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The Richest Season

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  529 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
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 ove ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 20, 2008 Monie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Jun 20, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I began reading The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, but I have to say I really loved this book. At first I thought it was going to be a typical chick lit midlife crisis type book, but it really surprised me. The character development in the book was wonderful and left me feeling more optimistic than a lot of books I've read recently have made me feel.

The Richest Season is about a middle-aged corporate wife, Joanna, who runs away from her seemingly per
Jul 12, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
"This story is delightfully place-based, so if you can't get to the beach, you'll feel like you've been there for a visit. While some of the plot was a little predictable, it still was an interesting read. What made this book stand out for me was how well the author put the main characters in the location. You could just about smell the salty air. [return]I would recommend this book for someone looking for a not total fluff beach read. It could also be a decent book club book -- there are enough ...more
Jul 16, 2008 Donura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

DATE: June 30, 2008
TITLE: The Richest Season
AUTHOR: McFadden, Mary

RATING: 4 of 5

Life choices change for all of us over time. Priorities, and those things that provide satisfaction and comfort can also change many times over in each of our lives. How couples stay together or don’t is at best a gamble. Paul and Joanna are just one example among many that looked on the outside like one that would last, and yet it was simply covered by a thin veneer of tolerance that final
Dec 13, 2008 Alea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
Joanna's husband has received yet another promotion. That means they will have to move their life once more. And before they can discuss it her husband, Paul is off on another business trip. Both of their children are out of the house now so Joanne spends most of her time alone. Joanna decides she just can't handle it anymore and leaves while Paul is still out of town. Joanna finds herself in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, she finds work as a part-time live-in care taken for an older woman name ...more
Joanna leaves her husband Paul and escapes to a life on Pawleys Island and finds herself living with an elderly lady, Grace, who has terminal cancer. Joanna and Grace find themselves becoming closer to each other as one tries to find a new life and the other comes to terms with the end of hers. We also follow Paul who after living his life “working for the family” suddenly loses his job and starts to see his life through fresh eyes and realises there is more to life than work. He realises how mu ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Terra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden was a delightful work of women's fiction that should not be missed. This novel is a pulsating summer read that will take your emotions and senses and throw them into overdrive.

Joanna Harrison is a wife of 25 years of marriage, mother to two wonderful adult children and very set in a routine of life that we all find ourselves in at one point or another. She is comfortably wealthy, lives in the upper middle class neighborhood and oh so bored and lonely.

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Aug 26, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4.5/5

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

I enjoyed this book a lot and I was drawn to the book, The Richest Season, by Mary McFadden, by its beautiful cover art.

Joanna Harrison is a middle aged, empty nester corporate wife, who runs away from her seemingly perfect life after she learns that once again, her husband Paul's promotion will mean yet another move to a locale where she will face loneliness in a new community, while her husband works long hours and
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Apr 23, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna is a wife to a highly successful corporate husband. After being surprised with his latest promotion and realizing it would mean packing up for another move, and less time together with her husband, she packs up and goes to Pawley's Island, a place she discovered years ago. Confronted by depleting funds, she takes up a job caring for Grace, an elderly woman. From there she slowly starts to heal and does some soul searching.

After Paul, her husband, realizes it's not just "another thing" and
Sandy T
Nov 05, 2008 Sandy T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2008
This is one I tried strictly from the cover. Eh... it was okay. There was some nice writing, but I thought the characters weren't very believable...
The cover remains the best part of the book!
Feb 05, 2009 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't certain what the title, The Richest Season," meant until I started to write my review. This is where I think that it came from: Maryann McFadden has taken a quote from Ecclesiastes: " To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.." If that be the case, then this author leaves the reader with thoughts and events that each of us can relate to.
Some of us can relate to Joanna who suddenly realizes that her husband's rise to the top had pitfalls: loneliness, a
May 08, 2009 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young men and women who have come to a crossroads in thier lives
Recommended to Dorothy by: Kerri the local librarian
Paul and Joanne Harrison's marriage has come to an impasse. He is an executive at V.I.C., and his life is his work. The stress is showing when he realizes that his frequent business trips across the country is effecting his health. The cotton balls that he has been placing in his ears during flight time frequently reveal tinges of pink when they are removed. Meanwhile, Joanne is also feeling the pressure of being a corporate wife and she wants "out!"
Where does this leave her? She is bored,lonely
Katie Sunsdahl
Sep 05, 2010 Katie Sunsdahl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
extremely stupid book, could not finish it, it was just too painful !
Jan 20, 2011 Dot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book and thought that the author wrote the book just for you? Well, as a woman who has looked in the mirror on more than one occasion and thought "Is that really me?!", The Richest Season spoke to me on several levels. I found myself identifying with Joanna and her quest to discover who she really was and what she really wanted out of life. It also reminded me that sometimes it takes more courage to face your life head-on than it is to run away from it all! Yes, this book wo ...more
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Romanzo interessante, che effettivamente, come sostiene il "Publishers Weekly" ti prende e ti obbliga ad arrivare fino alla fine. Inizialmente è facile schierarsi dalla parte di Joanna, moglie dimenticata e frustrata che vuole dare "gli ultimi colpi" abbandonando una vita piatta e un marito assente. Questa lascia la sua grande e ricca casa per stabilirsi al sud, a Pawleys Island, un piccolo "paradiso" formato da semplici persone che si conoscono da una vita e si affollano attorno alla nuova arri ...more
Jun 19, 2015 Deana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really better stop listening to audiobooks. I am thinking that is the reason I end up hating some books. Listening to this reader's overly dramatic telling of this story made me dislike the main character. I also felt that the story seemed all over the map and totally unrealistic. I am trying to think if I had read and not listened to this book, would I have liked Joanna? I don't think so, but like I said, the reader on the audiobook was so breathy and so dramatic, I was rolling my eyes in the ...more
The Richest Season deals with a corporate wife of 25 years who, unhappy with her life, decides to reinvent it. She leaves her home for Pawley’s Island, South Carolina where she interacts with the local residents and becomes a part of the community through her jobs and other activities.

The atmosphere that McFadden creates in her descriptions is the strongest element of The Richest Season. Some of these are so intense and well-drawn that you can feel the presence of the beach on every page. This i
Dácil González
En "El verano de mi vida" nos encontramos con tres personajes bastantes dispares.
Por un lado tenemos a Joanna, una mujer que durante toda su vida se ha dedicado a su familia y ahora que los hijos viven lejos se da cuenta que no ha vivido. Para su marido Paul es más importantes los negocios que ella.

Paul, ha luchado durante decadas para sacar a su familia adelante y tener una buena posición económica sin darse cuenta que se estaba olvidando de lo más importante, compartir tiempo con ellos, e
Sep 11, 2011 Lorri rated it liked it
I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a few years now from a win and just got around to reading it. I've mentioned several times before that I enjoy reading about women who have changed their lives and realize how important they actually are. Joanna is in her 40's, her two children are on their own in different states, and her husband is always gone- traveling with his job. He just got a promotion and tells her they will be moving once again. She doesn't want to move, feeling like that is ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Lizpeveto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author and will look for more books. It takes place on Pawley's Island which always interests me like the Dorothea Benton Frank books. Joanna seems to have a perfect life except she faces a "mid-life crisis". She leaves her hardworking husband to drive somewhere, anywhere south and ends up on the coast. She finds a job as a caregiver to Grace who is terminally ill. Initially, Joanna doesn't have a real committment to Grace and seeks to socialize w/ the locals. The problem w/ mid-life crisi ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This gets five stars because it really drew me in. I could relate to Joanna in that her family has left her alone full time, and while it is normal for your children to leave, to have your husband gone most of the time isn't any fun. And she keeps thinking to herself, you can leave. So she actually does, and as anyone knows, something like that takes a lot of courage. And she goes to the last place where she thought she might be happy and finds a job and begins to build a new life for herself wi ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul and Joann have it all. 2 kids, a big house, cars, but is there still love in their lives. When Joan decides that she needs more in her life than a husband that is married to his job, she decides to leave. She goes to the shore, looking for a place to stay, when she comes across an add for a caregiver with a 6 month time frame.
Joann takes the job and meets Grace, an aging women with cancer that wants to die in her own way. Joann loves being on the beach, the freedom to come and go and to ha
Apr 14, 2013 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction, 2013
This story resonated with me on so many levels. A little too close to home, actually, but truly, it made it so real and believable to me that I couldn't put it down. I was swept up into the story.

It is the kind of story that wraps me up in knots. I'll warn you, it's heartrending. Tears flowed at times as I read it. Some might think, why would you give it 5-stars and rave about a book that upset you so...because when all is said and done it's a very good, well-written book.

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Aug 11, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"The Richest Season," is about a woman (an empty nester) who doesn't want to live the life she is living anymore and takes off because she needs to. The final straw for Joanna is finding out that her husband has gotten a promotion during what she thinks is just a company dinner function. That promotion means she will once again have to pack up the house and move yet again, and she is tired of moving, but she is even more tired of being taken for granted and not even being considered when her hus ...more
Ellen Moore
Aug 07, 2013 Ellen Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story of a woman who left her husband and home in New Jersey to move on her own to Pawley's Island. She made new friends and discovered a new career (journalism) while caring for a terminally ill woman who provided her a free apartment at her beach front home in return for her services. During this time, her husband also changed and discovered that he did not want to travel and work all the time and move frequently as he had done before his wife left him. She had an affair and also ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Sometimes you have to leave your life behind in order to finally find yourself. So it is for Joanna Harrison: perfect wife and mother of twenty-five years. Joanna finds herself at a crossroads in her life - after more than a dozen moves over the span of a twenty-five year marriage, she is lonely, bored, and tired of playing the role of a corporate wife.

Her children are grown and gone, her husband is more married to his job than he is to her, and now they're about to pack up once more. Joanna jus
Apr 29, 2015 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started and stopped this book several times; now that I finally finished it I am disappointed--in myself, for not doing it sooner. It is a wonderful story, beautifully told. Joanna is a corporate executive's wife who simply walks out of her life when she realizes how little meaning she finds in it anymore; Grace is the elderly woman with whom Joanna takes a job as a live-in companion; Paul is Joanna's self-absorbed husband who soon finds himself pushed out of his own life. The novel traces the ...more
I must say that I didn't enjoy The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden when I first started reading it. I didn't really care for any of the main characters: Joanna, a corporate wife who just walks away from her marriage; Paul, the corporate VP who is constantly on the job; Grace, a widow who has moved to Pawleys Island to fulfill a girlhood dream. But the story pulled me in chapter by chapter until I was really rooting for Paul more so than the other two main characters. I enjoyed Grace's full ci ...more
Ann Gallo
Oct 19, 2016 Ann Gallo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope this author writes more. Enjoyed this story about middle age crisis, two women coming together to share their journeys. good reading.
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Maryann McFadden is the author of THE BOOK LOVER, which will debut May 1, 2012. Her previous 2 novels, THE RICHEST SEASON and SO HAPPY TOGETHER, were both Independent Bookseller picks and have been translated into multiple languages.

Maryann is also a speaker and writing coach, and loves to chat with book clubs! Contact her at
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