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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Anderson Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life is a work in progress, as ever-changing as a sandy shoreline along the beach. During the years Joan Anderson was a loving wife and supportive mother, she had slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. With her sons grown, however, she realized that the family no longer centered on the home she provided, and her relationship with her husband had become stagnant. Like many women in her situation, Joan realized that she had neglected to nurture herself and, worse, to envision fulfilling goals for her future. As her husband received a wonderful job opportunity out-of-state, it seemed that the best part of her own life was finished. Shocking both of them, she refused to follow him to his new job and decided to retreat to a family cottage on Cape Cod. 

At first casting about for direction, Joan soon began to take pleasure in her surroundings and call on resources she didn’t realize she had. Over the course of a year, she gradually discovered that her life as an “unfinished woman” was full of possibilities. Out of that magical, difficult, transformative year came A Year by the Sea, a record of her experiences and a treasury of wisdom for readers. 

This year of self-discovery brought about extraordinary changes in the author’s life. The steps that Joan took to revitalize herself and rediscover her potential have helped thousands of woman reveal and release untapped resources within themselves.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marianna | 2/17/2014

    " Ms. Anderson writes about a wish that I believe many middle-age women have. Running away. Spending a good block of time by oneself in order to figure out why on earth one is here beyond being a helpmeet to a husband, a chauffer to children, a shoulder to cry on for friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hope | 2/9/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed the insightful and truthful account from a woman who re-defined herself during her mid-life. She made unconventional decisions that ultimately brought her to a place where she was better for herself and her loved ones in the long run. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele | 2/8/2014

    " Joan Anderson, a middle-aged women takes a break from her marriage to find herself. While I couldn't relate to this woman's life and what she had been through, I still enjoyed her story and the process by which she re-discovered herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristi Sparta | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book! A woman in her 50s trying to figure out the next phase of her life...boy, could I relate! "

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