Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider -- until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had. When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941. In the letter, Miss Edi also mentions that she has found the perfect man for Joce -- a handsome young lawyer. Joce is shocked to learn that the mystery, the house, and the future love of her life are all in Edilean, a small town in Virginia that Miss Edi never told her about. Hurt that the woman who meant so much to her kept so many secrets, Jocelyn moves to this tight-knit village in an attempt to understand the legacy that has been left to her. As she begins to dig into Miss Edi's mystery, she soon discovers some shocking surprises about her family's history and her own future -- and she meets a man with his own mysterious past.
Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky as Jude Gilliam. 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 until her first book, “The Land of Enchantment”, was accepted for publication by Avon books.
The American Romance novel author is well known for her historical romances and has forty-one New York Times bestsellers to date, including “Moonlight in the Morning” and “A Knight in Shining Armor”. There are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. Deveraux, who was described as "a popular romance author" by the New York Times in 2009, appeared as herself in the 1987 romance novelist documentary “Where the Heart Roams”.
Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. In her spare time, she likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in her boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.