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

Ruth Harris
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

MODERN WOMEN:  Million Copy NYTimes bestseller, #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.
Park Avenue Series, Book #4, by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris:  “Fiction at its Best.”

The lives and times of three young women—Lincky, the smart one, Elly, the idealistic one, Jane, the outrageous one. Meet them—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel.  You'll love MODERN WOMEN.”--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.”--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy.  Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."—Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be!  Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

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

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 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. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Editorial Reviews


"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

Ruth Harris is a New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." Her entertaining, intelligent novels have sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback, and ebook editions, 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 do their best 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."

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  • Print Length: 448 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGX5ES
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reccommend it! May 11, 2011
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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19 of 19 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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17 of 18 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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10 of 10 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A struggle to finish September 24, 2013
By Bailey
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I almost quit reading this book so many times! I would actually skip whole pages because it was dragging along so badly. The characters were interesting, comical, very opinionated and sassy, but the author jumped around so much the good characters could make up for it. It has all the makings for a great book, unfortunately it didn't make it there for me.
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8 of 8 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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6 of 6 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 hours ago by Donna Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A pageturner!
I couldn't put it down. This was a really fun read, a pageturner. Do you like books that introduce a variety of important, exciting characters, all with separate lives, then show... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Florida Kayaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good book for people who lived through the post Kennedy era.
Published 1 day ago by Arthur F Cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Women
It was very interesting to look inside the lives of woman who chose to be single and pursue careers and not follow society's thoughts about how and what women should do.
Published 2 days ago by Loretta
4.0 out of 5 stars Great break from serious literature
Great break from serious literature. Like seeing my life pass before my eyes via some interesting characters with realistic issues.
Published 3 days ago by maureen rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
A page turner. Loved the characters and the writing style that intertwined them all. Would recommend it to all readers.
Published 6 days ago by peaceful soul
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very interesting look at the publishing world and characters.
Published 7 days ago by jojo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was OK. I don't think I would read any more of her books.
Published 7 days ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I would recommend the Book,Good reading
Published 8 days ago by dorris Barrow
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL Moments abound!
There were many laugh-out-loud moments in reading this book. I'm sure some of my fellow passengers were wondering about my sanity as I sat on the plane snickering thru the... Read more
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More About the Author

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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