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“enchanting! jude deveraux creates a story everyone would love to experience! ”delia A wrote this review Monday, September 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A follow-up of a different group of women who mysteriously find themselves back in the Eighteenth Century and have opportunities to change history. Very touching, in finding out their own strengths and gifts. Another really good read, and yet different from Deveraux's first book.”Judy K wrote this review Saturday, April 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Three women have been sent to the Summerhouse for a long weekend, to talk to each other and get some insight into their own problems. One of them has had a hard time after losing a baby, while another has recently lost her husband. The third woman has lost her memory after an accident.
They all think they are there for no good reason, but they do talk to each other and visit town. There, they encounter Madame Zoya, who can send them back in time. Amy decides to go back in time to the 18th Century to change the life of an ancestor of her husband. The other two women, Faith and Zoe, come along to support her and almost don’t want to leave again.
After that, Faith and Zoe also travel to their respective pasts, but they go separate and Amy doesn’t join them. The book is mostly about the women meeting and talking, and about the events in the 18th Century.
It was fun to read, but The Summerhouse was definitely the better book.
I didn’t like it how the book concentrated on one of the women, Amy, and her travel back in time, and then almost as an afterthought, have another two much shorter stories on what the other women did when they went back (in their own lives). In other words, the story wasn’t balanced.
Also, there was too much to-ing and fro-ing at the beginning of the book. Half of the time the characters were doing things alone or in pairs, and that didn’t serve any purpose that I could see. They could have dived into the main story much faster, I think.
On a positive note, the story in the 18th Century was nice. A book about just that would have made a good read. I also enjoyed reading about when the women come back together after their adventures and discuss how their lives have changed (when they are back in time they can change what happened to their lives and so, come back with a completely different story, e.g., not married after all, took up a career that they didn’t dare choose the first time around, etc.).
An enjoyable book for when you want a lighter read. If you can overlook the problems I mentioned here. And do try and suspend your disbelief!”
“Always enjoy Jude Deveraux - and this book is no exception - as always, just the right mix of romance and complications.”VictorianFan wrote this review Saturday, November 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this book, great sequel to a great book! I love the idea of being able to go back and have a chance at rewriting your history.”kelli starick wrote this review Friday, August 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“With her shining gift for "exquisite and enchanting" (BookPage) storytelling, Jude Deveraux sweeps readers away in a breathtaking follow-up to her beloved New York Times bestseller, The Summerhouse -- where a marvelous new adventure awaits. 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 Zoë, an artist shunned 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?”Kinga wrote this review Saturday, July 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed both Summerhouse books. It's certainly a fun concept. I read this a while back so i can't give a book synopsis. I'm glad that I saw this on the list, I definitely want to go and give this a reread. ”Tawn S. wrote this review Friday, July 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, but not Jude's best. Wasn't cohesive, seemed to be a jumble of pieces and lots of gaps.”mom2mark wrote this review Monday, March 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this book was better then the fist one. I love how she brought the 3 womens stories together but I thought she rushed through what happened to everyone one at the end. ”Krystal H wrote this review Saturday, February 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No