The Richest Season – Maryann McFadden

Title: The Richest Season
Author: Maryann McFadden
ISBN: 1401322700
Pages: 336
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Review: Originally posted on LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: **** (out of 5)

The Richest Season is the story of Joanna, a corporate housewife whose children are grown and gone. Her husband, Paul, has recently been promoted to a VP position at the telecommunications company he works for – and Joanna knows what that means. More long absences, more business trips, more of Paul putting his job before his family. So finally, pushed to the brink, Joanna decides to leave. She finds herself at Pawley Island in South Carolina with little money and no prospects, a far cry from her lush suburban home in New Jersey. Joanna meets an elderly woman named Grace, who has a secret of her own, and Joanna becomes a sort of part-time caretaker for Grace. As she begins her new life, Paul struggles to accept Joanna’s decision (refusing to do so for a long time) and faces a crisis of his own. The Richest Season is about two people who have grown apart, and whether it’s possible for them to grow together again.

I enjoyed The Richest Season. It was definitely a light beach read – anyone looking for substance or deep thought should search elsewhere. The book was reminiscent of Dorothea Benton Frank’s The Land of Mango Sunsets, but I found it much more enjoyable. The book is satisfying and enjoyable, and I think any female would enjoy it, but most likely it speaks to women approaching the middle of their lives. The characters are well written and it is easy to sympathize with them. Overall, this is a great first effort from McFadden and I look forward to reading what she comes out with next!

(Incidentally, completely off topic, but I absolutely despised the cover of the ARC. The cover of the actual book is much better. And yes, I do judge books by their covers.)


  1. I agree with you about the cover. It doesn’t seem to suit the book. The cover isn’t the most important part of the book, but a good one can certainly enhance it. The cover of Trespassers Will Be Baptized really suits the memoir and just seeing the dust jacket when I picked it up to continue reading made me happy.

  2. Isnt it amazing how a good cover sells a book?

  3. I agree about the cover – I’d never have picked it up in a bookstore (though the pink one isn’t bad). And, I thought the book itself was just okay – definitely nothing spectacular. But I think the author has loads of potential. She has a nice descriptive style that I think would be well-suited to historical fiction or epic romance novels.

  4. Yes! The cover of the ARC was terrible. 🙁 But the pink one is lovely. I acutally liked the cover of the book more than the actual content…ha!
    I wasn’t too impressed…

  5. That’s hilarious! I liked the ARC cover better than the final version. Although I think neither of them were perfect. Glad to see someone who likes and judges book covers as well 🙂

  6. I just finished this book yesterday, I really liked it! i was worried I may not exactly relate to it, being much younger than most of the characters but it wasn’t a problem at all! Yeah the ARC cover is cheesy!

  7. I didn’t really like either cover…or the book.
    I am proud to still have the highlighted negative review at Amazon! lol

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