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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 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,324,759 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 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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By TheBookChick TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 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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By Louise Jolly TOP 500 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beach Read July 5 2010
By Pamela Barton - Published on
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I have read all Claire Cook's books and have loved them all. Seven Year Switch did not disappoint, it was fast moving - I read it in just a day. I always love the characters in her books and once again loved the characters in this book. Claire always adds humor and you always finish the book learning something about yourself. The way Jill changed over the course of the book makes you take a look at your own life. It showed the relationship between Jill and her daughter, Anastasia. Her husband left them to join the peace corps and comes back 7 years later. It shows how Jill coped with him coming back into their lives, and then there is Billy... I loved the book from start to finish and loved the way the book ended. If you have never read a Claire Cook Book, you are missing out. I wait each summer for the next book to come out. Buy the book, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer reading and Claire go together like . . . July 10 2010
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When warm weather arrives it's always nice to have something new from Claire to take to the beach.
Seven Year Switch is a delightful read with characters you'll love because you'll feel like you already know each one. Like all of Claire's books, you won't want to stop reading and you'll be wanting more when you're done.
In the end, Seven Year Switch leaves you rooting for "Jill" and feeling like anything's possible. A must-read for any woman!
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the ending? The story just dropped off ... July 26 2016
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Where was the ending? The story just dropped off.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven Year Switch July 3 2010
By Kathleen Hayes - Published on
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Claire Cook's style of writing makes for an easy, funny and relaxing read. The main character, Jill is someone many woman can relate to and the diverse woman in the story keep it interesting. I would like to have seen the character Cynthia developed a little bit more. The ending left me and my book club wanting more so perhaps a sequel? Like what happens when Billy gets back from Japan......
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! From Begining to End! June 28 2010
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Such an enjoyable book with interesting characters that interact in the funniest ways. A book with twists and turns that you don't see coming. It's my personal favorite of Claire Cook's books, she's an author that keeps getting better and better!

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