A Woman of Independent Means

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A woman coming of age early in the  century had few choices... unless she had independent  means. Bess Steed Garner inherits a legacy -- of  wealth, determination, and desire. She loves one  man with all her heart only to discover the price  of such devotion. She struggles with the flaws of  marriage and its irresistible rewards. She sets  out to conquer high society and forces oil-rich  Dallas to its knees. But her own daughter may break  her heart... and the man she chooses may rob her  of the one thing she prizes the most -- her  manipulating, delightful, bossy, and believable  independence. For Bess is a woman of independent means.

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At the turn of the century, a time when women had few choices, Bess Steed Garner inherits a legacy - not only of wealth but of determination and desire, making her truly a woman of independent means. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, we accompany Bess as she endures life's trials and triumphs with unfailing courage and indomitable spirit: the sacrifices love sometimes requires of the heart, the flaws and rewards of marriage, the often-tested bond between mother and child, and the will to defy a society that demands conformity.

Told in letters we follow the remarkable life of Bess Steed Garner from her childhood in 1899 to her death in 1977.

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Irrestistible ... nothing about it is ordinary ( LOS ANGELES TIMES)

A delightful reading of large, splashy doings in the small pond of an endearingly lively, bossy, responsible, and much-loving lady ( KIRKUS REVIEWS)

Bess is so remarkable a character that I seem here to be reviewing not A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS but the woman herself ( NEW YORK TIMES)

Thanks to Hailey's splendid mastery of plain English, Bess illuminates the life of others as well as her own in deft, articulate, cursive strokes that any love of language will find irresistible ( LOS ANGELES TIMES)

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