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Jude Deveraux's blockbuster best seller at a new low price!

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn 40. 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....

©2012 Simon & Schuster; 2012 Jude Deveraux

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All time favorite Jude Deveraux story...

It is a story of redemption, of healing and of love. Three women meet by chance on their shared 21st birthday and reconnect on their 40th. They discover the things that matter most to themselves and each other. This is the first Jude Deveraux book I ever read and it is still my favorite to date. I appreciate the complexity of choices in this story, that there is consequences to each decision made and that they aren't always good or easy, but still worth it. I hope you enjoy each woman's story as much as I did...it makes me long for my very own summerhouse.

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  • Vicki
  • Rochelle, GA, United States
  • 08-06-12

Really Enjoyed It!

What did you love best about The Summerhouse?

I cheated, since I've actually read The Summerhouse before and wanted to experience the audible version. What I love the best is the concept of being able to go back and change something that might affect your future for the better.

What other book might you compare The Summerhouse to and why?

There are a many books with this concept and Deveraux actually did a Summerhouse Returns, really good as well, though the trip back went way back in history! I actually read a short e-book called "Anything" and the main character wanted to know his fiance more deeply and was able to go back and change something bad that happened to her with the caveat that when you change one thing, it can ripple to the present and perhaps change something, yes, for the better, but possibly for the worst. I just love that idea!

Which character – as performed by Melissa Hughes – was your favorite?

Leslie, by far is my fave, trying not to give anything away here, as she herself was changed.Something for us to think about sometimes. Leslie had children, so to me you have to think, though her present life left a bit to be desired, you would have to think about the ripple effects. This was my first book with this Narrator as well and I really enjoyed her and will look for other books by her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I guess I'd say something like 'What would you do to make your life better or perhaps realize its the best life for you after all?'

Any additional comments?

I read a lot and have read many of the reviews on audible so I feel my reviews are going to be somewhat plain but I know what I look for in the books I read so that is what I'll most likely be sharing.

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i loved it!

I love the way the narrator reads this book. she reads every character very well to the point where you recognize which one is speaking without having the book say so.

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Awesome

Awesome!One of my favorite books of all time!
I could listen iver and over!

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The ending

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I was got tired of hearing about Madison's beauty lorrrt ! It kind of got boring at the end , but was a good book overall

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Great book!

Wonderful book! I would recommend it to my friends. It's interesting how how a simple choice in life could change everything!

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  • L
  • Westlake Village, CA, United States
  • 09-04-16

An interesting and well performed treatment of what today's women face.

Jude Deveraux provides an interesting treatment of the obstacles women face and how they can be resolved. This story is well written and the narrator does a wonderful job . Each character is consistently depicted, their voices right on. The little bits of supernatural are believably blended into the whole.

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The Summerhouse

Great read. Delightful story about 3 women and there lives after they met. Wonderful twist and how life is about what you make it

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Excellent beach read!

Just what I was looking for in a vacation book. This was the first Jude Deveraux book I've read and I'm looking forward to reading more. Narrator did a wonderful job with each character.

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How wonderful it would be to go back and change our choices based on what we have learned the first time around.

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  • joomla girl
  • 04-14-18

Absolutely superb!!

Up til now favourite JD novel was Remembrance (if you haven’t read it already read it not once but many times) but this novel is competing for the title! I listened to it in two sittings and can’t recommend it enough xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-17

A great rainy day read

I enjoyed this narration of a story I read a decade ago. it is unashamedly a romance novel, with a little extra added in by the time warp factor this author delights in. The narrator did a great job including voices and accents for the characters, which dismayed me at first, but which I grew to accept as adding more depth, especially as the performance was consistent. A great rainy day read.