she really risk everything for Mr. Oh-so- The intimate lives of three unforgettable women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men. Jane Gresh: She's rich, talented, and famous, but can her delicious revenge on the man who cheated on her really make her happy? Lincky Desmond: She's smart, beautiful, hard working. She marries Mr. Right but will she really risk everything for Mr. Oh-so-wrong? Elly McGrath: She is loyal and dedicated, a loving wife and devoted mother, but when confronted with the ultimate betrayal, what will she do to stand up for herself and her children? Owen Casals: He is handsome, successful, magnetic--and he knows it. He is hungry, horny and ambitious but will the dark side of success be his undoing?


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The intimate lives of three unforgettable women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men. Jane Gresh: She's rich, talented, and famous, but can her delicious revenge on the man who cheated on her really make her happy? Lincky Desmond: She's smart, beautiful, hard working. She marries Mr. Right but will she really risk everything for Mr. Oh-so- The intimate lives of three unforgettable women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men. Jane Gresh: She's rich, talented, and famous, but can her delicious revenge on the man who cheated on her really make her happy? Lincky Desmond: She's smart, beautiful, hard working. She marries Mr. Right but will she really risk everything for Mr. Oh-so-wrong? Elly McGrath: She is loyal and dedicated, a loving wife and devoted mother, but when confronted with the ultimate betrayal, what will she do to stand up for herself and her children? Owen Casals: He is handsome, successful, magnetic--and he knows it. He is hungry, horny and ambitious but will the dark side of success be his undoing?

30 review for Modern Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I read 3/4 of this one. I debated whether to assign one star or two - there were interesting parts, but the reading just became too tedious to continue.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valentina

    What I liked the best of this book was the honesty in the writing. The steady-eyed, sometimes stark look at male-female relationships that still make the world turn. The setting is fabulous all on its own. Incorporating the raging atmosphere of the 60s and 70s, the decades take on a role of their own, sometimes becoming as important to the characters’ lives as the plot. The feminist movements, the changes in attitude that the reader sees towards women as the story progresses is astounding, and fo What I liked the best of this book was the honesty in the writing. The steady-eyed, sometimes stark look at male-female relationships that still make the world turn. The setting is fabulous all on its own. Incorporating the raging atmosphere of the 60s and 70s, the decades take on a role of their own, sometimes becoming as important to the characters’ lives as the plot. The feminist movements, the changes in attitude that the reader sees towards women as the story progresses is astounding, and for me, who did not live through those years, a revelation. I’m in love with the characters that fill this book. I finished reading it earlier this afternoon, and their voices are still roaming around my head. They are so vibrant and complex, so different one from the other, that there’s no way to forget any of them, or to hate any of them. They are all written with acute sensitivity, creating balanced and believable characters. This is truly a book about women striving to find themselves and happiness, be it within the boundaries that society laid on them or outside of them. It is a story full of love and hate, of revenge and betrayal, but it is mainly about the lives of these women and the men who touched their lives. It was a joy to follow them through their lives. I can easily recommend this book to women and men alike.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Your Need To Read

    Check out the full review at our site http://www.yourneedtoread.blogspot.co... I started this book not knowing what I was getting into. Honestly, I thought it was a ”Sex in the City” from the 60’s to 80’s. What surprised me most? This was a smart story that has it all. Each woman represents a type from that era. There is the girl who goes to college to find a husband, the loud liberal feminist, the girl who wants to be the boss in a man’s world, only to go about it in a negative manner. Then there Check out the full review at our site http://www.yourneedtoread.blogspot.co... I started this book not knowing what I was getting into. Honestly, I thought it was a ”Sex in the City” from the 60’s to 80’s. What surprised me most? This was a smart story that has it all. Each woman represents a type from that era. There is the girl who goes to college to find a husband, the loud liberal feminist, the girl who wants to be the boss in a man’s world, only to go about it in a negative manner. Then there is Owen. I imagine Owen as a schmucky George Clooney . He is a complete womanizer, yet he is an integral part in this story. There is quite a bit of history in this story. Each chapter begins with a timetable of events that occurred in the year of these women’s lives. The love scenes definitely descriptive, but they don’t overwhelm the story. I enjoyed this book so much that I turned around and bought #1,2,3 and 5 of the series. There is no reason to read them in order as each book represents a different era in history

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine Rebbert

    Another book I read on Kindle in shorter stretches. This book was all over the place. The subject matter certainly is interesting, particularly to those of us who were about the same age as the protagonists in the 1960's and '70's. The writing, however, is generally dreadful and shallow. I wasn't expecting great literature, but I did expect better writing, or maybe just better editing. Defects included saying the same thing over and over, or saying one thing and then later saying the complete op Another book I read on Kindle in shorter stretches. This book was all over the place. The subject matter certainly is interesting, particularly to those of us who were about the same age as the protagonists in the 1960's and '70's. The writing, however, is generally dreadful and shallow. I wasn't expecting great literature, but I did expect better writing, or maybe just better editing. Defects included saying the same thing over and over, or saying one thing and then later saying the complete opposite about that thing, or telling instead of showing, or telling BEFORE showing ("He would say ...", and then having him say exactly that) -- just sloppy. Not to mention it needs better proofreading -- typos are inexcusable, in my view. I would not recommend reading it. On the other hand, it probably would make a good movie or mini-series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is an amazing old school book. It was originally published in 1989 reminds me of the book I read in my teens and 20's. Featuring 3 women all born in the early 40's and how various culturally significant events shaped their lives. These are girls who went to school thinking the ultimate goal was a M.R.S. rather than a BS or PhD. In an era when good girls just didn't really. When despite graduating from a prestigious university the only question you were asked at an interview was "Can you typ This is an amazing old school book. It was originally published in 1989 reminds me of the book I read in my teens and 20's. Featuring 3 women all born in the early 40's and how various culturally significant events shaped their lives. These are girls who went to school thinking the ultimate goal was a M.R.S. rather than a BS or PhD. In an era when good girls just didn't really. When despite graduating from a prestigious university the only question you were asked at an interview was "Can you type" and the only jobs that were open to women were secretarial, where working after your wedding was considered bizarre. These three women go their own ways, make names for themselves and have a lot of sex along the way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tobias

    Any book that compares male genitalia to a Louisville Slugger and makes me literally laugh out loud is guaranteed at least three stars. This is the definition of a trashy, chick lit, great beach read type of book. I love stories that span decades (I get so engrossed when I know what is going to happen to the characters throughout their lives) and this book definitely fit the bill. I've read two of Ruth Harris' books already and I can see a common theme of pop culture references used, almost exces Any book that compares male genitalia to a Louisville Slugger and makes me literally laugh out loud is guaranteed at least three stars. This is the definition of a trashy, chick lit, great beach read type of book. I love stories that span decades (I get so engrossed when I know what is going to happen to the characters throughout their lives) and this book definitely fit the bill. I've read two of Ruth Harris' books already and I can see a common theme of pop culture references used, almost excessively. I don't mind it, but just something to be aware of.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diane Vallere

    When I started reading this book, I had no idea that it had originally been written in 1989. My only wish (because I did love it and read it every second that I could) was that I'd discovered it back in its publication year. My 1989 self would have loved it even more. Kudos, Ruth Harris. When I started reading this book, I had no idea that it had originally been written in 1989. My only wish (because I did love it and read it every second that I could) was that I'd discovered it back in its publication year. My 1989 self would have loved it even more. Kudos, Ruth Harris.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I just love books about strong women...and this is one from 1963 till 1987...thru history and liberation...great read...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Simons

    Read 12/94

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Okray

    I felt right at home. Brought me back to the years of my youth and the struggles of thinking, ambitious women. A good read, especially for those who spent their youth in this era.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annemarie

    Fun A book for women of any age. I recommended it already to my daughter. Why didn't I find this book in 1989? Fun A book for women of any age. I recommended it already to my daughter. Why didn't I find this book in 1989?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Mansur

    The book kept me interested. I found I could relate to the characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    First women to start Except for the birth years of these women who are in the tale of Modern Women, you could have been talking about the attitudes of most of us who are now labeled as Baby boomers. We came from parents who had a strict thinking about the roles of women in life but encouraged their daughters to be better educated. Unfortunately as a better educated woman, marriage and children are not the end all fulfilment of satisfaction. Those specific decades described in the book ('60's, 70' First women to start Except for the birth years of these women who are in the tale of Modern Women, you could have been talking about the attitudes of most of us who are now labeled as Baby boomers. We came from parents who had a strict thinking about the roles of women in life but encouraged their daughters to be better educated. Unfortunately as a better educated woman, marriage and children are not the end all fulfilment of satisfaction. Those specific decades described in the book ('60's, 70's 80's) were years were the ability to earn good money was greater than cost of living. The woman of those decades broke through a lot of glass ceilings and questioned the ridged roles and salaries deemed suitable. While I enjoyed the walk down memory lane in this novel. not all of us who lived in those times became as successful as the women in this book. I highly recommend that our current millennial young women who think that they developed #ME TOO movement, read this to see how much they are leaning on those women who came before and appreciate that as one ages, you can accept that you need to adapt yourself to be better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams

    Modern Women (Park Avenue Series, Book 4) The advantage of Jane, Lincky, Elly and the men in their life. The story take place in the late 60s and 70s. A time when women start putting for their rights in business, home and life. Great story of coming to age.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Read this on my kindle. I had a little trouble keeping all the characters straight. I liked the book and the insights into those years.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Passman

    A good read Liked the characters. Humor, romance. A story of people reaching their goals and dreams. I’ve read this author before and will continue to follow her.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    An interesting walk through the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz at Fictional Candy

    Modern Women tells the story of 3 women, starting from the time they were children (but moreover from the time they were young adults). While this book is not a regular genre for me, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Born in the 1970s, I didn’t get to witness some of America’s history just prior, and the stories of Jane, Elly, and Lincky gave me a perspective that history books in school just didn’t provide - the woman’s point of view. It was very interesting to see these women go through the civil righ Modern Women tells the story of 3 women, starting from the time they were children (but moreover from the time they were young adults). While this book is not a regular genre for me, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Born in the 1970s, I didn’t get to witness some of America’s history just prior, and the stories of Jane, Elly, and Lincky gave me a perspective that history books in school just didn’t provide - the woman’s point of view. It was very interesting to see these women go through the civil rights movement, JFK’s assassination, and just being women in a time when women were undervalued compared to men. In this book it was a few chapters for one character, and then it would move on to another. Just as I was getting comfortable with one character, it would switch. However, this wasn’t annoying or unsettling. It kept the story fresh. Yet not so much time would pass in between chapters that you were able to forget about a previous character and her story. In the beginning there were bits of crossover, but by the end it was a merge of the characters and I totally enjoyed that. This story opens with the assassination of JFK, where each of the women were and what they were doing. Much in the way we all remember where we were during 9-11. We get to peek in on what they were doing, what they were thinking, and how they and the world around them reacted when it happened. Then the story jumps backwards to give us some history and leads us up to that point and beyond. At 38% I declared to myself that Lincky is/was my favorite character. I’m really hoping for a different outcome than what I am expecting of her. There is a scene with her and her boss, Hank Greene, where he is pounding on the door that is just full of so much emotion between the two…Affair or not, you can’t deny the passion they have for each other. I could have read a whole book just about these two. I’m crossing my fingers that their story will take the turn I am hoping for, but time will tell… I really loved how these women were all so different, raised different, felt different, looked and acted different. But they are similar. They wanted to live differently, see differently, and be seen differently. And that is a major struggle that I feel any woman can relate to. This is a book I really don’t want to give any spoilers away because if you look at how Lincky’s life turns out, you find out about Jane’s. And if you look at Jane’s, you know about Elly’s. You also learn about all the men that come and go in their lives, in whichever capacity they are. But the characters are very rich and full of life. You really get the feeling that you get to know them. This story is an honest look at life. I found myself getting mad, and rejoicing, worrying that this situation or that wouldn’t work out. After it was finished, my favorite character remains Lincky. But even Lincky had faults, every character in this book did. Some of them were gigantic huge faults. But you keep living. You make the best of what you got, you get over it and you move on. Sometimes a gamble will work, sometimes it won’t. This book isn’t one success for the characters after another. They make mistakes. Some they learn from, some they don’t. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. Especially love those who are interested in midcentury history, women and their stories, and just life in general.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gwen Hill

    excellent use of multiple personalities... Ruth has an uncanny ability to bring into a story an excellent use of multiple personalities, multiple jobs for each of these personalities and to tie each one together with the others at the end...building each of these persons into an intriguing story that is hard to put down...the ups and downs throughout the story of the characters are realistic and believable... can't wait to get started on her next book... excellent use of multiple personalities... Ruth has an uncanny ability to bring into a story an excellent use of multiple personalities, multiple jobs for each of these personalities and to tie each one together with the others at the end...building each of these persons into an intriguing story that is hard to put down...the ups and downs throughout the story of the characters are realistic and believable... can't wait to get started on her next book...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dana Gaither

    Sign of the time The book was based a little before my time, but it was atypical of my impression of the 60's. Kept my interest after I recognized the women. I was confused at first. Sign of the time The book was based a little before my time, but it was atypical of my impression of the 60's. Kept my interest after I recognized the women. I was confused at first.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    I am noticing a trend in my reading. This is about the fifth book that I read about the 60's. Each chapter starts with quotes, top ten songs, and headlines from that year. Light story about three women who came of age in the 60's. I am noticing a trend in my reading. This is about the fifth book that I read about the 60's. Each chapter starts with quotes, top ten songs, and headlines from that year. Light story about three women who came of age in the 60's.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Dastous

    Excellent Read I could envision each of the characters in Modern Women. The book was fun and an easy read. I looked forward to the next chapter and really enjoyed the bit of history at the start of each chapter.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Smith

    Nice read It kept my attention and I loved the way the author focused on one character for a bit then another. Hearing different voices kept the pace steady and the reader engaged.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine A

    Fantastic! Very different. Great characters. Seems like the author was right there watching them all. I think it's ridiculous that Goodreads makes you have a minimum of words on their review. Fantastic! Very different. Great characters. Seems like the author was right there watching them all. I think it's ridiculous that Goodreads makes you have a minimum of words on their review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Page

    Well...it was a BookBub free read, and entertaining enough....the good points were the feminist explorations of independence for women through the 3 main characters......the bad that a highly idealised marriage and children still ended up as the main event......doesn't tempt me to read any more. Well...it was a BookBub free read, and entertaining enough....the good points were the feminist explorations of independence for women through the 3 main characters......the bad that a highly idealised marriage and children still ended up as the main event......doesn't tempt me to read any more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Lots of Fun I enjoyed this book because all the women were my age and since I grew up in New York, I reminisced about all the products and places mentioned. I also liked the references at the beginning of each chapter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Cheryl, I remember reading this on the dock at Glenda's camp. That was the summer we read all day and chatted at night with no TV. That was a great visit. Cheryl, I remember reading this on the dock at Glenda's camp. That was the summer we read all day and chatted at night with no TV. That was a great visit.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annamay

    An easy, fun, trashy summer read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Really enjoyed reading this again and a bargain at 86p for the Kindle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Maher

    Great read. Interesting plot, believable characters. Great development of plot and characters. Engrossing that you can't put it down. Read the book in one day. Great read. Interesting plot, believable characters. Great development of plot and characters. Engrossing that you can't put it down. Read the book in one day.

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