Book Review & Giveaway - Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook

I am excited to be part of the

with a review and a giveaway!  I want to thank Claire Cook, Hyperion, and Pump Up Your Book for allowing me to review this book and offer a copy to one lucky reader!

My review:
Seven Year SwitchSeven Year Switch by Claire Cook is a fabulous Summer Read - light enough for the beach, but with wonderful life lessons and insights that let you examine both the protagonist's life and your own...  I easily found myself identifying with Jill Murray, a mom with a ten year old daughter and a lot on her plate.  She's a single mom who is raising Anastasia all by herself and trying to make the best of the situations she finds herself in... but she's not prepared for everything that happens - her ex-husband re-appears, her job causes stress and even the neighbor, who is trying to be helpful adds to her stress...
While I'm lucky enough not to be a single mom, I could easily relate to the story because of the vibrancy of the characters and the beautiful story-telling... Claire Cook hooks the reader quickly and advances the story without rushing it, but keeps up a pace where you don't spend a lot of time going 'so what'...  
The premise of Seven Year Switch caught me as a good one for book group discussion - the idea of seven year cycles, where your life takes major turns and you experience new growth because of it...  I love that in this stressful time, Jill, the protagonist, has the opportunity to grow and explore both her inner self and the outer world as she travels, meets new and returning people in her life and balances who she is as a woman, mother and friend in a changing world.
I highly recommend this book both as a great Summer Read and also as a book club read.

I usually post an excerpt from the publisher's website, but this time, Claire Cook has provided a fabulous streaming trailer for you to check out:

The Giveaway:

One lucky reader from Canada or the USA will win a copy of the brand new Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook.  The giveaway closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday, August 3rd and the winner will be announced on Thursday, August 4th.

Initial Entry: Fill out the form below with your contact email address

Additional entries (you must enter your info and choose the type of entry:

1 for commenting on why you want to win this book on today's post
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is my own and was not influenced by the author or publisher in any way.