The Summerhouse Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jude Deveraux
Pocket, May 2001, 24.95, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0671014188

    Almost two decades ago, the three women met for the first time at the New York City Motor Vehicle Bureau. The trio shared the same birth date. They ultimately followed different paths into adulthood. Leslie, a natural dancer, married the boy next door and now has two teenage children. Madison expected to become a great model. Ellie became the very successful author Alexandria Farrell though she has not written anything in three years. Now, on the verge of their fortieth birthdays, they plan to get together in a SUMMERHOUSE in Maine.
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    Overall life has been okay, but there have been major bumps for each of them. In Maine, Madame Zoya offers to each one of them the opportunity to relive any three weeks in their lives. If they believe and have the fortitude, will they choose a pleasant memory or something they want altered with a second chance at life?

    Though used in movies and books quite often, Jude Deveraux provides a fresh perspective to the reliving of pivotal moments in one's life. She does that through her fully understandable three middle-aged women rhetorically wondering if that is all there is? The story line works as readers observe the choices made by the women and believe that history is being rewritten at least on a small scale. As expected from Ms. Deveraux, the characters make the novel leading to the audience whimsically pondering “if that could only be me, I would choose to relive...”

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding    -   midlife crisis Time Travel    -   Yes Type of time travel    -   present to past

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Sex makes him    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   writer


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   50% Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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