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Der Sommer Meines Lebens

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  570 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Ein großer Roman über die Liebe, die Freundschaft und die Suche nach dem Glück.

Nach mehr als ein Dutzend Umzügen in 25 Jahren Ehe ist Joanna eine perfekt funktionierende Unternehmer-Gattin. Die beiden Kinder hat sie alleine großgezogen während ihr Mann Paul die Karriereleiter emporstieg. Doch nun sind die Kinder aus dem Haus und Pauls neuester Umzugsplan bringt das Fass zu
Paperback, 416 pages
Published 2009 by Goldmann (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 14, 2013 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 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give this incredible novel only 4 stars because the author's grammar was horrible! There were SO many mistakes, but the story itself was perfect in every other way, so I will blame author McFadden's editor, and give her a pass. I loved the book, about a marriage of long standing, which has become stale, to the point where the wife feels invisible to her husband and children, so she abruptly decides to leave. She gets in her car in NJ and doesn't stop driving until she is on Pawley ...more
May 08, 2009 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
Jun 20, 2008 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
Aug 04, 2013 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
Jun 17, 2008 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
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
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
Judy Collins
Mayann McFadden is most definitely the hottest up and coming author! Don't miss this one and her latest - "So Happy Together!" " You will want to read all her books, especially the new one - the Book Lover!
Sandy T
Oct 16, 2008 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!
Katie Sunsdahl
Sep 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
extremely stupid book, could not finish it, it was just too painful !
Carolyn Coggins
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is McFadden's first novel attempt and she did an outstanding job. I kinda figured out the ending BUT she did keep me wondering if I was wrong. And I wanted to applaud at her decision!! It's the basic "woman finding herself after her children are gone" novel but she kept my interest and it wasn't too mushy with "discovering sex after having sex with the same man for 25 years" mush. She has several scenarios going on at once which kept my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to r ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is no depth or substance to this book. JoAnna and Grace were both boring, one dimensional and not likeable. Paul was the most developed character in the book and the only one who seemed to truly have had a journey of self discovery. The writing was chaotic. I found myself rereading passages over and over just to understand how one situation became another since there was little transition. Overall I give it an Ick rating.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable quick summer read! (Beach read if I were at the beach)
Denise Wallace
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lovely story. not too many characters. a joy to read.
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Apr 11, 2013 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 04, 2008 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.

Paul H
Kathi Rosner-gross
No mystery, no intrigue, just the lives of ordinary people going through different situations in their lives. Maryann McFadden weaves their lives and circumstances into your heart.
Jul 17, 2008 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
Feb 05, 2009 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
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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
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
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
Aug 05, 2008 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
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2008 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
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 03, 2012 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 29, 2015 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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 08, 2016 06:54PM  
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  • Bed & Breakfast
  • So Far...
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Errands
  • An Act of Love
  • A Song for the Asking
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  • A Ruling Passion
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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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