Reliving the Past

| October 03, 2001

The Summerhouse
Jude Deveraux
Reviewed by Donna Pierce

When three 20-year-old girls meet at the Department of Motor Vehicles while getting their driver’s licenses renewed, little do they know that an afternoon of friendship will lead to an important reunion 20 years later.

As a young girl, Ellie Abbott had planned to become an artist in New York. Beautiful Madison Appleby, dumped by her rich fiancé, had packed up and moved to New York in hopes of becoming a successful model. Leslie Headrick had jilted her longtime boyfriend and moved to New York hoping to become a dancer.

Twenty years later, Ellie is in a deep depression and through the urging of her therapist invites the other two women to a summerhouse in Maine. When they reunite at age 40, they find out that their lives have taken different paths than previously planned and are surprised at each other’s life choices.

Ellie became a best-selling romance novelist and has been taken to the cleaners by her ex-husband. Madison left her modeling career and returned home to her philandering fiancé, became his wife and nursed him back to health. Leslie returned home to marry her boyfriend and is ignoring rumors of an alleged affair between her husband and his assistant.

One afternoon, they venture into town and meet Madame Zoya. They each choose a three-week period in their past to relive, and then must decide if they want to change their fates.

Female readers can empathize with the characters in Summerhouse and will begin to think about their own lives and the choices made. The novel is thought-provoking and entertaining, with bright, vivid characters.
Grade: A-


Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry
Andrew Hill and John Wooden
Reviewed by Candice Hartman
Owner-operator
Frenchtown, Mont.

Listening Time: 4.5 hours

Retail: $25

Genre: Nonfiction

Basics: Andrew Hill tells of his experiences playing basketball at UCLA with John Wooden. He realized later in his life how much he had learned from Coach Wooden, and in this story tells how he reestablished his relationship with him. Hill also reviews how many lessons Coach Wooden taught him that guided him in his life and career.

Main characters: Andrew Hill, the narrator, was a superstar high school basketball player who dreamed of playing for John Wooden. When the chance arrived, it did not live up to his dreams. He spent many years after feeling resentful, until he realized how much he had really learned from Coach Wooden. Although Wooden and Hill’s relationship had been tense in the past, he decided to contact Coach Wooden and overcome his feelings of resentment.

John Wooden was the coach of UCLA for many years. He was a great coach but very strict, and often was not the “father figure” his players were looking for. He wanted not only good players; he also wanted them to be good people.

What’s best (or not)?: I am a basketball fan, and enjoyed hearing the stories about the UCLA team and players. I also found it interesting to learn what it was like behind the scenes with John Wooden.

Reliving the Past

| October 03, 2001

The Summerhouse
Jude Deveraux
Reviewed by Donna Pierce

When three 20-year-old girls meet at the Department of Motor Vehicles while getting their driver’s licenses renewed, little do they know that an afternoon of friendship will lead to an important reunion 20 years later.

As a young girl, Ellie Abbott had planned to become an artist in New York. Beautiful Madison Appleby, dumped by her rich fiancé, had packed up and moved to New York in hopes of becoming a successful model. Leslie Headrick had jilted her longtime boyfriend and moved to New York hoping to become a dancer.

Twenty years later, Ellie is in a deep depression and through the urging of her therapist invites the other two women to a summerhouse in Maine. When they reunite at age 40, they find out that their lives have taken different paths than previously planned and are surprised at each other’s life choices.

Ellie became a best-selling romance novelist and has been taken to the cleaners by her ex-husband. Madison left her modeling career and returned home to her philandering fiancé, became his wife and nursed him back to health. Leslie returned home to marry her boyfriend and is ignoring rumors of an alleged affair between her husband and his assistant.

One afternoon, they venture into town and meet Madame Zoya. They each choose a three-week period in their past to relive, and then must decide if they want to change their fates.

Female readers can empathize with the characters in Summerhouse and will begin to think about their own lives and the choices made. The novel is thought-provoking and entertaining, with bright, vivid characters.
Grade: A-


Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry
Andrew Hill and John Wooden
Reviewed by Candice Hartman
Owner-operator
Frenchtown, Mont.

Listening Time: 4.5 hours

Retail: $25

Genre: Nonfiction

Basics: Andrew Hill tells of his experiences playing basketball at UCLA with John Wooden. He realized later in his life how much he had learned from Coach Wooden, and in this story tells how he reestablished his relationship with him. Hill also reviews how many lessons Coach Wooden taught him that guided him in his life and career.

Main characters: Andrew Hill, the narrator, was a superstar high school basketball player who dreamed of playing for John Wooden. When the chance arrived, it did not live up to his dreams. He spent many years after feeling resentful, until he realized how much he had really learned from Coach Wooden. Although Wooden and Hill’s relationship had been tense in the past, he decided to contact Coach Wooden and overcome his feelings of resentment.

John Wooden was the coach of UCLA for many years. He was a great coach but very strict, and often was not the “father figure” his players were looking for. He wanted not only good players; he also wanted them to be good people.

What’s best (or not)?: I am a basketball fan, and enjoyed hearing the stories about the UCLA team and players. I also found it interesting to learn what it was like behind the scenes with John Wooden.

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