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Seven Year Switch

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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
Aug 02, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Allie
Jul 12, 2014 Allie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Karen
Aug 13, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa B.
Jul 15, 2016 Lisa B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Delightful!
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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Karen
Jul 31, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2010 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicole Jacob
Apr 14, 2014 Nicole Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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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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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Kari
Jul 07, 2011 Kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
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
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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Jennie
Sep 08, 2010 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mia
Jul 11, 2010 Mia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
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
Jun 07, 2010 Jeannine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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!
Beth
Feb 25, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Perkimom
Oct 06, 2014 Perkimom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definite fun beach read.
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.
Janie Hickok Siess
Jul 06, 2010 Janie Hickok Siess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janie Hickok by: Pump Up Your Book virtual blog tours
Jill Murray thought she was leading a perfectly happy life with her husband, Seth, and three-year-old daughter. Railing against the domesticity into which they have set tled, Seth can’t understand why Jill doesn’t see that he is suffocatingly unhappy. So Seth simply walks away, leaving Jill financially and emotionally destitute, and fully responsible for raising their daughter.

In response, Jill does what any mother in those circumstances would: She figures out how to survive . . . step by step,
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Patty
Jul 04, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Oh me…oh my…I do love a great absorbing fascinating charming and cleverly written summer book. Did I mention uniquely funny, too? If I didn’t…I am mentioning that right now. This is the tale of Jill and her 10 year old daughter Anastasia who have been making their way through life on their own for the last seven years. They have been abandoned by husband/father Seth who just couldn’t take a normal domestic life any more…not one more minute…so he tucked a note under a pillow and left and has not
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April
Jul 13, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like an ice cold drink on the hottest of summer days, Claire Cook satisfies with her latest release, Seven Year Switch.

After her husband suddenly abandoned her and their three-year-old daughter, Anastasia, seven years ago, Jill Murray has fought and worked to survive and make a loving home for her daughter. It is after those seven years that Seth decides to show back up and plead to be back into his daughter's life. There is nothing that Jill would love more than to tell Seth just where to go, b
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Cheryl
Jun 17, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
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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Shannan
Feb 08, 2011 Shannan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, Claire Cook is adorable! We just have to be friends. I laughed so hard through certain parts of this book that I just knew the Cook and I would be gabbing and giggling all day if we met.
Besides humor, Cook also writes honest, believable characters that you can literally see being your next door neighbor or even yourself.
From the cover: Just when Jill Murray's finally figured out how to manage on her own, her ex-husband proves that he can't even run away reliably. After seven long
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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
Jonita
Jul 22, 2010 Jonita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jill Murray feels like she finally has it all together, seven years after her husband Seth left her and their three-year-old daughter Anastasia in the middle of the night, leaving only a note behind. Sure, she's working three jobs to make ends meet, and sure, their house isn't as nice as the others in the neighborhood, but she's managing it, and all that really matters to her anyways is Anastasia.

When Seth reappears out of the blue, apparently finished with his stint in the Peace Corps and ready
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KDNH
Jun 18, 2010 KDNH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for another fun summer read, you’ve come to the right place! Claire Cook has made two appearances on our blog this year as LibraryLove reviewed The Wildwater Walking Club last month. What surprises me most about this author is she wrote her first book in her minivan while waiting for her daughter’s swim practice to end. Now she is a bestselling author of books such as Life’s a Beach, Must Love Dogs, and Summer Blowout. Now that’s impressive! After reading my first Claire Cook n ...more
Lauren
Aug 27, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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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Olga Godim
Oct 13, 2013 Olga Godim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream
A nice, easy read, a tad over-emotional, just enough not to be fluffy. The plot follows a young woman Jill at a crossroad in her life, desperately trying to do what’s best for her ten-year-old daughter Anastasia. And maybe a little bit for herself.
Seven years ago, Jill’s husband Seth abandoned her and their three-year-old child. He cleaned-up their joint bank account and disappeared without a word. Since then, she had been raising her daughter on her own, struggling to pay the bills like many s
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Elena

This book was ok, but at times even cute and witty, so I would give it 2.5* .
However, for the majority of the time I was annoyed by the characters. Mostly the not-so-ex husband! So he just picks up and LEAVES his wife and baby daughter and goes to Africa without a word (mortgage payment or child support)for 7 years !?!?!? Only to come back wanting to pretend that nothing happened and to pick up where he left off?!!?!?

The book realistically shows just how ungrateful and unsensitive kids can
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