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HUSBANDS AND LOVERS (Park Avenue Series, Book #2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 378 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"A contemporary tale of passion and commitment. Steamy, fast-paced, you will be spellbound. Harris is an insightful writer and her empathy for her women, especially the ugly duckling who makes herself into a swan adds a satisfying obbligato of reality." --Cosmopolitan magazine

"Harris relates the games of love and war in a fast-forward, high octane style, resurrecting the nervous Seventies through a welter of accurate detail, from the clothes and books and other cultural artifacts to the sexual mores of the period. A dead-on accurate social critic, Harris has capture the feel of being young and hungry and ambitious in New York. Husbands And Lovers explores this changing dynamic of the dance between the sexes as few popular novels have done before. Deserves a large audience." --New Woman magazine

"Harris is dangerously close to moving beyond the reef that separates the lagoon of popular fiction from deeper waters.  Her prose is sharp, her eye keen. With a pen like the rapier of Zorro, she slashes across the breeches of characters whose foibles she exposes." --Christian Science Monitor

"Brilliant, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated. Ruth Harris is a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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I hope you will enjoy HUSBANDS AND LOVERS and come away with an insight into a period of turbulent social change when the "old" rules no longer applied and personal choices for men--and women--greatly expanded, leaving them temporarily rudderless as they did their best to define and redefine themselves in a changing world.

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  • File Size: 2767 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CYEXNA
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Ruth Harris is a million-copy  New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." Her "emotional," "entertaining" books have been translated into 19 languages, sold in 30 countries, and were prominent selections of leading book clubs including the Literary Guild and the Book Of The Month Club.

Ruth writes about strong, savvy, witty women who struggle to succeed and, when sometimes they don't get what they want, find something even better along the way. Critics have called her books  "brilliant," "steamy," "stylishly written," "richly plotted," "first-class entertainment" and "a sure thing."

With her husband, Michael, Ruth writes bestselling thrillers with vivid characters, international backgrounds, and compelling plots. Publisher's Weekly called their thrillers "Slick and sexy with all the sure elements of big sellers written by pros who know how to tell a story. BRAINWASHED and HOOKED are available in Kindle ebook editions.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kiki Deister on March 21, 2011
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Husbands and Lovers is the story of four main characters, set mainly against the backdrop of the 1970's and 1980's. True life events were woven into the fictional story throughout the novel, which very much set the stage for the characters. Being a child of the 1970's and a teen of the 1980's, I am a bit younger than the characters, but definately old enough to remember most of those events which really added to my enjoyment of the story.

The story was centered on four main characters: Carlys (the married woman), Jade (the single woman), George (the lover), and Kirk (the husband). It opened with a prologue in which events were taking place in their present tense, although the circumstances were left intentionally vague, for reasons that become clear near the end of the book.

Each part of the novel focused on one of those four characters, going back and forth in time to tell their story. That back and forth can make the reading of a story confusing and somewhat muddy, but there was absolutely none of that with this book. Instead it added to the interest of the characters and their stories and backstories. While each character was developed in their own part of the novel, their stories were woven together throughout the story. I really enjoyed the fact that no matter how much you learned about a character, enough was left unexplained that it throroughly built the suspense for the end of the novel. All that had been unexplained or left vague came together in the end and made for a great conclusion to the stories of these four characters.

Because so much has changed in society since the time in which this story was set, it was interesting to revisit it and really see those changes.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anissa Annalise on March 9, 2012
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When a book begins with a main character toting a gun & on a collision course with a spouse & their lover & their lover's lover, all one can do is find out how all this came to be. This was a fast paced & sometimes fun, sometimes infuriating read. Ruth Harris writes characters that feel so true you can't help but go along on their emotional rollercoaster ride lives. Carlys, Kirk, Jade & George are a palette of greys, with none being wholly a hero or villain. I enjoyed that because it made them believable & also went a long way making the story flow well to a satisfying conclusion. The men were just as infuriating as the women & for anything the women endured (Winn & Barry, I'm looking @ you!), I couldn't help yelling "Make better choices! You don't have to take that!" As a woman who didn't experience this period in history (the 70s & early 80s), I find it's fascinating to read & take in all the points of view the characters are caught up in shaded by the times & trying to figure out the next step. They seem to be running away from things just as much as they're running toward other things. I think I can see why my mother had all the authors books on her bookshelf. They're quite engaging. Like watching Mad Men set a bit later. The rules were technically different but people were still people & don't just change attitudes or the way they were brought up, overnight.

I'd recommend this if you're looking for something to read over a weekend. It's soapy & still gives you moments to ponder.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hoosiermama on June 15, 2011
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I enjoyed this book very much. Set in the 70's, the author wove references to historical fact into the book. The characters were believable and likeable, but with flaws that we all have. Highly recommend!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By cbutterfly on June 26, 2011
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My mother had a copy of this book when it was first published in the 80's, I recently found it and boy was it a pleasant surprise. It really was a great insight into the "me" generation that some of us missed. I am glad to see it has been rediscovered and enjoyed by others.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer Sako on March 20, 2014
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This book is a crazy ride. If you aren't hung up on editing, then it will be an enjoyable one. If you find yourself counting adverbs and grammatical errors, than you'll find yourself in another sort of crazy town. The bad: enough POV jumping to make you dizzy. You'll find yourself in many heads, even in the same paragraph, let alone the same scene. Harris also painstakingly describes every detail of every character--so many characters! Don't become attached to a character just because he or she is introduced so vividly--ALL the characters are introduced this way and you will quite likely never see them again. Wow. Just wow. The good: great story and a fun trip to gritty 70's Manhattan with all its legendary landmarks and nightclubs. ALL of them. And you will meet EVERY SINGLE PERSON living in NYC in this book. Again, don't edit. Just hang on and read through.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael J. Confusione on March 5, 2011
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USING THE ZIETGIEST OF THE LATER 70'S AND EARLY 80'S AS A BACK DROP, RUTH HARRIS BRINGS TO THE FOREFRONT HER FOUR CHARACTERS AND PROTRAYS THEM TO THE READER IN A WAY THAT GIVES US INSIGHT INTO THEIR PAST AND PRESENT ALLOWING US TO SEE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DYNAMICS OF THEIR EGOS AND THEIR PLASTIC PERSONALITIES, SEEKING TO FIND MEANING IN LIFE THROUGH THEIR EXTERNAL POSSESIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS. THE CHARACTERS STRIVE TO HAVE A FULLFILLING LIFE AND SENSE OF SELF BY GAINING POWER, CONTROL, RICHES, LUXURY, AND LOVE, IN ADDITION TO, CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER IN BIG BUSINESS, AND THROUGH THEIR RELATIONSHIPS. THEIR NEED TO BE WANTED AND GIVEN ULTIMATE ATTENTION, AS WELL AS, SATISFYING THEIR MATERIALISTIC NEEDS AND THEIR GREED, ALLOWS THEM TO DEVELOP INTO PLASTIC PEOPLE. THEIR DESIRE FOR MEANING IN LIFE FALLS SHORT OF SATISFACTION. RUTH HARRIS GIVES US INSIGHT FROM THEIR PAST AS TO HOW THEIR DEVELOPMENT DROVE THEM TO THIS END CAUSING THEM TO HAVE MARRIEGES THAT DO SOMERSAULTS, AND PLAUGED BY DISLOYALTY GET TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. SHE ALSO PROTRAYS THE GREED, DISLOYALTY, AND RESENTMENTS, AS WELL AS,THE FLASE SENSE OF SECURITY THAT CAN BE CREATED IN THE COPORATE WORLD. HER CHARACTERS ARE UNABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR INTERNAL COMPASS AND AS A RESULT CREATE A VERY DRAMATIC ENDING TO THEIR ENTANGLEMENTS. GREAT READING AND EASE IN IDENTIFYING WITH THESE CHARCTERS.
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