Woman's Own

Woman's Own

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by Robyn Carr
     
 

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Ablaze against the bustle of nineteenth-century Philadelphia is this sweeping saga of three generations of strong, indomitable women - all seemingly cursed when it comes to love. At its center is young Lilly Armstrong, a beauty on the brink of womanhood, too brave and too fearless to settle for the status quo. In a booming city animated by inventors, builders and

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Ablaze against the bustle of nineteenth-century Philadelphia is this sweeping saga of three generations of strong, indomitable women - all seemingly cursed when it comes to love. At its center is young Lilly Armstrong, a beauty on the brink of womanhood, too brave and too fearless to settle for the status quo. In a booming city animated by inventors, builders and artists, and now excited for the great Centennial Exhibition, Lilly aspires to carve out a life of independent freedom for herself and her women kin - lives not dependent on men.

But of course there is a man - a man who admires Lilly, who thinks like she does and who would move heaven and earth to help Lilly realize her dreams.

With the guidance of her quietly resilient mother and the unexpected aid of her estranged and powerful grandmother - and despite the foolish meddling of her shallow and ambitious sister - Lilly is determined to lead her family of women into the challenge of the next century on her own terms, forging an empire that will survive for generations.

Lilly intends for her family to have it all, not the least of which is enduring love.

Fans of VIRGIN RIVER will enjoy this timeless novel of new beginnings, untamable passion and all-redeeming love.

Praise for Robyn Carr's historicals:

"A remarkable storyteller...the plot moves swiftly and cleverly. A well-told tale." -Library Journal

"This is no routine romance...Carr presents a personal, inside view of life...in historically accurate detail. A reader's delight." -Bestsellers

"Thanks to sophisticated character development and elegantly simple prose, Carr deftly handles the themes of betrayal, envy, greed and the psychological patterns that recur over generations." -Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in 19th-century Philadelphia, this complex historical romance follows three generations of women in the Main Line Armstrong family as they are propelled into independence by the men, good and bad, in their lives. Emily, the mother of two girls, is abandoned when the marriage for which she defied her social class collapses. Learning working-class survival skills, she becomes a respectable boarding-house proprietor, but still must cope with her daughters' coming-of-age. Patsy is determined to wed wealthily whatever the cost, and pays a high price; Lilly finds male support for her entrepreneurial undertaking, the building of a luxury hotel. Reconciled with her wealthy mother, Emily deals with the willfulness of her daughters, and with her own sexual awakening. Carr ( Tempted ) evokes a city brimming with the rich and famous, who are often cruel and greedy, as she depicts interesting women, survivors of the various rebellions that shaped their lives. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Set in late-19th-century Philadelphia, Women's Own is a departure from Carr's medieval historical novels ( By Right of Arms, LJ 5/1/86; The Troubadour's Romance, LJ 7/85). It is the story of three generations of Armstrong women, all strong, stubborn, and seemingly cursed when it comes to men: Amanda, married and widowed three times; her daughter Emily, married to a man who abused her and abandoned her to poverty; and Emily's daughters, Patricia, repelled by the physical aspects of love, who forces herself to marry a man she abhors, and Lilly, who loves a man she cannot have. This is also the story of four women who try to live their lives on their own terms. Though the plot is predictable at times and the romantic scenes cliched, the characters are strongly drawn and engage the reader's interest and emotions.-- Susan K. Cohen, Westfield Memorial Lib., N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410461926
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/13/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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Robyn Carr is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Virgin River series and the Thunder Point series. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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Woman's Own 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, except that I thought the ending was way too rushed so be prepared. It was like "OK we can only have so many pages so it has to end NOW". Got really frustrated with some of the characters, but liked the way she brings her characters to life. The coach ride with Lily and Andrew was VERY moving. I read it straight through, just couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story. Robyn Carr is a remarkable story teller... The historic setting enhanced and enriched the plot. This is my first experience with this type of story. I look forward to others. LA-TXN
justmeNM More than 1 year ago
Great view of the life and struggles of women at the turn of the century. Great historical read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the way it started but then became slow and drawn out. Not outstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the book.
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Just finished. Easy read. Well written and character building not elongated. I hope there is a part 2...
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
WOW!!  While I am an avid reader of 5-7 books each week I am at a loss to review this Robyn Carr tale... It is one of the BEST BOOKS I have ever read... The story of three generations of women (Grandmother, Mother and two daughters) is beyond good... Over 400 pages of spellbinding reading... I could not put it down... The time period (mid 1800's on) added to the story... The rolls of women were just starting to change... Lilly was a woman ahead of her time and her character will make you stand up and cheer... The book started out very sad and I recommend you read through it and you will not be sorry... This is a story of rich and poor, love and hate, courage and faith and so much more... There is no way I can begin to explain the depth and the passion in these pages...  I read all of Ms. Carr's books but this one is so much different than the Virgin River Series and her new Thunder Point Series.... This book stretched my heart beyond belief and I know that I will read this book several times...  I cannot recommend this book highly enough... This one is a "keeper"... Enjoy!!!         
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I could not put it down. I love the era when women are coming into their own, both in business and personal lives.
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Ms Carr did a good job bringing the characters alive. She also did a good job describing the social climate of the late 1880's.
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The story seemed to move very slow and there were lots of sad/gloomy parts. Not my favorite.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read!!  Recommend Very Highly!!
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