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Women Within

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  16 reviews
With themes of reproductive rights and feminism, this multi-generational novel presents three women whose paths cross at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance Maynard, fierce, independent and proud, reflects on her long life promoting women’s rights through her career as a professor of history. Eunice Fitch, the perfect caregiver, is often unlucky in love, yet even in mid ...more
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Published September 14th 2017 by Black Rose Writing
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Corinne Bennett
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a multigenerational book about three women, whose paths converge at Lindell Retirement Home. Constance is a fierce, independent woman, who is also a mother but never married. The novel begins with her reflects on her long life promoting women's rights through her career as a professor and the barriers she encountered in the field of academics as a woman. Eunice is a caregiver at Lindell, who has never experienced true, lasting love, but doesn't want to give up on the possibility. Through te ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
FirstLine ~ The Lindell Retirement Home was lovely.

This book is so rich in characters that you will immediately be sucked in. In a setting that builds upon the characters and their unlikely connection, Parrish writes a story that every woman will be able to relate to. You will be moved by this story and it will stay with you long after you are fished with this book.
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Women Within is a character study into the lives of three very different women whose paths converge at a retirement home. I will say that all of them feel incredibly human and the flashbacks are able to paint a realistic picture of these women’s lives, but maybe this is the cause of my issues with the book - the women felt so real but they weren’t particularly likeable or even very happy. No matter what stage the boo
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Kindle version, but don't see that as an option here.

5 stars

What a wonderful book!

Constance Maynard lives in a retirement home. She is fierce, independent and outspoken. She is a woman after my own heart. (When I get to be her age, if I am fortunate, I want to be like her.)

Her caregivers are Sam Clark and Eunice Fitch. Sam is what is euphemistically said to be “a big girl.” ((Oh, I hate that term.) Eunice is kindly and generous, but seems to be rather doomed at love – or so she belie
Michele Benchouk
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into this book. It goes through the lives of three women in different generations, but their lives are so hard. None of the female characters are particularly likable, and the men they get involved with were pretty pathetic. In addition, there is so much detail that the story gets bogged down and doesn't really flow like a book you get pulled into.

The best thing about this book was the tapestry, its history, and its working by several women -- a shared testimony. I also love nee
Tenisia Davis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love books like this!

I love Books that really take time for you to get to know the characters.
The Lindell retirement community is where we start with three women Constance, Eunice and Sam.
The women are - Constance is an elderly woman, her care taker Eunice and Sam.
Constance is a retired feminist professor. Eunice is a natural caregiver who has bad taste in men and Sam is a “big boned” insightful young woman.
Carmen Blankenship
Women Within by Leigh Parrish is one of the books that take you by surprise. It's not a heart pounding grab by the throat novel but a novel rich in characters.

Women Within is is about three very different women at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance, who is in her eighties, reflects back on her life as a scholar and fierce advocate of women and women's rights. This is all at a time in history when strong women were still consist threat.

Sam and Eunice both work at the retirement home. We fo
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
This book was less of a strongly-plotted novel about women and feminism, and more a character study of women over the decades. I didn't necessarily dislike this difference, but I found it a bit slow and lacking in a plot or direction. Ultimately, I wasn't able to finish this book.

Thanks so much to Book Sparks for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

As I mentioned, this book follows a bunch of women from the turn of the century onward. From an e
Mary Latela
Anne Leigh Parrish and her Stunning Exploration of Three Women
Reviewed by Mary E. Latela @LatelaMary

Anne Leigh Parrish is the brilliant story-teller who brings the reader into the depths of deep emotion, particularly regret and bitterness. Women Within is her latest book, a gem woven together on many levels, and nicely connected by a mysterious tapestry sewn by at least four distinctive hands, some stitches even and tight, others ragged and mismatched. Constance, Meredith, and Sam live or work a
Debi Lantzer
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As part of the BookSparks book tours last year, I was provided with several books to read and share with my readers.  Today's post is about Women Within, a novel by Anne Leigh Parrish. For an unknown reason, I had failed to post this review before, so after reading it today, I wanted to make sure and get it out there.  I had never previously heard of this author, but as it turns out, she has written several other books and at the moment, I have another book from this same author in my "TBR" (to ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

My mother is 92 and I recently toured a few retirement communities like the one in this book, and the writer described them perfectly — down to the smell of the carpet!

The characters were absolutely believable and very different from each other and that was the gist of the story. From a woman in her 90s, to a woman in her 50s, to a woman in her 40s, to a woman in her 20s, she covered every generation beautifully. How she wove those characters together and crafted a story about th
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I had high hopes for this book and started to like the first character, Catherine, but she just faded out and there was Eunice. Huh?
Maybe there will be more to connect them later, but I was too bored to bother to find out. I skimmed the descriptive yet non-essential stuff, which was a lot.
The book never really took off, though I read just over half of it.
Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion.The best I can say is that I liked the cover
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Sue Frances
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely story, well written.
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