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Seven Year Switch [Hardcover]

Claire Cook
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Book Description

June 1 2010
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.

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"Cook creates an impossible-not-to-love cast of imperfect, funny, wistful, and wise characters." ---Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Claire Cook is the best-selling author of the novels The Wildwater Walking Club, Summer Blowout, Life's a Beach, Must Love Dogs, Ready to Fall, and Multiple Choice. Formerly a teacher of physical fitness and creative writing, she has also had stints as a copywriter, radio continuity director, garden designer, dance and aerobics choreographer. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, often called the Irish Riviera, with her family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the beach this summer! July 22 2010
By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER
Jill Murray feels like she finally has it all together, seven years after her husband Seth left her and their three-year-old daughter Anastasia in the middle of the night, leaving only a note behind. Sure, she's working three jobs to make ends meet, and sure, their house isn't as nice as the others in the neighborhood, but she's managing it, and all that really matters to her anyways is Anastasia.

When Seth reappears out of the blue, apparently finished with his stint in the Peace Corps and ready to be a father again, Jill is terrified that he will disappoint them, and especially their daughter, again. Anastasia is thrilled to have her dad back in her life, but Jill can't help but have her reservations.

Meanwhile, things are getting even more complicated on the man front. Jill is finding it next to impossible to resist her sweet and charming client, Billy, but is afraid to introduce yet another thing into her already chaotic life. Unable to figure out what to do, Jill takes a giant leap and takes a solo trip to Costa Rica, hoping that she'll be able to find out some answers while she's there.

Jill Murray is the protaganist that you're rooting for from the very beginning. She's sweet and lovable, yet closed off. She's been hurt before- big-time- and she's not keen to let anyone into her carefully constructed bubble. As a reader, I rooted for her all the way through. I hoped that she would come out of her shell, live a little, and realize that although she had been hurt before, not all men would be like her husband. Jill's neighbor, Cynthia, who likes to appear vapid but is anything but, was a welcome addition to the cast of characters. The fact that she was Jill's complete opposite made for an interesting comparison, and an even more entertaining friendship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Read!! June 12 2010
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Once again Claire hasn't disappointed me. "The Seven Year Switch" was FANTASTIC!!!!

Jill Murray had, or so she thought, a wonderful husband a wonderful marriage but Seth unfortunately did not. He picked up one day seven years ago and just disappeared leaving Jill with their two-year-old daughter, Anastasia.

Jill finally figured out how to live on her own, with a job and caring for her young daughter Anastasia and being both a Mom and Dad to her. One day out of the blue, Seth suddenly returns and expects to be taken back in to the family and resume the life they
had. This idea proves difficult for Jill, but Anatasia is over the moon about having her Dad back and now wants to be called "Asia", thanks to Seth and this doesn't sit well with Jill.

Seth buys Asia a cell phone and hampster without consulting Jill and this upsets Jill as well until she sits Asia and Seth down and tells them both that no other decisions shall be made without consulting with her first.

Prior to all this, Jill has been working with her elderly friend Joni in a business called 'Great Girlfriend Getaways' where they arrange trips for girlfriends. Just as Seth makes his return, Jills meets a handsome "bicycler' who she meets at Starbucks and
is consulting him on the ways of the Japanese for an upcoming trip that he wants her to go on with him.

They say you change every 7 years but Jill isn't sure what she should do with Seth, or the new buy until she goes on a great Costa Rican get-a-way. What will she decide to do? Well my friends, that's up to YOU to find out!

You HAVE to purchase this novel!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful story... June 1 2010
By Beth Hoffman - Published on
Claire Cook has crafted another winner. With her trademark wit and tenderness, she sweeps us into the topsy-turvy life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after she and her little girl, Anastasia, are abandoned by her husband. SEVEN YEAR SWITCH explores love, loss, anger, recovery, and the surprising events that healed the hearts of a young mother and her daughter.

The characters are fully developed, and each has endearing quirks, fobiles, and very real (sometimes delightfully convoluted) emotions. From page one to the end, I cheered for Jill the entire way.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claire Cook does it again! June 2 2010
By Candace L. Hammond - Published on
As a journalist I'm lucky to get advance copies of books, and always look forward to getting Claire Cook's newest tome. I receive and read a lot of books, but I have to say "Seven Year Switch" was one of the few of late I hadn't been able to wait to get to every night when I crawled into bed. I have very much enjoyed all of Cook's books, but there was a level of depth and realism in this story of single mom, Jill, that pulled me in from page one. Of course there was the humor Cook is known for, but Jill's life isn't easy, and we get to experience the tough choices she has to make right along with her. Claire Cook has the talent to move a reader while also making them laugh. Folks who already fans of Cook's will love it, and I think this one may herald in lots of new readers as well.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Claire Cook beach read! June 1 2010
By LUV2READ - Published on
I started reading and never stopped till I was finished. I simply couldn't put this book down. The characters are thoroughly convincing and the story zipped along. Lots of laughs, but also great food for thought. Jill was my favorite character, but I thought her daughter Anastasia was well drawn, and her neighbor Cynthia was a hoot and oh, so recognizable. Loved Joni and also loved that none of the characters was black and white. I am a Claire Cook fan and respect that she never lets her readers down but works hard and keeps getting better. Don't miss this one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious read! June 2 2010
By Jennifer L. Vido - Published on
Jill Murray has it all figured out. A single mom with a spunky 10-year-old daughter named Anastasia, Jill does her very best to keep her head above water. Having been abandoned by her carefree husband seven years ago, she has learned the hard way how to survive without child support or assistance from loved ones. Despite her unfortunate circumstances, her home is filled with laughter and love.

Making ends meet has been a struggle for Jill; however, her latest endeavors seem to be working. Juggling part-time jobs as a travel agent as well as a cooking instructor at the community college, Jill is able to pay the bills. And best of all, the very sexy Billy Sanders hires her for some consultant work on the side. Whoever said you can't mix business with pleasure? As far as Jill is concerned, she is willing to try.

Just when it seems life is as perfect as it can possibly be, her runaway groom Seth shows up expecting to pick up right where he left off. Of course, Anastasia, who is starving for his attention and love, welcomes him with open arms despite Jill's reluctance. In the back of her mind, Anastasia envisions her broken home becoming whole once again. If only she can convince Jill that Seth is here to stay.

Fighting him tooth and nail, Jill puts on her armor as she prepares for the most extreme marital battle of her life. What gives him the right to decide whether they can be a family again? And more importantly, how dare he assume that she still holds a place for him in her heart?

SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is the seventh book by the highly popular bestselling author Claire Cook. As sure as the summer breezes will descend upon the shores, Claire Cook delivers yet another charming and delightful story that will capture her readers' hearts. Funny, engaging, and downright delectable, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is this summer's must-read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book you'll want to read again! June 2 2010
By Allie Larkin - Published on
SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is instantly absorbing, absolutely endearing, and has characters who feel like real people. Jill is smart, kind, creative, and has a dry sense of humor. I absolutely loved her. The conversations between Jill and her neighbor had me laughing out loud, and I identified with her moments of insecurity and doubt. I love the way Jill works to do what's best for Anastasia, even when it's hard for her, and I love the way she's honest about her struggles. Because Jill has such a strong interest in other cultures, there are fun facts scattered throughout, and the multi-cultural cooking class she teaches provides for some rich scenes with colorful characters. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down, and the characters have really stuck with me. It was the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is one of the rare books I plan to read again.
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