A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

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Now available in paperback, the entrancing story 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 plea-sure 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.


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About Joan Anderson

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JOAN ANDERSON, is the author of A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, and A Walk on the Beach. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and conducts weekend workshops for women throughout the country.
 
Published January 5, 2011 by Broadway Books. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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A touchy-feely finding-oneself memoir by a midlife woman who took a year off from her unfulfilling marriage and spent it in reflection by the sea.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of A Year by the Sea

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I'm beginning to think that real growing only begins after we've done the adult things we're supposed to do, confides Anderson, a journalist and author of children's books (Twins on Toes, etc.). S

Mar 29 1999 | Read Full Review of A Year by the Sea

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It chronicles the slow but steady work that both Joan and her husband, Robin, put into re-making their marriage;

Dec 15 2006 | Read Full Review of A Year by the Sea

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