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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 turn their "what-might-have-beens" into reality...

Leslie, a suburban wife and mother, follows the career of a boy who pursued her in college wonders: what if she had chosen differently? Madison dropped a modeling career to help her high school boyfriend recover from an accident, even though he'd jilted her. But what if she had said "no" when her old boyfriend had called? Ellie became a famous novelist, but a bitter divorce wiped out her earnings -- and shattered her belief in herself. Why had the "justice" system failed her? And could she prevent its happening the second time around?

Now, a mysterious "Madame Zoya," offers each of them a chance to relive any three weeks from the past. Will the road not taken prove a better path? Each woman will have to decide for herself as she follows the dream that got away...and each must choose the life that will truly satisfy the heart's deepest longings.

Topics: Time Travel, Female Friendship, Second Chances, Supernatural Powers, Middle Age, Romantic, Maine, and Series

Published: Atria Books on
ISBN: 9780743459167
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I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! If I had the opportunity to have an alternate view of my life and still get a choice of which life I'd take, I'd do it just to see.These women's lives before the time travel seemed unbearable. For one in particular, I'm surprised she didn't "accidentally" kill her husband.Definitely a book for someone who LOVES books with happy endings.more
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? Which three would have the most impact if you could go back and live them differently?The first half of the book covers the lives of the women after they met at a DMV and spent the day together. They all had big dreams and aspirations of becoming a dancer, a model, and an artist, however things turned out far differently than what they expected. After disappointments and personal tragedies, one of the three ladies tracks the other two down and they reunite for a weekend in Maine. All three look forward to a chance to get away from it all and reflect on how to move forward from the disappointments in their lives.During that weekend in Maine they are given the gift of a lifetime – the opportunity to go back and change what they did in the past. The second half of the book describes their trips back to their earlier lives and what they choose to change. I couldn’t put the book down while reading this section because I was very invested in the characters by this point and wanted so badly for things to turn out well for them.The idea that three women would meet again after so many years, only having known each other previously for a day, seemed a little unrealistic to me. After all, I have a hard time remembering the last names of some of my good friends from college, and those were people I spent a lot of time with. However, it was the only issue I had with this book, and I enjoyed the reading experience so much that I was willing to let it go. It just proves that good writing, interesting characters and a compelling plot can convince you to overlook things that would be bothersome in another book.Although this is an easy book to read (the story flows quickly and is not bogged down by flowery descriptions or philosophical meandering), it was one of those rare stories that has made me reflect on my life and has been simmering in my mind since I read it. I think it would be difficult to read this book without looking back on your own life and speculating about what (if anything) you would change.more
This book felt like I was reading a grocery store novel. Thought provoking in the sense of imagining time travel and whether you would change anything in your life if you could.more
I really enjoyed this book. Its one of those books that you dont forget easily. I find myself thinking about it often. (corny I know!!) But the writing and how its all put together is great. Its alittle far fetched but hey anything possible. I would recommend it to anyone!!! I cant wait to read another one of her books.more
Although its a wee bit unbeleavable (the ladies get to to relive 3 weeks of their lifes) it still a nice read. Enjoyable.more
Good book. Sort of different.3 women born on the same day, meet later when 40, and go to a fortune teller, who lets them go back and change or not change their lives. Interesting concept. some holes in the story though.more
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I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! If I had the opportunity to have an alternate view of my life and still get a choice of which life I'd take, I'd do it just to see.These women's lives before the time travel seemed unbearable. For one in particular, I'm surprised she didn't "accidentally" kill her husband.Definitely a book for someone who LOVES books with happy endings.more
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? Which three would have the most impact if you could go back and live them differently?The first half of the book covers the lives of the women after they met at a DMV and spent the day together. They all had big dreams and aspirations of becoming a dancer, a model, and an artist, however things turned out far differently than what they expected. After disappointments and personal tragedies, one of the three ladies tracks the other two down and they reunite for a weekend in Maine. All three look forward to a chance to get away from it all and reflect on how to move forward from the disappointments in their lives.During that weekend in Maine they are given the gift of a lifetime – the opportunity to go back and change what they did in the past. The second half of the book describes their trips back to their earlier lives and what they choose to change. I couldn’t put the book down while reading this section because I was very invested in the characters by this point and wanted so badly for things to turn out well for them.The idea that three women would meet again after so many years, only having known each other previously for a day, seemed a little unrealistic to me. After all, I have a hard time remembering the last names of some of my good friends from college, and those were people I spent a lot of time with. However, it was the only issue I had with this book, and I enjoyed the reading experience so much that I was willing to let it go. It just proves that good writing, interesting characters and a compelling plot can convince you to overlook things that would be bothersome in another book.Although this is an easy book to read (the story flows quickly and is not bogged down by flowery descriptions or philosophical meandering), it was one of those rare stories that has made me reflect on my life and has been simmering in my mind since I read it. I think it would be difficult to read this book without looking back on your own life and speculating about what (if anything) you would change.more
This book felt like I was reading a grocery store novel. Thought provoking in the sense of imagining time travel and whether you would change anything in your life if you could.more
I really enjoyed this book. Its one of those books that you dont forget easily. I find myself thinking about it often. (corny I know!!) But the writing and how its all put together is great. Its alittle far fetched but hey anything possible. I would recommend it to anyone!!! I cant wait to read another one of her books.more
Although its a wee bit unbeleavable (the ladies get to to relive 3 weeks of their lifes) it still a nice read. Enjoyable.more
Good book. Sort of different.3 women born on the same day, meet later when 40, and go to a fortune teller, who lets them go back and change or not change their lives. Interesting concept. some holes in the story though.more
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