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As You Wish


As You Wish

After decades in an unhappy marriage, 60-year-old Olivia has just married Kit, the man she fell in love with at 17 and never stopped loving. When Kit has to leave for urgent business, he asks Olivia to meet a man and two women at a restaurant and take them to the abode of Dr. Jeanne Hightower, a psychologist whose summer home is on the same estate as Kit’s. The three strangers have sought Dr. Hightower’s counsel for marital problems and will be participating in a retreat at Dr. Hightower’s home in Summer Hill, Virginia. When one of the women fails to show, Olivia takes her place. And so begins the formation of friendships and personal revelations that will change the course of four lives.

Let’s begin with forty-something Ray, as he’s the first to walk into and out of the picture. Ruggedly handsome, Ray is polished from head to toe, but Olivia quickly sees that wasn’t always the case. Ray admits he started out on the poor side of town and was heavily involved with a gang, until his best friend’s death turned his life around. Now he’s married to his boss’s daughter, Kathy --- a sweet woman who he deeply cares about --- but he’s madly in love with someone else.

"Fans of Jude Deveraux, a prolific New York Times bestselling author, will love this story of three women who get a second chance at getting it right."

Next to enter the restaurant is twenty-something Elise --- born of money, raised by a mom who disapproved of everything she did, married to a man who treats her like nothing more than his secretary, cook and maid, despite her constant efforts to win his love. When Elise falls in love with Alejandro, the gardener on the estate she shares with her parents and in-laws, she tries to fight the feeling and stay faithful to her husband. She does remain faithful, but fighting her love for Alejandro proves impossible, especially since the feeling is mutual. Alejandro returns to Mexico, and Elise discovers that his sister is her husband’s pregnant mistress.

Knowing Ray and Elise would be uncomfortable sharing the house without a third party, Olivia stays with them, and the three become quick friends. By the end of the first day, they’ve shared many personal details of their lives, gotten drunk together, and even pulled a prank that involved Olivia and Elise running naked through the woods. But the threesome is soon to lose Ray, who is called away on international business and has to leave the next day. When Kathy arrives with everything he needs for the trip, she decides to stay.

With each turn of the page, the reader discovers the people, circumstances and heartaches that led Olivia, Elise and Kathy to this point in their lives. If only they could have turned back time, made different choices and took different paths. And therein lies the twist. Presented with the highly unexpected option for time-travel, all three are faced with the opportunity to take those different paths and make their dreams come true.

Fans of Jude Deveraux, a prolific New York Times bestselling author, will love this story of three women who get a second chance at getting it right.

Reviewed by Susan Miura on March 16, 2018

As You Wish
by Jude Deveraux

  • Publication Date: March 6, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira
  • ISBN-10: 0778307611
  • ISBN-13: 9780778307617