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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maryann McFadden Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400178087
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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 over again, Joanna commits the first irresponsible act of her life. She runs away to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, a place she's been to just once. She finds a job as a live-in companion to Grace Finelli, a widow who has come to the island to fulfill a girlhood dream. Together the two women embark on the most difficult journey of their lives: Joanna struggling for independence, roots, and a future of her own, as her family tugs at her from afar; and Grace, choosing to live the remainder of her life for herself alone, knowing she may never see her children again. Entwined is Paul Harrison's story as he loses his wife, his job, and everything that defines him as a man. He takes off on his own journey out west, searching for the answers to all that has gone wrong in his life. One thing remains constant: He wants his wife back. Joanna, however, is moving farther away from her old life as she joins a group dedicated to rescuing endangered loggerhead turtles, led by a charismatic fisherman unlike anyone she's ever met. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brave and carefully made…McFadden is out of the gate and on her way.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • A heartrending journey of discovery. Maryann McFadden is an exciting new author who writes with compassion, wisdom, and astonishing skill. Cassandra King, author of Queen of Broken Hearts
  • “A heartrending journey of discovery. Maryann McFadden is an exciting new author who writes with compassion, wisdom, and astonishing skill.”

    Cassandra King, author of Queen of Broken Hearts

  • “Skillful plotting keeps pages turning, and McFadden quickly has readers rooting for intriguing Joanna, on the cusp of change.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/17/2014

    " I loved this book! MaryAnn did a great job!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/4/2014

    " Enjoyed this book and really liked the ending! I recommend this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnajo | 2/3/2014

    " Took a few days to read but it was a good book gave it my 9 1/2 rating. A wife/mother runs away from home to find herself. Kids went off on their own and husband is always doing business trips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jann | 1/30/2014

    " This is about a woman who is tired of her corporate wife life and runs away to Pawley's Island after a 25 yr marriage. It was somewhat predictable but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/17/2014

    " You can read my take here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Collins | 1/8/2014

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 12/22/2013

    " I like reading about "older" people who have raised their kids and what they do and think. This book had several individuals with different lifestyles that were interesting to read about. I liked the turtles best of all the characters- they weren't really characters though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Harris | 12/19/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Mcalexander | 12/15/2013

    " The changes and choices of women inthe 50+ range. Well written and has the lingering thought-provoking effect. Enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/2/2013

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. McFadden tells a story in a well constructed, undramatic way without being overly plodding & stiff. This book actually made me think better of contemporary, chic lit - which I don't know if I'm too happy about ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/25/2013

    " Beach read. My aunt gave me this book - it's not one I would buy for myself. It was a nice story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/25/2013

    " This was terrific- made you think a little, and I love any book set at the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/14/2013

    " woman leaves workaholic husband and escapes to Pawley's Island and takes care of a dying woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Barton | 8/17/2013

    " I loved this book - could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom Taxi Julie | 7/28/2013

    " I thought this was such a great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 3/17/2013

    " Like Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years and Elizabeth Berg's Pull of the Moon, this is a tale of an empty-nester who runs away from home to find herself. For some reason I can't get enough of these stories. Not as good as Tyler or Berg but a decent read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suncat09 Sunsdahl | 10/25/2012

    " extremely stupid book, could not finish it, it was just too painful ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ppflieger | 9/8/2012

    " Beautiful book about life changes and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/15/2012

    " This was a surprising book because I didn't really like the characters and I wasn't transformed by the writing, but I was compelled to keep reading. It was very honest and I wanted to see how it all turned out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. Not a difficult read, but highly enjoyable! Great for the car line at school or for an hour's escape while the kids are playing quietly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jann | 4/20/2011

    " This is about a woman who is tired of her corporate wife life and runs away to Pawley's Island after a 25 yr marriage. It was somewhat predictable but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/18/2011

    " Great book for those having doubts about life choices. Author pulls you in with a few twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ppflieger | 1/16/2011

    " Beautiful book about life changes and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debebete | 8/23/2010

    " Loved this book of unlikely friendship of two women when they needed it the most. I didn't give five stars because the ending was just too predictable, but it was a wounderful bitter sweet read to that predictable end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnajo | 3/16/2010

    " Took a few days to read but it was a good book gave it my 9 1/2 rating. A wife/mother runs away from home to find herself. Kids went off on their own and husband is always doing business trips.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chiara | 1/20/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed Joanna's Journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/23/2009

    " Like Anne Tyler's Ladder of Years and Elizabeth Berg's Pull of the Moon, this is a tale of an empty-nester who runs away from home to find herself. For some reason I can't get enough of these stories. Not as good as Tyler or Berg but a decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/17/2009

    " another quick summer read. Liked it but didn't love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 9/1/2009

    " predictable and not hard to read, I guess it is supposed to be a "journey of discovery" but what she exactly discovered is hard to see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 8/5/2009

    " The changes and choices of women inthe 50+ range. Well written and has the lingering thought-provoking effect. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 7/29/2009

    " Interesting that all three books I picked out for July are all based in South Carolina. I enjoyed the fact that I knew most of the roads and locations in this book. The book itself was a quick, beach read. I finished it in two days. Somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed it just the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 7/12/2009

    " There were moments that the story was slow, but in the end, I'm glad I read it. It made me sick back and think about the relationships I have with others. Overall I give it 3 thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 6/12/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. Not a difficult read, but highly enjoyable! Great for the car line at school or for an hour's escape while the kids are playing quietly! "

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About the Author
Author Maryann McFadden

Maryann McFadden has been a successful realtor for the past twenty years, but she always wanted to be a novelist. The Richest Season began as her thesis project when she returned to school for a master’s degree in literature. She lives in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where she is at work on her next novel.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.