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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.

©1999 Joan Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Free too be a woman of my own making.

I long to be brave enough to take chances. This book gives me the courage to return to my days of youthful adventure and overcome the fear that has come about from life's mistakes. I feel free to be a woman of my own making and help my wonderful husband of 40 years find retirement an adventure, too.

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Love it

I love this story and the narrator was perfect! I didn't want it to end.

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Great read but not enjoyable listen

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I gave up trying to listen to this book because the read read too fast for such complex sentences and depth. I tried slowing the speed but that didn't work for me. I read the entire book on Kindle but felt my Audible purchase was a waste of money. This is the first time I have not been able to listen to a book I have purchased.

Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

Never!

Could you see A Year by the Sea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe

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  • 06-29-16

An Unfinished Woman - An Unfinished Life

This spoke to my heart, the inner dialogue I find myself in during this chapter, these moments in life.

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I wish it never ended...

One of my favorite books, read it first years ago and now listened to it! So much insight and things to think about! Definitely you should read it. I will go on to my next book from Joan, this one should be longer though :-)

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  • 07-14-16

Awful

This book was nothing but adjectives, alliterations, and quotes. The few original lines meandered, went nowhere and died in a vain attempt to make the hormonal imbalances of women sound romantic. I finally started skipping chapters to see if the author could redeem herself from the bottomfeeding misery that she was inflicting on her readers. She couldn't.

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Best audio I've heard

I'm so happy I bought this audio.
I was hesitant at first but kept going back to it. I loved the story. I loved the readers voice, to me that makes the story better when your able to enjoy the reader. So many times I have bought great audio books but the reader is boring or I can't stand the tone. This was pleasant to listen to, I listened at night when relaxing. The story line had hidden messages in each chapter. It's not old fashioned as some might think.
It's about a woman's journey through the seconded part of life and what she is going through, most of us has too or is in the process. I love her and want more of her books now.

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