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Change of Heart (Edilean #9)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,271 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
In the hugely popular, New York Times bestseller A HOLIDAY OF LOVE, Jude Deveraux wrote a novella about two kids playing matchmakers -- Eli and Chelsea, best friends who were determined to find true love for Eli's bighearted mother. But what happens when these ambitious children grow up? What exactly made Eli's mother, Miranda, fall in love with Frank all those years ago? ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Pocket Books
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Christi Snow
Oct 21, 2014 Christi Snow rated it liked it
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In theory this was a brilliant idea. 20 years ago, Jude Deveraux wrote a novella for an anthology that featured then 12 yo's Eli and Chelsea, best friends out to fix all the world's wrongs through Eli's brilliance and Chelsea's looks. That novella is the first part of this book and it's a fun story. After I read that first section (about 35-40% of this full length book) I was excited to see where Chelsea and Eli were as adults 20 years later. Unfortunately their adult portion of the st
Jul 16, 2015 Jacqueline rated it did not like it
I hate to give this one star but I really didn't like it. I am a big fan of stories that start when the couple are kids and then show them falling in love as grown ups. But this one just didn't work for me. First the part as children was oddly more about Eli's mother but not enough to really enjoy that story. Then when Eli and Chelsea meet 20 years later I didn't like either one of them. She was shallow and totally unsympathetic and he was oddly loserish. Their relationship just didn't convince ...more
The best thing I can say about "Change of Heart" is that, between this book and "For All Time," I'm finally ready to give up Deveraux as a Must-Read. I will probably never be able to give her up fully (Sweet Liar alone keeps my hopes up) but the last few two and a half star books have gotten rounded up to three stars based on sentiment alone. This would have probably gotten one star if I didn't reserve that for DNFs.
I squeed and did a happy dance when I realized that Eli and Chelsea were getting
Aug 24, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Betty by: Downloaded from Net Galley

Elijah J. Harcourt, or Eli, is twelve years old; he has an IQ over two-hundred; is a computer genius; and is being wooed by Ivy League colleges. Eli is definitely a nerd and looks the part – thick glasses, not too tall, and scrawny. His very best and only friend is Chelsea Hamilton, also twelve, who will be cursed in life as being: “too tall, too thin, too smart, too rich.” Eli and Chelsea have been like siblings since the third grade. Eli’s mom calls them Robin and Marian Les Jeunes, and the yo
Aug 16, 2014 Belle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a pleasant story. It's probably worth the $8 to buy it, but "Change of Heart" is not going to be one of those books that makes you say, "Wow, I'm so glad I read this!"

I think really that I'm bored with the locale from the book. I remember the time when Deveraux wrote books that I stayed up all night to read. "Change of Heart" is not one of those. I hate feeling this way because the book is pretty good; it's just not a great read.
Dec 05, 2014 Raelene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in record time, once I started I couldn't put it down. The book has a part 1 and a part II. Two very interesting not your typical love stories. Cute twist how a genius son helps his mother fall in love so he can go away to college and not worry about her. Part two goes on with the life of the son. Great romance story but also intrigue, it will keep you hooked and wanting more.
Apr 12, 2015 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy Ms. Deveraux.
Shelves: fiction, romance, own
This Jude Deveraux book seemed redundant to me. I believe that it could have been shorter if the same information and character lines had not been continually repeated. Also, I believe that this is the first Deveraux book that I put down for a few days before I picked it up to continue reading it and ultimately, finished it. 3 1/2 stars
Feb 16, 2017 Linda rated it it was ok
I was really interested in this book based on the first 100 pages. The two kids (male and female) were best friends. Their ingenuity intrigued me. But after they went their separate ways during their teen years, the story line went downhill. The great potential of the story line turned into a Half baked Harlequin romance. However, before I pan it too much, I have to look into the other books in this series. Maybe I Missed something by not reading the previous books.
Ada Iaboni
Feb 20, 2017 Ada Iaboni rated it liked it
Cute and a bit different. It had some silly stunts and some strange goings on, but it left a lot unresolved and one really did not care much about the characters, since they were a bit cartoon-ish.
library goddess
Nov 06, 2016 library goddess rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I recently reread this book (by accident...I read so much that I sometimes forget what I've read). I enjoyed it as much as the first time even though it was fairly predictable
Feb 10, 2017 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Lots of romance, laughs and a book that was very hard to put down.
Originally Reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

For fans of Jude Deveraux Change of Heart will bring back huge memories. For those of you who are new to Ms. Deveraux, that's ok, you will enjoy this fun book as well.

Remember way back when, when Ms. Deveraux wrote a novella called Matchmakers? A story about two kids who decided to help a woman find true love? A woman who had a huge heart but was taken advantage of on a regular basis? A woman whose ex husband always wanted more and
Sep 17, 2014 Jeannie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, aldiko
Eli and Chelsea aren't the usual sort of friends you mostly see. Eli was scrawny and a nerd and Chelsea was tall and pretty. She may not be as smart as Eli but they compliment each other in every way. Their friendship was tight and despite their difference, they had one thing in common and that is to right whatever injustice possible. Eli met Frank, a millionaire by chance and they connected in ways that went beyond ordinary friends.

Eli was offered a scholarship at Princeton but that meant that
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jude Deveraux reunites two childhood friends in a magical holiday tale, A Change of Heart with a mixture of intrigue, historical, and a light contemporary romance.

Wow, I have not read Jude Deveraux in years, (not sure why), when I saw this book on NetGalley requested it and approved. I recall devouring everything she wrote, as so enjoyed the Edilean Series, Montgomery/Taggart, and m
Sep 03, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
As I read this story, I had a couple of questions/ doubts. First, and I realize this maybe petty and/or too picky, but the chapter in the book are rather uneven. I read this on my Kindle Fire, so, if you are familiar with a Kindle you can understand. One chapter might have taken me approximately 45-50 minutes to read, while another may have taken, according to the Kindle indicator, 15-20 minutes to read. I wondered why one took twice as long as the other. This was consistent throughout the book. ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Abides.

This is a good story that starts with an old Christmas Story about Eli's. Mom and step dad Frank and the girl he loved. It advances to grown up Eli and Chelsea getting together as adults. The rest of the story is a combination action, adventure with sex mixed in and new characters. It was an entertaining story but I felt a bit under developed. At the end a the mystery of the story was not revealed which I found annoying. All to get I thought it a good read especially since I had enjo
Sheila Melo
Aug 20, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An expanded version of a novella in A HOLIDAY OF LOVE, Jude Deveraux gives readers two love stories. The original story of two preteen matchmakers, Eli Harcourt and Chelsea Hamilton who manage to find love for Eli's mother and then twenty years later Eli and Chelsea's romance.

THE STORY: Part 1: This is the story of Frank Taggert and Miranda Stowe who are complete opposites. Frank is a high powered workaholic who does the society scene and has never wanted to marry and have children because he ha
Sep 18, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it
I am a fan of the Edilean series, but this one lacked the magic of the previous ones I have read. I did enjoy the first part which contained the original novella in the Holiday of Love anthology. Eli and Chelsea worked together to get Eli's mom out from under his dad's manipulative father even thought they have been divorced for some time, another manipulation caused by Eli and Chelsea. Eli has a pen pal in mind, a billionaire he meet on a class trip and kept in contact with. Miranda, Eli's mom, ...more
Jennifer Lynn
Apr 21, 2015 Jennifer Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This book contains two love stories set in the most classic ways, one a nurse who takes care of a billionaire and the other two lifelong friends falling in love. Usually I appreciate Jude Devereaux's books because while the storylines may be generic at times, her writing style has a nice, easy flow and she makes her characters likeable and understandable. Unfortunately, this book fell short of that mark for me which was disappointing and saddening. The first story went well; I enjoyed the way sh ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Nurul rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
I was a fan of Jude Deveraux's novels in secondary school. Her novellas (especially the ones featuring the Taggert family) were also just plain fun. They were like your Hallmark Christmas movies: fluffy, improbable but satisfying in small doses. Change of Heart (1994) was one such novella. The story probably wasn't my favourite (that goes to Sweet Liar, and Matchmakers), but I had a soft spot for Eli & Chelsea, the two kids whose shenanigans led to the romance between the adults, Miranda &am ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Bookmom rated it liked it
I’ve read Frank and Miranda’s story featuring Eli and Chelsea many times over the years since the story was initially published. So I got excited about this story and pre-ordered it. I wish I’d waited until finding out that the story I already knew so well takes up 38% of this book and would have gotten this book from the library.

But with that being said, I was surprised to discover that changes had been made to the original story and certainly make Frank and Miranda’s story more romantic. The g
Dec 11, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing
A perfect book for a weekend reading.

This is the story of 2 kids who, while best friends and partners in (solving) crimes, are separated when one moves away and suddenly breaks of contact. What happened to both over the years

It is actually two stories in one. Deveraux sets up the second story by telling how how Eli's parents met, thanks to the two kids --- one the typical nerd-geek and the other a beauty-in-the-making. Then she fast forwards, and we meet these two kids again, when they are all g
PART 1: Throughout multiple Jude Deveraux books we have heard about Frank Taggert being such a cold hard-a** so finally getting to really see the real Frank under that and getting to read his story was great. Miranda was such a wonderful character. She was so good and loving which was perfect to help Frank become a better man. Eli and Chelsea (as children) were so wonderfully precocious and lots of fun. I loved Eli and Frank having already had a friendly father/son type of relationship before Fr ...more
Jun 03, 2016 Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-have-in-ebook
I liked the first part, with Miranda and Frank, a lot better than Chelsea and Eli's story. Even though I could understand Chelsea's POV, I couldn't stop myself from hating her.

I know that she's right when she says that Eli has no right to judge her or be disappointed in her. She is her own person. She doesn't need his approval of her life choices. I know that she's right when she says that it shouldn't still matter that much that she stopped writing to him as a teenager. Kids grow apart as they
Yvonne Daniels
Oct 26, 2014 Yvonne Daniels rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Fans of heartwarming story
I have always been a fan of Ms. Deveraux, so when I first started to read I thought to myself I have read this already. Of I gave it five stars, it's so entertaining the first part is to remind you of Eli and Chelsea past by revisiting Frank and Miranda's love story. When Eli and Chelsea was twelve years old they help people who had problems and Eli's mom needed to fall in love and marry a billionaire so they send her to Eli's friend Frank Taggert and gives them two weeks to fall in love. After ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Reinalyn rated it it was amazing
If you followed Jude on Facebook while she was writing this book, then you would remember that she had a difficult time writing it. I think it is easier to write a new story from scratch than it is to revisit old characters and figure out who they are now and their motivations for the decisions they made in life which influenced who they became. That being said, this book was meant to be a romance novel and it succeeded. It was cute and charming story that made me laugh out loud and gave me warm ...more
The Lusty Literate
Sep 26, 2014 The Lusty Literate rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
2/3 Stars | Moderate Steam

This two-part novel charms then disappoints.

Part one, a classic re-issue titled "A Holiday of Love", is a delightful escape. Funny, sexy, and sweet, Miranda and Frank's classic and cozy second-chance romance is a moderately steamy and adorable read with a lovely HEA that left me smiling from ear to ear.

Part two, Eli and Chelsea’s modern romance, sadly disappoints. Initially, I was excited by the promise of Eli and Chelsea reconnecting as adults. Unfortunately, their awk
Nov 21, 2016 Joannah rated it did not like it
I really had high hopes. Years and years ago I remember reading the first part and being thoroughly charmed with the too-smart Eli and his matchmaking efforts.

But I feel that the characters didn't get to live out their lives in this story, they just stayed on pause until Jude was ready to deal with them again. And frankly? these are characters that would have LIVED.

I imagined Eli going to Cambridge and studying EVERYTHING. Chelsea embracing her intelligence and maybe becoming a psychologist or
Mariel Hoss
Oct 22, 2014 Mariel Hoss rated it it was ok
***ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

I read and loved Miranda and Frank's novella waaaaay back. I loved the quirkiness and intelligence of Eli and his friend Miranda. SO I was really looking forward to reading their story. Eli grew up as I would expect - an absent-minded brilliant man who can be and is everything he could be...though the physical changes encouraged by the Taggert clan were a little over the top. Chelsea was a disappointment. From the opinionated, intellige
Allison Miller
Feb 05, 2015 Allison Miller rated it really liked it
Eli and Chelsea are 2 12 year olds who are the best of friends even though Eli is a skinny, short computer nerd and Chelsea is already a very pretty girl that all the boys are already noticing. They often try to help people with problems, sometimes even by skirting the edge of the law, just like Robin Hood and Marian. They even refer to themselves this way. When Eli is offered a spot at a university at age 12 he finds himself reluctant to leave his mother to go away to school because he is worri ...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
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