Title: Seven Year Switch
Author: Claire Cook
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Hardcover: 256 pages
Jill Murray is content living a man-free existence. She’s got Anastasia, her ten-year-old daughter, and a sweet little bungalow to call home. Life as a cultural coach didn’t turn out quite the way she planned, but between answering phones for Great Girlfriend Getaways and teaching Lunch Around the World classes, the dust in this Jill-of-all-trades life is starting to settle.
Then her ex-husband comes back.
They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, and Jill has long ago stopped wishing her deadbeat husband would return. Now she has to face the fact there’s simply no way she can be a good mom without letting Seth back into their daughter’s life. But why can’t she seem to hold herself together around him? And then there’s Billy, the free-spirited, bike-riding entrepreneur who hires Jill as a consultant. When their business relationship seems destined for something more Jill’s no-boys-allowed life is suddenly anything but.
It takes a Costa Rican getaway to help Jill make her choice — between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be. It’s a wild ride, sure to thrill Claire Cook’s many fans, complete with laughter, revelations, and one heckuva big tarantula.
Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook is nothing like I expected it to be, it was everything I had hoped for and then it exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. Jill Murray has spent the last seven years not knowing the exact whereabouts of her husband after he walked out on her and their 3-year-old daughter. Then one day, Seth reappears and acts as though nothing has happened. Anastasia is thrilled to have her father in her life but is Jill ready to be a family again? Claire Cook has created a deliciously wonderful novel with a witty, intellectual and extremely extraordinary main character with a brilliant and eclectic cast of support characters. Jill is someone who I would very much like to be friends with. Seven Year Switch is not only a story about a woman coming into their own, it offers wonderful lessons about various cultures and enough description to make a person feel, if only for a brief moment, as if they traveled the world. Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook is an absolute must read and I recommend every woman pick up a copy to enjoy this summer.
Claire Cook is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Must Love Dogs, which was adapted into a Warner Bros. movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, The Wildwater Walking Club, Life’s a Beach, and her latest, Seven Year Switch. Her reinvention workshops have been featured on The Today Show, and she has been a judge for the Thurber Humor Prize and the Family Circle fiction contest. Her books have been featured on Good Morning America and in People, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and more. She has two kids, seven brothers and sisters, and one husband. She lives in Scituate, MA.
Claire Cook’s SEVEN YEAR SWITCH VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 officially began on July 6 and ends on July 30 2010. You can visit Claire’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of July to find out more about this great book and talented author!
The video trailer for Seven Year Switch is here.
I received a complimentary copy of Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.