Ladies with Options

Ladies with Options

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by Cynthia Hartwick
     
 

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Minnesota, 1983

The Mostly Methodist Club met Saturday morning year-round, but was at its best in autumn and winter, when it helped steel the ladies for the Sundays their men spent watching TV sports with eyes glazed like so many holiday hams…

The mostly-married, mostly-middle-aged members of the Mostly Methodist Club (Deborah Cohen made it

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Minnesota, 1983

The Mostly Methodist Club met Saturday morning year-round, but was at its best in autumn and winter, when it helped steel the ladies for the Sundays their men spent watching TV sports with eyes glazed like so many holiday hams…

The mostly-married, mostly-middle-aged members of the Mostly Methodist Club (Deborah Cohen made it “Mostly”) were used to swapping recipes, not stock tips. They’d taken few risks in their lives, and had even fewer adventures.

But when a pink-haired young rebel named Skye found her way into the group, things changed. The ladies had already begun looking into investment opportunities, after realizing that their retirement earnings would barely keep them in Burpee seeds and baking powder. But it was Skye who tipped them off to a struggling new company that might be worth sinking a few dollars into. A company that was developing some interesting new technology. A company run by a man named Bill Gates…

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Kirkus Reviews
Interested in a group of midwestern housewives who make a killing in the stock market? If you want the real story, refer to the now-famous Beardstown Ladies, but if you want a slightly slapstick version, point yourself in the direction of this first novel about the wholly fictional Mostly Methodist Club. Larksdale, Minnesota, is very cold in the winter. As that's the town's only defining feature, a group of women form the Mostly Methodist Club to do charitable works, share baked goods, and generally stave off boredom. When one member comes to their weekly meeting frightened at newly published statistics on the grim financial prospects of retired women, the group is transformed into the Larksdale Ladies Independence Club. The Ladies have two things in their favor: it's the beginning of the booming 1980s, and they have a young college student in their midst. Pink-haired Skye, home on probation and brought to the meetings in the custody of Mary, hardly fits the group demographic, but her vast knowledge of the computer industry proves far more valuable than the $1,500 buy-in stake. The women begin by trolling the mall and buying stakes in small chain-stores they think will make it big, then they move on to investing in this mysterious thing called software—in this case, Microsoft. Of course they become wildly rich, and readers will certainly enjoy seeing small-town gals make good, but the real pleasure here comes from the snappy narration of Sophia, daughter to one of the Ladies and gossipy chronicler of matters both financial and personal. When the local factory shuts down, the Ladies really test their mettle and try to save the future of their town. A witty,thoroughlylikabletale.

From the Publisher
“A can’t-put-it-down, stay-up-all-night, page-turner.” —Barbara Bretton, author of At Last

“Delightful and entertaining…a story to invest in.”—Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake

“Hartwick’s novel chronicle of a Minnesota ladies’ investment group is neither Standard nor Poor…loaded with great one-liners…Fabulous!”—Pamela Morsi, author of Here Comes the Bride

“I laughed, loved, and triumphed with the Larksdale Ladies. Cynthia Hartwick is definitely an author to watch!”—Barbara Bretton, author of At Last

“Lively, insightful and entertaining…her blend of humor and perspective on Middle America pays big dividends, both fun and bittersweet.”—Pamela Morsi, author of Here Comes the Bride

“Touching and laugh-out-loud funny.”—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of The Quilter’s Apprentice

“An engaging story of female bonding and finance…You’ll cheer them on as they risk their wad to save their town.”—Sandra Dallas, author of The Persian Pickle Club

“Who knew that making money could be so fun? Welcome to the Larksdale Ladies Independence Club where you’re sure to learn as much about friendship as about finances. Delightful and entertaining.”—Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101205372
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
451 KB

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From the Publisher
“A can’t-put-it-down, stay-up-all-night, page-turner.” —Barbara Bretton, author of At Last

“Delightful and entertaining…a story to invest in.”—Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake

“Hartwick’s novel chronicle of a Minnesota ladies’ investment group is neither Standard nor Poor…loaded with great one-liners…Fabulous!”—Pamela Morsi, author of Here Comes the Bride

“I laughed, loved, and triumphed with the Larksdale Ladies. Cynthia Hartwick is definitely an author to watch!”—Barbara Bretton, author of At Last

“Lively, insightful and entertaining…her blend of humor and perspective on Middle America pays big dividends, both fun and bittersweet.”—Pamela Morsi, author of Here Comes the Bride

“Touching and laugh-out-loud funny.”—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of The Quilter’s Apprentice

“An engaging story of female bonding and finance…You’ll cheer them on as they risk their wad to save their town.”—Sandra Dallas, author of The Persian Pickle Club

“Who knew that making money could be so fun? Welcome to the Larksdale Ladies Independence Club where you’re sure to learn as much about friendship as about finances. Delightful and entertaining.”—Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake

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Ladies with Options 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across Ladies With Options while browsing for an audio book to listen to while communting to work. This book is an absolute delight. In fact, the book is so engaging that there were times when I'd reached the office and sat in the parking garage listening rather than interupt a point in the story! When the book was finished I felt like I was missing old friends. Can't wait to see the movie version and eagerly await Ladies With Prospects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed 'Ladies with Options' so much. It was well written, easy to read and a great laugh. A story about women taking chances and making good is my kind of book. I liked it so much, I picked it for my next book club book.