Late las night I finished reading Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook for a Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tour.
Jill is a single mother who’s a master of cultural etiquette with a flair for exotic cuisine. She has a beautiful 10-year old daughter and steady career as an advisor at Great Girlfriend Getaways, a fabulous no-boys-allowed travel agency, perfect for a woman now leading a no-boys-allowed lifestyle. She thinks she finally has her life together, and there’s even a cute, free-spirited bicycle entrepreneur in the picture. For once, the dust in Jill’s life is starting to settle. But when Seth, the deadbeat husband who abandoned Jill and her then three-year old daughter Anastasia for the Peace Corps, comes back into her life, Jill finds herself utterly furious – and flabbergasted. He’s interested in getting to know his daughter, who’s dreamt of having a father, and Jill is powerless to say no. A spunky, worldly Jill of All Trades who has mastered the art of communication can’t seem to hold herself together in front of him. And on top of that, Great Girlfriend Getaways might be up for sale. Jill must make a choice – not necessarily between the two men in her life, but between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be.
I really enjoyed this book. Even though I've never been married, and I don't have any kids, I felt like I could identify with Jill. With having a man just leave and give no reasons. Jill was such an engaging character. I could really feel her emotions--both good and bad. And I liked that she was so smart. I actually learned a lot of fun facts, cultural-wise from this book.
And I love the idea of the Great Girlfriend Getaways. I want to find a real company like that for my friends and I to go on adventures with.
The ending of the story could have gone either way between the two men, and I was torn as to which way I wanted it to go. I wanted her to end up with Seth, her ex-husband, so that they could all live in a happy little family. But I wanted her to end up with Billy because he seemed so sweet and into her. I liked how the story ended. It ended with hope and happiness.
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 105
About Claire Cook
Claire Cook is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Must Love Dogs, which was adapted into a Warner Bros. movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, The Wildwater Walking Club, Life’s a Beach, and her latest, Seven Year Switch. Her reinvention workshops have been featured on The Today Show, and she has been a judge for the Thurber Humor Prize and the Family Circle fiction contest. Her books have been featured on Good Morning America and in People, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and more. She has two kids, seven brothers and sisters, and one husband. She lives in Scituate, MA.
Visit her website and find reinvention and writing tips at http://www.ClaireCook.com. Friend her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ClaireCookbooks/. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ClaireCookbooks/.
*FTC Disclosure: I was sent this book a part of Pump Up Your Book Promotions for a honest review.