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Seven Year Switch Hardcover – Jun 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341169
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,743,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 the MP3 CD edition.

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 By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 12 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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A fun read by an author with a delightfully quirky sense of humour, a generous understanding of humankind, and a fine gift for free-flowing storytelling. It's the kind of book you don't want to put down, not because you're trapped into the plot and eager to get to the end but because you're getting such pleasure and relaxation out of the process. No comment on the story line as I don't want to spoil it for you ... just read and enjoy!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
A delightful story... June 1 2010
By Beth Hoffman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
Claire Cook does it again! June 2 2010
By Candace L. Hammond - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
Another great Claire Cook beach read! June 1 2010
By LUV2READ - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
Hilarious read! June 2 2010
By Jennifer L. Vido - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
I really wanted to like this book March 17 2011
By J. Green - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After 7 years MIA, Jill's husband comes back and wants to pick up where they left off. Meanwhile, she's met a new guy and suddenly has men to pick from when before she was a single working mom.
I wanted to love the book - I liked the travel aspect and the cooking classes she taught and the sudden reappearance of Jill's husband, Seth and her relationship with nutty neighbor Cynthia.
Where the book fell short, though, in my opinion, was how soon after leaving both men behind she had an epiphany of which one to pick. Two chapters - and one of the men showing up in Costa Rica - was a little sudden after all the buildup.
The book was a fast read but a few more chapters developing the characters in the beginning where we could see a little more of why Seth bailed on his wife and child in the first place, as well as a few more tagged on at the end where we could have seen more of Jill's thought process behind her decision, would have helped this book resonate with me.

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