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Book Review: The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden

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I love a good romantic story. And boy am I a sucker for a happy ending. This passion began early for me. When I was a little girl, I became hooked for life the very first time my mom read Cinderella to me. While I still enjoy a good “fairy tale,” now that I’m older and wiser, I prefer more complex, mature characters involved in deeper, stronger scenarios.

The Richest Season has everything I crave in a captivating read plus so much more. Through Maryann McFadden’s skillful writing the pages come to life as her characters stories are woven together flawlessly, effortlessly and seamlessly, creating a rich tapestry of emotional experiences that are both believable and relatable.

Joanna Harrison was at her wits end. After twenty five years of marriage she had enough. While her husband, Paul steadily climbed up the corporate ladder achieving greater power, prestige and wealth, Joanna gradually slid down the rungs of despair falling deeper into loneliness, unhappiness and frustration. With her kids grown and the nest empty, she picked up and ran away from the life she led in Sparta, New Jersey to figure out who she really was. Her destination was Pawleys Island, South Carolina, a favorite vacation spot she and her family visited once, many years earlier.

It is said that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Needing a place to stay, Joanna worked out an arrangement with Grace Finelli— an elderly, ailing woman—exchanging help with household chores and errands for room and board in her beachfront home. What results from the time Joanna spent on the island is the crucial turning point in not only her life but in Paul’s and Grace’s as well. Relationships evolved. Some grew, some deepened and some ended. Regardless of the outcomes, all involved changed and benefited in ways none of them could have predicted or dreamed possible. There are no accidents in life. Everything happens exactly the way it is supposed to. The culmination of the story beautifully depicts this.

Like I said earlier, I love a happy ending. This one left me ecstatic.

The Richest Season is Maryann McFadden’s debut novel. Both Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times Book Reviews gave her rave reviews for her work. Her second novel So Happy Together is coming soon.

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  • debsue

    Interesting perspective on humor and gravity. So true!