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The Summerhouse

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Written By: Jude Deveraux

Narrated By: Karen Ziemba

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2001

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Jude Deveraux’s marvelous New York Times bestseller is a touching and delightful exploration of the longings that live deep inside every woman’s heart, featuring three friends who get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to find out what might have been...

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.

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  • Juli Bedgood

    Jude Deveraux is able to create a poignantly written account that makes you appreciate the true friendships you have made in life. This book made you, made you cry, and gave you hope. Fast read- especially nice for the summertime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This book was just ok for me. I enjoyed it to an extent but It didn't keep me sucked in at all times. The storyline has so much potential but there's very little character development so you don't really connect with any of the characters. I didn't like the reader either. She has a whispery voice. A bit annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Amy Wilkinson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was immensely entertaining and had a very nice listening voice, as well as doing different voices for the characters. It was a very pleasant story about three friends and how their lives progress. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lacey S

    A refreshing summer read that I could not put down. Loved the characters

  • Beth Remhof

    I was really enjoying the character study, but then the supernatural angle was a total surprise. It went downhill fast after that.

  • Carole McDonough

    Indeed, a fast read. I started out really liking the concept, particularly about friendships. But then it got farfetched for me. I would say, okay.

  • dab

    This was interesting and quite a concept. Definitely something that we may have thought of in our lives if only it were possible. Good character development on 2 of the 3 characters but lacking on one I thought.

  • Sillee in SD

    This book was interesting enough to take my mind off the commute but even though I finished it the day prior to writing this review, I can hardly remember anything interesting about the book. The end was a bit too far-fetched for me. I know these types of books are meant to be fantasy-like but this went a bit far. There was nothing in this book that grabbed me by the heart strings and kept me hoping for more.

  • Anonymous

    I just adored this title. I love that these women surrounded each other with love, warmth and took such great care of each other. Yes, the story is silly and contrived, but in the end, you really root for these women. It made me think of my best friends and be grateful for them! A sweet listen and well worth the time.

  • Barbara

    Lightweight romance/fantasy. Okay to listen to while stuck in traffic.

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