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McFadden overreaches in her follow-up to The Richest Season, a too-busy family drama overflowing with common conundrums. Claire Noble, at 45, believes she's on the cusp of a new, liberated life—she's one year away from early retirement; her daughter, Amy, is grown and out of the house; and she and her fiancé, Rick, are planning to move from New Jersey to Arizona, where they can pursue their passions (photography for her, golf for him). The plans soon turn into pipe dreams when a massively pregnant Amy returns home, Claire's father's Parkinson's disease rapidly advances, and Rick has trouble coping with it all. In the midst of chaos, Claire drags her family to Provincetown, Mass., where she'll take part in a prestigious photography workshop while the town's romantic charms work their magic on Claire's clan. But with so many complications constantly disrupting the lives of major and minor characters, it's difficult to connect much less keep up with who's suffering from what. McFadden's prose has its moments of clarity and emotion, but the narrative leans too heavily on phoned-in sentiment to make an impact. (July)
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" I can think of no writer I'd rather have sing me songs of the sea, even sad ones, than Maryann McFadden. The characters in So Happy Together will speak to you, and the best ones -- Claire, Fanny, Amy, John -- all have the ocean in their voices."―Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Off Season
"In SO HAPPY TOGETHER, Maryann McFadden deftly weaves a story of three generations of women and the men who orbit around them. With a sure touch, she writes about the mother-daughter bond, the simple pleasures to be found in cooking, the pervasive nature of guilt, and the power of forgiveness. Ultimately she explores the ways that growth is possible at every stage in life, if only we remain open -- and how unexpected changes can lead us to places we never imagined."―Christina Baker Kline, author of The Way Life Should Be and Bird In Hand
At first glance, the title may be misleading. This is the story of three generations of women. Fanny, the matriarch, has been married to Joe, a good but distant man, for almost... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alice Chirevas
So Happy Together was a great read as have been the other two books I have read by Maryann McFadden. I have met the author and she is just as delightful as her books. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carolyn A. Mitch
Love to read books set on the Cape! Cape Cod is my favorite place to vacation. Reading books set there, makes me feel like I am there.
This was an easy read. Read more
This is a fun, easy read with lots of family drama, twists and turns. Loved the Cape Cod setting and the story line, which I could definitely relate to. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth Rafferty
This book is very enjoyable. The characters are believable and likeable. I especially liked the relationships between mothers and daughters. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Marianne Roscoe
It does nothing! I am so disappointed. How do I return it? It is too expensive to keep.
All of her novels are a joy to read. I am a true fan. Reviewing all of her novel, each is 5 stars.Published on June 18, 2013 by julie begley