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MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series, Book #4) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Harris
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Million Copy New York Times bestseller!
The passionate lives and turbulent times of three strong, dynamic women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Jane Gresh: She's sexy, talented and determined not to be ignored, but will her delicious revenge on the man who cheated on her cost her everything?

Lincky Desmond: Smart, beautiful and hard working, she takes a shocking gamble others won't. She marries Mr. Right--but will she risk everything for Mr. 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:  Hemingway invented macho. Owen Casals perfects it. He is handsome, successful, magnetic--and he knows it. He is hungry, horny and ambitious but will the price of success be too high?

MODERN WOMEN was originally published in hard cover and paperback by St. Martin's Press.

The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in two Boxed Sets: Books 1-3 and 1-5

DECADES, Book #1--A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published in hard cover by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews --"Absolutely perfect." --Publisher's Weekly

HUSBANDS AND LOVERS, Book #2--Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. "Steamy and fast-paced." --Cosmopolitan

LOVE AND MONEY, Book #3--Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate--and murder--bring them face to face. "Richly plotted. First-class entertainment." --NYTimes Book Review

THE LAST ROMANTICS, Book #5--An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920's. "I love it! Fantastic, immensely readable." --Cosmopolitan


Editorial Reviews

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"Sharply and stylishly written. Without sermonizing, Harris manages to write with intellect, insight and humor about the good, bad and ugly aspects of being a woman. While her focus is on women, she gives some well-thought time to the men who came of age during the period, tracking their development and proving herself an effective social commentator in the process.
"Jane, Lincky and Elly are by turns bold, insecure, determined, passionate, daring and unconventional. Through these women Harris examines sexuality, love, success and personal happiness." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Author Ruth Harris' rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age-in-the-sexist-'60s story. Funny, sad, vivid, and more than raunchy enough to satisfy the most ribald appetites. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades. --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Ruth Harris has written a superb 'rags to riches' story. Harris create characters that are alive and familiar. These three women, Lincky, Jane and Elly, are like old friends, women we've all known. Their experiences, hopes and fears are universal.
"The heroines find themselves in the forefront of the feminist revolution. And yet like most modern women they, too, wonder if they will find the right man and or how to get rid of the wrong one. Each in their own way finds success at the top and a successful relationship. You'll love MODERN WOMEN." —West Coast Review of Books

"Upbeat, sassy. Harris' latest effort will engage fans and newcomers alike with its likable characters and enjoyable forays into the popular culture of the 1960s. The story centers on three women in the their twenties at the time of John F. Kennedy's assassination (a recurring motif) who dabble in the sexual, cultural and political freedoms that raucous era thrust upon the new generation.
"Filled with romantic sparks, fast action and interesting tidbits of social history." —Booklist

"Entertaining. Ruth Harris' breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations on the natures of men and women make MODERN WOMEN fun to read." —Dallas News

From the Author

I'm a million-copy New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." My "emotional," "entertaining" books have sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback and ebook editions, 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.

I write 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 compared me to Nora Ephron and Joan Didion and called my books  "brilliant," "steamy," "stylishly written," "richly plotted," "first-class entertainment" and "a sure thing."

With my husband, Michael, I indulge my wild side and write bestselling thrillers (Hooked and Brainwashed, both available in Kindle ebook editions) with vivid characters, international backgrounds and compelling plots. Publisher's Weekly called our thrillers "Slick and sexy with all the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story." Readers have raved, calling our thrillers "awesome," "gripping," "chilling," "a must-read," and "a real page-turner."

My Mom was an RN who had a trove of big-city hospital stories--some funny, some sad, some touching--and told them with great style. My Dad loved words, word play and language and he is remembered by those who knew him as "always reading." As a girl, I wanted to be a professional ice skater. In my teens, I wanted to be a lawyer--a summer job in a law office cured me! After college, I got a beginner's job in publishing and my career path--first as an editor and publisher, then as a writer--was set.
  
Call Me Maybe but reach me definitely at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com. I love hearing from readers!

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  • Language: English
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reccommend it! May 11, 2011
By KDPT
Format:Kindle Edition
A fascinating novel about three women, the man in their lives and the story of how they all changed during the tempestuous 60s, 70s and 80s when women and their roles were going through their own revolution. Lincky, smart and beautiful; outrageous Jane and Elly the dreamer are unforgettable but at the same time familiar and unique. The only thing I didn't like about this book was getting to the end when there were no more pages to turn.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It June 10, 2011
By V. Cano
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Women May 13, 2011
By Anna
Format:Kindle Edition
Best book I have read in ages! Turned me into a Ruth Harris fan. Laugh-out-loud funny in places, touching in others. With three very likeable and relatable women making their way through careers,marriage and motherhood. So enjoyable its no wonder it was a bestseller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all November 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Modern Women mainly tells the story of 3 women, Elly, Jane, and Lincky. The formula followed 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. 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 then moves forward all the way up into the eighties (although the majority of the story is in the 60s)

Lincky is/was my favorite character. She wasn't a pushover, she was strong, and she went after what she wanted. At the same time she wasn't a b***h about it. 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 people. 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Modern Women September 6, 2012
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Modern Women was a very interesting book, weaving historical events from the past into the story line. i found it extremely readable, and hard to put down! The author sufficiently engaged the reader with the characters so that you "knew" each one. i loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly honest book August 7, 2012
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I stumbled across Ruth Harris when one of her novels was offered for free on the kindle best sellers list. At first I thought she was another "Danielle Steele" or "Nora Roberts" (no shade) author but she is not. This novel was refreshingly honest about female/male relationships from the 1950s roughly to the 1970s. You can see the roles of men/women changing as society changes- I liked that. Not only did the sex roles change throughout the decades but Harris never lost the focus of the story. I can agree with another reviewer- this is not just a "chick" novel. Men and women could enjoy this novel and engage in dicussion afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another December 6, 2012
By Carla
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Another page turner stay up late, come back from lunch break, go into the bathroom for a half hour great read. Ruth Harris has not let me down yet!!! On to book five my hope is that is as Great as the other four. Hope that you are enjoying these books as much as me. Thank you Ruth Harris for writing such fantastic books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this book to young graduates of high school
To help younger generation understand how older women born after 1940 broke the pattern of womanhood in the home which subjugated them to being accessories.
Published 26 days ago by Joan Loos
2.0 out of 5 stars A struggle to finish
I almost quit reading this book so many times! I would actually skip whole pages because it was dragging along so badly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
If you are looking for another Fifty Shades of Gray, this isn't the book for you. It was just OK! There wasn't much of a plot, but lots of sex.
Published 13 months ago by Susan Casanova
5.0 out of 5 stars Savvy..Focused...and a Great Read!
It is not often you come across a book where the female characters are as sharply drawn and retain the palpable, living, breathing freshness as they have in this book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by snow leopard mom
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good read
A lot of interesting characters in this book. A little tough to follow at first as they bounce back and forth but it all came together in the end.
Published 22 months ago by msruhdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Women: Still relevant, still needed...
I am happily reviewing Modern Women just as I am happily revisiting the book on Kindle. (Very cheap. Most pleased! Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Roisin McGlone
5.0 out of 5 stars Women and their ever changing lives
I can't wait to read the other books. I had never read this lady's work before but I have to admit I wish I had. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Barbara Pappan
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More About the Author

Ruth Harris is a million-copy New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." Ruth's emotional, entertaining fiction has topped Amazon's prestigious Movers and Shakers list and her highly praised novels have sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback and ebook editions, 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. In their e-book editions, Ruth's novels have been featured on Ereader News Today, Pixel of Ink and Kindle Nation Daily.

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

With her husband, Michael, Ruth indulges her wild side and writes bestselling thrillers with vivid characters, international backgrounds and compelling plots. Their thrillers have made numerous appearances in the top 3 of Kindle's prestigious Movers & Shakers list;  in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store;  Hooked has appeared continually on three Medical bestseller lists since its publication;  #1 and #2 on two different Political bestseller lists;  #14 on the Thrillers bestseller list.

Publisher's Weekly called Ruth's and Michael's thrillers "Slick and sexy [with] all the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story." Readers have raved, calling their books "awesome," "gripping," "chilling," "a must-read," and "a real page-turner."

It's no surprise Ruth is a writer. Her Mom was an RN who had a trove of big-city hospital stories--some funny, some sad, some touching--and loved telling them. Her Dad loved words and language--Ruth still has his collection of dictionaries--and he is remembered by those who knew him as "always reading." Ruth's paternal grandfather was noted for his extensive library and both her parents were avid readers: her Mom loved popular fiction and her Dad bought four or five newspapers every day and subscribed to what seemed to be every magazine published--from Life and Look to BusinessWeek and Organic Gardening.

As a girl, Ruth wanted to be a professional ice skater. In her teens, she wanted to be a lawyer--a summer job in a law office cured her! After college, she got a beginner's job in publishing and her career path--first as an editor and then as a writer--was set.

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