Jude Deveraux Message Board
donna posts on 8/5/2008 11:47:05 AM
I just wanted to thank you for writing such wonderful stories. The first time a read a book was when I was 21 and that was The Taming, I hardly have time to read now a days with the raising of my children, but sitting at an airport for 11 hours I picket up Return to the Summer House, from the first page I was instantly taken in by the characters Now at 42 years old it was a reflection on how fast ones life goes by. The characters in your books are hard to say good-bye to your make the come to life.... Thank you for writing sequels.
Jo Anne Christman posts on 4/9/2008 11:59:39 PM
I just completed "Remembrance". What a moving book! I immediately took it to a friend for her reading pleasure. A book like this gives us hope in many ways:-)
Shea posts on 3/29/2008 8:36:19 AM
hi my names shea im one of your biggest fan the first book that i had read is in the Velvet saga. im 13 and i guess im to young to read books like these but when my mom bought one of your books i got curious of what they were about so when i started to read The Velvet Angel but in secretly. i didnt want to get my mom to tease me about that im to young to read books like those. but the funny thing that happened was that i started to read the velvet saga books the other way around. my parents and my friends tell me that im a book worm. i didnt show them that i read what my mom was reading until when i was reading one of your books when my mom came into the room that i was reading and looked at me and the book, i got so nervous that i froze like a statue but by that time i finished The Velvet Angel i was on the book Highland Velvet. it was a couple of months ago when i got caught and i was surprised that she didnt tease me but a couple days after that i got teased. The books that i have read so far is; The Vevet Saga, The Taming, The Concrest, The Black Lyron ( i love this book), Eternity and i think thats it. and the books i really want to read is Sweet Liar, The Knight in Shining Armor, and many many other books that i haven't gotten to read.
Lily posts on 2/7/2008 1:48:25 PM
Definitely check out A Knight in Shining Armor, The Velvet series, The Lady Series, Summerhouse & the Mulberry Tree. There hasn't really been a book I didn't like. I started with reading her older books, so I haven't really read too many of the newer ones. Like you I also could never put down her books. ENJOY them All!
mandi posts on 2/7/2008 10:56:37 AM
i have to say that i've never read books in my younger years. but, as i'm getting older, i love to read. i've read 2 other authors novels. the was very scattered. judes books was the only book that i loved reading and could'nt put the book down. there will be times that i would stay ip till 6am. i would be so tired but i had to find out what happeneds next.
an angel for emily
carolina isle (the best so far)
if you have any suggestions to anymore titles that are great please let me know.
seraphscribe posts on 1/19/2008 10:35:18 PM
Yes, I've noticed the unrealistic nature of Jude's heroes and heroines, and frankly that's what attracts me to them and the whole fictional genre. I read for escape. If I want reality, I put down the book.
As for changes in Jude's writing I think it's the natural course of a writer's life for their body of work to expand and vary as their own interests, attitudes and lives change. Some of the changes may be responses to upsets in her own life, while others may be an urge to empower in their own way or inspire the women who read the books by creating strong female characters who are independent without being offputting or unrelateable. Plus, there's got to be a certain amount of boredom and creative stagnation when you've cranked out as many books as she has like so much Scot tissue. This causes me to suspect that some of her plot fluctuation is due to experimentation because she's seeking to write something more meaningful for her, while also appealing to her fanbase. Regardless of her more recent non-conformity, I'd rather read her than anyone else because at her worst she's better than most and when she's at her best she's sublime. I hate to think that one day, she'll tire of writing or won't be around to amuse me anymore and if I could I'd clone her. Has anyone read whatever it was she wrote as Jude (or Judith?) White?
gigi posts on 12/29/2007 7:36:08 AM
I can understand an author growing, changing with the times, even going in a different direction. My confusion with Judes writing isn't the type of stories she writes but that they make no sense to me. The plots are all over the place. It's like she gets a thought and goes with it, then before she fully explores that thought she gets another one and goes with that one. I don't know. Like I said before maybe it's just me.
Rosanne posts on 12/28/2007 8:25:59 PM
Response to GiGi = I believe - like many authors that started out 25+ yrs ago - they try to keep up with current trends. Jude's books went from historical romances to books about molestation, child & spousal abuse, murder, etc, because that appears to be what the public wants. That's what sells.
gigi posts on 12/28/2007 3:31:18 PM
Hi, I'm new here so my comments may have been addressed already but anyway here goes.....
Could someone please explain what happened to Jude Deverauxs writing style. The first book I read of hers was the black lyon. At the time I was in junior highschool and fell absolutely in love with that book. It was several years before I picked up another Jude Deveraux book-it was The Velvet series and boy was I surprised to realize that the Black Lyon and the Velvet series were connected. Anyway at that point I was hooked! I've read every one of her books, but about maybe 5 to 7 years ago I noticed her books changed drastically. I'm all for ghost stories and paranormal happenings but only if they make sense and these stories make absolutely no sense. Maybe it's just me but I'm confused. Anyone else notice the difference?
Batya posts on 12/16/2007 11:10:34 PM
I've read several of Jude Deveraux's books and while they are a lot of fun to read, has anyone noticed that:
1. ALL the (heroes) are Greek gods, all the women (heroins) are perfectly stunning and the men have nothing to do, almost no life other than spending their extravagant wealth and limitless time to dote on their women?
2. Also, the women are always "on the verge" of leaving the men, and NEVER do-and are wildly independent-running around in deserts or cities 9with blisters or luggage,etc) where they are clueless of where to go and really are just indirectly putting on a show of leaving in "furious" independence while waiting to be saved by Mr. Perfect?
3. Then too, have you noticed that all the men with Jewish names are either pimply fat guys unworthy of dating, nerdy DMV lechers who keep and oggle pretty women for hours, or are inscrupulous lawyers, etc., etc? 4. And finally, wouldn't it be great if the hero would occasionally be allowed to be selfish or preoccupied and still be a hero? This never ending litany of stunning, wealthy, doting, never too busy men just doesn't make you feel like these are characters whose "love" seems like something I can want-these are almost cartoon characters. Anybody else feel this way?
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