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The Summerhouse
by Jude Deveraux

Published: 2002-04-26
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Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. Celebrating at a summerhouse in Maine, Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott are taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of ...
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Introduction

Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. Celebrating at a summerhouse in Maine, Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott are taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of them expect the gift that awaits them at the summerhouse: the chance for each of them to turn their "what-might-have-beens" into reality...

Leslie, a suburban wife and mother, follows the career of a boy who pursued her in college wonders: what if she had chosen differently? Madison dropped a modeling career to help her high school boyfriend recover from an accident, even though he'd jilted her. But what if she had said "no" when her old boyfriend had called? Ellie became a famous novelist, but a bitter divorce wiped out her earnings -- and shattered her belief in herself. Why had the "justice" system failed her? And could she prevent its happening the second time around?

Now, a mysterious "Madame Zoya," offers each of them a chance to relive any three weeks from the past. Will the road not taken prove a better path? Each woman will have to decide for herself as she follows the dream that got away...and each must choose the life that will truly satisfy the heart's deepest longings.

Editorial Review

What if a woman could go back to the beginning and rethink her choices for love and life? When Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott first met, they were in their early 20s and the world lay before them with its infinite possibilities. Now that they're about to turn 40, they reunite for a weekend at a summerhouse in Maine where they share the details of their lives during the past 20 years. Each woman has serious doubts and questions about the path she chose to follow, but none of them suspect the startling opportunity they're about to be offered to relive those choices and change their futures.

Thought-provoking, entertaining, and downright delightful, Jude Deveraux's The Summerhouse deftly develops the individual stories of the three women in fascinating detail while maintaining the overall focus on the central tale. The ties of sisterhood and shared experience that bind the three resonate with depth and clarity--no wonder then that Deveraux is a perennial favorite with readers. There is little doubt that this volume will join her lengthy list of bestsellers. --Lois Faye Dyer

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  "First...suspend belief"by DGriffin (see profile) 05/15/16

Our book club enjoyed this book despite a few flaws. The story was inspiring but there were some passages that required the reader to completely set aside realistic expectations. Nonetheless, it was... (read more)

 
  "Time travel -- with a twist"by joleen (see profile) 02/02/09

We had a good discussion regarding if you were given the opportunity to go back and have a "re-do" of your life, would you? This brought up many things,such as it was the difficulties in our lives that... (read more)

 
  "A fun and easy read!"by mkirian (see profile) 06/13/08

This was a fun and easy read! The characters were easily relatable and enjoyable. We had a great time talking about our "what ifs" during our discussion.

 
  "Sweet and Wonderful"by joyfulpie (see profile) 09/06/07

I am so glad we chose this for a book club read. We had such a fun discussion of "what might have been". Or if we could relive moments in our life would we? What would we change? The three ladies in The... (read more)

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