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Teresa's Reading Corner: Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

Monday, July 12, 2010

Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

Synopsis from Goodreads:  Jill is a single mother who’s a master of cultural etiquette with a flair for exotic cuisine. She has a beautiful 10-year old daughter and steady career as an advisor at Great Girlfriend Getaways, a fabulous no-boys-allowed travel agency, perfect for a woman now leading a no-boys-allowed lifestyle. She thinks she finally has her life together, and there’s even a cute, free-spirited bicycle entrepreneur in the picture. For once, the dust in Jill’s life is starting to settle. But when Seth, the deadbeat husband who abandoned Jill and her then three-year old daughter Anastasia for the Peace Corps, comes back into her life, Jill finds herself utterly furious – and flabbergasted. He’s interested in getting to know his daughter, who’s dreamt of having a father, and Jill is powerless to say no. A spunky, worldly Jill of All Trades who has mastered the art of communication can’t seem to hold herself together in front of him. And on top of that, Great Girlfriend Getaways might be up for sale. Jill must make a choice – not necessarily between the two men in her life, but between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be.

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My thoughts:  The ideal place to read this book is in a hammock swaying in the breeze and sipping a cold drink.  It can be in your back yard, in the mountains by a lake or on the beach, it doesn't matter.   Seven Year Switch is at the top of several lists of summer must reads for a reason.

When I chose to participate in the Virtual Tour for Seven Year Switch Claire Cook was a new author to me.  As I explored her website I began to get even more excited to receive my copy.  At first I didn't realize that I was already familiar with one of Cook's stories.  One of my "go to" movies is Must Love Dogs which was adapted from the work of Ms. Cook!  Between that and all of the great things I was hearing about the book, I knew I was in for a treat, I was not disappointed.

This story celebrates friendships and reminds you that they can be found where you least expect them. 
Jill's story is also a reminder that sometimes you have to forgive the unforgivable in order to move on.  As a single mom, Jill is doing her best to raise her daughter, provide her a happy home and live her life.  Her long lost husband drifts back into their lives just as Jill is finally branching out.  Jill has some tough decisions to make to determine exactly where her future lies. How she gets to those decisions can be comical for the reader and on occasion just plain laugh out loud funny.

If you need a fantastic summer read, this one is for you.  I am looking forward to picking up Claire's six other novels. 

Disclosure:  I received a copy of Seven Year Switch from the Publicist in order to participate in this Virtual Blog Tour. Receipt of my copy did not affect my opinion in any way.

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At July 13, 2010 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Claire said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about Seven Year Switch, Teresa! I'm so glad you enjoyed my novel, and thrilled that Teresa's Reading Corner is a stop on my first virtual tour!

All my best,
Claire Cook

Win a beach bag filled with all 7 of my novels, plus a beach towel, at!

At July 13, 2010 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Julie P said...

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing, Teresa. Great review, as always....


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