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I Love You Today by [Gloster, Marcia]
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"Love, sex, lies, and advertising in the era of Mad Men. Compelling and provocative."--James Wiatt, former Chairman, William Morris

-Love, sex, lies, and advertising in the era of Mad Men. Compelling and provocative.---James Wiatt, former Chairman, William Morris

"I enjoyed I LOVE YOU TODAY immensely. It was like a romp through the Mad Men era told from a woman's point of view. For me, it was a trip down Memory Lane (aka Madison Avenue in the late 1960s). I not only liked it, I lived it."--Pamela Fiori, author and former editor-in-chief, Town & Country

"Marcia Gloster paints an intimate portrait of life in 1960s Manhattan, as one young woman strives to make her way professionally and personally in the challenging art design world. An accomplished artist herself, the author brings her own insight and in-depth experiences to the story and delivers a narrative that highlights both career struggles and characters searching for true connection in the midst of a social and sexual revolution. Readers looking for a peek into the magazine publishing and advertising world of that era will be intrigued!"--Marilyn Brant, New York Times bestselling author

"A good view of the glamorous magazine business in New York by someone who has obviously been there. A solid novel, a good read, sexually intriguing."--Jay Ingram, author of LIVING ZEN

"Marcia Gloster fearlessly takes us through the days of unlimited sexuality and power in the world of advertising. And here's the twist: we see it through the eyes of a woman who must compete with men in suits while wearing a mini-skirt, the uniform of the day. Gloster knows the terrain like a trusted river guide."--Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of THE TIGER IN THE HOUSE

About the Author

Born in Los Angeles, Marcia Gloster has lived the majority of her life in New York City, during which time she built a career as an award-winning art director and book designer. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City and Studio Montclair in New Jersey and has exhibited her paintings in New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She is the author of one other book, 31 DAYS: A MEMOIR OF SEDUCTION.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Studio Books (17 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NBVZKM4
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I came to this book having very much enjoyed the author's debut novel, 31 Days, which was also much informed and inspired by her own long and fascinating international career in art and advertising, so when the publisher offered me a review copy, I snapped it up and quickly devoured the book. I'm probably one of few readers who haven't seen the TV series "Mad Men" set in the same world and era, but I did spend a few years working in a multi-service communications agency which included advertising departments in the 90s, so that was more my point of reference rather than the TV show.

The clever choice of cover image immediately sets the tone for the novel - a love story from an earlier era, the 60s/70s, when smoking was still thought glamorous - in fact in this novel, not only is smoking tobacco the norm, but there are also social pressures within the high-pressure world in which the central characters work to drink large quantities of alcohol and use other drugs, partly as a reward to self, but partly to help them deal with the dog-eat-dog commercial atmosphere in which they operate. The male players' attitude to sex is pretty much the same, and one of the challenges to the women is whether to play along or stand apart.

The central character, Maddie, has the misfortune to fall in love with a high-flying married exec, and diverts her own very promising career, forged against the odds in an era of rampant sexism and discrimination against women, to be with him. I don't want to give away the plot, so will say no more about it, other than to say this is a gritty, honest, story that delves behind the glamour and reminds us how far women have come since those days - though many would say we've still not come far enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and incisive period piece set in the world of commercial advertising in the 60s and 70s 28 April 2017
By Debbie Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I came to this book having very much enjoyed the author's debut novel, 31 Days, which was also much informed and inspired by her own long and fascinating international career in art and advertising, so when the publisher offered me a review copy, I snapped it up and quickly devoured the book. I'm probably one of few readers who haven't seen the TV series "Mad Men" set in the same world and era, but I did spend a few years working in a multi-service communications agency which included advertising departments in the 90s, so that was more my point of reference rather than the TV show.

The clever choice of cover image immediately sets the tone for the novel - a love story from an earlier era, the 60s/70s, when smoking was still thought glamorous - in fact in this novel, not only is smoking tobacco the norm, but there are also social pressures within the high-pressure world in which the central characters work to drink large quantities of alcohol and use other drugs, partly as a reward to self, but partly to help them deal with the dog-eat-dog commercial atmosphere in which they operate. The male players' attitude to sex is pretty much the same, and one of the challenges to the women is whether to play along or stand apart.

The central character, Maddie, has the misfortune to fall in love with a high-flying married exec, and diverts her own very promising career, forged against the odds in an era of rampant sexism and discrimination against women, to be with him. I don't want to give away the plot, so will say no more about it, other than to say this is a gritty, honest, story that delves behind the glamour and reminds us how far women have come since those days - though many would say we've still not come far enough.

The writing is smart and engaging, and never sentimental - this is no hearts-and-flowers romance - and manages to engage the reader's sympathiy and empathy even when the characters are behaving in what might seem to 21st century eyes like a reprehensible or shocking way. It's also a very interesting period piece, studded with details along the way that make you feel like you're right in that era, and given that the Historical Novel Society's definition of a historical novel is any book set 50 years before it's written, this just about squeezes in to the category.

I think this would make a terrific read for a book group, fuelling discussion about the characters' behaviour and how different the story might be if reflecting today's world of advertising, and the pros and cons of warts-and-all stories of relationships compared to happy-ending romances.

Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Age Old Story 25 April 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The story is one that resonates between man and woman time after time and I couldn’t put it down. Although it takes place in the late 60’s to early 70’s, it could have happened today and most women have been exposed to the double standard if not the complete saga. Against Maddie’s better judgment, she is attracted to a married man. The heart wants what the heart wants and she falls in love with him and starts a torrid affair. Thus, starts five years of a roller coaster of emotions and situations that leads her back to the beginning, where she started, a little older but much wiser.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Gloster’s writing style. She starts in the present, then takes you back five years and brings you forward, though all the trials and tribulations that the characters endure. The situations are realistic and timeless, happening to everyone. Most people can relate to the story on some level. She tosses in unique situations that keep the story interesting and riveting, compelling you to keep turning pages.

I recommend this for mature readers. Although the language used is not extremely graphic, the situations are unquestionably adult and may not be understood by younger readers. This is undeniably a great weekend read, to be enjoyed with your favorite beverage and comfortable chair. You will not only enjoy the story but the look back at the fashions and times of this period.

I received this book for review from The Story Plant.
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense! 4 May 2017
By CMash - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was the first time I read anything by this author but really enjoyed her descriptive writing style.

Maddie, a strong, career oriented woman of the late sixties meets handsome and charming Rob at her new job as an art director. As the synopsis states, it's the decade of free love, and even though Rob is married with 2 children, an illicit affair begins. One they can't stop and it doesn't. (vague to not include spoiler).

The characters are well developed. The story fluid and kept my interest from the very first page to the last word.

I found myself not liking either character. Rob was, when he couldn't control his drinking, an emotionally abusive, arrogant, lying, entitled man that continued to give idle promises. I rooted for Maddie, however, even though she was a strong and talented career woman, her love for Rob was so overwhelming that she became complaisant with matters of her heart.

I enjoyed the reminders and norms of that time. The fashion, pay phones, smoking cigarettes in offices/restaurants, the Viet Nam War, the Beatles, the landing of the first astronaut on the moon.

I definitely recommend this compelling novel, however, there is some adult language and content that may be distasteful to some. I didn't find it offensive because I felt it was true to the time frame that the story takes place in.

An intense and powerful read!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars all consuming love affair with what we now call a bad boy 11 April 2017
By SWR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having lived and worked through the Mad-Men era of Madison Avenue in the 60's, Ms. Gloster has first hand experience of the publishing and advertising business and 3 martini lunches of that time. Her second
novel is the story of an intense, all consuming love affair with what we now call a bad boy. Handsome, charming, selfish and sexy he is irresistible to Maddie. A strong attraction ensues, of course, and the combination creates a page turning read.
Ms. Gloster has captured the mood of the era and timelessness of tremendous desire, the kind that leads first to heartbreak, then to self awareness. she understands the powerful impact of such an intense relationship and is able to portray both the positive and negative effects on those involved and how they are changed by these life altering emotions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with power. 10 April 2017
By jay ingram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I Love You Today by Marcia Gloster takes a step outside the typical romantic novel and gives a feeling of “grown up” fiction. Her characters come to life and seem to take over the reins and speak and act on their own. You quickly care about Maddie and hope she doesn’t get burned too badly by the married man who is her boss and a hopeless womanizer. She has talents and smarts but maybe is not quite a match for a ruthless hunk of man who uses women like they’re throw away goods and feels little remorse.

There is a good view of the glamour magazine business in New York by someone who has obviously been there. The sixties are a good choice as time reference and the sex scenes work.

A solid novel, a good read and at times sexually intriguing.

Jay Ingram Author of Living Zen
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