Publisher, Date:
Toronto, Ontario : MIRA Books, [2018]
411 pages ; 24 cm.
9780778307617 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
System Availability:
Current Holds:
Control Number:
Call Number:
F Dev
Course Reserves:
# System items in:
Author Notes
Jude Deveraux is the author of 25 New York Times bestsellers, including High Tide, The Blessing, An Angel for Emily, Legend, and The Duchess. She began writing in 1976, and to date there are more than 30 million copies of her books in print. Ms. Deveraux is currently at work on her next novel. <p> She lives in Connecticut. <p> (Publisher Provided) Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky on September 20, 1947. She was a fifth-grade teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when a publisher accepted her first book, The Enchanted Land (1978). Since then, she has written more than 35 romance novels including Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, Secrets, Someone to Love, Wild Orchids, Holly, The Mulberry Tree, The Summerhouse, Temptation, A Knight in Shining Armor, and Remembrance. Deveraux 's series the Nantucket Brides Trilogy, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2014 and 2015. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Olivia (Female), Remarried, First marriage was long and unhappy; newly married to a man she has always loved
Kathy (Female), Married, Wife of successful businessman; one problem with the marriage
Elise (Female), Married, In a troubled marriage with the man her parents chose for her
Husbands and wives
Troubled marriages
Women's lives
Female friendship
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
Large Cover Image
Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

In the third (loosely connected) novel in her "Summerhouse" series, Deveraux keeps the same setup-multiple women figuring out their loves and lives-but shifts the action from Maine to Virginia. Here, sexagenarian Olivia, fortysomething Kathy, and twentysomething Elise end up in Summer Hill, living in the same house. Olivia is recently married for the second time, but she and her new husband have a long and complicated relationship. Kathy is married to a handsome, successful businessman who may not be as perfect as he seems on the surface. And Elise is struggling to get out from under the life and marriage her parents chose for her. Each woman has serious regrets about choices she's made. The three begin to rely on one another for the support they need to navigate their current issues. Verdict The sudden magical element added to the women's story two-thirds of the way through is a surprise and though it's what connects the novels in this series, it's also unnecessary. The characters are types readers have seen before, so not much is new, but Deveraux fans will enjoy this pleasant work. [See Prepub Alert, 10/9/17.]-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Deveraux's pleasant latest in the Summerhouse series (after Return to Summerhouse) follows three women who meet through a mysterious therapist and bond over disappointing marriages and wasted years. After a loveless first marriage, Olivia, 60ish and widowed, has finally married Kit, her one true love. Elise's controlling parents arranged her marriage to Kent, a man with a jealous mistress. Kathy has the perfect husband on paper, but he wants a divorce. Chance brings the trio together as weekend housemates in a quaint Virginia cottage where Dr. Hightower, a therapist, gives them an opportunity to rewrite their past with help from Madame Zoya and her magic time-travel powers. Each woman can choose any three weeks from the past to revisit, while retaining full knowledge of the present, and while there she is allowed to make changes that will give her another shot at love. Olivia and Kit rekindle their teenage romance and chart a fresh course; Elise stakes out a new career and is literally swept off her feet by the dashing Alejandro; and Kathy's newfound self-esteem prompts a face-off with her father and spurs a new romance. Each journey satisfies their common goal: "Change the man, change your life." Deveraux's charming novel has likable characters and life-affirming second chances galore. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Olivia is finally married to her true love; her only regret is the misunderstandings (and the government) that separated them when they first met in the 1970s. Elise escaped an institution in the trunk of a car; she regrets her parents bullying her into marrying appropriate Kent instead of poor Alejandro. Kathy is married to studly Ray, who she wishes would just leave her for his pregnant girlfriend, which might finally lead to a role in her father's advertising firm. The three are gathered by the mysterious Dr. Hightower in a house in Summer Hill, Virginia, for a therapeutic retreat. Readers expecting a sequel to Deveraux's The Girl from Summer Hill (2016) will recognize Olivia, but they may be surprised by the magical shift the story takes. This is actually a follow-up to Return to Summerhouse (2008), in which women are granted three weeks of time-travel to fix their lives. Though Elise's story is the most romantic, it is Olivia who faces the biggest upheaval, especially in how she views herself. Fans of Deveraux's romances will be pleased with three happily-ever-afters.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2018 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Three women sharing a house in Summer Hill, Virginia, use a time-traveling service to rewrite their pasts.After a therapist conspires to bring Elise, Kathy, and Olivia together to bond over their failed marriages, they spill their secrets in a cheerful cacophony of dialogue: Elise has just fled her cheating husband, Olivia has divorced and remarried, and Kathy doesn't know it yet, but she's about to join their club. All three stories are juicy and entertaining. Halfway through, the book takes a sharp turn when the women discover they can go back in time to the moment before it all went wrong by drinking a special tea made from, according to the potion maker, "herbs that help you relax." In three weeks, they'll return to the present to see the results. Olivia, a 60-something newlywed, is mourning the years she wasted with her philandering ex instead of marrying her current husband when they met 40 years ago. Twenty-something Elise regrets marrying the man chosen for her by her controlling parents and has a recurring fantasy that her gardener will carry her away on the back of his horse. (A wealthy white woman falling for her Mexican gardener is a clich, but to Elise's credit, she looks up from Alejandro's shirtless torso long enough to learn he has a degree in botany, and he schools her in the process.) Alongside the budding romances, the friendships are in full bloom. Kathy, in her 40s and the curviest woman of the three, worries that the two skinnier women are judging her, but their stories reassure her that heartbreak comes in all sizesand she goes back in time to change how she feels about herself.With three stories told two ways, this third book in Deveraux's Summerhouse series (The Girl from Summer Hill, 2016, etc.) is emotional, imaginative, and gloriously silly. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
One fateful summer, three very different women find themselves together in Summer Hill, Virginia, where they find they have much more in common than they realized...<br> <br> Sixty-year-old Olivia's first marriage was long and unhappy, but now she is a newlywed, thrilled to finally be starting her life with the man she's always truly loved--even if they are getting a late start. Kathy is in her forties and married to a handsome, successful businessman. Theirs would be a fairy-tale romance if it weren't for one problem: he's passionately in love with someone else! Twentysomething Elise is also in a troubled marriage, stuck with the man her wealthy parents chose for her. Now that he has a pregnant mistress, he seems willing to go to drastic lengths to take Elise out of the picture.<br> <br> Though each of them wound up at the summerhouse for separate reasons, it's not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they're presented with the opportunity of a lifetime--a chance to right the wrongs of their past--all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.<br> <br> A heartfelt, magical tale, As You Wish is a shining example of Jude Deveraux's enchanting storytelling that will charm longtime fans and delight a new generation of readers.
Librarian's View

Add to My List