Seasons of Her Life

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Ruby is determined to have a better life when she leaves her bitter childhood behind for post-World War II Washington, D.C. A job as a Navy secretary soon blossoms into love and marriage. The life of a military wife turns out to be harsher and lonelier than Ruby bargained for, but though it destroys her illusions, it cannot overcome her determination to succeed and find happiness. She raises two children, creates a home, and begins baking cookies in hope of starting a business. After years of struggle, her ...
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Overview

Ruby is determined to have a better life when she leaves her bitter childhood behind for post-World War II Washington, D.C. A job as a Navy secretary soon blossoms into love and marriage. The life of a military wife turns out to be harsher and lonelier than Ruby bargained for, but though it destroys her illusions, it cannot overcome her determination to succeed and find happiness. She raises two children, creates a home, and begins baking cookies in hope of starting a business. After years of struggle, her cookies start to bring in more money than she ever dreamed of. But closest to her heart is the memory of the man she longs for in her soul, a man no cookie can replace . . .

With Seasons of Her Life, Fern Michaels touches the heart of every woman, as the New York Times bestselling author explores the depth and breadth of one woman's deepest experiences. As the seasons of her life unfold, Ruby Blue grows into a strong, giving woman. But closest to her heart is the memory of the man she longs for in her soul.

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Library Journal
With five million copies of her ``Texas'' series e.g., Texas Sunrise , Ballantine, 1993 in print, Michaels needs no introduction to romance fans. Here, she traces the exceptional life and loves of Ruby Blue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345365910
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 524,784
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
Fern Michaels
With over than sixty million copies of her books sold around the world, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels pens romance after epic romance, each filled with all the drama and heartbreak her loyal fans can handle.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Probably the best written plot by Fern Michaels

    I love this book....can't put it down. She keeps your interest throughout the story. Great plot. Great characters. Wonderful attention to detail. I have been hooked on the Sisterhood series but this beats them any day. You'll love it too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    One of her best books!

    I've read and reread Fern Michaels' books for years and finally got around to this one. I kept skipping over it because of the time line of the story, it covers the adulthood of the heroine and I tend to get bored with those kinds of books. This one however is a keeper. The characters will remain with you long after the book is done. Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    I am only 16

    I am only 16, but this book is one of the best books I have ever read. I couldnt put it down. I didnt want it to end and when it did end I just want to start from the beginning again. Fern Michaels is amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Suchh a great book !

    Wow, this is one of my favorite book's ever !
    I remember i'd get in trouble at night for staying up until like 5 in the morning just because i was reading it.
    I admit, I cried a bit, here and there,
    Season's Of her life is Awesome !

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