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June 29, 2008

Review: Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

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Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

Have you ever wondered what kind of life you would be living if you had made a different choice? Would you be happier? Do the decisions you make effect those around you? What would you do if you had the chance to go back and change some choices you have made in your past? In Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux, we get to see what could happen if we could change our lives, knowing what we know now.

Amy is going through the motions of her life and not doing a good job of it. With her picture perfect marriage and suburban lifestyle, her recent miscarriage has caused her to go into a deep depression that she cannot seem to snap out of. Deeply concerned about his wife’s well-being, Stephen is soon convinced by Jeanine Hightower, a well established therapist, to send his wife to Maine to stay at The Summerhouse. She will be staying with other women who have experienced some kind of trauma in their lives. Amy, of course, balks at the idea of any kind of therapy but when Stephen is insistent, she reluctantly goes but resents doing so. When she arrives at The Summerhouse, she is greeted by two other women.

Faith has lost her husband to a long battle with cancer. Living under her demanding mother in law’s thumb for her entire married life, she has been in therapy with Jeanine for a year. According to the therapist, Faith is not dealing with something in her past so therapy so far hasn’t been productive. Faith isn’t sure what more she can reveal about her life. She had a good marriage, didn’t she? Shouldn’t she just allow middle age to creep up on her and be content with her life?

Zoe has survived a horrible car crash. Not only can she not remember her life before the crash, but all of the people in the town she lives in seem to hate her and she can’t remember why. Instinctively knowing that she is different than the person she once was, she is now a talented artist who pushes others away with her gothic look and smart mouth.

The women reluctantly start to bond. As they start forming their friendships with one another, they start remembering and revealing things in their past that may have affected their lives today. Not knowing that Jeanine has sent them to a mysterious, mythical town, they are soon transported back into the 18th century to change the future. Will the women be able to change things for the better or will they make things worse?

Return to the Summerhouse can be read as a stand alone book. It is the second book in The Summerhouse series. If you would like more information about Jude Deveraux and her other novels, please visit her website at: knows how to hit all of the emotional buttons in her books, and Return to the Summerhouse was no exception. This book was definitely an emotional rollercoaster for me. I laughed, I cried and I cheered the women on. As the women dug deep into their past and heartache, I felt I was there with them. Amy, Faith and Zoe are characters that are so easy to relate with. Not only were they smart and interesting characters to read about, they are women I would easily be friends with. This is more than a romantic story. Return to Summerhouse is about relationships. The bond the women form with each other was lovely to read about. It was really nice to read about three women working together and forming a friendship that stands the test of time.To learn more about Jude Deveraux, visit her web site at www.judedeveraux.com.


Reviewed by Shellie


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