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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Richest Season by Maryann Mcfadden Guest Review

Please welcome a guest review today from Ila M. (thanks Mom....)

From Amazon

Sometimes you have to leave your life to find yourself again . . .

After more than a dozen moves in twenty-five years of marriage, Joanna Harrison is lonely and tired of being a corporate wife. Her children are grown and gone, her husband is more married to his job than to her, and now they're about to pack up once more. Panicked at the thought of having to start all over again, Joanna commits the first irresponsible act of her life. She runs away to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, a place she's been to just once.

She finds a job as a live-in companion to Grace Finelli, a widow who has come to the island to fulfill a girlhood dream. Together the two women embark on the most difficult journey of their lives: Joanna struggling for independence, roots, and a future of her own, as her family tugs at her from afar; and Grace, choosing to live the remainder of her life for herself alone, knowing she may never see her children again.

Entwined is Paul Harrison's story as he loses his wife, his job, and everything that defines him as a man. He takes off on his own journey out west, searching for the answers to all that has gone wrong in his life. One thing remains constant: He wants his wife back.

Joanna, however, is moving farther away from her old life as she joins a group dedicated to rescuing endangered loggerhead turtles, led by a charismatic fisherman unlike anyone she's ever met.

The Richest Season is a stunning debut about three very different people, each changing their lives when such transformations are usually long over. It will resonate with any woman who's ever fantasized about leaving home to find herself.

The "Richest Season" by Maryann McFadden was a great read for me. I have spent a great deal of my life near the water and on the ocean. This book made me want to visit Pawley's Island. I have known Grace's in my life who wanted to remain independent even though they needed assistance. Grace's name fits her aptly. Joanna's character displays an inner strength that no one seemed to know she was capable of. I wanted to cheer her on as she builds her new life. I look forward to other books by this author.


bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, is your mom's name Ila? I had an aunt named Ila and I thought it was a name my grandmother made up. I enjoyed your mom's review.

Anonymous said...

Love the cover art! Of course, I'm attracted to anything pink... but still, it's gorgeous. :)

Enjoyed your mom's review! This sounds like a good read. I love books about women "finding themselves," whatever that may mean. I'll definitely look for this one!

Toni said...

I really enjoyed this review. I have this book tucked away to review and enjoy. Now I need to bump it up.

Also thank you for your nice comment on my blog! I really like your blog alot too!

kalea_kane said...

Enjoyed your mom's review! That was awesome. This looks great.