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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,505 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jude Deveraux Narrator: Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Summerhouse Series Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9780743519519
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Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. They plan to share this momentous occasion together at a summerhouse in Maine, 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 Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott met nineteen years ago. These beautiful and extraordinarily talented young women shared both their twenty-first birthdays while revealing their hopes for the future. But life doesn’t always go according to one’s youthful imaginings.

Leslie refuses to listen to what people are saying about her husband and his beautiful assistant. Madison dropped a modeling career to help her high school boyfriend recover from an accident. Ellie, a bestselling author, and recently divorced from her narcissistic, philandering husband, has lost her belief in herself as a result of the divorce.

When Leslie, Madison, and Ellie reunite at the summerhouse, each finds a puzzling card from a “Madame Zoya.” offering them the chance to relive any three months from the past. Each woman will have to decide as she follows the dream that got away and each must choose the life that will truly satisfy the longings that live deep inside her heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deveraux is at the top of her game here.”

    Booklist

  • “Thought-provoking, entertaining, and downright delightful, Jude Deveraux's The Summerhouse deftly develops the individual stories of the three women in fascinating detail while maintaining the overall focus on the central tale.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A wonderfully wistful contemporary tale.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Entertaining summer reading.”

    Port St. Lucie News

  • “[A] wonderful, heartwarming tale of friendship and love.”

    America Online Romance Fiction Forum

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirah W | 2/15/2014

    " Ok, my thought while reading this was, "Am I the only person who doesn't have a summerhouse on my property?" Geez, everyone had them in this book...seems they were required for all homeowners. lol. But, I thought the overall theme of the book...second chances and rediscovering self...was a good one. I like stories that let people explore more about themselves and their true happiness. At the same time though, I thought the "supernatural" part of the whole thing was a little hokey. A pleasant read with likeable characters, but just an average rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 2/10/2014

    " Does cause one to think about the choices that they have made and if they could change one thing, what would it be and what are the risks of making that change. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregandemy | 2/1/2014

    " I thought this book was ok. The story was fun in that the 3 main characters were able to relive 3 weeks of their lives to see what would have happened with different choices. The plot used a little too much male bashing for me though, every story seemed to focus on the men that had ruined their lives. The women did end up learning more about themselves though through the time change, but I was still a little turned off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/27/2014

    " This was a fun book. It makes you wonder if you were given the chance to change anything in your life if you would... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nellie | 1/24/2014

    " Three women meet at the DMV and discover they all have the same birthday. Friendship developes. 19 years later they meet for a weekend to remenise and find they are all miserable. When given the chance to go back in time, will they change their lives? I really liked this book. I will order the sequel. It was much cleaner than the Forever series. I enjoyed the thought provoking story line. I think I will be thinking about this book for quite some time to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Thompson | 1/15/2014

    " I have always loved reading this book. I've read it several times. I even own a copy. Every time I read it, the tears roll. It makes me wish that there really was a way to change our lives. A do-over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Harbauer | 1/9/2014

    " A wonderful summer read..... light and deep, dreamy and inventive. A make feel good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 1/9/2014

    " You know, this isn't the kind of book I normally read, but I really enjoyed it...interesting thoughts by middle-aged women characters reflecting on their lives, an a bit of magic and time travel thrown in. A very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/8/2014

    " What would it be like to go back in time.....3 women get that chance in this story, & then get to choose which life they want to continue with, their current life, or the one they have gone back and changed. I liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marypat | 1/3/2014

    " Cute story - sort of something you might see on Lifetime TV. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/2/2013

    " This was the first of Jude Deveraux works I have read. What an imagination she has. The odd twists and turns of the characters past, present and possible future are entertaining and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Tait | 10/29/2013

    " Interesting and thought provoking. It makes you wonder what you would do. good strong story line and the characters were good. An enjoyable light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/21/2013

    " Seemed like a typical romance novel until about three quarters of the way through the book. Then the true jude Deveraux appeared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mary catherine | 10/21/2013

    " i havent really learned anythng from this book its just a good light summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Kucera | 9/30/2013

    " This is a great book. I didn't want it to end. One of my favorits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anupama Pillai | 9/23/2013

    " great for light reading . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 7/9/2013

    " This book is a good 'on the beach summer' book. I loved the concept of the book and the characters. It's about women who are given the choice of "If they had to do it all over again...would they?" It brought me into their world and I found myself disagreeing with one of the women's outcome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl Sato | 4/6/2013

    " Knocked this book off during a camping trip - a perfect vacation read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/5/2013

    " I loved this book so much I wish I could read more like it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/19/2012

    " Three friends meet and remember their lives and get sent back in time to correct their mistakes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 8/18/2012

    " Great book, takes you back to your girlfriends day and what could have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Searle | 8/6/2012

    " I enjoyed the stories of the lives of the women and the mystic turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 7/17/2012

    " This is a good book for anyone who ever wondered what their life would be like if you made different choice. I really enjoyed it. "

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

    " This was a very enjoyable "holiday" or "beach" read. It was very light, easy to pick up and put down again and still keep up with the thread of the story. I would definitely recommend this author for an enjoyable light read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/15/2011

    " Undeniably fascinating premise, slightly unmemorable novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shea | 11/28/2011

    " This book was a light read and enjoyable, although I much preferred the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/22/2011

    " loved this book and jude "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marci Fredricks | 9/24/2011

    " A super fun, imaginative read that is really nothing like any other Jude Deveraux book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 5/9/2011

    " I like Jude Deveraux's books because they are fast, fun and easy to read romances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 5/4/2011

    " Great story about friendship. Very quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/21/2011

    " I have always loved reading this book. I've read it several times. I even own a copy. Every time I read it, the tears roll. It makes me wish that there really was a way to change our lives. A do-over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/21/2011

    " A "What If" book, I really enjoyed it. I didn't know I was getting into a "what if" type of book, but it was great! Good character development, a must for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 4/9/2011

    " I really enjoyed the first part of the book. About halfway thru there was a plot change that I just couldn't get on board with. Was unbelievable to me and unrealistic...couldn't buy into it. It was downhill after that and was glad when I was finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/6/2011

    " The book is about 3 women who meet in their 20's in a chance encounter at the DMV and then meet up again many years later. I could relate as their are 3 friends and despite it being easy to read, has several points that could be discussed in a book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceemom99 | 3/23/2011

    " Would you change anything in your life if you have the opportunity to make things turn out differently? In a novel you can and the results are dramatic.I'm not sure what I would do, but it's something to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/22/2011

    " This book was a lot better than I expected. It really made me think and realize how much our choices, even those that seem not that important at the time, affect our lives. I'd recommend it for a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karissa | 3/14/2011

    " THEY HAVE MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Woot Woot! This never every happens!! I had to reread the page where they said their birthday because I was like what?!?!?

    Just started it and finding out they all have my birthday makes it even better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/24/2011

    " This is 'just a romance' but I've thought many times about which decision in my life I might relive if I had the opportunity. I liked the idea to think about it and I liked the message that we have not always made the wrong choice. A fun, satisfying read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 2/22/2011

    " It was a pretty good book, definately not great. Entertaining though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/27/2011

    " I guess this is one of those books that is on the New York bestseller list...not really sure why. It was fine, but definitely a mindless read with some pretty lame parts, almost laughable at times. But, if you're in the market for a poolside read, this could work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolle | 1/18/2011

    " The best book you will ever read ! The Sequel to this book is even better ! you will laugh, cry, be pissed and so much more. Jude takes you through an emotional rollercoaster that you almost feel like you're living the lives of these women ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/14/2011

    " A fun, lighthearted read. Made me wonder if I would make any changes to my life if I was given the chance. "

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About the Author
Author Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of over forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight Masquerade and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide.

About the Narrator

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.