Title: Seven Year Switch
Author: Claire Cook
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Seven years ago, when their daughter Anastasia was just three years old, Seth walked out on his wife Jill without a backward glance. Now, all of a sudden, he’s back without an explanation. Seth wants to be part of Anastasia’s life again (and Jill’s, it would seem) but Jill doesn’t think she can forgive and forget that easily.
Seven Year Switch is much less of a beach read than the gloriously sunny cover would make you think. It’s an introspective and thoughtful read that has plenty of wit and charm.
Jill is a very sympathetic character, a real woman struggling with life. Her job isn’t glamorous, but she’s managed to care for her daughter all these years without help from anyone. When Seth waltzed back into her life, I could completely understand her frustration. Though she made some mistakes along the way, I felt like she was really trying to do what was best for her daughter every step of the way. She was appealing and funny, and I appreciated that she didn’t let life get her down.
I also enjoyed getting to know Jill’s neighbor, Cynthia. She came across as a bit dim witted, but it didn’t take long to realize there was more going on than met the eye. Cook did a great job developing her secondary characters; the reader becomes that much more invested in the story as a result.
Seven Year Switch was a fun, breezy read perfect for anyone interested in some lighter women’s fiction with a great message at the end. This is a book with a lot of heart and is a perfect summer novel.