The Summerhouse

Version: Abridged
Author: Jude Deveraux
Narrator: Karen Ziemba
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature, General
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

Jude Deveraux’s marvelous New York Times bestseller is a touching and delightful exploration of the longings that live deep inside every woman’s heart, featuring three friends who get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to find out what might have been...

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.

Reviews (13)

Written by Lacey S on September 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A refreshing summer read that I could not put down. Loved the characters

Written by Beth Remhof on July 26th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I was really enjoying the character study, but then the supernatural angle was a total surprise. It went downhill fast after that.

Written by Carole McDonough on April 1st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Indeed, a fast read. I started out really liking the concept, particularly about friendships. But then it got farfetched for me. I would say, okay.

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Written by dab on June 8th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was interesting and quite a concept. Definitely something that we may have thought of in our lives if only it were possible. Good character development on 2 of the 3 characters but lacking on one I thought.

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Written by Vicki from Highland, CA on August 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was OK. I would not rent this book again. It jumped around.

Quick read, nothing memorable

Written by Sillee in SD from San Diego, CA on October 7th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was interesting enough to take my mind off the commute but even though I finished it the day prior to writing this review, I can hardly remember anything interesting about the book. The end was a bit too far-fetched for me. I know these types of books are meant to be fantasy-like but this went a bit far. There was nothing in this book that grabbed me by the heart strings and kept me hoping for more.

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Written by Anonymous on February 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I just adored this title. I love that these women surrounded each other with love, warmth and took such great care of each other. Yes, the story is silly and contrived, but in the end, you really root for these women. It made me think of my best friends and be grateful for them! A sweet listen and well worth the time.

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Written by Juli Bedgood on September 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Jude Deveraux is able to create a poignantly written account that makes you appreciate the true friendships you have made in life. This book made you, made you cry, and gave you hope. Fast read- especially nice for the summertime.

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Written by Barbara on September 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Lightweight romance/fantasy. Okay to listen to while stuck in traffic.

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Written by Michelle from Stanwood, WA on August 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The narrator was good and the story kept me interested enough...just would not rate it more than three stars...

Author Details

Author Details

Deveraux, Jude

"Deveraux won readers' hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family's irresistible men. Deveraux's early books are set largely in 15th- and 16th-century England, in which her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars. Her heroines are equally scrappy -- medieval Scarlett O'Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over. They're fighters, certainly, but they're also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation.

Deveraux has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results. Her James River trilogy (River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady) is set mostly in post-Revolution America; the popular, softer-edged Twin of Fire/Twin of Ice moves to 19th-century Colorado and introduces another hunky-man clan, the Taggerts. Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern-day soap opera's.

""Historicals seem to be all I'm capable of,"" Deveraux once said in an interview, referring to a now out-of-print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982's Casa Grande. ""I don't want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market."" Still, Deveraux did later attempt modern-day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide (her first murder caper), the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time-traveling Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, with 2002's The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting more comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future. "