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Title:
Seven year switch
Author:
Cook, Claire, 1955-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Voice/Hyperion, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
viii, 237 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
After being left alone to raise her young daughter for seven years, Jill's ex-husband Seth re-enters her life, asking for forgiveness.
General Note:
"A novel"--Jacket.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401341169
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Book

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Summary

Summary

A high-spirited novel from the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Life's a Beach that will have you planning a girlfriend getaway in no time!

Just when Jill Murray's finally figured out how to manage on her own, her ex-husband proves that he can't even run away reliably. After seven long years missing in action, he's back--crashing into the man-free existence Jill and her ten-year-old daughter have built so carefully. And what's a good mother to do? To a child, even a deadbeat dad is better than no dad at all.

Jill's life just hasn't turned out quite the way she planned. By now, she'd hoped to be jetting around the world as a high-end cultural coach. Instead, she's answering phones for a local travel agency and teaching cooking classes at the community center.

Enter free-spirited entrepreneur Billy, who hires Jill as a consultant for an upcoming business trip. Is their relationship veering off in a new direction And what about her ex Jill couldn't possibly still have feelings for him . . . could she ? Suddenly, her no-boys-allowed life is anything but.

They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, but Jill isn't sure she's ready for the big change. It takes a Costa Rican getaway to help her make a choice--not so much between the two men in her life, but between the woman she is and the one she wants to be.


Author Notes

A teacher of physical fitness and creative writing, Claire Cook has had previous stints as a copywriter, radio continuity director, garden designer, and dance choreographer. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When her husband, Seth, has an early and unique midlife crisis and leaves to join the Peace Corps, Jill is left alone to raise her three-year-old daughter, Anastasia. After she's struggled to get by for seven years, Seth returns. He claims that he left a life they hadn't planned for, but is now ready to pick up where they left off and try again. In her latest, Cook (The Wildwater Walking Club, 2009) writes another endearing story of moving on and starting over. Jill must address the anger she has so long repressed, and at the same time help her daughter incorporate the father she never knew but desperately needs into her life. Jill copes with the help of a cast of witty and wise friends, including her boss (and best friend), Joni. Cook tells this involving story of forgiveness and acceptance with heart, charm, and characters you can't help but root for, despite the mistakes they make.--Orphan, Claire Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on. Struggling and sassy single mom Jill-left to raise three-year-old Anastasia when husband Seth runs away to join the Peace Corp-is just about over the devastating loss when Seth reappears seven years later ready to pick up where they left off. Jill wrestles with her still-raw anger and her precocious daughter's heart-breaking need for her daddy back in her life. "Honey, if you don't forgive him, it'll eat you alive," counsels Jill's boss and best friend, Joni. For his part, "It wasn't the life we planned," Seth explains. But Anastasia helps him remember it's the life he needs while Jill discovers letting go teaches you how to hold onto new possibilities. Cook (Must Love Dogs) creates an impossible-not-to-love cast of imperfect, funny, wistful, and wise characters. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved