Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.
Jude's first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.
Jude's exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.
Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.
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Also Known As:
Jude Gilliam White (full name)
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1947
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|Someone to Love|
After three years, Jace Montgomery is still grieving over his fiancée Stacy's mysterious suicide. While flipping through one of her old paperbacks, Jace discovers a photo of a house bearing the cryptic message, "Ours again. Together forever. See you there." The note was dated the day before her death. Obsessed by the possibility of understanding Stacy's suicide, Jace seeks out the property, a big brick fortress in Margate, England. It doesn't take long to learn that the house is haunted by a headstrong and feisty ghost, Ann Stuart, whom he must tangle with if he's ever to solve the mystery. Through his own investigations Jace is forced to reconcile his fiancée's life and her death. What follows is a satisfying and seductive discovery of both time and love by one of America's favorite storytellers.
The Velvet Promise (1981)|
Highland Velvet (1982)
Velvet Song (1983)
Velvet Angel (1983)
The Summerhouse (2001)
The Mulberry Tree (2002)
Wild Orchids (2003)
Someone to Love (2007)
Jude Deveraux chronology
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|Knight in Shining Armor|
Though readers love Deveraux's books starring the Montgomery and Taggert men, this time-travel tear-jerker has won its own following. A jilted woman meets and falls for a scorned 16th-century knight in an old English church, and in their ensuing adventures they try to clear his name and bridge the trans-century gap.
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