As You Wish

As You Wish

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...

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Title:As You Wish
Author:Jude Deveraux
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As You Wish Reviews

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    This is my first Jude Deveraux novel to read and I know now, that I will definitely be reading more!

    This was such an atmospheric, fun, and enjoyable read. The three main characters were realistic and relatable with the different situations each of them faced and it was nice to have characters crossing a span of different age ranges.

    This book really caught me off guard at some moments! The biggest twist, I definitely didn't predict happening and also the outcome from that twist, I didn't expect.

    This is my first Jude Deveraux novel to read and I know now, that I will definitely be reading more!

    This was such an atmospheric, fun, and enjoyable read. The three main characters were realistic and relatable with the different situations each of them faced and it was nice to have characters crossing a span of different age ranges.

    This book really caught me off guard at some moments! The biggest twist, I definitely didn't predict happening and also the outcome from that twist, I didn't expect. About halfway through, I found myself having difficulty in putting the book down because the story became more and more anticipatory.

    This wasn't the "typical contemporary" and I really enjoyed that fact. It wasn't meaningless fluff. It was an enjoyable read that included both serious topics and also included humour. The whole concept of "What if?" was explored in a new way and it also reminded me about living in the moment.

    I cannot wait to explore more novels written by Jude Deveraux as this one has become a favourite and I know that I will be recommending this one to others.

  • Carolyn

    I just love the Summerhouse series and this latest addition is fabulous! Three very realistic women with real problems all given a chance for a "do over." That's right. Pick a critical time period in your life to live over again and get a chance to make a different decision that will change the rest of your life. You have three weeks for your "do over." What will you choose?

    Great characters, great stories. I just loved it.

  • Beth

    Three woman, all facing life altering decisions, are sent to a private retreat where they share in each other’s life stories, until an unfathomable opportunity arises…they can go back in time and change decisions they made to achieve the life they’ve always wanted. What would you do if you could have the life AS YOU WISH.

    This is a slow building story that in the end had me completely hooked. If you don't like cheating the beginning of this book is going to be as hard for you as it was for me. Bu

    Three woman, all facing life altering decisions, are sent to a private retreat where they share in each other’s life stories, until an unfathomable opportunity arises…they can go back in time and change decisions they made to achieve the life they’ve always wanted. What would you do if you could have the life AS YOU WISH.

    This is a slow building story that in the end had me completely hooked. If you don't like cheating the beginning of this book is going to be as hard for you as it was for me. But, I have to say I was utterly riveted to the three women's stories about 1/2 through. NOT AT ALL WHAT I EXPECTED BY THE SYNOPSIS!

    I received this copy of

    from HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada) - MIRA. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    My Rating: 4.5 stars

    Written by: Jude Deveraux

    Series: A Summerhouse Novel

    Sequence in Series: Book 3

    Hardcover: 416 pages

    Publisher: MIRA

    Publication: March 6, 2018

    ISBN-10: 0778307611

    ISBN-13: 978-0778307617

    Genre: Romantic Comedy with a SCIFI twist

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  • Kathryn

    Okay that was a bit weird but I rather enjoyed it. The story of three women and their lives, regrets, loves and possibilities. It turned in a way that I didn't expect which is why I say - weird... but a little different and fun.

  • Joyce

    A story of three women with life altering decisions meet in Summer Hill,

    Virginia where they tell each other their stories and realize that they have a

    lot in common. They all have a chance to right the wrongs of their past if

    They want to. Each one of these individuals wound up at the summer place

    for a different reason. The story was well written with very believable warm

    characters that just makes it an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the tale and

    And look forward to her next book.

  • Beverly Turner

    First off, through the years I have read many Jude Devereaux books. And I have to admit it has been several years since I read one. This one was an ARC I won through a Goodreads giveaway.

    Frankly, I had to work to make myself finish this book. Cardboard stereotypical characters that I didn't care about, stilted dialogue and great chunks of information dumped into the story instead of being woven in. And a premise that wasn't believable to be honest. I know this author can do better.

  • Obsidian

    I have been playing catch-up with books that I read during my house renovation that I just didn't have the energy to post reviews about. When one has plaster and dust all over them you tend to just want to go to bed and put blankets over your head (at least I did). Getting my floors, walls, and ceilings back helped return me back to a semi-normal state. When the kitchen gets started I won't know what to do with myself.

    Back to my review though. I should have known better than to buy this in hardc

    I have been playing catch-up with books that I read during my house renovation that I just didn't have the energy to post reviews about. When one has plaster and dust all over them you tend to just want to go to bed and put blankets over your head (at least I did). Getting my floors, walls, and ceilings back helped return me back to a semi-normal state. When the kitchen gets started I won't know what to do with myself.

    Back to my review though. I should have known better than to buy this in hardcover. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, even though I found problems with it. Did not really like the second one, and this one was a wash too. Deveraux tries to hard to connect all of the books/characters into this one and making it that one woman needs to choose a different destiny/future in order for the Summerhouse phenomenon (as I call it) to continue.

    The characters in this one did not grab me at all. We had one characters story just pretty much equal, she needed an aggressive man to help her find her sexuality (yes seriously) and another one just needed to embrace love. I don't know. The whole book just jumped around too much for me to like it much. I really have to stop reading time travel books, they end up irking me mostly.

    The three characters we first meet are Olivia, Elise, and Kathy's husband, Ray. Olivia is asked to help Elise and Ray get settled after their therapist is held up. Elise wants Olivia to stay since she is not in the mood to be alone with Ray and Ray doesn't want Elise hitting on him. Yeah that mess happened.

    Not too much to say about Ray except I disliked him. He is also referred to as a thug a few times by Olivia and Elise and that he is aping to be white collar though he's really blue collar through and through. No, Ray isn't black so I don't know what the heck was going on there. Also how about we not call people thugs that don't come from privileged backgrounds cause it says more about you than it does them.

    Eventually we get Olivia, Elise, and Ray's wife Kathy all together. We find out fairly early on that Ray is having an affair and wants to leave Kathy and he doesn't feel any chemistry with Kathy. However, we also realize that Kathy does everything for Ray so that makes him sexist? I don't know. This book had too many plot lines.

    Olivia is newly married to someone she loved when she was younger. It's a second marriage for them both and Olivia is hiding a horrible secret (guess what it is) and resentful of her first husband and his having a whole second family.

    Elise's husband locked her up cause you know he's in love with someone else and they tried to poison her.

    All of the stories deal with women who got with the wrong men and the men cheated on them in some way. Not very appealing for a romance book.

    It takes way too long for the time travel aspect to even get going and Deveraux per usual just shows us two women's story-line in the past, and has the third one come back to the present and tell the other two. I booed the whole thing cause it really came down to the women just choosing different men. At least in book one it really dealt with two out of the three women just deciding things for themselves. We had Leslie keeping her same past and choosing a different present and Madison forcing herself to go forward with being a model instead of returning home to her high school love.

    And also these three women just forgive the trash men in their lives who did crap to them in the past, but it doesn't matter since nothing came to past and I don't know I just threw my hands up in the air and let it go.

    The long time readers will get a kick out of seeing the Montgomery family again though.

  • Audra B

    First time reading anything by this author. I picked it up on a whim at the library. I struggled with this...I enjoyed the characters and their individual stories, but I never understood the setting (maybe I should have read the first 2 summerhouse books?) and the entire concept was pretty ridiculous. Lots of holes in the story.

  • LaRayne

    Looked forward to this book but so disappointed. Characters were unappealing and unbelievably naive and stupid. Plot was boring and life changes for characters centered mostly on changing men. Ridiculous book,sorry I purchased. Read instead "Lilac Girls" or "The Wife Between Us," both great reads.

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