A Very Good Life
Author: Lynn Steward
Publication date: March 6 2014
Very Good Life ranked #1 for more than 26 hours on Amazon's list of Top 100 Free ebooks! Dana McGarry is an "it" girl, living a privileged New York lifestyle of a well-heeled junior executive at B. Altman, a high end department store. With a storybook husband and a fairytale life, change comes swiftly and unexpectedly. Cracks begin to appear in the perfect facade. Challenged at work by unethical demands, and the growing awareness that her relationship with her distant husband is strained, Dana must deal with the unwanted changes in her life. Can she find her place in the new world where women can have a voice, or will she allow herself to be manipulated into doing things that go against her growing self-confidence?
Set in 1974, A VERY GOOD LIFE recreates a unique time in New York City when women like Dana hungered to have it all. From lunch at Cipriani’s to the annual Rockefeller Center holiday tree lighting ceremony, from meetings with business icons like Estee Lauder to cocktail receptions with celebrity guests like legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Steward’s intimate knowledge of the period creates the perfect backdrop for this riveting story about a women’s quest for self-fulfillment. A VERY GOOD LIFE is bound to become a beloved favorite of readers everywhere.
I definitely wouldn’t have usually picked this book off the shelf myself. I read mostly Young Adult novels so this was a big change for me but after reading this book I actually want to start reading more adult novels.
What really caught my attention about this book was the fact that it was based in NYC and from the year 1974. I don’t know what it is but I am attracted to anything NY. I just love the feel and the atmosphere whenever I go there and I wanted to feel what it would be like to go to NYC in the 70’s.
Lynn really has a way with words and knows how to make the characters come alive. There were no times when I had a hard time imagining what the character looked like, what their emotions were and what they were feeling. The words jumped off the pages.
Dana’s life has so many ups and downs that you just want to jump in the book and give the poor woman a hug, but I loved every minute of her drama filled life.
I highly recommend reading this book and I can’t wait for the second book!