Jude Deveraux is one of the classic names in historical romance, and is one of the first authors I glommed when I discovered romance. I still re-read her books, but for someone who is curious about Deverax’s books, which one would you recommend first?
Knight in Shining Armor is among her most-beloved titles, and one of the best time-travel romances I’ve ever read. I never understood why the heroine’s shopping spree only included formal clothing in that one scene (though I still think wool challis skirts are the HEIGHT of posh fashion because of that scene).
But then there’s also Wishes, where there’s almost two heroines – one, the cranky ass old lady who is sent back to earth to repent and learn from her life’s mistakes by helping a lonely woman find happiness in historical Chandler, Colorado. I love that one, too, especially the scene with the People magazines.
So many beloved romances people still talk about were written by Deveraux.
The thing is, once you learn her shtick (Marry the one who can tell the twins apart!) the reading can get monotonous. But holy smoke, do I still look back and sigh happily thinking about some of her books – and her novellas. There’s one in the anthology A Gift of Love, called “Just Curious,” where the hero tricks the heroine into spending a weekend with him by saying he needs a last minute bridesmaid and she fits the dress. I love that story. I think I’ve read it sixty times and I’m not even exaggerating.
What about you? Which is your favorite? Which Jude Deveraux book should a curious reader staring at a mountain of backlist start with, and why? Which one first?