Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Return to Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

First line: Amy closed her suitcase and looked around the bedroom she shared with her husband, Stephen.

From the back cover: Magic most definitely resides in the Maine summerhouse where the mysterious Madame Zoya has granted the innermost wishes of its visitors. Now, three women have come to this special place with one thing in common: a painful past they would each like to rewrite. Amy, who hides a heartbreaking loss behind her seemingly perfect marriage and family...Faith, a widow in her thirties whose deepest grief is for a man from years ago...and Zoe, an artist stunned by her hometown for reasons she doesn't know, after a traumatic night erased her memory. With their mystical powers, Madame Zoya and her sister Primrose are about to transport the trio to eighteenth-century England to alter Amy's ancestry. But although surprises await each of them, will stepping back in time bring the women the happy endings they seek?

My thoughts: Even though time travel/mysticism is not my usual type of read, I had to read this book to see what happens. I read The Summerhouse (click on the title to see that review) and loved it, so this one just called out to me. I definitely wasn't disappointed. This time, the three women are all transported together back to the eighteenth century - where Amy has decided she must go to help save the life of a man she believes is a relative of her husband's. While there, Faith and Zoe each find something about themselves that has implications on their current lives - they all, in fact, learn something about themselves that ends up helping them. Once back from the eighteenth century, Faith and Zoe each have an opportunity to go back in their lives to rewrite history...do they go and if they do, do they accept to change the past? Again, as in The Summerhouse, Jude Deveraux takes a very creative look at the road not taken.

(I purchased this book.)

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