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Posted March 8, 2013
Loved, loved, loved this book. It was the first book I have read by Ruth Harris, it was so engaging and true to life. Held my interest throughout the book. The characters and the time frames were all so real. It was as if I was back in that time. The morals and standards that we have lived through come out very clearly along with all the family dynamics, love and dysfunction.
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Posted May 19, 2012
This isn't my normal genre but I did enjoy it and do plant to read the others in the series. I got it free from a promotion by the author and want to thank her - as it has expanded my horizions!! Appreciate it and the well told story!!
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Posted January 16, 2012
Fascinating book about 3 women's lives at different times in the 20th century, all united by their relationship (of some sort) with a particular man - his college sweetheart and wife, their child, and his mistress. You see their development over time - a different period of time for each woman, but covering several decades in each case. You also see the man's development. The book begins and ends with the same character as the focus of attention, many years apart in her life. Various portions of the book are told from the viewpoint of different ones of the women and put in context by recitations of the most important historical events of that era. The book is long, so after finishing it, I went back to the beginning, because I had forgotten how it started. To my surprise, the story held up so well that I ended up reading it a second time right away, which I normally can't stand to do, because few stories retain much attraction for a reader who knows what is going to happen. But this one did. Knowing what happens later only enriched the reading. There was more explicit sex than I like to see in a book, but it would have been hard to tell this story without it. I would like to see a similar book, about different people, without the sex-fixations of these characters. Since I lived through most of these decades, I know that the stories told here are an authentic reflection of the experiences of some people, but there are others, and I'd like to read about them.
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Posted February 21, 2015
This isn't a bad book...it's a sad book....for the same reason I don't watch Mad Men I'm not gushing about this book.
As a child of the sixties growing up in an upper class suburb where Stepford Wives and wife swopping was a norm, I can tell you that the story rings true. I think that it felt like I was watching a cross between Mrs. Robinson and Love Story.
I have another Ruth Harris book I will eventually read. This was almost too soapy for me
Posted January 11, 2015
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Posted December 14, 2014
This was ok, a little disjointed as to how it jumped from one woma to the next, but the ending sucked. The story was going along then suddenly it was over! It was as if the author got tired of writing and just quit. No resolution, no end of story for any characters, nothing. Just....the end.
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Posted December 19, 2011
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Posted December 3, 2014
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