Blessed with great beauty and wealth, Emily Armstrong had the highest privileges that youth can bestow. But all that is behind her now. Pregnant and abandoned by the man she loved, she struggles to survive in the slums of Philadelphia after the Civil War. Vowing never to be fooled by love again, she builds a new life as the mistress of a boardinghouse, known for her morals, virtue, and strictly guarded heart. But when a traveler from out West visits for the Centennial Exhibition and checks into Emily's lodging, something stirs within her. Rugged yet ever the gentleman, this cowboy is nothing like the man who left her pregnant long ago. Perhaps this time, love deserves a second chance....
A sweeping saga that spans three generations, Woman's Own is the story of four Armstrong women - Emily, her two daughters, and her estranged mother - who are seemingly cursed when it comes to love. In a time before women's rights, the Armstrong women challenge expectations and carve out a life of independence and freedom on their own terms. Fans of Virgin River will enjoy this timeless novel of new beginnings, untamable passion, and all-redeeming love.
©1990 Robyn Carr (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a beautiful novel.
It is much more than a touching romance story - it is a story about women's place in society and how they view themselves. I loved the viewpoints of the different women portrayed in this story.
Four women of varying strengths from three generations all see their roles in life differently. The most relatable character for me was the younger daughter, Lilly who has modern day fearlessness and independence but is placed in a time in history when this is unacceptable. Lilly's biggest ally, surprisingly, is her powerful Grandmother along with the man who loves her.
The narration was OK and the character portrayal was quite good, but I felt that Amy McFadden could have slowed up a bit. Some parts were so rushed I had to repeat the listen.
Great book couldn't stop listening to this book i love robyn Carr you are the best author love all your books and hope to get more in the future
I have read a number of Robyn's books before and was pleased with the stories so I decided to try this one. The idea sounded interesting but I found the story weak and not interesting enough to finish. I will finish it eventually as I have bought it but her characters did not have a lot of personality and the story ran in circles. I was bored after the first chapter. Not Robyn's best effort.
This is the first book in ages that I've stayed up really late addicted to. It is just racy enough and has a great balance between ups and downs. When an author can create such a tantalizing kiss as in this book, you know she is good.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Woman's Own is not like any book I've read so far. I was definitely expecting more romance. This is more of an epic story of three strong women and one that I wanted to slap throughout the book. While there was romance it was definitely secondary to the stories of the three generations of women. When I realized there wasn't going to be a lot of romance I wasn't sure I would enjoy the book. About halfway through I found that I didn't need the romance in the book it was very different and the story was interesting and I was quite caught up in each character's lives.
the narrator was slow so I had to speed it up, I had trouble getting into the book but about a third of the way into it I was hooked, robyn Carr has away of drawing me in and I just had to know how it ended.
How women have learned to overcome diversity and challenges in a time where it wasn't acceptable for women in general to be strong, self-sufficient and powerful. Its not always about the most beautiful or wealthy, but rather the one who takes a few to scrutinize and evaluate any given situation to the best of her ability.
I really enjoyed this story. I found it easy to relate to the characters and emjoying each one for their different attributes.
Yes, interesting story
A story about three generations of women
Pretty good narrator
The book ended abruptly for such a long narrative. What happened to Patricia?
I had the feeling the author had issues with the Catholic Church because the only representatives of the church she presented were evil or greedy. When authors use their books to further their personal agendas whether religous or political, it tends to turn me off.
I did not read the print version.
Emily was my favorite character because she was strong and compassionate, but to self sacrificing. Although I do admired the way she always looked out for her girls first. And she was not afraid of hard work.
Patricia was performed so well that I disliked her greatly.
I think all mothers of daughters in their late teens should give this as a seed book to help them on the path to adulthood.
I would like to know what happens to Patricia, Emily and Lilly.
"A must read for all Robyn Carr fans."
A story with many twists and turns. Strong independent women their loves, losses and their unbendable wills. Amy McFadden did a great job narrating. I didn't want it to end.
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