“[A] beach chair worthy read."—New York Times
"[A] hot summer beach book."—USA Today
"Bestseller Cook charms again in this lively, warm-hearted look at changing courses mid-life."—People
Just when Jill Murray has finally figured out how to make it on her own, her husband Seth is back, proving he can't even run away reliably. Now Jill has to face the fact that there's simply no way she can be a good mom without letting her ex back into her daughter Anatasia's life. They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, and it takes a Costa Rican getaway to help Jill make her choice - between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be.
"A beach tote couldn't ask for more."—Kirkus Reviews
"Seven years ago, Claire Cook told us we 'Must Love Dogs." But must we also love ex-husbands? Cook takes a closer look at a complex situation."—New York Post
“Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on.”—Publishers Weekly
"A lot of fun to read? Definitely!"—Redbook
"With wit and tenderness, Claire Cook sweeps us into the life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after being abandoned by her husband. This is a delightful story of love, loss, and the surprising events that healed her heart. I cheered for Jill the entire way."—Beth Hoffman
"A perfect beach read. Claire Cook once again demonstrates that she's a master in creating funny, warm, relatable characters you root for from the very first page."—Allison Winn Scotch
"Smart, truly hilarious, and entirely sympathetic. Like a hot bubble bath or a holiday at the beach, you won't want it to end."—Cecily Von Ziegesar
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.
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I enjoyed the lightheartedness and interesting plot of this story. However, I was so disappointed by the abrupt ending. All in all, it was a fun summer read.