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RETURN TO SUMMERHOUSE
Genre: Mainstream, Paranormal
Take a return trip to Maine and the seemingly magical summerhouse in this time-travel sequel. The characters are likable, and the story easily hooks the reader, but the transition between present and past is not seamless, and there are some gaps in the narrative. But Deveraux takes the reader on quite a ride as outwardly dissimilar women find they have more in common than they ever would have imagined.
Three women who have each suffered through a traumatic event in their lives end up at a summerhouse in Maine against their wishes. A miscarriage makes Amy take a long, hard look at her so-called picture-perfect marriage. Faith, a young widow, mourns not for her husband but for another man from her past. The people in her hometown shun Zoe, an artist, after a tragic accident has erased her memory.
Amy learns about the mysterious Madame Zoya and her sister Primrose, who somehow have the magical ability to transport someone to another time, for a short duration, which puts their destiny back on track. Amy chooses 18th-century England, but she must convince Zoe and Faith to go with her. By stepping back into the past, can the three find future happiness? (POCKET STAR, Jul., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Sandra Garcia-Myers
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published: July 2008