At age twelve, Cassandra Madden fell in love with Jefferson Ames, a young man she met at one of her mother’s business conferences. Over the years, during periods of loneliness and struggle, Cassandra held onto this unrequited love in order to cope with her isolated heart and the pain of a cold-blooded mother. Even when Cassandra grew up, went off to college, and met a man she thought she’d marry, her heart yearned for Jeff. In a decisive moment, she broke off the pending engagement and traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia, where the now-widowed Jeff lives with his child. Cassandra becomes the child’s nanny but, even though she sees the object of her desire every day, Jeff has yet to even notice her. Then, one night, a discovery sends her spiraling into danger, and she realizes that until she discovers every last secret of the people around her, she and Jeff will never have a chance to be happy together.
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.