BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson

A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999. This is the true story of a menopausal woman who separated form her husband and spends a year by the sea. I guess she’s learning to be her true self? Can we really do that? Be who we are without thinking about it first? Judging our every action? So far I’m enjoying the book. You might also. It’s not a long story, just 181 pages before you get to the About the Book section at the back (which I skip over usually). So far Joan spends time working in a fish market and meets up with an older lady named Joan Erikson and they become good friends.

RIVER’S SONG The Inn at Shining Waters by Melody Carlson

RIVER’S SONG The Inn at Shining Waters by Melody Carlson, (c) 2011. 40 year old Widow Anna Larson returns to her home on the Siuslaw River after her mother’s death. There she gains the self confidence and Independence she never had while living with her mother-in-law after her husband’s death 8 years earlier. Anna is a “half-breed” Half Swedish and half Suislaw Indian. Her mother in law always treated her badly right from the moment she married Adam Larson, called Anna a “little Indian Squaw” around her bridge playing friends. Brow beat and not very happy, Anna decides to stay on her inherited home and make an Inn of it for outdoors men who love to hunt and fish. Along the way Anna falls in love with a certain building contractor she meets.

NOTE: I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so I highly recommend it. I would love to read it’s sequel titled RIVER’S CALL.

COME WALK WITH ME by Joan Medlicott

COME WALK WITH ME by Joan Medlicott, 2007. This book is about a middle aged widow with grown children who has a beautiful house in the Hampton’s and a thriving antique business, but her life is direction-less without her husband around. Claire Bennett is estranged from her adult daughter and son. Still in mourning years later Claire moves to a condo in Florida, then impulsively leaves to visit her daughter in Boca Raton, North Carolina. From there she travels to the a tiny farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she lives among kind strangers. AS time passes Claire manages to work through her problems as she reaches out to her estranged son.

NOTE: I admit this book might not attract the younger adult reader, but women 40 years or older might be able to connect to the characters in this book. I’ll have to let you know how I like it. I enjoyed the large type too! LOL

NOTE: I’m not enjoying this book after all. I’ve started reading a different one.