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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341169
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on. Struggling and sassy single mom Jill—left to raise three-year-old Anastasia when husband Seth runs away to join the Peace Corp—is just about over the devastating loss when Seth reappears seven years later ready to pick up where they left off. Jill wrestles with her still-raw anger and her precocious daughter's heart-breaking need for her daddy back in her life. Honey, if you don't forgive him, it'll eat you alive, counsels Jill's boss and best friend, Joni. For his part, It wasn't the life we planned, Seth explains. But Anastasia helps him remember it's the life he needs while Jill discovers letting go teaches you how to hold onto new possibilities. Cook (Must Love Dogs) creates an impossible-not-to-love cast of imperfect, funny, wistful, and wise characters. (June)
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When her husband, Seth, has an early and unique midlife crisis and leaves to join the Peace Corps, Jill is left alone to raise her three-year-old daughter, Anastasia. After she's struggled to get by for seven years, Seth returns. He claims that he left a life they hadn't planned for, but is now ready to pick up where they left off and try again. In her latest, Cook (The Wildwater Walking Club, 2009) writes another endearing story of moving on and starting over. Jill must address the anger she has so long repressed, and at the same time help her daughter incorporate the father she never knew—but desperately needs—into her life. Jill copes with the help of a cast of witty and wise friends, including her boss (and best friend), Joni. Cook tells this involving story of forgiveness and acceptance with heart, charm, and characters you can't help but root for, despite the mistakes they make. --Claire Orphan

More About the Author

Reinvention is the story of my books and my life. I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 45. At 50, I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, MUST LOVE DOGS, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. And I've just reinvented myself again by writing my first nonfiction book, NEVER TOO LATE, to share everything I've learned on my own journey that might help you in your own.

If you have a buried dream, trust me, it is NEVER too late!

Make sure you stop by my website,, to download your free NEVER TOO LATE workbook and sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about new releases, insider extras, and fun giveaways.

Some of the nice things that have been said about my work: "The exuberant and charming Claire Cook is one of the sassiest and funniest creators of contemporary women's fiction," according to The Times-Picayune. People magazine said my writing "goes down as easy as it sounds," Good Housekeeping called it "laugh-out-loud," Redbook "gleefully quirky" and the Chicago Tribune "funny and pitch perfect." Shelf Awareness said, "Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs) has built a brand writing light-hearted women's fiction blending kernels of the absurd and comedic in compulsively readable combinations."

I've been a judge for the Family Circle magazine fiction contest, a finalist and a judge for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Beach Book Festival fiction and grand prize winner. I've spoken at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Cape Cod Writers Center, Savannah Book Festival, the California Women's Conference, and given keynotes at the Dress for Success International Conference, the Missouri Writers Guild Conference, and the Amelia Island Book Festival, and many more. My books have been translated into 14 languages.

I was a teacher for sixteen years before writing my first book, and worked with children from preschool to middle school, teaching everything from multicultural games and dances, to writing, to open ocean rowing. I was born in Virginia, and lived for many years in Scituate, Massachusetts, a beach town between Boston and Cape Cod. My husband and I have recently moved to the suburbs of Atlanta to be closer to our two adult kids, who actually want us around again!

I have the world's most fabulous readers, and I'm forever grateful to you all for giving me the gift of this career.

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Customer Reviews

This is a great book to read to kick off the summer beach reading season!
As in her other books, Claire creates characters who are flawed and easy to relate to; like real people!
Melanie Young
I could not put this book down which is probably why I finished it in 2 days.
j. cottrell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hoffman on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Claire Cook has crafted another winner. With her trademark wit and tenderness, she sweeps us into the topsy-turvy life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after she and her little girl, Anastasia, are abandoned by her husband. SEVEN YEAR SWITCH explores love, loss, anger, recovery, and the surprising events that healed the hearts of a young mother and her daughter.

The characters are fully developed, and each has endearing quirks, fobiles, and very real (sometimes delightfully convoluted) emotions. From page one to the end, I cheered for Jill the entire way.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Candace L. Hammond on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a journalist I'm lucky to get advance copies of books, and always look forward to getting Claire Cook's newest tome. I receive and read a lot of books, but I have to say "Seven Year Switch" was one of the few of late I hadn't been able to wait to get to every night when I crawled into bed. I have very much enjoyed all of Cook's books, but there was a level of depth and realism in this story of single mom, Jill, that pulled me in from page one. Of course there was the humor Cook is known for, but Jill's life isn't easy, and we get to experience the tough choices she has to make right along with her. Claire Cook has the talent to move a reader while also making them laugh. Folks who already fans of Cook's will love it, and I think this one may herald in lots of new readers as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LUV2READ on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I started reading and never stopped till I was finished. I simply couldn't put this book down. The characters are thoroughly convincing and the story zipped along. Lots of laughs, but also great food for thought. Jill was my favorite character, but I thought her daughter Anastasia was well drawn, and her neighbor Cynthia was a hoot and oh, so recognizable. Loved Joni and also loved that none of the characters was black and white. I am a Claire Cook fan and respect that she never lets her readers down but works hard and keeps getting better. Don't miss this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Vido VINE VOICE on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jill Murray has it all figured out. A single mom with a spunky 10-year-old daughter named Anastasia, Jill does her very best to keep her head above water. Having been abandoned by her carefree husband seven years ago, she has learned the hard way how to survive without child support or assistance from loved ones. Despite her unfortunate circumstances, her home is filled with laughter and love.

Making ends meet has been a struggle for Jill; however, her latest endeavors seem to be working. Juggling part-time jobs as a travel agent as well as a cooking instructor at the community college, Jill is able to pay the bills. And best of all, the very sexy Billy Sanders hires her for some consultant work on the side. Whoever said you can't mix business with pleasure? As far as Jill is concerned, she is willing to try.

Just when it seems life is as perfect as it can possibly be, her runaway groom Seth shows up expecting to pick up right where he left off. Of course, Anastasia, who is starving for his attention and love, welcomes him with open arms despite Jill's reluctance. In the back of her mind, Anastasia envisions her broken home becoming whole once again. If only she can convince Jill that Seth is here to stay.

Fighting him tooth and nail, Jill puts on her armor as she prepares for the most extreme marital battle of her life. What gives him the right to decide whether they can be a family again? And more importantly, how dare he assume that she still holds a place for him in her heart?

SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is the seventh book by the highly popular bestselling author Claire Cook. As sure as the summer breezes will descend upon the shores, Claire Cook delivers yet another charming and delightful story that will capture her readers' hearts. Funny, engaging, and downright delectable, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH is this summer's must-read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on March 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After 7 years MIA, Jill's husband comes back and wants to pick up where they left off. Meanwhile, she's met a new guy and suddenly has men to pick from when before she was a single working mom.
I wanted to love the book - I liked the travel aspect and the cooking classes she taught and the sudden reappearance of Jill's husband, Seth and her relationship with nutty neighbor Cynthia.
Where the book fell short, though, in my opinion, was how soon after leaving both men behind she had an epiphany of which one to pick. Two chapters - and one of the men showing up in Costa Rica - was a little sudden after all the buildup.
The book was a fast read but a few more chapters developing the characters in the beginning where we could see a little more of why Seth bailed on his wife and child in the first place, as well as a few more tagged on at the end where we could have seen more of Jill's thought process behind her decision, would have helped this book resonate with me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen on June 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you like to read books that make you forget what else is happening, buy this book! The Author isn't a single mom, but she sure seems to have walked in those shoes. Everyone deserves happiness and true love-but what exactly is true love? Claire Cook takes the reader on a delightful ride through the imperfections of life on the way to find out if true love is real. Seven Year Switch is an open door invitation to be refreshed by warm,true to life characters and the sweetness of a lovely story, well written. You will be sorry if you miss this book on the beach this summer!
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