A Woman of Our Time Author:Rosie Thomas Following her highly acclaimed novel, 'Bad Girls, Good Women', Rosie Thomas brings us a gripping, deeply involving story about a remarkable woman whose passion to succeed at business and at love reflects the reality of our times--the damning choices, the exciting possibilities, and the unforeseen consequences of wanting to have it all. — Raised b... more »y a mother she loves but cannot quite respect, bored with running a London clothing shop, and frustrated by her unhappy marriage, Harriet Peacock vows to make a new life for herself. When she discovers her husband is having an affair, she seizes the chance to transform herself, at age thirty, into a woman to be reckoned with in every sense of the word.
Harriet returns to her childhood home to sort out her life and to discover the shape of her future. There, destiny unites her with a mysterious man, whose unexpected gift to Harriet becomes the key to her great success. But her rise to power and wealth is not without disappointment, nor is it without unexpected crises. It strains her lifelong friendships. It carries her into an explosive affair with a younger man, who draws her into an unfamiliar world of country estates and family connections. It becomes the catalyst for a consuming romantic interlude with a famous film actor whose private torments she will share. Most disturbing of all, Harriet's fierce ambition entangles her benefactor in a web of heartbreak and tragedy.
It is only when Harriet reaches the pinnacle of success does she recognize the real cost of ambition--and begin to sense how easily she can lose all she has gained. A cunning corporate raid, a bitter plan of vengeance, and a mother's interference sweep Harriet toward a climax of astonishing revelations and painful truths. For this self-made woman it will take every bit of inner strength and courage she possesses to keep her most precious dreams from turning to ashes.
'A Woman of Our Times' is an unforgettable tale of mothers and daughters, passion and purpose, friendship and betrayal, revenge and redemption. Rosie Thomas has written a novel of intricate and complex relationships, and filled its pages with characters of stunning depth--brilliantly exploring the deepest yearnings and darkest fears of the human heart.« less