Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Return to Summerhouse” as Want to Read:
Return to Summerhouse
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Return to Summerhouse (The Summerhouse #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,787 Ratings  ·  295 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.

...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 507 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Return to Summerhouse, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Return to Summerhouse

Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyThe Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Rumor by Elin HilderbrandWhiter than White by G.G. CarverLucky Numbers by G.G. Carver
Beach Reads for 2015
22nd out of 117 books — 215 voters
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerOutlander by Diana GabaldonThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells11/22/63 by Stephen KingTimeline by Michael Crichton
Best Time Travel Fiction
205th out of 1,208 books — 3,897 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Daisiemae
Jun 29, 2008 Daisiemae rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jude Deveaux fans
Recommended to Daisiemae by: www.queuemyreview.com
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
Aug 28, 2011 Kelli rated it it was ok
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
Jul 01, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it
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
May 25, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 23, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 11, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2009 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nicola
Jun 23, 2015 Nicola rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
An interesting read if not compelling. While I enjoyed it, I was not invested in the story. Amy seemed a little spoiled and selfish - always looking for more than her perfect life. Perhaps that is how it is if you are not leading the life you are supposed to. But is there truly a set path for everyone? Isn't life what you make it? The choices you make lead you in your path. Is it right to alter that? I was interested in the snowball effect our decisions may cause - it did make me think I should ...more
Kit Cat
May 03, 2009 Kit Cat rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2009 Corie rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2012 Renae rated it it was ok
I don't recommend this book. It was just ok. The first book was a lot better - Summerhouse.
Tory
Jul 11, 2010 Tory rated it did not like it
The going back to 18th Century England turned it from a sweet easy read to stupid.
Donna
Jul 02, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
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
Sherri 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
Jul 14, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
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
Chicky Kadambari
Jul 29, 2012 Chicky Kadambari rated it really liked it
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 wome
...more
Meg
May 02, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2010 Rhonda Rae Baker rated it it was amazing
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
Libby
Oct 15, 2013 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jude-deveraux
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 really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2008 Shannon rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2011 Peggy rated it liked it
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
Jun 25, 2013 Wendy Kuzma rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, romance
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
May 07, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2014 Sheena rated it really liked it
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.
Susan W
This was a heartwarming story for me, three ladies that are to stay at a home because of their "trauma" that they have endured. Quickly after meeting they are opening up to each other more than what they did to with their thereapist. This story has magic. It allows whomever has received a business card from the Madame Zoya to return to past to rewrite. well, if you think that means only something in your known past...forget it. this can take you time travelling to the 1700 or 1800s which they do ...more
Leslie
Oct 19, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing
I finished my third reading of this book and I realized that it was much better than I first thought. When I read it for the first time, I was expecting it to be like the original Summerhouse. It is much different, but it is just as good of a book. It will always be one of my favorite books. The Summerhouse will always be my favorite of the two, but this is a wonderful book.
Virginia Markhart
Sep 01, 2015 Virginia Markhart rated it it was ok
Time hopping is not my thing. I struggled to get through this book. Three women are sent to a shrink to deal with their individual problems and the shrink sends them back in time to change one event which will rewrite history. They go back to the seventeenth centruty. I just could not feel it.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Holiday of Love (Westmoreland, #3.5)
  • The Penwyth Curse (Medieval Song, #6)
  • Crown Jewel
  • Marriage Most Scandalous
  • Night Visitor
  • Dream Makers: Untamed / Less of a Stranger
  • Summer Light
  • A Highlander for Christmas
  • Someday Soon (Deliverance Company, #1)
  • The Bad Luck Wedding Night (Bad Luck Brides, #4)
28574
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.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
...more
More about Jude Deveraux...

Other Books in the Series

The Summerhouse (2 books)
  • The Summerhouse

Share This Book



“I like you angry better than weepy.” 14 likes
More quotes…