Diane Meier
The Season of Second Chances
August 07, 2019 Comments.. 869
The Season of Second Chances Diane Meier A world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home Coming of age can happen at any age Joy Harkness had built a university career and a safe life in New York, protected and insulated from the intrusions and involvements of other people When offeredA world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that s going to show her the importance of friendship, love, and what makes a house a home Coming of age can happen at any age Joy Harkness had built a university career and a safe life in New York, protected and insulated from the intrusions and involvements of other people When offered a position at Amherst College, she impulsively leaves the city, and along with generations of material belongings, she packs her equally heavy emotional baggage A tumbledown Victorian house proves an unlikely choice for a woman whose family heirlooms have been boxed away for years Nevertheless, this white elephant becomes the home that changes Joy forever As the restoration begins to take shape, so does her outlook on life, and the choices she makes over paint chips, wallpaper samples, and floorboards are reflected in her connection to the co workers who become friends and friendships that deepen A brilliant, quirky, town fixture of a handyman guides the renovation of the house and sparks Joy s interest to encourage his personal and professional growth Amid the half wanted attention of the campus s single, middle aged men, known as the Coyotes, and the legitimate dramas of her close knit community, Joy learns that the key to the affection of family and friends is being worthy of it, and most important, that second chances are waiting to be discovered within us all.. The Season of Second Chances A world of possibilities opens up for Joy Harkness when she sets out on a journey that s going to show her the importance of friendship love and what makes a house a home Coming of age can happen at
  • Title: The Season of Second Chances
  • Author: Diane Meier
  • ISBN: 9780805090819
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Laurel says:

      I recently finished The Season of Second Chances, by Diane Meier and liked it so much that I didn t want to write about it I do that sometimes after experiencing a great movie, opera, musical or book When something touches me profoundly, I want it all to myself Talking or writing about it somehow takes the shine off my new found treasure And then there is that Bridget Jones insecurity tapping me on the shoulder telling me that my review could never give it due justice, or I would gush about it s [...]

    2. Amy says:

      Joy Harkness is sick of her life in New York as a professor at Columbia University She wants a change, and serendipitously the opportunity opens up when a well known feminist author invites her to Amherst to join a new educational group to discover a new philosophy of learning She moves there, finds a new home, and begins to recreate her life her second chance She falls into a wonderful new community of interesting individuals, all living fulfilled lives, and not only gets to enjoy her new teach [...]

    3. Wes says:

      Joy Harkness is a middle aged Academic who has closed herself off from the Human Race She left her Husband, has no children, no immediate family, and two friends she hardly knows Joy doesn t make any attempt to get to know anyone, and lets absolutely no one into her life.She eventually becomes dissatisfied with all this emptiness and decides that the problem is not her, but her environment So when Joy is offered a great job elsewhere, she quickly seizes it.Joy s new life involves a large group o [...]

    4. Jo says:

      This is a beautifully written, character driven literary novel not chick lit The main character is a nearly 50 single professor of literature After her brother died when she was 14, the miasma ofgrief took her and wrapped her up and separated her from life She went through the motions, including marriage, divorce, and career at Columbia, but did not truly care, feel, or live Her name, Joy, became somewhat of an oxymoron This is the story of her re emergence into life at 48 with all the muddled e [...]

    5. Suzanne says:

      I loved The Season of Second Chancesl This is one of the best books that I have read this year I picked it up, not sure what to expect I was trying to work my way through The Three Weissmanns of Westportl and having a difficult time, so I decided to try this book, based on all the great recommendations It was a really good book, easy to read and engaging from the first page The Season of Second Chances is about a college English professor, Joy, who is really going through the motions of life, no [...]

    6. Colleen says:

      The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier tells the story of Joy Harkness and the new chapter she faces in her life Leaving behind her relatively solitary existence in New York City as a professor at Columbia, Joy heads north and takes a position at a Massachusetts university The novel chronicles Joy s transition to her new life and the self discovery that accompanies the transition.Without acknowledging that she wanted or needed to, Joy leaves behind her NYC existence and is suddenly confront [...]

    7. Laura says:

      When I finished The Season of Second Chances, I felt bereft The Season of Second Chances was a wonderful novel that I enjoyed reading I enjoyed it so much that I ripped through the book reading it too late into the night and finishing it in record speed during a busy work week After I finished it, I regretted only that it didn t continue on as I loved the story and characters so much, it was hard to let them go.The Season of Second Chances is a unique story that I really loved Joy Harkness is a [...]

    8. Sherri Rifkin says:

      I absolutely adored this book.I finished it three days ago and the characters are still with me, as is the main character Joy s house and the people in her Amherst community who draw them into her lives and therefore out of herself I gobbled it up in practically one sitting.This book has all my favorite elements a compelling, sympathetic yet undeniably imperfect main character, a finely crafted and vivid setting, unique secondary characters who are distinct and wholly themselves from the moment [...]

    9. Ang says:

      I was pleasantly surprised by how substantial this book ended up being I thought, based on the information I d read about it, that it would be frothy and light, filled with romance and fun descriptions of an old house I got the latter part right, but the former rather wrong Not that there wasn t romance of a sort in the book, but it wasn t frothy and it wasn t necessarily fun return return I think this books strikes a really good balance between serious and not, and I especially did enjoy the pa [...]

    10. Carolyn Hill says:

      While I enjoyed this book and stayed up late to finish it, I m inclined to give this 3.5 stars Joy Harkness, the lead character, is a literature professor recruited from Columbia to Amherst College, and, through the people she meets in the new job and locale, goes through a profound personal change In short, she awakens from the dull, emotionally void life of a solitary academic to an engaged participant in her own life and the life of her community And it started with the house She bought a run [...]

    11. Gail Cooke says:

      Do you ever wonder how many go to New York City looking for success and excitement Next query how many find it Joy Harkness did not She had long nurtured a dream of going to Manhattan as a way out of Saint Louis Some 17 years later she tells us, It takes a keen eye to tell a false start from a dead end I was finished with New York To many Joy s life was enviable she d been at Columbia University for 12 years, received a full professorship and published a book of poetry Yet she remained isolated [...]

    12. Patty says:

      This is Diane Meirs debut novel, and it is excellent, and I am anxiously awaiting her next novel Joy Harkness has been a very successful professor at Columbia for 15 years, but she is ready for a change She gets recruited for a unique position as part of a team at Amherst College, at a great salary She put her apartment in NY up for sale and it sold almost immediately Everyone seemed to think that the apartment was such a gem, with its high coffered ceilings, parquet floors and the bowed window [...]

    13. Diane says:

      Joy Harkness is a smart 40 something woman who lead an insulated life working at Columbia University in New York In NYC she had lovely apartment with a great view , and a life that was comfortable, but she also had a past and the emotional baggage that goes along with it.An opportunity presents itself for Joy to leave the big city behind, for a start up project at Amherst College in the quaint college town of Amherst, Massachusetts Joy quickly packs up the things she can t live without and leave [...]

    14. Laura says:

      This is the story of Joy Harkness, a university professor who led an empty life camouflaged by a successful career and finally took the opportunity to change it and learned to live fully The cover and the synopsis attracted me to this book however, the opening chapters did not hook me The author s writing style took some getting used to, as it was full of comparisons I could not relate to.I debated if I wanted to continue reading it, and I stuck to my rule of reading the first fifty pages As I [...]

    15. Mary Ronan Drew says:

      Here s what Publisher s Weekly had to say about The Season of Second Chances An out of touch Columbia professor gets a new lease on life in Meier s unconvincing debut when she takes on a fixer upper house and some equally messy relationships Forty eight year old Joy Harkness loves teaching, but hates the campus politics and her lonely Manhattan life So when she s invited to be part of a new program at Amherst College, Joy jumps at the chance and buys a nearly condemnable Victorian with no clue o [...]

    16. Barbara A. says:

      A very very enjoyable read If you like the films of Nancy Meyers, reading searchingly intellectual essays in The New York Review of Books, watching episodes of THIS OLD HOUSE, and flipping through back issues of Martha Stewart LIVING, this book will hook you It is as smart as the average post feminist women s novel yet is is a wonderfully commercial page tuner WASPY College Prof Joy leave a steady tenured post at Columbia to take on new challenges at U Amherst in Mass She is s cool customer kind [...]

    17. Les says:

      Actual Rating 3.5 5This book I loved the descriptions of Joy s home and the details of the decor, as well as the meals prepared and yet, I have no passages marked to share , but I wanted to take her by the arms and shake some sense into her I couldn t understand her attraction to Teddy, a mama s boy with an over domineering mother, nor her need to try to mold him into something he wasn t At times, the scenes and the actions of the characters were so implausible, they came across like a parody of [...]

    18. Brian says:

      The back of the book did not do this book justice This just proves that the description of the book does not indicate if you will like the author s writing style, or the actual plot itself The plot is very simple A woman moves from NYC to MA, buys an expensive house, meets an eccentric handyman with an overbearing mother, and tries to find meaning to her life What made this book so good was the author s writing style The plot sounds like pure chick lit, but her writing style was deeper and much [...]

    19. Georgiann Hennelly says:

      I n this novel, Joy Harkness is given the opportunity to start a new life She buys a dilapidated old house,and befriends the handy man She,d lived in New York city for years and gave it up for small town life Little did she kow that small town life can have drama than the big city This is a novel that made me think At some point in our lifes we all are given the opportunity to chance some things in our lives Some accept it and others have problems accepting it.

    20. Angela says:

      I won this book on Firstreads This is a really great book I really enjoyed the perspective of the narrator, and really felt as if I got to know her and went through the changes in her life along with her This book is about broadening your horizons , as my mom used to say to me when I was a kid Thoroughly enjoyable read.

    21. Kaye says:

      I really loved this book.It took me awhile to warm to the protagonist until I realized I was taking her much seriously than she was taking herself This is a debut novel by an author I ll be following.

    22. Judy says:

      there were many familiar topics covered in this book feminism, academia,grief Lots of humor threaded throughout Enjoyed it

    23. Andi says:

      I definitely enjoyed this story, probably because I could relate to the academic world, to the idea of starting again later in life, to the love of an old house Very fun and also encouraging.

    24. Melinda says:

      It was a story about a life transformation from being a recluse to forming lasting bonds with others good character development.

    25. Jessica says:

      Loved this book A very realistic portrait of academia and of small town Massachusetts life I found this character s journey to be moving and often very funny.

    26. Anne says:

      One of the best books I have read in a while Medicine for my soul.

    27. Susan says:

      Lame and pathetic character.

    28. Sarah says:

      Loved this I read it in 2 sittings and it was a welcome, beautiful and thoughtful break from the too many non fiction books I have read Highly recommend it.

    29. Carolyn says:

      Interesting look at academics and letting people into their lives.

    30. Rebecca says:

      Decently written, though sometimes overly long winded in reference to academic and literary study Was brought emotionally into the plight of Teddy and his Mother, wanting to kill her so there could be a happy ending, sooner rather than later

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