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Return to Summerhouse (The Summerhouse #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,198 ratings  ·  268 reviews

With her shining gift for "exquisite and enchanting" (BookPage) storytelling, Jude Deveraux sweeps readers away in a breathtaking follow-up to her beloved New York Times bestseller, The Summerhouse — where a marvelous new adventure awaits.

Magic most definitely resides in the Maine summerhouse where the mysterious Madame Zoya has granted the innermost wishes of its visitors

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Hardcover, Large Print, 507 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Thorndike Press
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Daisiemae
Jun 29, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jude Deveaux fans
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Have you ever wondered what kind of life you would be living if you had made a different choice? Would you be happier? Does the decisions you make effect those around you? What would you do if you had the chance to go back and change some choices you have made in your past? In Return to the Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux, we get to see what could happen if we could change our lives, knowing what we know now.

Amy is going through the motions of her life, and not doing a good job of it. With her pict...more
Kelli
I like Jude Deveraux and there are times when I LOVE Jude Deveraux. This though was not one of those times. I am not a book critic and I have never tried to be. I love to praise other people's work so I will start there. I liked the predesessor to Return to Summerhouse. I was fully statisfied by that book and I was so fond and attatched to those characters that when the book ended I could finally breathe again. This book however I did not have a firm grasp on the character nor could I actually f...more
Jessica
This book emphasizes the fiction in historical fiction. The three main characters (Amy, Faith and Zoe) travel back in time and space to eighteenth century England. (There is no real explanation of how Madame Zoya was able to send them back). In England, Amy meets Lord Hawthorne, an ancestor of her husband and the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. This part really irked me because I don't think Deveraux did any research about the "Hawthorne" family. If you are going to reference a real family, shouldn...more
Nicole
If you are in need of an escape and in need to experience a world where rewriting the past is possible, then read this book. Jude Deveraux provides the reader yet again with the fantastic concept of taking back regrets. In Return to Summerhouse, three women meet yet again to the small town in Maine in Jeanne's Summerhouse. First, they are very reluctant and even despise the idea they may be considered part of "Jeanne's crazies." But when the ice is broken and they tell the reasons why they are t...more
Katie
I'm so torn with this book! I did actually love it. I loved the first book, 5 stars hands down. This one has so much to love, but I was so disappointed that we really didn't get to see much of Zoe and Faith's past changes; that was what I had loved so much about the first one, that it showed each woman's issues as well as their changes (or not) to their current lives. I definitely enjoyed the longer span of Amy's past and the growth in all the characters because of it, but it would have been 5 s...more
Martha
I started reading this book yesterday and stayed up a little beyond my norm last night to complete it. It was a very nice story and a wonderful escape for a few hours. It wasn't predictable to the usual extent books like this are, though I still like them as well. That was probably one reason I stayed up to finish it, I needed to put my curiosity to bed! lol!
I recommend this book and this author!
Manju
2.5 not 3 - I did not like this book as much as i liked the first in the series - Summerhouse
Mainly because Amy's story was pretty weird - Faith and Zoe were good reads but the bulk of the story was about Amy.
Kit Cat
Yet another great book club accidental find. I did not expect this book to take such a supernatural type turn, but that made it all the more enjoyable!
Corie
Not as good as the first in this series, in my opinion. I had to make myself finish it, after I had reached my 100 page rule.
Renae
I don't recommend this book. It was just ok. The first book was a lot better - Summerhouse.
Tory
The going back to 18th Century England turned it from a sweet easy read to stupid.
Donna
Amy has lived the life script she set as a child. Everything has gone perfectly until she miscarries her daughter. Amy slips into a deep depression. Her family emotionally blackmail her into taking a vacation at a summerhouse in Maine with 2 strangers who are also depressed. Faith's husband has died. She is grieving for her husband but her deeper grief is for her boyfriend of her teen years who suddenly abandoned her on the night she returned from college. Zoe is grieving because a car accident...more
Debbie
This is an undemanding read and if you switch off the logical, rational section of your brain it is quite enjoyable .

Three women are sent to a summerhouse in Maine by their therapist. As they get to know each other and confront traumatic and unhappy events from their past they find the mysterious Madame Zoya who has the ability to send each of them back into the past for three weeks in order to change things in their present lives.

This is where you have to switch your brain off, as there is no e...more
Sharal Hunter
If you already read the first book in this series, the second one is a little different in that the characters do not already know each other when they all arrive. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this difference, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Amy, Faith and Zoe are complete strangers when they each arrive and in the beginning of the book, I found myself thinking these women would have a hard time bonding or relating to one another.

Each woman carries a large amount of grief, pain a...more
Erin
I randomly picked this up at a local lending library. I was in the mood for something light that could be read on the beach. I ended up liking this more than I thought I would.

The main character is a woman named Amy that has lived the "perfect" life, but after suffering a miscarriage is unable to escape her depression. Her husband sends her to a house run by a therapist to recover. This is where the magic and time travel come into play. She goes back to the 1700's to try and change history and...more
Kads
Slightly overdone, still quite likeable.

I was so impressed by The Summerhouse that as soon as I discovered there was a 'Part II' also, I decided I just had to read it!

Return to Summerhouse is not exactly a sequel. It is a completely different story of 3 other young women, who get a chance to go back in their past. The difference is that this time, there is not just "time-travel" but also "past birth"!

I have only one problem with this book. The OBE (Out of Body Experience) by one of the women...more
Meg
This is the sequel of the first book. But the set of characters are completely different except for the location where the magical stuff will happen. I like this better than the first book. The book was not confusing and it is written very well in a way that the readers will enjoy and understand from the beginning until the end. I can barely put the book down. I get excited and what will going to happen.

Have you ever wondered what life could you possibly have if you took a different path and fol...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
This was as amazing as Summerhouse with a twist and more possibilities that I hadn't imagined. A delightful Sunday read for me, thanks Jude!

Right from the start, I was hooked on the characters. Loved how realistic they were and found myself lost in their world. When they made connection to the possibility of visiting the past for three weeks it got even more interesting and wasn't at all like the first one.

Pleasantly surprised with how this story unfolded is an understatement for me because I fo...more
Rebel
I feel that this book is better than the original in the series. The characters are more likeable. Unlike the self pity in the first book these three women react to the misery in their lives with understandable anger and confusion. The multiple sub-plots are easier to follow and less chaotic than they were in the first book. It's easier to follow through from each character's multiple lives from beginning to end. What I admire most in this book is that Jude Deveraux has intertwined the women's f...more
Erin
Sep 02, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance fans, Jude Deveraux fans, time travel fans, people who love good stories
Okay, so I admit, I'm a sucker for time travel stories. Love them. Can't get enough of them. There is so much "scope for the imagination" (to quote Anne of Green Gables) in time travel.

In Return to Summerhouse, Amy is more or less coerced into going to Maine to stay with two other women--total strangers--as a form of therapy to help her deal with her recent miscarriage. The two women, Faith and Zoe, come to the summerhouse with their own traumas to heal. Where the story really gets good is when...more
Stacey
I really liked it. A charming story about 3 strangers who all go to a therapists summerhouse and end up being great friends. They find a lady who can send them back to the past and all 3 of them go back to 1797 to change an event for Amy, and through that, they all learn how to face their fears of today. Faith and Zoe go back to their past and change their lives also. It sounds strange how I say it, but it is a wonderful story of modern and old time mix. I enjoyed it very much.
Shannon
Okay, I admit that I love this kind of "beach Book" reading. If you haven't read The Summerhouse, you may want to start there. However, this is also a good stand alone book. The premise is that Madame Zoya can send people back to a time in their life when they made a critical choice and their life's pattern was changed and set. Three women: Amy, Faith and Zoe, have all been sent to Summerhouse by their psychiatrist because they have each have had a major tragedy in their life and the psychiatris...more
Peggy
Three patients of Jeanne's are asked to spend one week at her house in Maine to help each other get over the traumas each has endured. Amy, Zoe and Faith are very unalike. Like the orginal book, Summerhouse, the ladies discover Madame Zoya's shop and select time travel with the option of being able to change the destiny of their lives.
Early in the book, Faith was telling her story and it really captured my interest, but Deveraux chose Amy's story to highlight and the bulk of the book was spen...more
Wendy Kuzma
I liked the concept of this book. Three women who have each recently experienced a tragic event come together in the summer home of a therapist where they learn to share and help each other cope with their trauma. I knew this book was going to have a paranormal element, which I normally like, but I would have been happy to just read about the relationship between the women. While the paranormal element allows the women to go back in time to change events in the past to alter the present, so much...more
Shannon
I picked up this book because the author's A Knight in Shining Armor, another tale of time travel is on my top 5 list of favorite historical romance novels. Once again Jude Deveraux takes her characters back in time, in Return to Summerhouse, she takes 3 of her heroines back in time. Each woman is allowed to travel back to the time of their choice for 3 weeks and possibly alter their destinies. I enjoyed the characters and I enjoyed their stories and the ending had me staying up late to find out...more
Sheena
I really enjoyed this book for the simple fact that it was an easy read and was like an escape. I didn't have high expectations for a romance novel but this was pretty good. I liked the overall message behind the story - what would you do differently, how choices have such a long lasting profound impact. If you want a quick read and a book that doesn't require a lot of thinking then this is it.
Kaley
I really enjoyed this sequel...even though it wasn't a typical sequel. The one location was the same, but there were almost all new characters...but that was ok. I think I actually liked this one better than The Summerhouse, I'd say it's more of a 3.5 star book. I could barely put it down, the story was that engaging. (I read after work instead of packing for the long weekend. It was worth it!)
This would likely be classified as a romance but it's got a good plot, characters, and a fun little my...more
Judy Collins
Now, three women have come to this special place with one thing in common: a painful past they would each like to rewrite. Amy, who hides a heartbreaking loss behind her seemingly perfect marriage and family...Faith, a widow in her thirties whose deepest grief is for a man from years ago...and Zoë, an artist shunned by her hometown for reasons she doesn't know, after a traumatic night erased her memory. With their mystical powers, Madame Zoya and her sister Primrose are about to transport the tr...more
Irene B.
This genre is very atypical for my reading list, but the appeal was that it was a novel about time travel with a bit of mystery to it, rather than clearly in the romance category. As it turns out, this book provided some "popcorn for the brain" during a stressful week. I understand some reviewers have criticized the story b/c the strangers who meet seem to read each others' minds and for breaking the "suspend your disbelief" rule. However, I thought it was very entertaining and the ending amusin...more
Nina Bokalič
I can't really decide either I liked it or not. It's a bit to "fictiony" for me, but it has a nice story.
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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