Ladies with Options
By Missy Andrews
Jul 17, 2003 - 4:29:00 AM

In 1983, on a crisp autumn Minnesota Saturday morning the members of the Mostly Methodist Club, soon to become known as the Larksdale Ladies Independence Club, gathered for their regular weekly meeting. The pre-meeting began as most meetings did, with the ladies gathering in the foyer of the hostess’s home, hanging up coats and exclaiming over the baked goods that had been brought. But then two things happened that forever changed the lives of the ladies. One of the members brought a very unusual looking guest. And another member came in late, very upset because she had just found out how bleak their retirement years were looking financially.

After talking it over, the ladies decided to take matters into their own hands and try their hand at investing. After listening to various "experts" tell them how they should invest their money, they finally decided to do what they did best as a means of deciding where to put the money – they went shopping. They discovered two very good investments and within a few weeks had more than doubled their money. Now the unusual looking guest, who was now a full fledged member, was very much into computer programming and began to tell the ladies about a crazy notion called "personal computers" and how within a few years everyone would have one sitting on their desk at home. Needless to say the ladies thought she was crazy and when they questioned her about how this could be, she began telling them about a company called IBM and another called Microsoft, which no one in 1983 had ever heard of. Which turned out to be a VERY good thing for the Larksdale Ladies Independence Club.

There are so many things that made this an extraordinary book that I don’t think I can list them all. It is witty, entertaining, humorous, very well written, and I sat up until 12:30 to finish it. I just could not turn the pages fast enough to see what was going to happen in the lives of these ladies as they laughed and cried together. I especially loved the walk down memory lane that it provided. I was a teenager in the 1980’s and remember very well when my father brought home our very first personal computer. At that point, no one had ever heard of Microsoft and the Internet was a thing of science fiction movies. Reading this book I couldn’t help but shake my head and wish that I had known then what I know now. If you’re looking for steamy romance you’re not going to find it within the covers of LADIES WITH OPTIONS. However, what you will find is an unforgettable story about friendship, love, heartache, disappointment, faith, and acceptance – in other words – life.

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