Book Review: Seven Year Switch – Claire Cook

Title: Seven Year Switch
Author: Claire Cook
ISBN: 9781401341169
Pages: 256
Release Date: June 1, 2010 
Publisher: Voice
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. Perfect example of how you can’t judge a book by its cover. I would have lumped it with a light fluffy, easy to read women’s fiction. I can only imagine the torment of the protagonist, and I’m sure makes for a compelling story.

  2. Perfect example of how you can’t judge a book by its cover. I would have lumped it with a light fluffy, easy to read women’s fiction. I can only imagine the torment of the protagonist, and I’m sure makes for a compelling story.

  3. I’m glad to see you enjoyed this since it’s next up in my stacks.

  4. I’m glad to see you enjoyed this since it’s next up in my stacks.

  5. I’ve enjoyed several of Cook’s books (and am starting Life’s A Beach soon!), so I think I would enjoy this one, too! She’s definitely a fun, thoughtful writer.

  6. I’ve enjoyed several of Cook’s books (and am starting Life’s A Beach soon!), so I think I would enjoy this one, too! She’s definitely a fun, thoughtful writer.

  7. I have just discovered that I like women’s fiction, so this book looks interesting to me. I liked your review and think that this might make a perfect read for the beach. Thanks for the great review!!

  8. I have just discovered that I like women’s fiction, so this book looks interesting to me. I liked your review and think that this might make a perfect read for the beach. Thanks for the great review!!

  9. This books seems to be just what I want to read now! Thanks for a good review!

  10. This books seems to be just what I want to read now! Thanks for a good review!

  11. Sounds like a good read. I love books with a message.

  12. Sounds like a good read. I love books with a message.

  13. Good to know there is some depth to this novel. I’m not always a good match for women’s fiction, but this might work.

  14. Good to know there is some depth to this novel. I’m not always a good match for women’s fiction, but this might work.

  15. I just saw this one at my local public library-in the hands of a friend! It sounds good and may have to borrow it when she finishes.

  16. I just saw this one at my local public library-in the hands of a friend! It sounds good and may have to borrow it when she finishes.

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