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No Place For A Woman

by Donna Hay

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I adored every minute of reading this book and I highly recommend it to anyone - especially women. The character was relatable even though I've never experienced what she did. There's something a little more exciting about a woman wanting to work in construction, being told not to and therefore lying to her father to cover it up, all the while loving her family and still being a woman over women who simply complain and victimize themselves. Finn is a rockstar! (There was also another woman in the story but after finishing the book awhile ago I forgot all about her) ( )
  ritakhavich | Feb 2, 2012 |
The story of two women trying very had to do what is expected of them could have been a good book but gets muddled with issues that twist and turn in themselves and don't really work. It's hard to put a finger on why but it just fell a bit flat for me. Maybe if there was more depth to either of the female leads then the story might be different.

Finn Delaney is hiding the fact that she works on building sites from her father. He thinks she's a hairdresser but in fact she embraced her dreams and became a worker. She has to fight discrimination all the time. She's put on a site belonging to an arch-rival of her father, the Tates.

Meanwhile Gina Tate who is married to a philandering politician now has to try to find a place in the world. She's spent most of her life trying to please her father and husband and has forgotten herself.

There was potential for a good book here but it didn't quite work. Maybe because I really didn't feel that a lot of the physicality of working on a building site reflected reality. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 29, 2008 |
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To June Smith-Sheppard Always my friend and always there for me no matter how many months go by.
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"What do you call this?" Joe Delaney looked down at his breakfast in disgust.
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Finn Delaney is a twenty-something woman leading a curious existence. As far as her father Joe is concerned she works in a beauty salon. In reality, when Finn leaves the house every morning she has a very different destination in mind. Widower Joe has tried to turn his little girl into a princess, just like his wife would have wanted. Yet Finn's one ambition is to join her father's construction business and work alongside him. But Joe tells her the building trade is "no place for a woman," so Finn takes matters into her own hands, dons a hard hat, and joins a rival firm, Tates. Gina Tate has been brought up to believe that a woman's job is to look good and say nothing. Years spent trying to please her difficult father and live up to her glamorous family have left her emotionally fragile. Ousted from the family business, she finds herself working for their arch rivals, the Delaneys. On the surface, Gina and Finn might not have much in common, but they both have something to prove to their respective families. Can Finn find a way back into her father's heart? Can Gina learn to stand on her own two feet? Not before they both put their envy and resentment aside, and realize that perhaps they aren't so different from one another after all.

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"Finn Delaney is leading a curious double life. As far as her father Joe is concerned, she's a hairdresser. In reality, when Finn leaves the house each morning she's heading for a construction site. Joe, a builder, has always wanted his little girl to be a princess, just like his late wife would have wanted, while all Finn wants is to join her father's business and work alongside him - as one of the boys. But the building trade, Joe says, is ' no place for a woman', so Finn must take matters into her own hands. Then to her alarm, she's put on a site owned by her father's arch rivals, Tates." "Gina Tate has spent years trying to please her demanding father. Ousted from the family business, she takes a job at Delaneys. On the surface, Gina and Finn have little in common, but they've both got something to prove to their respective families. Can Finn find a way back into Joe's heart? Can Gina learn to stand on her own two feet?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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