by Jude Deveraux

July 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4165-0973-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

This summer brings a book that I personally didnít know I wanted until I heard it was coming out. The title of the book is Return To Summerhouse by Jude Devereaux. If you donít know (and Iím not sure how you might) Iím not a book keeper or re-reader, but if I were The Summerhouse would have been a book that would have made my keeper shelf, and been re-read many times. So when I saw a sequel coming I knew I wasnít going to be able to wait to read it.

Amy Hanford, was nothing if not organized and determined. She met her husband Stephen when they were both three days old, and from there forward an unbreakable bond was formed. They knew by the age of six they would marry, and have three children, two boys and one girl. However, destiny has a different plan for them, and when Amy miscarries the daughter she longs for sheís unable to get over her grief.

Her husband Stephen works with a therapist who suggests that Amy spend some time at her summerhouse in Maine. She wants Amy to spend that time with two other women, Faith a widow who at not yet forty, dresses and acts like sheís over fifty, and Zoe who is young, but had been involved in a terrible car accident, and has no memory of several years of her life.

When the three women meet in Maine they do not immediately bond. Itís not until Amy starts having very physical dreams that the women begin to bond as a group. Amy who has received a business card for Madame Zoya goes to see her because she feels that the ďpsychicĒ can help with her dreams. When she finds she has the chance to change destiny she is unable to resist the pull, but she wants to be able to take Zoe and Faith with her, and yet allow them a chance to change their own destinies as well.

From here I canít tell you anymore without major spoilers. I can tell you that I thought there was no way a sequel could be as good as the original, and I was proven wrong. It takes a great talent to draw you into a story, and keep you there even as time moves from past to current and back again. Ms. Devereaux does it so smoothly that you donít realize youíre changing eras.

I also worried that so much time was being spent on Amyís story that I wouldnít enjoy the quick wrap-ups that I was sure to come of Faith and Zoeís lives, but again Ms. Devereaux was able to surprise me, and make me wish that I had the chance to do things differently, and see what choices I would make based on those decisions.

A word of warning do not pick up Return To Summerhouse unless you have hours to devote to reading, because once you start turning pages you will be unable to stop. Return to Summerhouse is so engaging that even if you donít consider yourself a fast reader youíll be surprised at how those pages turn!

Reviewed in June 2008 by Sandi.

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