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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Cook Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187775
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Jill Murray is content living a man-free existence. She's got Anastasia, her ten-year-old daughter, and a sweet little bungalow to call home. Life as a cultural coach didn't turn out quite the way she planned, but between answering phones for Great Girlfriend Getaways and teaching Lunch Around the World classes, the dust in Jill's life is starting to settle. Then her ex-husband comes back. They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, and Jill has long ago stopped wishing her deadbeat husband would return. Now she has to face the fact there's simply no way she can be a good mom without letting him back into their daughter's life. But why can't she seem to hold herself together around him? And then there's Billy, the free-spirited, bike-riding entrepreneur who hires Jill as a consultant. When their business relationship seems destined for something more, Jill's no-boys-allowed life is suddenly anything but. It takes a Costa Rican getaway to help Jill make her choice-between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be. It's a wild ride, sure to thrill Claire Cook's many fans, complete with laughter, revelations, and one heckuva big tarantula. Download and start listening now!

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  • Cook creates an impossible-not-to-love cast of imperfect, funny, wistful, and wise characters. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki Sorensen | 2/4/2014

    " A friend recommended this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love it when a novel can take you away from it all and just let you sit back and enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Schulman | 2/2/2014

    " Enjoyable light read. Another what if things had ended differently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 1/27/2014

    " I love Claire Cook and this was another delightful confection of chick lit. Although I wish there was more on the resolution and I thought Jill's aha moment came much too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann Schindler | 1/23/2014

    " quick read. likeable characters. rushed ending. it"s a "feel good" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tbears | 1/23/2014

    " I can always count on Claire Cook for fun chick-lit. Love her quirky characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/16/2014

    " This was a very quick easy read. Important message about owning your SELF and being spontaneous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah (packfan20) | 1/11/2014

    " Quick, summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie | 12/24/2013

    " Hate to say it, but this was not the fun "beach book" it pretends to be. It was depressing, the main character needed some serious therapy, and so did her bratty, ungrateful daughter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry Gillians | 12/23/2013

    " Kind of corny, but a good book to read at the swimming pool "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 12/22/2013

    " Good information about the various cultures she provided in her "Lunch Around the World" classes. Interesting how Anastasia clung to her father like he was the greatest thing she had ever seen after he came into her life, leaving Jill out of the picture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 11/28/2013

    " I just like Claire Cook books for light, breezy reading. This was a good book for a lazy afternoon reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenne | 11/27/2013

    " An easy beach read. the thing I like about her books is that they are shorter. by the time the main character started to get whinny she wrapped things up and ended it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 5/19/2013

    " A bit predictable, but a solid chic lit selection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 12/30/2012

    " I've loved every book Claire Cook's written. This one was no different. Finished it in about 3 hours. Just terrific. And I liked the fact that the ending wasn't an ending per se. It left the door open for possibilities which was what the whole book was about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms.Atack MMS | 11/28/2012

    " This was a light, fast read -- a bit of cotton candy for my mind, if you will. The protagonist is a quirky mother dealing with the re-emergence of the husband that left her for the Peace Corps seven years ago. I loved the emphasis on travel and foods from around the world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 10/25/2012

    " Predictable fluff. A nice evening's diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Columbus | 8/25/2012

    " This is a nice, quick and lighthearted read. I found it to be a great palate cleanser after a much heavier novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi Allen | 7/15/2012

    " Read this in one afternoon at the beach. Easy beach read like most of the authors books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/7/2012

    " excellent light read. cute story with endearing characters. loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 12/24/2011

    " I needed a "Beach Read" and saw this on the library display. It actually had some depth to it and a quirky, realistic heroine. Breezed through it and enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 6/12/2011

    " It was just ok. But in its defense - I shouldn't really go from reading 'Kitchen House', with its intesity, history, pain, etc. To a fun girly book. I don't say this often, but it would make a cute chick flick - but it was ok at best as far as a book goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 6/2/2011

    " Claire Cook is my go-to-gal for fun and light summer reads. This was quick, fun and light just as I had hoped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taysha | 4/20/2011

    " Meh. It just didn't really grip me. I kept hoping for it to get better, or to get some insight into the characters, but it just didn't really happen. Then I blinked, and it was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 4/18/2011

    " An easy almost predictable read. Almost gave it a 4 star rating. I enjoyed Jill's character as would seem to be a typical woman with typical troubles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/17/2011

    " Ok read. Nothing special or too memorable, but filled the time pleasantly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 4/4/2011

    " Good book, although I thought the ending was rushed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renea | 4/3/2011

    " wanted a lite read...this was just way too lite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/31/2011

    " well written and easy to read. Light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessamyn | 3/29/2011

    " Cute, well-written for this type of book, quick, great beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/24/2011

    " I really couldn't get into this book. I have read most of Cook's books and have really enjoyed them. Usually her books are like a quick getaway. Nothing deep, just a good vacation from life. Not the case with this book. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't like past books by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 3/1/2011

    " Anyone who has read a Claire Cook book knows it will be witty, well written and bring the characters through some tough adjustments. This is a fun and satisfying read. I recommend it for "comfort food" reading. "

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About the Author
Author Claire Cook

Claire Cook is the bestselling author of Life’s a Beach, Multiple Choice, Ready to Fall, and Must Love Dogs, which became a major movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She has been a judge for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and is a member of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center faculty. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, with her husband, where they are occasionally visited by their borderline adult children and their laundry.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011, and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.