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The basis for themajor motion picture of the same nameAn entrancing memoir of how one woman's journey of self discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re creating her life 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 Enjoyed some of the book enough to keep reading but she is not a self sufficient woman finding herself Her husband is still there in the background paying the bills and few people have the luxury to do nothing for a year while they are so self centred Would not want to meet her Sometimes her reflections make you think but mostly you want to shake her and tell her to grow up

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The basis for themajor motion picture of the same nameAn entrancing memoir of how one woman's journey of self discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re creating her life 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 I have mixed feelings about this book There is some very nice writing in it but too much repetition It s hard to feel empathy for someone who has the time and money to take a year off in a cottage by the sea She claims to have been at the service of others her whole life and yet admits she was controlling and stubborn and hints that she has had affairs and taken off before She claims to want a marriage worked out to the satisfaction of both her and her husband and yet gets her way in the end I felt that her husband sons and daughters in law her very one dimensional nothing but props in her life She even admits to encourage her sons in to early marriage just to get them out of the house

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The basis for themajor motion picture of the same nameAn entrancing memoir of how one woman's journey of self discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re creating her life 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 I purchased this book for a glimpse of Cape Cod a place I have visited and have longed to return to I did not realize it was a cathartic work an effort to find oneself and a story about healing one s marriage I have to admit that I tend to not read these types of books but I enjoyed this one I can relate to sometimes feeling the boredom in spite of a hectic and chaotic work life overwhelming me When I lived in New England I had my own places of respite including a trip to the uiet corner of Connecticut and a freuent uick trip to Todd s Pond to feed the ducks I miss that life and long for the beauty of seasons So I could relate to Ms Anderson s year long adventure and found that I have healed a bit after reading her story


10 thoughts on “A Year By The Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman

  1. says:

    The story is about how life as a parent basically put an end to a woman's aspirations drive vision enjoyment self

  2. says:

    After reading a number of reviews of this book here on I have come to the conclusion that either you will love it or you will hate it I think which reaction you will have depends a great deal on how old you are and what your life exp

  3. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book There is some very nice writing in it but too much repetition It's hard to feel empathy for someone who has the time and money to take a year off in a cottage by the sea She claims to have been at the service of others her whole life and yet admits she was controlling and stubborn and hints that

  4. says:

    I purchased this book for a glimpse of Cape Cod a place I have visited and have longed to return to I did not realize it was a cathartic work an effort to find oneself and a story about healing one's marriage I have to admit that I tend to not read these types of books but I enjoyed this one I can relate to so

  5. says:

    The author of this book reveals her less than glamours thoughts and feelings as she struggles with another period of life that we all face She is taking time to reflect and evaluate her past and her future The author can be painfully honest abo

  6. says:

    A great book It is enlightening and I enjoyed it so much that I bought a second copy for a friend Recently I celebrated my 50th birthday not without a mid life struggle may I add 'A Year by the sea' helped me to think abou

  7. says:

    Very enjoyable little read specially for the older woman Very well written

  8. says:

    This book is most informative and supportive for women I recommend reading all four of this author's books

  9. says:

    Enjoyed some of the book enough to keep reading but she is not a self sufficient woman finding herself Her husba

  10. says:

    If you have been in a relationship for many years but wonder if this is where you want to be or if this is all there is Joan's journal may give you the impetus to ask yourself what you want to do or how to make things better than they are Having drifted off course we have no choice but to find our way back with or without

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