Love And Money is the 3rd book in the 20th Century Series by Ruth Harris and again I am effortlessly transported back in time. The dazzling world of Wall Street comes to life as we enter the world of the Dahlen family in the 1950’s and their journey into the 1980’s. It is a stunning portrait of a family obsessed with love, money and fear. A family rich in wealth yet devoid of emotional stability and love. A family that is headed down an unforeseen path of great wealth and prosperity. A family full of secrets and betrayal on a collision course of emotional upheaval and destruction.
Deedee Dahlen was born with the proverbial “Silver Spoon” in her mouth. A million dollar heiress who learns that money can’t protect her from the trials and tribulations of life.
Lana Bantry was born poor and never knew her father as a child. She is strong and tenacious and her story reflects a time when women were struggling for their rightful place in the business world. She is fueled by anger and resentment that keeps her emotionally void of love in her life.
Slash Steiner was adopted from an orphanage by a wonderful family and always vowed that he would be rich one day. He is determined and strong yet struggles to find his place in the business world as well as in the Dahlen family.
The characters are brought to life by the tremendously descriptive writing as you take on their journey as they progress and grow throughout the story. The dialogue between characters is real and believable and the historical events of the time period are woven into the story with compassion and ease.
This is a highly charged emotional story that spans decades of the Dahlen family. It is fast paced and full of twists and turns that will keep you engaged in the story. It is a tale of a family that is perceived to the outside world as having it all yet behind closed doors face tremendous hardship, scandal and ultimately love and survival.
I highly recommend this book to all readers; I totally enjoyed and was swept away with the story.