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This is the story of two women, mother and daughter, based on true events.

In 1899, Julia, at the age of twenty, travels on her own to New York in hot pursuit of the man whose child she carries. Living life with passionate intensity, across the social realm, Julia struggles to survive in turbulent times.

Her daughter Sonja, born of that first tempestuous union but brought
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ebook, 313 pages
Published (first published October 28th 2010)
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Shari Larsen
Feb 04, 2011 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it
This story is based on the author's real life great aunt and her daughter and on the letters, postcards, and diaries they had written.
In 1899, Julia, who was 20 and living in Sweden, became pregnant by a man who left her to go work in the U.S. (He was unaware at the time of the pregnancy.) She traveled to the U.S. to find him, and to get him to marry her; very unusual for a woman to do at that time, as most in her situation would have gone away somewhere to have the baby then put it up for adopt
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Beth Orsoff
Nov 26, 2010 Beth Orsoff rated it it was amazing
I had heard the author talk about this book in the Amazon forums. When she mentioned that it was based on her own family, I was intrigued enough to buy it without waiting for reviews. I'm so glad I did! "A Woman's Place" is the story of two women, a mother and daughter, who did extraordinary things for the periods in which they lived (late 1800s and early 1900s). At times it reminded me of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - both because it offers a glimpse into another era, and because I had trouble p ...more
Al
Dec 27, 2010 Al rated it it was amazing
Based on the true stories of two of the author’s ancestors, “A Woman’s Place” is an excellent story. Culled from letters and diaries, O’Leary paints a picture of two women who were strong and independent in a way we take for granted today, but don’t often perceive as the norm then. Truly these were women ahead of their time in many ways. Not only is their life story interesting, but I found the insight into life in both Europe and America during the time the story takes place very interesting.
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Nov 30, 2010 Karen rated it really liked it
I love Susanne O'Leary's books. This is the 4th of hers I am reading. I am not good at writing reviews, but this is a wonderful story of two women trying to find their place in the world, and succeeding despite the obstacles.
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Susanne O'Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking t ...more
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