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The Summerhouse (The Summerhouse #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  9,098 Ratings  ·  702 Reviews
Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. Celebrating this turning point at a summerhouse in Maine, Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott are taking stock of their lives, their loves, and their choices. But none of them expects the gift that awaits the trio at the summerhouse: the chanc
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Francine
Jul 06, 2008 Francine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gwen, Shannon
If you could go back in time - would you? While this book is a serious summer/ice tea read, it stayed with me longer than I expected. If you could go back in time - for three weeks - change one thing - one day, one conversations, would you? When/where/what would it be. Would you be willing to risk what you have now to do so? Or maybe because of what you have now you would? Which prompts my own question - if you could change one thing -- the first credit card you ever got, the first diet you ever ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Pre-Read (4/10/15): My mother in law got this book for me for my birthday. Even though I'm basically done with Deveraux's books, but what the hell? :)

Abandoned (1/16/16): I'm being honest with myself in the fact that I don't want to read this and I probably never will.
Joudy
Feb 12, 2017 Joudy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do? Would you make the same decision?
Which way should you go? Would you like to investigate some other choices? Could we escape our past?
It turns on the relationship between women and men .it has been lifted out of the realm of everyday experience , I`m glad I spent some time with it , she writes as she is just talking to you, there are plenty of jokes throughout, her humor is definitely present.
For th
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Jane Stewart
Engaging. I didn’t want to stop reading. Very feel good ending.

STORY BRIEF:
Three women travel to a summerhouse in Maine for a reunion to celebrate their 40th birthday. They share the same birthday. They haven’t seen each other for nineteen years and tell each other about their lives. Terrible and depressing things happened to Madison. A terrible injustice happened to Ellie. Leslie is unhappy and disappointed with people and things. Then a mystical woman offers them a chance to go back in time an
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Jeanne
Sep 18, 2008 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot better than I expected it. I read it when I was at an isolated hotel in Costa Rica in the offseason for my honeymoon.....and I didn't bring enough books from home and finished mine and there wasn't a bookstore within a 2 days trip. So out of desperation I borrowed this book from the "Share a book" at the hotel.

But it was about 3 women who met when they were 19 and then went seperate ways and all had seperate crappy lives.....and they meet this lady who give them a chance to
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Buppy Paul
Jul 25, 2012 Buppy Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I was extremely impressed with this novel. It wasn't at all what I expected it to be.

It's a very emotional tale, pulling you through the lives of three wonderful women and their very different yet equally traumatizing ordeals; then delivering that oft-dreamed fantasy: What if they were given the option to redo the last two decades of your life? Not just to change decisions, but also to change environments and social circles?
The whole narrative comes together incredibly smoothly and
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Rexanne
Dec 12, 2014 Rexanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This novel by Jude Deveraux that tackles the question "If you could go back in time, would you?" is an engaging read that combines time travelling, friendship and romance in a superbly written book.

After 20 years, three friends in their 40s reunite and think about what has gone on in their lives after two decades. A chance walk takes them to the mysterious Madam Zoya and her magical summerhouse. All three are given the chance to go back in time 20 years ago to modify past decisions and ultimate
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Rachael
Jul 06, 2010 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Jude Deveraux novel. I was a little hesitant because I'm not normally into romance novels--which Deveraux is known for. But The Summerhouse is not a traditional romance novel. This actually was a charming and relaxing read-- looking into the insights of three young promising women that meet on their shared 21st birthday. Not keeping in touch with each other, their unique bond was not forgotten so they reunite for their 40th birthdays. This is a story of how when they see each ot ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
The level of suspension of disbelief it takes to get through this book is staggering. The reader is expected to believe that 3 women meet one afternoon in line at DMV. The bond the forge there is so strong {snort} that 19 years later they reunite... having never kept in touch during the interim. Uh-huh. Then of course there's the ability to travel back to relive any 3 weeks of their life, courtesy of "Madame Zoya." {double snort} The fact that the three women seemed to take the going-back-in-tim ...more
Siv30
Jul 25, 2016 Siv30 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ספר קריא מאוד אבל יותר מידי happy ending על מנת שאדרג אותו ב 4 כוכבים.

3 חברות: לזלי, אלי ומדיסון נפגשות לאחר 20 שנים שבהן לא התראו. בצעירותן הן היו נשים יפות עם עתיד מבטיח. אבל עכשיו, שלושתן חבוטות מהחיים נפגשות ומגלות מה עבר עליהן ב 20 השנים הללו.

מדיסון, אישה יפיפיה שנשלחה לעיר הגדול לדגמן, חוזרת להינשא ולטפל באהוב נעוריה שנפגע בתאונה.

אלי, סופרת מצליחה, חווה גירושים טראומטיים בהם השופט פושט אותה מנכסיה לטובת הגרוש הבטלן שלה.

ולזלי מתמודדת עם בעיות בחיי הנישואים שלה ועם הבחירה להיות עקרת בית ולוו
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Alyce (At Home With Books)
The Summerhouse is a delightful and thought-provoking story where do-overs are allowed and alternate realities are possible. There’s even a bit of time travel involved in the story, which is always a big draw for me. The idea of being able to change the past is not a new one, but this book has an added twist to that idea – the ladies had to choose which few weeks they would go back and change in their lives. Which three weeks are the most important in regards to the path your life has taken? Whi ...more
Karschtl
Mar 25, 2008 Karschtl rated it really liked it
I really liked the idea of the story (three female friends get the chance to relive 3 weeks of their past lives - and change their future). Of course it was very loaden with stereotypical women. Only bad things had happened in their lives, they never were lucky. That was maybe a bit too much, but only those women can appreciate the opportunity to go back and change their lives. And of course all changed for the better at the end, I think I'm not spoiling anything in saying that the book has an H ...more
Liesl
Nov 06, 2015 Liesl rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, residence, 2015
I don't read much from this genre and went in expecting something breezy; on some level I was at least entertained enough to finish. However, to me the most interesting thing about this book is the food for thought provided by the premise of going back in time to redo three weeks of the past and decide which future to embrace from there rather than anything that occurs on its pages. The time travel is a neat concept, but it takes a frustratingly long time to make its appearance. The characters a ...more
April
Jun 11, 2014 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an almost perfect simple romantic easy summer read. I zipped through it in one day, and that's all this book really deserves of your time. The three main characters, struggling with choices made in their youth that have resulted in disasters as they approach 40, are all endearing, albeit predictable and fairly one-dimensional. I couldn't help it though, I liked them, and I found myself rooting for them, even to the end. The story has a surprising fantastical twist toward the end, which e ...more
Beth
Jan 11, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it
This was a pick of one of my bookclub members. I have a hard time saying anything nice about the book. I was rolling my eyes and groaning at the way the author depicts the three women in the story. Usually I like a supernatural element to a book, but this seemed so cheesy to me.

On a positive note...the book explores the idea: If you could go back in time and make a different choice, would you keep the life you lived or choose the new life after the making a different choice?

I do not regret my pa
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Sara
Jan 25, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: daneen sales
Shelves: book-club
Who doesn't wonder "what if" sometimes?? In this book three women get the chance to go back in time to answer this question.

This will be a great discussion book for our book club! It made me think of the choices I made in life or events that changed my life. If I changed one bad thing would I lose some of the best things? I thought about specifically if our first born daughter survived and would be special needs...would we have our other 3 children that came after her?? Would I really want thin
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Rhiannon Hammond
Sep 02, 2011 Rhiannon Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Rhiannon by: Kelli Evans
I really enjoyed this book, it was amazing to see such a change in all the women and you feel as if your changed a little as well after hearing their stories. It was hard hearing all the hardships they had been through but it was rewarding to see that they were all happier after they came back. I thought it was a really unique premise as well but not to sci-fi for me lol it still had its romance, I was aching for every character as they were in their bouts of love. Very good book, glad I read it ...more
Carolyn F.
May 30, 2010 Carolyn F. rated it it was amazing
I started the audiobook where I only listen in the car but the story was so compelling that I gave up and read the paperback from where I left in one evening. I had liked Jude in the 1980s and then just stopped reading her for awhile. Well this book was great! And I started reading the excerpt of The Mulberry Tree and that sounds really good too so I'm ordering it from the library as soon as I stop writing this review. I'm looking forward to making her one of my go-to authors.
Manju
May 10, 2008 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going back in time to change a decision in the past - anyone who has regrets has always wished that one time or other. It was a good read. The foremost impression that I have is that it is better to take things as they are and not worry about yesteryear for the path we've traveled afterall is what has made us the person we are.
The story is about a random meeting of three women and then a reunion at a stage of their lives where each of them have gone through something or the other.
Kelcey
3.5 stars
I remember reading this in Burbank teen book club in high school and I remember enjoying it, especially toying with the idea of three weeks to change the entire direction your life went. Even now, I remember most of the story so I know it stayed with me in some respect. I have no desire to re-read it but an interesting concept in a quick fun read.
Pravallika AJ
Feb 20, 2014 Pravallika AJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book always helps me out. Whenever I get a writer's block, I read this book, It helps me out. When I feel down, I read this book and it helps me out.

It is a beautiful book on how three weeks could change your entire life and how decisions turn your fate. This book made me laugh and cry. I could not put down this book because I felt that if I did, I would die.
Jayne
Nov 21, 2014 Jayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Wow, I couldn't believe I read the entire book in one night. It was okay, the first half was interesting, but the twist in the middle threw me off guard and it slowly lost my interest in the story. It wasn't that predictable, but I wasn't overly satisfied with the (somewhat) predictable, too rosy, cheesy happily ever after ending.
Gina
Aug 09, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I didn't know what this book was about before I started reading it. I never would have picked it up to read because I would have thought it was such a cheesy topic. I was so wrong. This book was such a good read that my summary would never do it justice.
Jen
Apr 23, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio version of this book.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Nov 02, 2009 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Loved this book. Interesting story. Would you go back and change anything if you were given the chance? That's the question 3 women face.
Lindaquill58
I enjoyed this book more and more as i read on. Imagine having the opportunity to go back in time and change something, or everything. Would you do it? Loved the ending.
Katereen
Mar 04, 2013 Katereen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Read it 3 times by this far.
Judy
Mar 10, 2017 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story of "what if". What if you made different decisions along the path of your life. Of course, a bit of fantasy was included, that three women actually could go back to a time in their life where they wanted to make a change to the coarse of their life.

It was very interesting to see where the women chose to go back to, and the changes that were made. Although I did already purchase the second book, thinking the story would continue, it appears it doesn't continue with the same
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Darlene Emanuel
I liked this book not as much as the Edilean series books so far but I enjoyed
this story of three women reuniting on their fortieth birthday for a weekend
and they only met one time at the DMV on their 21st birthday. They have a
chance to change their current lives to another path if they so choose. Good
read!
Roxie Gallinger
Mar 07, 2017 Roxie Gallinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not a bad little story where three woman meet after 19 years and talk about their lives as they are...then decide to go back in time at their happiest moments and see what happens when they chose a different way to live
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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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