The Richest Season

The Richest Season

by Maryann McFadden
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The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden

"Beautifully written . . . Lets readers into the characters' thoughts and feelings as they struggle to understand how the past has led them to their present situations."
--Romantic Times

"A page-turner that will appeal to every woman who has ever felt lonely and isolated . . ."
--Raleigh News & Observer

"One of the best books I have ever read . . ."

"A compelling debut novel that tells the story of one woman's courage to leave it all behind . . ."
--Fresh Fiction

"Skillful plotting keeps pages turning . . ."
--Publishers Weekly

When lonely corporate wife Joanna Harrison runs away to Pawleys Island, she has no idea what happens next. But as a new life takes root, thanks to a passionate fisherman and a commitment to save endangered turtles, demands from her old life may force her to return. The Richest Season is a stunning debut that will resonate with any woman who's ever fantasized about leaving home to find herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597228220
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/03/2008
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 618
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Maryann McFadden runs a successful real estate business but always wanted to write a novel; she did so and self published The Richest Season in 2006, selling 4000 copies. Hyperion's edition came out in June 2008, and received rave reviews. Maryann lives in Hackettstown, NJ.

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Richest Season 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
seascape1 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book as I left my own life as did this character of Joanna, so I could relate. Her characters are very believable. I love the setting as I live in a beach area near Pawley's island. Maryann McFadden was at our local library promoting her newest book, "The Book Lover". I bought a copy and am anxious to get started on this latest one. She is also a very good speaker sharing some of her own life, and how hard it is to get a book published. This is her first book. Her 4th book which she is now working on sounds very interesting. I will eagerly await it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! What a great read. The characters were real, if they did not remind you of your own life, certainly they remind you of someone you know. I found it refreshing and realistic. Makes you believe in the power of love and the human spirit. Reminds us that sometimes you need to loose something in order ot know how much it means to you.
ssjax More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit difficult at first - the main characters start out as very shallow and unlikeable and continue that route for much of the story. You find yourself thinking "Why are these people so mean and why should I care about them?" Eventually the characters discover themselves and it all comes together in the end. If you can get throught the first part the conclusion makes up for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous find! A friend of mine emailed me that I had to pick up this book. Her book club is raving about it. What a friend! This was an outstanding read. The characters are wonderfully developed, and the intertwined story of the three characters is carefully crafted. This is a great read for anyone -- male or female-- who has lived life trying to balance careers and relationships. I would recommend this, as my friend did, to all my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time. If you love a character driven book, or if you love a great story, you can find both in this beautifully written novel. There are only a few authors who can lay out a character's destiny but blow you away when that destiny is fulfilled. The characters are so well balanced that this book will be loved by both men and women. This is a 'must read' during any season!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a page turner for me. It kept me not only wanting to know what will happen next, but it made me start to develop feelings for the characters as if they were real people. You feel everything each character feels. This is definitely a book I would highly recommend to everyone. Expect to go through an emotional journey with each character. I can't wait for the next book! Bravo, Maryann!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially book clubs since there are so many highlights for discussion. I was totally captured by each character and Ms McFadden's knack of telling their story. Can't wait for her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story caught me completely off guard. I thought it was going to be a light summer read, but I was drawn into the character's feelings and emotions as if I knew them forever. Ms. McFadden captures the atmoshphere of Pawley's Island and beautifully tells the tale of 3 people struggling with their changing lives. I was surprised to feel compassionate about each and every character. I am already looking forward to her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a book to be missed. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It took me on a journey of highs and lows. Maryann McFadden pulled me into the story, I felt as if I were right there with each of the characters.
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The-Wicked-Reader More than 1 year ago
The Richest Season is a book with a pretty typical plot: Woman falls out of love, woman runs away, woman falls for someone new. Shocking, I know. The book does however tell the story from different perspectives. For the most part this is the only original factor to the book; however sometimes it slows down the already sluggish plot. Characters like Buffy and Rhetta are key as they continually lighten the mood and shine a sense of humor into the book. However just when it seems to be going positively, we are railed back to read the story of Grace. Her depressing story and even more depressing attitude only makes the reader want to shut the book. She has absolutely no relatable personality traits and frankly, I spent much of my time wishing she would go away. In the end, however, things end better then most typical stories. If only it didn't have to take 200 pages to get original.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story begins with corporate wife, Joanna, faced with yet another move to a new city. In her 25 years as Paul¿s wife she¿s moved and started over more than a dozen times. Never able to have close friends or meaningful jobs Joanna finally says no more and leaves her home and heads to a small island she fell in love with years before. I found a lot of the story was disjointed and unbelievable. In the opening pages, her escape is made to seem spur of the moment. One minute she¿s out for a walk and the next minute she¿s made her escape and on her way to Pawley¿s Island. As the story progresses you learn there was more planning involved (she packed a box of mementos, she paid all the current bills, took $5,000 with her) but we find out these facts too late which make them seem like they were added in when the story didn¿t seem to flow correctly with what we knew so far. Then you have Paul. At first he doesn¿t really believe Joanna is gone but when he finally faces the fact she¿s left he seems unable to track her whereabouts until he gets his boss to trace a late night hang up. It would have been as simple as looking into Joanna¿s credit card charges to find out where she¿s at. The remainder of the book has similar incidents that just made the whole story frustrating and hard to believe. The ending was predictable and I didn¿t enjoy this read as much as I hoped to.