Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Summerhouse

The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

What was this book about?

Three women meet as if by fate when they are 21 years old. They are young and beautiful, and have their whole lives in the palms of their hands. Now on their 40th birthday they meet again and tell each other what happened in their lives. Now instead of being happy, they have been beaten down by the lives that they have lived.

On this vacation to the Summerhouse they meet a mysterious woman – Madam Zoya, who tells them she will send them back in time. They get to pick the time – they live there for 3 weeks (with the knowledge of what happened to them). Then they will return to this time. They can choose whether to keep the life they had, or the life that they have made for themselves by going back.

What did you think about the book?

The first half was depressing – I started to wonder what the book was about because there just didn’t seem to be any way that it could get better for these characters. Then we meet Madame Zoya and it all becomes clear. I predicted a bit who would chose what but it was an interesting story and you were glad to see things work out for three people who were genuinely good people even if their life didn’t turn out that way.

What genre would you consider this?
Summer Read


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