Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, originally hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and now hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.
Today’s feature is a book I purchased a year ago: As You Wish (A Summerhouse Novel #3), by Jude Deveraux. Three women have the coveted opportunity to answer the age-old question: What would you do differently if you could do it all again?
Intro: (Langley, Virginia 1970)
“Get strong. Get tan. Think you’re smart enough to do those two things, kid?”
The man was as tall as Kit, a couple of inches over six feet, but he was very wide. Kit wondered if three of himself, glued side by side, would be as wide as this officer. With his short black hair, he looked like a cartoon bear.
“Yes, sir.” Kit’s back was so straight it was like steel.
Teaser: She let out a scream and pushed so hard that Olivia fell backward onto the ground.
In the next minute, the children were clutching Uncle Freddy’s hand and laughing, crying, hiccuping. (51%).
Synopsis: One fateful summer, three very different women find themselves together in Summer Hill, Virginia, where they find they have much more in common than they realized…
Sixty-year-old Olivia’s first marriage was long and unhappy, but now she is a newlywed, thrilled to finally be starting her life with the man she’s always truly loved—even if they are getting a late start. Kathy is in her forties and married to a handsome, successful businessman. Theirs would be a fairy-tale romance if it weren’t for one problem: He’s passionately in love with someone else! Twenty-something Elise is also in a troubled marriage, stuck with the man her wealthy parents chose for her. Now that he has a pregnant mistress, he seems willing to go to drastic lengths to take Elise out of the picture.
Though each of them wound up at the Summerhouse for separate reason, it’s not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they’re presented with the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to right the wrongs of their past—all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.
Would you keep reading? It has been a while since I read this author.