A high-spirited novel from the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Life’s a Beach that will have you planning a girlfriend getaway in no time!
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 years missing in action, he’s back?crashing into the man-free existence Jill and her ten-year-old daughter have built so carefully. And what’s a good mother to do? To a child, even a deadbeat dad is better than no dad at all.
Jill’s life just hasn’t turned out quite the way she planned. By now, she’d hoped to be jetting around the world as a high-end cultural coach. Instead, she’s answering phones for a local travel agency and teaching cooking classes at the community center.
Enter free-spirited entrepreneur Billy, who hires Jill as a consultant for an upcoming business trip. Is their relationship veering off in a new direction? And what about her ex? Jill couldn’t possibly still have feelings for him . . . could she? Suddenly, her no-boys-allowed life is anything but.
They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, but Jill isn’t sure she’s ready for the big change. It takes a Costa Rican getaway to help her make a choice — not so much between the two men in her life, but between the woman she is and the one she wants to be.
“A perfect beach read. Claire Cook once again demonstrates that she’s a master in creating funny, warm, relatable characters you root for from the very first page.”
–Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want and Time of My Life
“With wit and tenderness, Claire Cook sweeps us into the life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after being abandoned by her husband. This is a delightful story of love, loss, and the surprising events that healed her heart. I cheered for Jill the entire way.”
–Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
“Claire Cook’s well-traveled protagonist is smart, truly hilarious, and entirely sympathetic. Like a hot bubble bath or a holiday at the beach, you won’t want it to end.”
–Cecily Von Ziegesar, New York Times bestselling author of Gossip Girl and Cum Laude
New York Times “Beach Chair Worthy Read”
USA TODAY “Hot Summer Beach Book” Pick
New York Post Summer Book Pick
2010 Beach Book Festival Award Grand Prize winner
“Bestseller Cook charms again with this lively warm-hearted look at changing courses mid-life.”
“Cook hits her marks…a beach tote couldn’t ask for more.”
“A lot of fun to read? Definitely!”
“Cook clearly owns the beach scene.”
–The Patriot Ledger
“Readers will love Cook’s single-mom protagonist and the witty beach-book vibe.”
“If you have a penchant for woman’s literature that rejects bodice-ripping fantasy in favor of real women with brains, substance and sense of humor well intact, functioning in the real world with all its prickly realities, Seven Year Switch is thoroughly satisfying.
–North County Times
“As sure as the summer breezes will descend upon the shores, Claire Cook delivers yet another charming and delightful story that will capture her readers’ hearts. Funny, engaging, and downright delectable, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is this summer’s must-read.”
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