My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Description from Amazon
‘Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?’
Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. They plan to share this momentous occasion together at a summerhouse in Maine, talking up a storm and taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of them expects the gift that awaits them at the summerhouse: the chance for each of them to turn their ‘what-might-have-beens’ into reality.
Leslie, Madison and Ellie met nineteen years ago, in the most unlikely of places: stuck in line at the New York City Department of Motor Vehicles. From that memorable day, the day they each turned twenty-one, they quickly grew into an intimate trio of friends.
Now, as they reunite on their fortieth birthdays, they each find a puzzling card from a ‘Madame Zoya’ offering them the chance of a lifetime: to relive any three weeks from the past…
What I thought of it
At first sight, The Summerhouse appears to be straight-up contemporary women’s fiction. We learn about Ellie, Madison and Leslie and the challenges each of them faces. And that’s a readable story in itself.
But this book is more than that.
What if … you had the chance to relive any three weeks from your past? Which weeks would you choose? What would you change? Those major decisions which may have defined half of your life … what if they could be unmade?
Personally, I wouldn’t change any moment of my past, as it’s brought me to where I am, made me *who* I am. But others may disagree.
Following the three women as they review their choices and follow new opportunities makes this book thought-provoking and intriguing.
Skilfully told, earning a very solid four stars.