Seven Year Switch

Seven Year Switch

by claire cook

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Seven Year Switch by claire cook

"[A] beach chair worthy read."--New York Times

"[A] hot summer beach book."--USA Today

"Bestseller Cook charms again in this lively, warm-hearted look at changing courses mid-life."--People

Just when Jill Murray has finally figured out how to make it on her own, her husband Seth is back, proving he can't even run away reliably. Now Jill has to face the fact that there's simply no way she can be a good mom without letting her ex back into her daughter Anatasia's life. They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, and it takes a Costa Rican getaway to help Jill make her choice - between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be.

"A beach tote couldn't ask for more."--Kirkus Reviews

"Seven years ago, Claire Cook told us we 'Must Love Dogs." But must we also love ex-husbands?...Cook takes a closer look at a complex situation."--New York Post

"Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on."--Publishers Weekly

"A lot of fun to read? Definitely!"--Redbook

"With wit and tenderness, Claire Cook sweeps us into the life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after being abandoned by her husband. This is a delightful story of love, loss, and the surprising events that healed her heart. I cheered for Jill the entire way."--Beth Hoffman

"A perfect beach read. Claire Cook once again demonstrates that she's a master in creating funny, warm, relatable characters you root for from the very first page."--Allison Winn Scotch

"Smart, truly hilarious, and entirely sympathetic. Like a hot bubble bath or a holiday at the beach, you won't want it to end."--Cecily Von Ziegesar

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151558198
Publisher: Claire Cook
Publication date: 04/29/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 165,043
File size: 517 KB

About the Author

CLAIRE COOK wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the New York Times bestselling author of 16 books and a sought after reinvention speaker. If you have a buried dream, take it from Claire, it is NEVER too late!

Claire has reinvented herself once again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series, as well as writing her first nonfiction books, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) and Shine On: How To Grow Awesome Instead of Old, in which she shares everything she's learned on her own journey that might help you in yours.

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Seven Year Switch 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
kanellio65 More than 1 year ago
Claire Cook never fails to come through. Since my first book review, which was for Claire's book SUMMER BLOWOUT, she has never let me down when I pick up a new book of hers to read. She has a way of making even the toughest things in life bearable and her talented writing draws readers in through her marvelous stories, clever dialogue, and her captivating characters. In SEVEN YEAR SWITCH, readers meet Jill Murray who is one of those characters I just mentioned who captured my interest right off and had me rooting for her all the way. I found Jill to be a witty, bright, compelling and caring mother and an independent woman who didn't deserve the agony she felt when suddenly her ex-husband pops back into her and her daughter Anastasia's lives. Although Anastasia is delighted to have her father there, Jill is dubious of his motives and commitment. The idea from the title that every seven years our body's skin rejuvenates thus making us into a "new" person, goes right along with the book's concept of personal change and growth being a positive thing in our lives. Cook surrounds Jill with intriguing characters that move the story along and fit into that principal premise of the book that was based on transformation and progression. With Jill's neighbor, Cynthia, being almost the opposite of Jill in most ways, she provided a strong character for Jill to play off of. She was entertaining and feisty, and quite a welcome addition in the story. Of course, there was suddenly these men surrounding Jill, quite a change from the start of the story.a feast or famine situation. Besides her ex, Seth, there is the caring and amusing Billy who is a client of Jill's and who is hard to resist. How Jill handles all of this is to take off on her own for a gal pal trip to Costa Rica and hope to find what she is looking for there.or at least some peace for her to be able to think and relax. How Jill deals with everything and everyone is trademark Claire Cook as she takes a serious subject and deals with it gently, with warmth and fun, and creates an answer that educates, amuses, and involves the reader. The story of SEVEN YEAR SWITCH will entertain you while it also will endear itself to you as well. If like me, you start the book early enough, you will at least get a good night's sleep as I read it in one sitting and was happy I hadn't started it late in the day because I couldn't put it down. Another delightful gift, and perfect for the summer read, but wouldn't be bad by a cozy fire in winter as well, is SEVEN YEAR SWITCH from a favorite author, Claire Cook!
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
Jill Murray, a single mom with a 10-year-old daughter named Anastasia, does her best to keep her head above water. Having been abandoned by her husband seven years ago, she has survived without child support or assistance from loved ones. Despite her unfortunate circumstances, her home is filled with laughter and love. This is the tale of Jill's personal journey towards inner strength and independence told with humor, poignancy, and great insight. A wonderful reinvention of oneself book! Other good ones: THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, TIME OF MY LIFE, ICE COLD
AllieL More than 1 year ago
SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is instantly absorbing, absolutely endearing, and has characters who feel like real people. Jill is smart, kind, creative, and has a dry sense of humor. I absolutely loved her. The conversations between Jill and her neighbor had me laughing out loud, and I identified with her moments of insecurity and doubt. I love the way Jill works to do what's best for Anastasia, even when it's hard for her, and I love the way she's honest about her struggles. Because Jill has such a strong interest in other cultures, there are fun facts scattered throughout, and the multi-cultural cooking class she teaches provides for some rich scenes with colorful characters. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down, and the characters have really stuck with me. It was the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is one of the rare books I plan to read again.
ktl422 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Claire's books. Each one just sucks you right in to the story and the character's lives to where you cant put the book down! I have this problem everytime I start her books. I say I'm going to take my time with it and POOF its all over! Then I have to wait for the next one to come out. Her style of writing makes it easy to relate to the characters and what they are going through. Real life stories for real life people. And Claire is very invovled with her readers. I dont know of another author that really makes such an effort at this. She has made a very special moment of my life a memorable one with a signed copy of "The Wildwater Walking Club" given to me on my 5 yr. anniversary. Take the time to read all of her books! You will be glad you did!!
writergirl1108 More than 1 year ago
As a journalist I'm lucky to get advance copies of books, and always look forward to getting Claire Cook's newest tome. I receive and read a lot of books, but I have to say "Seven Year Switch" was one of the few of late I hadn't been able to wait to get to every night when I crawled into bed. I have very much enjoyed all of Cook's books, but there was a level of depth and realism in this story of single mom, Jill, that pulled me in from page one. Of course there was the humor Cook is known for, but Jill's life isn't easy, and we get to experience the tough choices she has to make right along with her. Claire Cook has the talent to move a reader while also making them laugh. Folks who already fans of Cook's will love it, and I think this one may herald in lots of new readers as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. My only disappointment was the abrupt ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has this author lost her mind?? I would never pay $18.99 for an e-book. Especially, since she wants the same amount for her hardback book. Claire Cook is off my e-list.
SHASTALOVE More than 1 year ago
Seven Year Switch is a warm, touching, funny and charming story, a ride through the imperfections of life on the way to find out what true love is. A fun easy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! a summer must read for all woman. An escape, a love story, adventure, laughs, smiles and some truisms. I read this in two nights, could have been one if i was not on vacation with girlfriends. I will definitely read more of ms. cook's books. I would recommend this novel to book clubs also. I especially like the last page of seven rules. Would like to pass them on to my children who are going away to school. Great rules to live by for all. I have seen Must Love Dogs as a movie and did not realize that it was written by ms. cook. thanks again.
AuthorMelanie More than 1 year ago
Jill Murray has to figure out how to raise her daughter, Anastasia, alone when her husband deserts them. She awkwardly stumbles through life, though to some degree she is successful in creating a life for herself and her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears seven years later, she has to make adjustments to the life she had built. Jill had finally met a handsome, charismatic man who she can imagine developing feeling for. What will she do now that her ex has made an untimely and uninvited homecoming? Claire Cook has produced another fun novel. As in her other books, Claire creates characters who are flawed and easy to relate to; like real people! Full of wit and humor, Seven Year Switch is a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it.
AvidreaderPB More than 1 year ago
I have read all Claire Cook's books and have loved them all. Seven Year Switch did not disappoint, it was fast moving - I read it in just a day. I always love the characters in her books and once again loved the characters in this book. Claire always adds humor and you always finish the book learning something about yourself. The way Jill changed over the course of the book makes you take a look at your own life. It showed the relationship between Jill and her daughter, Anastasia. Her husband left them to join the peace corps and comes back 7 years later. It shows how Jill coped with him coming back into their lives, and then there is Billy... I loved the book from start to finish and loved the way the book ended. If you have never read a Claire Cook Book, you are missing out. I wait each summer for the next book to come out. Buy the book, you won't be disappointed.
TheBookChick More than 1 year ago
Jill Murray feels like she finally has it all together, seven years after her husband Seth left her and their three-year-old daughter Anastasia in the middle of the night, leaving only a note behind. Sure, she's working three jobs to make ends meet, and sure, their house isn't as nice as the others in the neighborhood, but she's managing it, and all that really matters to her anyways is Anastasia. When Seth reappears out of the blue, apparently finished with his stint in the Peace Corps and ready to be a father again, Jill is terrified that he will disappoint them, and especially their daughter, again. Anastasia is thrilled to have her dad back in her life, but Jill can't help but have her reservations. Meanwhile, things are getting even more complicated on the man front. Jill is finding it next to impossible to resist her sweet and charming client, Billy, but is afraid to introduce yet another thing into her already chaotic life. Unable to figure out what to do, Jill takes a giant leap and takes a solo trip to Costa Rica, hoping that she'll be able to find out some answers while she's there. Jill Murray is the protaganist that you're rooting for from the very beginning. She's sweet and lovable, yet closed off. She's been hurt before- big-time- and she's not keen to let anyone into her carefully constructed bubble. As a reader, I rooted for her all the way through. I hoped that she would come out of her shell, live a little, and realize that although she had been hurt before, not all men would be like her husband. Jill's neighbor, Cynthia, who likes to appear vapid but is anything but, was a welcome addition to the cast of characters. The fact that she was Jill's complete opposite made for an interesting comparison, and an even more entertaining friendship. I loved the underlying theme about change and growth. The title comes from the concept that every seven years our skin completely regenerates itself, making us essentially a whole new person. Throughout the book we are presented with the concept that change, and especially personal growth, can be a good thing, if only we open ourselves up to it. I really enjoyed "Seven Year Switch" and read it in less than a day! Claire Cook takes a situation that is serious and all too real (abandonment) and turns it into something fun, heartwarming, and empowering for the people involved. I highly recommend that you slip this one into your bag the next time you're headed for the beach- you won't be disappointed!
BLUEEYEBE More than 1 year ago
If you like to read books that make you forget everything that's going on around you, then this is one for you. Everyone deserves happiness and love-but what exactly is true love? This a delightful ride through the imperfections of life on the way to find out if true love is real. I loved it!
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This was my first Claire Cook book. If I'd known how much I would love her writing style, I would have read all of her books by now. The book is laugh out loud funny from the very beginning. Every "Lunch Around The World" story was hilarious, especially the descriptions of the members like "T-shirt Tom". My favorite character was Jill. She isn't perfect, she has doubts, fears and worries just like we all do. When her ex shows up she wants to tell him what she really thinks about him and send him back to wherever he came from. But, for the sake of her daughter, she lets him back into their lives. She's a mom who cares about everything that effects her daughter, but knows when to back off and give her room to make her own decisions and be herself. Another character, Billy was a favorite. Billy is a business man who wears bike shorts to meetings and dressier clothes to ride bikes. Now that's funny!! Jill doesn't feel she is good enough a catch for Billy, and I was so glad the author thought different. He saw the real Jill and made her feel special. I also thought Jill's friend Cynthia was a great character. I liked that the two women were like night and day. Cynthia always seemed to be in a tennis outfit and was always "playing dumb", although she was in fact very smart. I've know a few women like that. This book will have you thinking of Jill as a friend. I laughed, cried and worried right along with her. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an easy, funny, feel good book. I can't wait to read the other books by Claire Cook.
DrDot More than 1 year ago
Claire Cook writes an inspirational novel for all mid-life women who believe that career & romance have passed them by. Unshackle, untether yourselves, ladies, from your own self-created prisons, & curl up with this book that will allow you to dream, & dream big, & to believe that all is possible, no matter how old you are, or what unresolved baggage you are carrying from your past. Claire Cook gives us memorable characters that we care about, identify with, & want to find out more about even after the last page is read!
J_Cook More than 1 year ago
I was set to enjoy this book before I started it, and once I started reading...I wasn't disappointed! The key thing that tugged at me was Jill's responsibility to her daughter -vs.- responsibility to her new self. Having been both a child of divorce, and a divorced mother learning to reinvent my life (with all the angst that goes along with it!), that will really stick with me for a long time. Great job!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, the beach reading season hasn't officially begun until I read the latest from Claire Cook. And Seven Year Switch got my summer off to a perfect start. I love the warmth and humor that fill Claire's books, and I find myself feeling like her characters and I are old friends. This book brought all of the best - a great story that had me turning pages with anticipation and characters I will never forget. Thanks for giving me such a wonderful summer tradition to look forward to each year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...heartwarming, real, funny...perfectly depicts a single mom struggling with raising her daughter and the emotions and relationship challenges that happen...
Beth_Hoffman More than 1 year ago
Claire Cook has crafted another winner. With her trademark wit and tenderness, she sweeps us into the topsy-turvy life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after she and her little girl, Anastasia, are abandoned by her husband. SEVEN YEAR SWITCH explores love, loss, anger, recovery, and the surprising events that healed the hearts of a young mother and her daughter. The characters are fully developed, and each has endearing quirks, fobiles, and very real (sometimes delightfully convoluted) emotions. From page one to the end, I cheered for Jill the entire way.
retromom More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read to kick off the summer beach reading season! Jill Murray is a single mom raising her 10 year old daughter, Anastasia. Jill is "man-free" after her husband abandoned both her and her daughter 7 years ago. Jill is a strong woman who has worked hard at being a good parent. She works two jobs answering phones for Great Girls Getaways and also teaches a cultural cooking class. She meets Billy who hires her as a consultant around the same time Seth, the ex-husband decides he needs to get to know his daughter. Jill finds herself smitten with Billy but finds herself spending time with Seth and their daughter. All of a sudden Jill's man-free life is anything but man-free! There are quite a few interesting characters in the book. I loved Cynthia, Jill's well-to-do and crazy neighbor. I love how light hearted and fun this book is! I found myself laughing many time throughout the book! I think anyone in Jill's situation needs to have a good sense of humor and she definitely has that! Some of the situations she finds herself in are quite humorous! Take this book to the beach but bring plenty of sunscreen with you because you won't want to put it down until you've finished it!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Jill Murray’s life was finally going in the right direction then her ex-husband returns after being gone for 7 years wanting to see his daughter. Jill is not ready for him to be back in their life, how does she know he just won’t disappear again? When she tells her daughter he has come back she demands to see him as soon as possible and Jill watches the life she has created for herself and her daughter the past seven years implode. While all this is happening Jill meets Billy. He hires her to help him plan for a trip to Japan to pitch a business idea. Almost immediately she feels drawn to him and not in a business way. Is she ready for another man in her life? Should she try to get back with her husband for her daughter? She has no idea what to do so she signs on to a Costa Rican Girls Getaway to get away from both of them and the pressure in hopes she can figure out what direction her life should take. This author has been recommended to me my several friends and this book was sitting on my To-Be-Read shelves for too long. Wanting a literary escape to the beach this cover called out to me so I grabbed it to read last weekend. Within a few minutes I was engaged by the characters. Jill working for a travel company from home with a phone headset attached to head as she travels her home taking care of her daughter, making supper, doing laundry, helping with homework, normal mom things. Her daughter, Anastasia, understands her mom needs to work but doesn’t appreciate the way it interrupts their time together. When her dad enters back into the picture she starts to turn to him for everything. He also makes the huge error of giving her things she wants without discussing it first with Jill. Billy adds the triangle-ish- ness to the story. The next door neighbor fits well into the picture too. All the characters are realistically written and the dialogues are excellent. The characters are the true strength to this story. The plot starts out really well and because of the synopsis I knew a trip to Costa Rica is coming and as I got past halfway into the story I wondered how the author was going to tie up everything and thrown in a trip within the remaining pages. Well she does wrap things up but to me it was just too rushed, almost abrupt. All the depth and detail that I loved in the beginning was gone. I appreciated the message of self-worth, change and growth the author was trying to get across. The idea that every seven years you become a completely new person,as a theme was heartwarming but the decisions made at the end just happened too fast for me. I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this story so I still want to read more of Claire Cook’s novels. I am hoping this speedy end was just a fluke.
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I'm embarrassed to say that Seven Year Switch is the first book I've read by Claire Cook since Must Love Dogs. But that's about to change since just like my first Claire Cook reading experience, this was a book I couldn't put down until I had read the very last word. Kudos Claire. Must go now as I've some reading to catch up on!