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El Verano De Mi Vida (2011)

by Maryann McFadden(Favorite Author)
3.59 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: 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 just can't take any more. Panicked at the thought of having to start all over again, she commits the first irresponsible act of her life. She runs away to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, a place she has been to just once.She finds a job as a live-in companion to Grace Finelli, a widow ... morewho 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, while 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 in effect, 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 further 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. This is Ms. McFadden's debut novel - a stunning story of three very different people, each changing their lives at a time when such transformations are usually long over. In my opinion, this book was delightful. I found myself quickly engrossed in the lives and various predicaments of the characters, rooting for them all to come through their own difficulties relatively unscathed. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading Ms. McFadden's next book sometime in the future.
review 2: 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 have someone there that appreciates her. When she meets Hank, her heart patters like a school girl and the passion between them is fireworks. This is a story about; love, friendship, heartache, caring and forgiving. It has passion, a few swearwords and heart. less
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Beach read. My aunt gave me this book - it's not one I would buy for myself. It was a nice story.
Attended a great book discussion by her-looking forward to reading it.
wonderful, beautifully written
Terrific,very pleasant.
Mary really liked it.
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