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Woman's Own | [Robyn Carr]

Woman's Own

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 06-03-13
    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 06-03-13
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    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Alliston, Ontario, Canada 05-24-13
    Judy Alliston, Ontario, Canada 05-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing narrative!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 01-03-14
    Elizabeth United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Strong women....not a ton of romance"

    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.

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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 10-22-13
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.

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    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13
    Heather SPOKANE, WA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical Romance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    I really enjoyed this story. I found it easy to relate to the characters and emjoying each one for their different attributes.

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    Mary Magnolia, TX, United States 07-24-13
    Mary Magnolia, TX, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Ended Abruptly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting story


    What did you like best about this story?

    A story about three generations of women


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Pretty good narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kindle Customer Springfield, MA, United States 07-22-13
    Kindle Customer Springfield, MA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A great read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Woman's Own to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

    Patricia was performed so well that I disliked her greatly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to know what happens to Patricia, Emily and Lilly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Ocean Grove, Australia 07-11-13
    Liz Ocean Grove, Australia 07-11-13 Listener Since 2010
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    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.

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