Three best friends, all with the same birthday, are about to turn forty. They plan to share this momentous occasion together at a summerhouse in Maine, taking stock of their lives and loves, their wishes and choices. But none of them expect the gift that awaits them at the summerhouse: the chance for each of them to turn their "what might have beens" into reality....Leslie Headrick, Madison Appleby, and Ellie Abbott met nineteen years ago. These beautiful and extraordinarily talented young women shared both their twenty-first birthdays while revealing their hopes for the future. But life doesn't always go according to one's youthful imaginings.Leslie refuses to listen to what people are saying about ]let husband and his beautiful assistant. Madison dropped a modeling career to help her high school boyfriend recover from ail accident. Ellie, a bestselling author, and recently divorced from her narcissistic, philandering husband, has lost her belief in herself as a result of the divorce.When Leslie, Madison, and Ellie reunite at the summerhouse, each finds a puzzling card from a "Madame Zoya," offering them the chance to relive any three months from the past. Each woman will have to decide as she follows the dream that got away -- and each must choose the life that will truly satisfy, the longings that live deep inside her heart.
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.
This is the first book I've read by this author. I liked it! I liked the way the author builds each of the three characters. I didn't read the book description carefully, so I was pleasantly surprised by the twist in the middle of the story. I found myself finishing the book as quickly as I could, because I really wanted to know how each woman ended her own story. I think I'll try another one of her books.