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Remembrance

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Bestselling romance writer Hayden Lane has found her soul mate - or rather, created him: he's her latest fictional hero. And she's totally obsessed with him. Barely noticing when her real-life fiance breaks their engagement, she visits a psychic to learn more about him - and is told that in a past life Hayden was Lady de Grey, a promiscuous woman of Edwardian England. Hayd...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published 1994)
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Jessica Coligny
The only reason why I gave this book three stars is because the story of Talis and Callie was actually pretty interesting. Thankfully, it took up most of the book. The rest of it was pretty annoying, though. In the beginning of the book, I got tired of the author using the book as a means to poke fun at her critics. I would have preferred it if she'd have left that out... because it really served no purpose for the book itself and took away from the main character, in my opinion. It is akin to w...more
Alissa Bach
Jun 12, 2009 Alissa Bach rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking to read something warm, fuzzy & fluffy
Sometimes you just need to escape the bounds of reality with a good, honest-to-goodness cheezy romance that takes very little effort to digest. I mean, the daily grind can be stressful and busy enough, right? Why choose something equally so when it comes to pleasure reading?

Remembrance was one of those what my mom calls "bubblegum for the brain." The plot centers on a centuries-old love affair that was stuff of Greek and/or Shakespearian tragedy. Love that spans lives, soul mates, curses, a stro...more
Debbie
I read this book a number of years ago and enjoyed it. I recently picked it up again and was once again swept away by Deveraux's story.

I am a Deveraux fan (her Montgomery Annals and Knight in Shining Armor are among my favorites) but I've read a number of her books that just didn't work for me. Remembrance is definitely not in that category.

The story starts off as Hayden Lane starts writing about a romantic hero and becomes so enthralled with him that she ultimately breaks her engagement to a d...more
Kathy
I don't even know what to say about this one. I'm giving it 4 stars because out of all its oddity, I couldn't put it down. It was weird but good. It rambled at times but kept me engrossed. There was a constant feeling of doom and much treachery and misunderstandings. I truly hated some of the characters. I kept waiting for the happy ending and in one regard there was one and in another, there wasn't. There was tragedy and, whoa, the ending was quite odd and sucked.

The premise of living past liv...more
Kelly
I am a fan of Jude Deveraux and have been for years. Her book 'Knight in Shining Armor' is one of my favorites. So I still can't believe how disappointing this book was!
The beginning is soooo booooring. Her pages-long diatribe about her childhood and why she became a writer lent nothing to the book as a whole. It didn't flow at all. It's almost like she kept losing her place in her own story, not at all what I'd expect from Ms Deveraux. Taking out the first few chapters would be a great improvem...more
Judy
Jude Deveraux is my favorite romance author and probably the only romance author that I always commit to reading. My love for her books started with this one - Remembrance. I read it when I was a teenager and loved the passionate love story, the time travelling, and of course the self-deprecating humour of the heroine.

I thought the book was fast-paced and a fun read. You really start to cheer for the hero and the heroine because of everything that kept them apart. I also liked that the book bot...more
Kimberly
Romance writer Hayden Lane is lonely and struggling to figure out her obsession with her fictional hero, James Tavistock. Upon visiting a psychic realizes her troubles have to do with her past life tragedies. With the help of a hypnotist she travels back in time to Edwardian England where she revisits her past lives including the love stories of Callie and Tallie that began the curse she must solve to get back home. Best story was Catherine and Tavey which actually could have been its own story....more
Alicia
For the last few months I, along with a friend, have been purchasing Jude Deveraux books because we got hooked. I have read quite a few of them now and every couple of books I tend to say "that was my favorite." As for this one... it beats any book that I have ever read (I haven't read much. Only started enjoying it after I got out of school). This is truly a unique romance story. It deals with reincarnation and eternity loves. I somewhat believe in reincarnation and reading the first just made...more
Christine
I liked this book if, for no other reason, that it broke some of the stagnantly boring rules of the romance genre and did something a little different. The beginning of this book was particularly engaging as the first person narrator seemed to very much be telling Jude Deveraux's own story. There was a genuine feel to the character that I enjoyed.

The romance itself takes place over several lifetimes as two soulmates find themselves the victim of a past mistake. This portion of the book was a bit...more
Linda
I read this book many, many years ago and remember putting it down and crying. I lent it to someone and it never came back so decided to pick up the paperback recently. When my life gets stressed and frustrating there is nothing like a little romance to pick-me-up. You gotta love Jude's rant about book reviewers in the beginnings of this book. It'll make you smile. I'm not a mushy person, so I don't really believe in soul mates - but I do believe in fate. This story is about soul mates and how p...more
Amber
Oct 15, 2008 Amber rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantics everywhere...
Recommended to Amber by: A Knight in Shinning Armor
You'll notice everyone loves this book. I'm not here to say its a bad story, or even a bad romance because its not. Its actually well written and charming.

However I will probably never read it again. It was far to stressing, and romantically frustrating for me. Everytime our Main characters got close they were pulled apart. Page after page after page they pined, they pouted and eventually they perished.

But only until after they lived their lives together and yet apart many times over and 50 gal...more
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Jennifer M. Smith
i believe this is one of ms. deveraux's best novels. it deals with reincarnation. hayden lane is a romance writer and in the process of finishing one of her novels creates a compelling and complex leading man... this leads her to a psychic and she is told that this man is real but if she saw him today, she would instantly hate him because of problems from previous relationships. it is like 3 romances in one because she has to go back to two previous times in an effort to solve her problem. it ac...more
Angel
I am an avid romance reader but this book won my heart. the beginning was slow and the ending a little abrupt but the story of Cassie and Tavis was so well written with emotion and the characters came alive from the book. I could feel the despair in Cassie and the fear in Tavis when they were separated.In meeting the characters in this book, it is the one book in all i have read that fed the sappy soul mate believing romantic in me and for that it remains the best of romance for me. I usually en...more
Abby
My classmate told me Jude Deveraux's A Night In Shining Armor and I was intrigued by its time travel theme and the next day he shoved me his copy of Remembrance and I was like why? then he told me to read the Part 3 first and then read the beginning After reading the Part 3, yes I was like "Ooooh this book gon' be good" but then I kept this on my shelf for weeks because I was busy and I lose the feels when I get interrupted. I was kind of bored because it has this historical thing to it but I fi...more
Angela
Wow, Jude Deveraux has quite the imagination. I get so caught up in her stories it is like I'm living it. I think this book could very well be her own story, for she has the same gift that Callie/Catherine/Hayden has. I couldn't get enough of this storyline and didn't want to put it down. The love is beautiful and makes you appreciate what you have in a relationship. I can't even find enough words to accurately describe how much I enjoyed this book. I can't wait til I read another book of hers.
Nícky
Cuando he empezado a leer el libro, he vuelto a la primera página porque me parecía que leía los agradecimientos o el típico texto que pone la autora al inicio, pero no... esta escritora escribe de un modo tan fácil, tan bien hilado y tan ameno, que no parece un libro, si no una historia contada al lado de un fuego. Me ha gustado Hayden y su desesperación, su fijación por Jamie, un personaje de ficción que se inventa y el modo que tiene de atosigar a la pobre Nora. Me gustaron las 3 historias qu...more
Rachel Whitley
I would have given this three and a half stars if I could, because it was a maze of a book.
There were three separate stories here, and they were all intriguing. Jude Deveraux managed to pull them all together in the end, but the effect of so many heroes and heroines and plot lines was a little strange.
I wasn't particularly fond of the heroine either. I didn't find myself pulling for her to win her Prince Charming.
Good story, just differen.
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
I cried when I finished the book. I can’t stop crying while reading the end of the story of Callie & Talis. Oh it's sad, its heart wrenching :-(( It is a wonderful book that will touch your heart and a story that you won't soon forget.

I just want to quote the lines I really loved in this book. “I would rather die then try to live without you”, “May you always love me and want me but never have me”, “May you never love anyone but me”.

Srisurang
ช่วงแรกๆ อ่านไปยิ้มไป ชอบมาก... นางเอกเป็นนักเขียน ก็เลยมีมุขหลายอย่างโดนใจ ตอนกลางๆ จะเป็นช่วงที่ย้อนอดีตไปในชาติก่อนๆ อีกสองชาติของนางเอก เนื้อเรื่องเข้มข้นจนวางไม่ลง แม้จะหมั่นไส้ความขี้งอนของเธอนิดๆ ตอนท้ายซาบซึ้งและสนุก แต่เสียดายกลับมาชาติปัจจุบันนิดเดียวก็จบแล้วน่ะ ถ้ามีต่อไปอีกหน่อยให้ได้เห็น Tariz ในชาตินี้แบบเต็มๆ คงให้ 5 ดาวไปแล้ว
Amy
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. It has everything I love in a book. It has Star-crossed lovers, Fortune tellers, past lives, and complex characters that make you love and hate them at the same time. Soooo Perfect!
Holly Schneider
My favorite love story ever! Got this in the mail on a whim, have since read and re-read and re-read and bought it fir many others.
Yasmin M
What in the name of hell was Jude Deveraux drinking when she was writing this?
Ayanami Faerudo
Original review at Whatever You Can Still Betray.

I was immediately sold when I read the synopsis. I have got to have it. I must. And it's Jude Deveraux! What more could I ask for when she wrote one of my all time favorite romance books, Legend. I have read most of her Montgomery/Taggert series and she's permanently on my list.

The first pages, we delve into the mind a writer - a romance writer. I was quite puzzled at first and wondered whether I was reading a foreword by the author or perhaps her...more
Denise
This book is listed as a time-travel romance but I beg to differ. Hayden was going through a past-life regression. To me (and this is just IMHO), time-travel and past-life regression are two entirely different things. I would like to know how others feel about this.

I also thought the ending was weak and rushed. You spend slightly over 400 pages building the story and then slam, bam, thank you mam you end it in 6 pages. I also found certain areas confusing as to "when" she was and "who" the vario...more
x0unerthanlater
Apr 04, 2013 x0unerthanlater rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: time-travel, reviewed

4.5/5 It starts off at a good pace in the p.o.v. of the female lead. She weaves a story revolving around her life right away. It may seem like incessant chattering of the mind of a writer, but it holds a solid base for the rest of the plot. The book is broken into four parts. Part 2 being the bulk of the story.

It is a story of many emotions. Excitement, because it goes from present time 1994 to the past of 1571 and another time in between. Tragedy, for the unbreakable bond that flowed through ti...more
Danija
Remembrance is an unusual romance novel, and I loved it because of that. With this novel I didn't know what would happen next and how things would end up. The first part of the book made me think things would go in a completely different direction. But the direction the story went made for a very interesting read.

The first part is about a romance writer Hayden Lane who gave us an insight in the life of a romance writer. I'm not sure if that particular part was necessary to the plot itself, but I...more
Claire
I was in a struggle in the first few chapters. i felt as if it was scattered. There were moments I find myself re-reading the page to understand what was, & who was in the book. Only when i got to the main plot & story where everything became consistent, with the characters, with the story, did i fully understand what was transpiring.

The flaw, i guess, is in it's inconsistencies. It would be the fast change in narration from one character to another, the congestion of about one lifetime...more
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo...more
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“You'd think the very thought of a romance writer would bring a smile to people's lips. Ah, how nice. Love. Making love. Laughter. Kissing.
But no, the world is upside down as far as I can see, and romances and their writers are ridiculed, hisses and generally spat upon.
For what reason? One of my favorites is that women who read them might get mixed up about reality and imagine a man is going to rescue them from Life. According to this theory, women are so stupid that they can't tell a story from reality. Is anyone worried that the MEN who read spy thrillers are going to go after their neighbors with an automatic weapon? No, I don't remember anyone thinking that. Nor do I remember anyone worrying about murder mysteries or science fiction. It just seems to be dumb ol' women who might think some gorgeous, thoughtful, giving hunk is going to rescue them.
Honey, if any woman thought a gorgeous hunk was going to rescue her, romance novels wouldn’t be forty percent of the publishing industry.”
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