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The Summerhouse

(The Summerhouse #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  11,352 ratings  ·  894 reviews
Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. Celebrating at a summerhouse in Maine, Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott are taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of them expect the gift that awaits them at the summerhouse: the chance for each of them to
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kyd-booklikes
So "The Summerhouse" series by Jude Deveraux is pretty popular. I have the first and second book in my collection, but I honestly have not read the first two books in a really long time. I just purchased the third book last weekend and thought this would be a good time to revisit the series. I have to say that it was good to re-read since I had forgotten how problematic some of the dialogue was and I didn't really care for one of the characters. A lot of reviewers that the main set-up was too un ...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
Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jane Stewart
Engaging. I didn’t want to stop reading. Very feel good ending.

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
Buppy Paul
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jul 06, 2010 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
Sheila DeChantal
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
So while I have read this book several satisfying times through the years - this review is a little different. I say that because at this reading I found some things in the beginning of the book to be beyond believable and therefore bugged me a bit. I still love the book - yet now find myself baffled as to why the author would choose some things to be so unreal when there was every opportunity with a few changes to make it believable...
Or maybe that was the point.
Anyway - still love the book!
Julia Thompson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I am only giving this book a 3 stars because i really enjoyed the first half of the book but once it got to the whole time traveling part i was really disappointed i was expecting more excitement from 3 middle age women traveling back to their 20s. it just really fell flat for me. if i wouldn't have liked the first half so much this would be a 2 star rating for me.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wouldn't have finished this book if I wasn't reading it for a book club. It's terrible. Real people don't talk or act like any of the people in this book. The basic premise of going back in time to relive a short time period is interesting and I wish it had been better executed.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: deveraux-jude
If you had a chance to go back in time and change one decision you have made in your life, would you do it? What an interesting premise and what a fabulous book! Onto "Return to Summerhouse."
Alyce (At Home With Books)
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i used to read jude deveraux books as a teenager - that was over 20 yrs ago. i loved knight in shining armor - coz i like time travel stories in general, but haven't read anything from this author since my teen days. that's why i thought to give this a try.
this book is horrible. at least a third of the book was spent talking about the physical appearance of those 3 women. come to think of it most of those historical romance novels do that as well, but i always thought it was coz women back in t
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
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rhiannon Talaga
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars is a stretch, but it held my interest. It's a quick summer read. The characters are directed and defined by the men in their lives. I had to get past that and then suspend realism when the plot twist came halfway through the book. The decisions by the three women are interesting and two were predictable. The third did surprise me a bit and unfolded into a too-sweet-to-believe but happy scenario. I told you it's a summer book! It does make you take a look back and think "What if?" That ...more
May 10, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Carolyn F.
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.
Kylie Hood
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me count the ways I hated this book. Cliche language about women and their looks and actions governed by how a man treats them. Not sure how its rating is so high on good reads. And since when does everyone have a summerhouse in their backyards? The characters were easily forgettable and boring. And the magical realism twist felt forced like the author tried to bring two very different plots together to make it more interesting instead of just writing something good.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you if you could go back in time to change your life if you could remember why you wanted to change it? In this charming story by Jude Deveraux, three women get the chance to do just that with the added extra that after three weeks when they come back they can keep their life as it is now, change it and remember how they changed it or change it and not remember how their life used to be. This a sweet story that I really enjoyed.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-books-2019
If I could have given this 2 1/2 stars I would be happier. # women meet at the DVM, don't see each other again for 19 years and are best of friends? Really???? They don't like their lives and so get a chance to relive part of it and change if they want. I do not like women characters who are so weak, they cannot speak up for themselves. I may be talking myself into 2 stars if I keep writing. Would I recommend this book to a friend? Definitely no.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Summerhouse Jude Deveraux

So disappointed. The book really held my interest until author decided midway to go off into silly stupid. Almost as though a different writer took over. Wish I had known that I was reading a fantasy 'Romance" novel at the onset. With 90 pages to go, I put it down.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a personal challenge I'm working on. If not for that, I would've DNF'd it way before the halfway mark. I wish I could give this a 1/2 star. Way, way too far fetched in my opinion.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #20 read in 2018

I really enjoyed the story in this book. I was drawn into the stories of these three women, both past and present, and alternate.
Lady Delacour
What a Fun Surprise!!!
Thought this was a Novel
until the fork in the road.
Just went with it and had
a happy time doing so.
Listened with TTS.
Clean with Mild Language.
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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.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo

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