Seven Year Switch Hardcover – Jun 1 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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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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.
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.