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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  3,326 ratings  ·  348 reviews

The bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Life's a Beach takes listeners on a rollicking getaway without leaving the comfort of home.

Hardcover, Large Print, 359 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Julie
I have never read anything by Claire Cook, and I am not sure that I will again. It wasn't that it was bad - the book itself was an easy fast read and I read it in one day - it's just that the characters were very one dimensional and the story very predictable.

Jill, a single mother of a 10-year-old, finds that her life hasn't turned out how she hoped and she is firmly stuck in a rut. Just as a potential new boyfriend comes along, so does her estranged husband who abandoned her and her daughter se
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Lauren Fidler
this was not as bad as i feared it would be. so there's that.

jill's husband left her and her daughter seven years ago. then, he comes back just as she starts dating. hijinks ensue.

honestly, the premise bugged me the most - if my hubby left me high and dry for seven years (or, you know, 7 weeks), i would not be so keen to expose him to our daughter once he decided to remove his head from his sphincter and get his act together. i also wouldn't just leave him alone in the house with our daughter to
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Jackie says:

One of the surest signs that winter is over is a review copy of Claire Cook's new novel on my desk, because I've truly come to think that summer would just not be summer without a new release from her. This one is coming out in June.

Seven Year Switch is another winner. Jill Murray had been living a man-free existence since her husband walked out on them when their daughter Anastasia was just a toddler. She cobbles together a living by doing telephone work for Great Girlfriend Getaway
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Allie Chickie
I listened this book because it is by the author of Must Love Dogs which was turned into a movie, which I thought was a different movie than it is.

So I was very confused to find out Must Love Dogs is an entirely different movie and book than I was thinking of. And I was very confused when this book just wasn't very good.

I got through most of it while doing dishes or making dinner, and it is a fairly short read. The narrator was great.

It is about Jill, the mother of ten-year-old Anastasia, and
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Karen
Claire Cook never fails to come through. Since my first book review, which was for Claire’s book SUMMER BLOWOUT, she has never let me down when I pick up a new book of hers to read. She has a way of making even the toughest things in life bearable and her talented writing draws readers in through her marvelous stories, clever dialogue, and her captivating characters. In SEVEN YEAR SWITCH, readers meet Jill Murray who is one of those characters I just mentioned who captured my interest right off ...more
Louise
Once again Claire hasn't disappointed me. "The Seven Year Switch" was FANTASTIC!!!!

Jill Murray had, or so she thought, a wonderful husband a wonderful marriage but Seth unfortunately did not. He picked up one day seven years ago and just disappeared leaving Jill with their two-year-old daughter, Anastasia.

Jill finally figured out how to live on her own, with a job and caring for her young daughter Anastasia and being both a Mom and Dad to her. One day out of the blue, Seth suddenly returns and e
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Jackie
One of the surest signs that winter is over is a review copy of Claire Cook's new novel on my desk, because I've truly come to think that summer would just not be summer without a new release from her. This one is coming out in June.

Seven Year Switch is another winner. Jill Murray had been living a man-free existence since her husband walked out on them when their daughter Anastasia was just a toddler. She cobbles together a living by doing telephone work for Great Girlfriend Getaways (who speci
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Sherry D'ambrosio
Seven Year Switch: Revision In Life

I'd never heard of Claire Cook before I read a blurb about her novel, Seven Year Switch. The blurb stated "every seven years you become a completely new person," and went on to say Seven Year Switch was a novel about "accepting who you are and growing into who you want to be" ( ). That grabbed my attention. While I don't know that I can agree with the seven year time frame, I do recognize that there are definitely moments when you stop to evaluate who and what
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Kari
OK more like 2.5 stars. This was a quick read. I'm not sure I totally liked the choices Jill makes. I think she took her ex-husband back into her life a little too easily. I was shocked it never occurred to her to ask what he was doing for a living and had been doing for the past 7 years. But then I guess that would have ruined the "twist". The only character I really liked was Billy. I thought the neighbor was annoying. I didn't see enough of the relationship between the 2 women to understand w ...more
Perkimom
Definite fun beach read.
Ines
When I picked up this book, I knew it wasn't a pulitzer-prize winning novel, but I didn't anticipate that I would get so little enjoyment out of listening to this book.

It is basically a book about a woman in the stages of moving on with her life after a divorce. If you want to read about that, I would recommend [Book: Eat, Pray, Love|19501] instead. For me that was a much more enjoyable reading experience.

Lots of people like this book, but I'm not a huge romance or chick-lit (at least this kind)
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Kristin Campbell
To be fair, I didn't finish the book, but I thought some potential readers might find the reason helpful before they pick it up themselves. I brought home several of Cook's books because I recognized the name of Must Love Dogs, having confused it with the film The Truth About Cats and Dogs.

I began, however, with Seven Year Switch. Right away, the main character talks about how women serving women is the noblest thing. Shouldn't we all serve everyone, I wondered? But I kept going. There were seve
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Jennie
Very quick read -- actually I listed to this book on CD. It kept me interested, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of depth (I know, I know, it wasn't SUPPOSED to be deep) and hardly any drama! The part I liked about it was how this lover of travel found ways to incorporate it into her local life. I think I would enjoy this more as a movie -- where I can really appreciate the scenery and good looks of her love interests.
Karen
This plot had a whole lot more potential than the book actually delivered. The main character is an expert on different cultures. At first, reading them as they are woven into the storyline is amusing. After awhile, it just gets in the way of the story. The ending was a let down. I was sorry I wasted my time reading the book.
Mia
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this type of book, but I thought it was just okay. There were a couple cute parts, but overall I thought the characters were underdeveloped, almost like the author left out more plot and dialogue 'cause she figured the reader could just fill it in for themselves.
Jeannine
I've loved every book Claire Cook's written. This one was no different. Finished it in about 3 hours. Just terrific. And I liked the fact that the ending wasn't an ending per se. It left the door open for possibilities which was what the whole book was about!
Taryn
This was my first book by Claire Cook, and, while not awful, it wasn't great either. At first I wasn't really sure why I mildly disliked the main character, but by the end of the book I really didn't like her at all. She was weak and much too overprotective of her daughter in an overbearing, helicopter parent sort of way. I tried really hard to put myself in her shoes, but still felt that she was stuck in the past and refused to move on, sort of the point, so I guess that was well communicated. ...more
Alissa
I love Claire Cook and this was another delightful confection of chick lit. Although I wish there was more on the resolution and I thought Jill's aha moment came much too quickly.
Beth
I was given an ARC of this novel by the publisher and I loved it! So much so that I ended up writing a blurb for the cover! Highly enjoyable read.
Anne Marie
An easy, enjoyable, upbeat read. Just when Jill begins to date again, her ex-husband shows up, wanting to take a role in their 10-year old daughter's life. Realistic, yes. But not so realistic is how Jill just lets him back into both their lives after being missing for SEVEN YEARS! Really?? But I loved Jill's jobs (teaching cooking to Seniors at the community center and travel consulting for a "girlfriends getaway" tour agency). And her kooky next-door neighbor was very sweet. I was happy that J ...more
Michelle
This was the first book I have read by Claire Cook, and I'm not really sure if I will be inclined to read another one. It was a quick read but really not memorable. Who would take back their ex-husband, well she didn't even know if they were divorced after 7 years of nothing. I understood she was trying to do the right thing for her daughter to have a relationship with her dad, but they didn't really talk about where he had been for 7 years. Very disappointing Summer Read after all the hype.
Nicole Jacob
First thoughts on the book -
I really enjoyed it. SYS is a light, easy type of book that'll keep you engaged until the end. There was nothing super special about this book though. Single mother working to make ends meet and just as she starts to find love, her ex husband comes back into the picture. The plot was never anything fancy - a snapshot of the broken family and their day to day routines. How it effects the daughter and the mother were very believable and somewhat exciting. I'm also conf
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Molly
Jul 26, 2010 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: PUYB
Full of humor, this quirky novel by Claire Cook was my first one by her. She writes with style that instantly draws you in, taking you on a whirlwind, witty ride through out and by the end, you've laughed out loud so much your cheeks hurt....or at least I did! But, I must warn you this: I went into this book knowing it wasn't a Christian book, so I wasn't displeased with the mild use of language, however, if you don't like even mild language then you may not want to give this book a try. BUT, th ...more
Lauren
Even though summer and beach season is pretty much over for many people, Seven Year Switch is by far the perfect beach/summer read, because it contains the just the right amount of humor, drama, and emotion to keep even the most reluctant of readers intrigued for at least a few hours.

Seven Year Switch tells the story of Jill Murray, a single-mom whose life hasn't always been the easiest thing in the world since her husband left her with no money, a baby, and a simple note saying nothing more tha
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Jennifer
From My Blog...[return][return]Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook is nothing like I expected it to be, it was everything I had hoped for and then it exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. Jill Murray has spent the last seven years not knowing the exact whereabouts of her husband after he walked out on her and their 3-year-old daughter. Then one day, Seth reappears and acts as though nothing has happened. Anastasia is thrilled to have her father in her life but is Jill ready to be a family a ...more
Danielle
Jill’s life has been hard. At least the last seven years have been. From the time she discovered her husband had up and left her with nearly nothing and their three year old daughter to fend for, she’s had nothing but an uphill battle. While juggling a few different jobs Jill has managed to find stability through the chaos her husband left in his wake and now he’s decided to make an appearance. Her struggle to find herself while protecting her daughter is a tale many single and married mothers a ...more
Cheryl "Mash"
Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook
Published by Hyperion
ISBN 978-1-4013-4116-9
At the request of Pump Up Your Book, a HC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (book's jacket): Just when Jill Murray has finally figured out how to manage on her own, her ex-husband proves that he can't even run away reliably. After seven long years missing in action, he's back-crashing into the man-free existence Jill and her ten-year-old daughter have built so carefully. What's a good mother to d
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Beth
This is a great book to read to kick off the summer beach reading season! Jill Murray is a single mom raising her 10 year old daughter, Anastasia. Jill is "man-free" after her husband abandoned both her and her daughter 7 years ago. Jill is a strong woman who has worked hard at being a good parent. She works two jobs answering phones for Great Girls Getaways and also teaches a cultural cooking class. She meets Billy who hires her as a consultant around the same time Seth, the ex-husband decides ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
When Jill Murray’s husband left her to raise their daughter, Anastasia, all by herself seven years ago, she wasn’t sure she’d be able to make it on her own. Since her parents were no longer living, she turned to her in-laws, but they were no help. Left with no other options, Jill picked herself up, dusted herself off, and moved forward. Things haven’t always been easy, but in the last seven years, she has managed to make a life for herself and Anastasia.

Since her focus has been on her daughter,
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Bonnie
They say a person changes every 7 years. I know my tastes in food change and 7 years seems to be a marker for this event. Also as a person ages the stages we go through are approximately 7 years in difference.

Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook is a nice bit of chick-lit.

Jill was married to Seth. They traveled together, lived in many different countries and had a vision of always being on the go. Then they had a baby. As the child grew Jill’s concerns for available health care in the form of a pe
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