Jude Deveraux Message Board
mandi posts on 1/9/2009 4:36:05 PM
Leanne posts on 1-9-09 that she thinks Jude is a bigot. I beg to differ. I've read every book she's wrote, and I think, in her book remembrance that she's trying to change it up a little. In majority of her books Jude writes about gorgeous, skinny girls. In remembrance the character is a fat girl. I don't think she's being a bigot and degrading us women. I think she's trying to relate to a lot of us women. I am a chubby girl and to finally read a story about a fat girl finding love is rewarding. Most men only want the tiny beautiful women. I love Jude and can't wait to read her new book coming out soon!!!!
gigi posts on 1/9/2009 3:50:41 PM
Leanne, If you read some of Judes earlier books you would be hooked. I remember actually liking Remembrance, (the beginning anyway) and didn't find much to criticize except that at the end it seemed she just wanted it to be over. But if you want a really good story, try the velvet series (in order)and A Knight in shining armor. I think those were her best books.
gigi posts on 1/9/2009 3:43:09 PM
Although I don't think the velvet series is suppose to be a sequel to the the Black Lyon, they are related.
In one of the velvet stories they mention finding a belt that belonged to an ancestor, that would be the jeweled belt in the black lyon also the last name in the velvet sagas is Montgomery which is what the hero and heroin(?) name their child at the end of the book.
Leanne posts on 1/9/2009 3:27:41 PM
Batya posts on 12/16/2007
In response to Batya - I want to start out by saying I have never ever written a comment on an author in my entire life. I've read hundreds of books and recently I was given the book Remembrance. I am only half way through the book; however I am greatly disappointed, and most of all offended. It seems like when anyone other than the hero or heroine is mentioned - the description is usually cruel and harsh for instance - - Hayden Lane is Pale and has such light hair and eye brows basically not in anyway attractive - Milly the best friend of Hayden Lane who happens to be FAT and unattractive, but sweet. Then there is Nora the Psychic is also Pudgy and unattractive - Callie is unattractive, but had beautiful hair - Meg who is also "FAT and walked slowly." Basically this book to me is not written well, it's confusing, and seems to reflect the author's real personality way too much. I guess what I'm getting at is, I will never read another Jude Deveraux book, and I am seriously contemplating closing this one and not finishing it. When I read fiction I want it to be "unrealistic" because after all it's entertainment right? Who wants reality in a romance novel? Please someone explain to me why she gets such rave reviews - she seems a bit of a bigot.
Michelle posts on 11/21/2008 5:56:12 PM
I am wondering if there is a sequel to the Black Lyon? Or any books that go along with it.
GT posts on 10/22/2008 4:08:56 PM
I would love to have the Summerhouse and Return to Summerhouse in an audio book or even a movie. I loved these stories and they also promoted a lot of conversation between my friends. We all had ideas of what few weeks of our lives we would relive if we had the opportunity. Provided us with hours of daydreaming of changes we could make. Our imaginations ran wild!!
gigi posts on 9/23/2008 9:44:40 AM
I've read most of Julie Garwoods books, the historicals as well as the contemporaries. My favorite is.. For the Roses.
I miss the old Jude. (sigh)
Rizza posts on 9/21/2008 12:39:00 AM
I've read one of Judith McNaught's book, "Whitney, my Love", but I have yet to really delve any deeper with this author. I've also heard of Kathleen Woodiwiss. I'll definitely give these two author's a go the next time I hit the bookstore. :) While we're on that subject, you should definitely give Julie Garwood a chance. Her heroes are usually the strong, silent type and the females are quite independent and capable (like most of Jude Deveraux's characters). The only thing I have to complain about Garwood's female leads, however, is that they tend to become too "1-dimensional" towards the middle of the book. Either that, or I've become spoiled by Deveraux's more complex characters.
gigi posts on 9/20/2008 3:20:27 PM
I agree with you Rizza, her older books and writing style are much much better than her current style. There was a time when i'd see a Jude Deveraux book and buy it without even reading the back cover. 2 authors i highly recommend, Judith Mcnaught and Kathleen Woodiwiss. I still buy their books sight unseen.
Rizza posts on 9/18/2008 8:02:58 PM
So I know my response is over a year late, but better late than never right?
To ROSANNE: Her son did die at the age of 8 due to a motorcycle accident. As for her husband, they divorced.
To BATYA: To each his own I suppose. But in this case, I have to chalk one up for the team and defend Ms. Deveraux. It's a fictional book. It's romance. If you picked up any book in the romance genre, they basically all follow the same (if not similar) formula:
We have our stubborn, handsome, arrogant alpha-hero and our beautiful, intelligent, independent heroine.
This type of combination is what all romance novels are made of. And that's what makes them great. I pick up romance books to get away from reality, not to be reminded of them. Chivalry is pretty much dead in our century. But then I pick up Jude Deveraux's books and read about these fabulous Montgomery men, and life is good again. :)
Anyways, on to my own thoughts..
I remember the very first book I read of Jude Deveraux (Legend) when I was only in 6th grade. Yes, you read right. 6th grade. I remember blushing like mad and not understanding most of the sex scenes. Now at the age of 21, I have yet to really find an author who can hold a torch (much less a candlelight) to Jude Deveraux. I have all of her books and remain a loyal fan.
I do have to say that her most recent books a bit, well, different from what I'm used to. I love her older works the best. But I suppose every author goes through periods of changes in their writing style. Hopefully she goes back to her historical periods, though. I'll be waiting till then. :)
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