For All Time (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #2)

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Jude Deveraux returns to the magnificent, sunny island in For All Time, the second novel in her Nantucket Brides trilogy—this time featuring the next generation of her beloved family of Montgomery-Taggerts.
 
The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets ...

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Jude Deveraux returns to the magnificent, sunny island in For All Time, the second novel in her Nantucket Brides trilogy—this time featuring the next generation of her beloved family of Montgomery-Taggerts.
 
The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.
 
But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantucket for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.
 
But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

Praise for For All Time
 
“A beautifully written story with a refreshing old-romance feel . . . Fans of [Jude] Deveraux will be delighted, while new readers will fall in love with her signature writing style.”RT Book Reviews
 
“Engrossing . . . [a] romance that transcends time.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A page-turning time-travel romance that captures your imagination from the start and keeps hold till the very last page.”Fresh Fiction
 
Praise for Jude Deveraux and True Love
 
“A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end.”—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
 
True Love, with its star-crossed lovers and twisty plot, evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special—the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic.”—Susan Wiggs
 
“Deveraux is a master storyteller, and her books fairly shimmer with excitement and adventure, making her one of the most popular women’s fiction writers today.”Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
“A beautiful island, a sexy man and plenty of secrets—this is a wonderful writer at her best.”—Susan Mallery
 
“Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . [It] will haunt you long after you read it.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Deveraux is at her spellbinding romantic finest.”Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

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As readers of Jude Deveraux's True Love know, Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery are about to tie a joyous knot for all times. At least one member of the wedding party, however, has his mind darting in other directions: Jared's cousin Graydon Montgomery finds himself smitten by pretty bridesmaid Toby Wyndam. This being a heart-catching romance, there is of course one giant-sized obstacle: As heir to the Lanconian throne, he is expected to marry a woman of noble origins. Resigned to his royal fate, he nevertheless devises a chaste vacation with Toby and on that trip, perhaps not surprisingly, everything changes. A sweet romance with some very clever twists.

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
Deveraux’s pleasant second Nantucket Brides novel picks up where True Love left off: with Toby Wyndam preparing her friend Lexie’s perfect wedding. Toby doesn’t have time to play games with Graydon Montgomery, the groom’s cousin, who enjoys swapping places with his fun-loving identical twin brother, Rory. When Toby has no trouble telling the two apart, Graydon, the heir to the throne of fictional Lanconia, speculates that he and Toby are soul mates who will always recognize each other. Deciding a vacation from princely duties is due, Graydon stays in Nantucket to get to know Toby—platonically, since they both know he’s slated for a political marriage at home. Toby vows to keep her heart free, but circumstances and feelings change when they realize their souls may be linked now and in generations past. This story of commoner and king would be as entertaining without the paranormal elements, but the soul mate twist adds a bit of depth. (July)
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Praise for Jude Deveraux and True Love
 
“A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end.”—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
 
True Love, with its star-crossed lovers and twisty plot, evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special—the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic.”—Susan Wiggs
 
“Deveraux is a master storyteller, and her books fairly shimmer with excitement and adventure, making her one of the most popular women’s fiction writers today.”Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
“A beautiful island, a sexy man and plenty of secrets—this is a wonderful writer at her best.”—Susan Mallery
 
“Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . [It] will haunt you long after you read it.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Deveraux is at her spellbinding romantic finest.”Booklist
Library Journal
02/15/2014
In the second contemporary romance in her "Nantucket Brides" trilogy, Deveraux—the 2013 Romantic Times Pioneer Award winner for her lifetime of devotion to the genre—offers a charming tale of improbable romance. When Toby meets Graydon Montgomery, heir to the Lanconian throne, she can distinguish him from his twin, Rory—something no one else can do. According to legend, that means she is his true love. Alas, Graydon is unhappily set to marry an eligible royal. Will love and legend or duty win out?
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-21
The second novel in the best-selling author’s Nantucket Brides trilogy doubles up on romance with twin brothers and reincarnated lovers.Prince Graydon Montgomery is attending his cousin’s wedding on Nantucket when Toby Wyndam catches him impersonating his twin brother. The fact that Toby is the only person who can distinguish the heir to the Lanconian throne from his self-indulgent sibling hearkens back to an old family legend saying that's the way to recognize true love. Though Graydon is as gentle and humble as a modern-day royal can be (he cooks, drives and wears T-shirts), his hand has already been promised to Lady Danna Hexonbath, whom his brother secretly loves. So Graydon contrives to stay with Toby on Nantucket while she organizes a decadent wedding for a best-selling author—and sends his brother to Lanconia in his place to give himself a little freedom before his engagement party. When Graydon’s sword-wielding entourage arrives to keep him in check, the delightfully stoic bodyguards also give Toby a crash course onLanconian customs, from which kinds of cheese they prefer to their attitudes about social class. Deveraux’s fictitious country ingeniously keeps her prince out of the public eye while giving him a sense of duty that stops him from getting with the times and marrying a commoner. Toby, who's still a virgin, also holds on to antiquated ideals to avoid getting her heart broken in a doomed relationship. Little do the lovers know that their future happiness depends on time traveling to Regency-era Nantucket to reunite a couple separated by similar circumstances. If only the paranormal element of the plot had been introduced sooner; Toby’s research into her town’s history gives her and Graydon a mystery to solve while they resist each other’s charms and inspires her plan for a beautiful Regency-themed wedding complete with empire-waist gowns and tailcoats.This charming sequel should be read in sequence to clarify the circumstances that bring Graydon and Toby together, but the lovers from different worlds are soon caught in an engrossing period romance that transcends time.
From the Publisher
Praise for For All Time
 
“A beautifully written story with a refreshing old-romance feel . . . Fans of [Jude] Deveraux will be delighted, while new readers will fall in love with her signature writing style.”RT Book Reviews
 
“Engrossing . . . [a] romance that transcends time.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A page-turning time-travel romance that captures your imagination from the start and keeps hold till the very last page.”Fresh Fiction

Praise for Jude Deveraux and True Love
 
“A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end.”—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
 
True Love, with its star-crossed lovers and twisty plot, evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special—the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic.”—Susan Wiggs
 
“Deveraux is a master storyteller, and her books fairly shimmer with excitement and adventure, making her one of the most popular women’s fiction writers today.”Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
“A beautiful island, a sexy man and plenty of secrets—this is a wonderful writer at her best.”—Susan Mallery
 
“Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . [It] will haunt you long after you read it.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Deveraux is at her spellbinding romantic finest.”Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345541826
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 22,194
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-two New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight Masquerade and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Biography

Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.

Jude's first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.

Jude's exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

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Deveraux began her career as a fifth-grade teacher.

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Chapter One

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Nantucket

Graydon Montgomery couldn’t take his eyes off the young woman. The bride and his cousin Jared, the groom, were standing at the front of the little chapel, the pastor between them, and Graydon kept looking across them at her. She had on a blue bridesmaid dress, was holding a bouquet of flowers, and her attention was fully on the ceremony.

While she was pretty, she wasn’t conventionally so. She wasn’t the type of woman who’d make people do double takes. With her oval face, eyes the color of bluebells, and flawless skin, she looked like a girl you’d see in the newspaper as having attended a debutante ball. She’d be able to wear pearls and long gloves without looking like she’d rather be in jeans.

Earlier, when the four wedding attendants had been waiting outside, there’d been a lot of commotion inside the little chapel. At the last minute, some kind of mix-­up had caused a great deal of chaos. In normal circumstances, Graydon would have made an effort to find out what was happening, but not today. Today he was distracted by her.

Sounds of angry shouts and furniture crashing to the floor had come from inside the chapel. The two bridesmaids and the other groomsman went to the door to see what was going on, but Graydon stood where he was. He wasn’t even curious. All he could do was gaze at the back of the young woman. She had long blonde hair that curled down her back, and a nice figure. Not flashy, but trim and subdued.

Through all the turmoil, Graydon had stood back from them. He was only vaguely aware of the surroundings, of the big tent that was set up for dinner and dancing, of the moonlight on the wooded area around them, even of the brightly lit chapel where the wedding was to be. He seemed only able to think about what the young woman had said to him just minutes before.

When Graydon had been asked to escort a bridesmaid down the aisle, he’d thought it would be an easy, enjoyable task. After all, he was certainly used to red carpets and ceremonies of all kinds.

But when he was introduced to the young woman, he’d been shocked by what she said—­and he still hadn’t recovered.

When the noise inside the chapel finally calmed down and they prepared to go inside, Graydon moved to stand beside her and crooked his arm for her to take. When she put her hand on his arm, he smiled warmly at her, slipped his hand over hers, and clasped it gently.

Without a word, she snatched her hand away, took two steps back, and glared at him. There was no mistaking her meaning: He was to make no overtures of any kind toward her. And that seemed to include even friendliness.

Graydon didn’t think he’d ever before been at a loss for words, but in the face of her anger, every language he knew seemed to disappear from his mind. All he could do was stand there and blink. Finally, he managed to nod his agreement. No touching, no smiles, no anything outside what was necessary to get the job done.

As they walked down the aisle together, she kept her distance from him. Her hand was on his arm, but her body was two feet away from his. Graydon held his head high, doing his best to swallow his pride. Never before had a woman found him . . . well, repulsive. Truthfully, no woman had ever before tried to get away from him.

He wasn’t naive—­he knew well that a lot of the fawning and flirting directed his way was because of what he’d come to think of as the “unfortunate circumstances of my birth,” but still . . . That she didn’t want anything to do with him wounded his ego.

When they got to the front of the chapel, she seemed relieved to get away from him. She went to the left, and Graydon went to the other side to wait for the bride to come down the aisle with her father.

Throughout the ceremony Graydon couldn’t help peering around the bride and groom to look at her. What was her name? Toby, wasn’t it? Surely that was a nickname, and he wondered what her birth name was.

As the ceremony neared the end, Graydon felt that old familiar pull, what people called the “twin bond,” and he knew his brother was there. He glanced to his left, through the crowd of people packed into the chapel. Family was in chairs but the back was full of guests standing and watching. It took Graydon only seconds to find his brother in the very back, purposely hidden behind other people. Rory wasn’t dressed properly for a wedding, but then his leather jacket and casual slacks fit in with the American style. At least his brother didn’t have on jeans.

Rory nodded toward the blonde bridesmaid in question. He’d never seen his brother stare at a woman before and he was curious as to why.

As was sometimes the case with identical twins, he and his brother often communicated without words. But there was no way Graydon could tell his brother the one and only thought in his mind: She can tell you and me apart.

Frowning, Rory let Graydon know that he didn’t understand. He slanted his head to one side and Graydon nodded. They had just arranged to meet outside as soon as possible.

That done, Graydon gave his attention back to the young woman. In a moment they’d again walk down the aisle, and he looked forward to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Not my fav

    I think this would have been much better if there was more dialog between Toby and Gray. There was a lot of thoughts about how they felt or thoughts about what they talked about but you never got to experiance the conversations so the book lost feeling for me.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

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    I was excited to see the second book in the Nantucket Brides Tri

    I was excited to see the second book in the Nantucket Brides Trilogy by Jude Deveraux become available on Netgalley.  I have been a huge fan ever since I read Black Lyon, way, way, way back in the early 80's. After reading the first book in the trilogy, True Love, I was thrilled when I was approved to read this one as well. 

    This book picks up from the end of book 1.  Alix and Jared have just married and everyone is ready to enjoy the wedding party.  Graydon, cousin of Jared and the Crown Prince of Lanconia had partnered Toby, reluctant wedding planner and bridesmaid, down the aisle. When he found out that she had met his identical twin brother the night before and could tell the two of them apart, something almost no one could do, he decides to spend some time with her to find out if the family legend holds any truth: You marry the one who can tell the twins apart.  In order to spend some time with Toby, Graydon demands Rory, his twin, switch places with him.  With some smooth talking and adroit maneuvering by Rory, Graydon gets the chance to spend the coming week on Nantucket with Toby. 

    And so the matchmaking begins.  Alix's mother Victoria gets in on the act by insisting that since Toby did such an excellent job on Alix's wedding, that Toby should do Victoria's as well and even arranges for Toby to have time off so that she can plan the wedding and spend it with Graydon, of course. It's not long before they are spending all of their time together.  As they draw closer to each other, they also stumble upon the story of Garrett and Tabby and their tragic romance. Is history doomed to repeat itself, or can they create a new history and future?

    I quite enjoyed the paranormal aspects to the book.  True Love dealt with the ghost of Caleb, while this book involves time travel. I was also thrilled to see Lanconia show back up.  Not only is Graydon the grandson of J.T. and Aria from The Princess, but he references his ancestors, Rowan and Jura from The Maiden. It was fun to get a chance to link back to the earlier books. This was another 5 star read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

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    It felt so good to be reading a book by Jude again. I like this

    It felt so good to be reading a book by Jude again. I like this series set on Nantucket. I've never been but it does sound lovely. Jude has another winner with this story and characters. Poor Toby, she is in charge of Jared and Alix's wedding. She has finished and is mad at the one relative who is just a playboy. This is when she finds out he is covering for his twin. She knows he isn't the other brother and also learns that it is True Love if you can tell the twins in this family apart. But this twin is the heir to a Kingdom. There is lots of family here and as it is an old heritage there are lots of ghosts around. The dream scenes were gut wrenchers but the "A Knight in Shining Armor" put a dash of fun info the story. I hope you pick this book. I'm sure you will like it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    A Delectible Fairy Tale

    Reminiscent of A Knight in Shining Armor, this novel does not disappoint. I could not put it down. I love how the past and present are interwoven. My only disappointment is that I finished and now must wait for the next novel in this series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    The Princess was my first ever Jude Deveraux book.  It is still

    The Princess was my first ever Jude Deveraux book.  It is still my favorite and I read it at least once a year.  I loved that For All Time was a story of their grandson.  While there were definitely some similarities, switching out the royalty, arranged marriages, a surprise meeting with the mother-in-law, it was a great new story complete with time travel.  Deveraux and the Montgomery's never disappoint.  This is one I am sure I will read again.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    A"Take-You-Away" read!

    Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite writers. This is a must-read series, cannot wait for the next one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Jude Deveraux is my second favorite author (second only to Julie

    Jude Deveraux is my second favorite author (second only to Julie Garwood) and I have read all of her books. However, I must say I was disappointed in this book. I like her books better when the "paranormal" is not present. That's not to say I did not enjoy this book; it just was not one of my favorites. Hopefully the next one is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Not as good as the first!

    I have been a Jude Deveraux fan for years. I was anxiously awaiting book #2. This book was disappointing. I don't think the flip flopping back in time added much to the story. Quite frankly, it was tedious.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Great light read!

    Loved it!

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended - A Must Check Out!

    Way to go Jude Devearaux! Hard to put down as it keeps you feeling as if you are living this novel!

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

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    Everyone should be loved like this "For All Time" For

    Everyone should be loved like this "For All Time"

    For All Time by Jude Deveraux is the second book in her Nantucket Brides Trilogy and it does not disappoint.  After reading “True Love”, the first book in the trilogy I had to visit Nantucket to see if it was as described in the book.  I am thrilled to tell you Jude does justice to Nantucket and if you feel like you have been there after reading either of the books you will have gotten an accurate picture of the Island.




    That being said, For All Time is about Toby and Grayson who were set up as the next couple at the end of “True Love”.  Grayson is the Crown Prince of Laconia and while attending the wedding of his cousin Jared Montgomery Kingsley to Alix Madsen, meets bridesmaid and amateur wedding planner Toby Wyndam. When Toby is able to tell Grayson and his brother Rory apart, Gray finds a way to stay on the Island so that he can get to know her better.  If you are a fan of Jude’s and have read other of her books in the Montgomery - Taggert series, you know about the Laconia legend that the says the person who can tell the twins apart is their true love.  Well Grayson is so smitten with Toby, that he spends as much time as possible with Toby exploring his fascination with her and trying to decide how to deal with it all.




    Mix in the ghosts from the first book and the storyline from the past and trying to fix the mistakes of the past to help the future and you have a entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable read.  Now add in characters from previous books who you fell in love with years ago and who make appearances here and you have a book you can’t put down.




    “For All Time” is not a stand alone book and if you don’t read “True Love” first you will be lost with all the characters and how they all relate to each other and the story too.




    You have three stories going on simultaneously in this book, Grayson and Toby’s love story is the main one but then there is the ghosts and and the past and lastly the people and the Island of Nantucket to round it all out.




    If any of this sounds remotely entertaining to you then you will LOVE “For All Time”.  I know I can’t wait for the third book in the trilogy.  

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Disappointing and boring.  Not when of her bests.  I read everyt

    Disappointing and boring.  Not when of her bests.  I read everything she writes, but was not up there with the rest.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

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    Enjoyable romance! I received an advance reader edition of this

    Enjoyable romance!

    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group for the purpose of providing an honest review.

    4 Stars

    I feel that I must start this review by saying that this is not the first Jude Deveraux book that I have read in my life and I would count myself as one of her fans. I have enjoyed every book by this author that I have had the chance to read and have yet to be let down. I have read her more recent works and have yet to read her earlier work although I have heard that some of her earlier books are by far her best. I felt that this book lived up to the expectations that I have when reading a book by Jude Deveraux.

    This book is the second book in the Nantucket Brides Trilogy. While I think it would be most enjoyable to read the trilogy in its intended order, I do think that this book could be read as a stand alone.

    Graydon and Toby meet at Jared and Alix's wedding. Graydon has an identical twin brother, Rory, and Toby is able to tell the men apart. Graydon's family believes that whoever can tell the twins apart will be their true love. Not only is Graydon polite, charming, and drop dead gorgeous, he happens to be the heir to the Lancanion throne. Yep - Graydon is a Prince. Graydon arranges to spend some time in Nantucket to get closer to Toby.

    While Toby is attracted to Graydon, she tries to keep control of her emotions because she knows that there is no way that the pair can ever be together. Graydon has a soon to be fiance that has been chosen for him. The pair grow closer as they work together to plan a close family friend's wedding.

    I did have a moment while reading this book that it seemed completely unoriginal. I mean this book had identical twins switching places, a prince who wants to be with his true love, and the commoner who does not feel like she can ever have the prince. Things did pick up and I felt that book seemed more original the further I read. I love how Jude Deveraux slips a little paranormal aspect into most of her books - at least the ones that I have had a chance to read. This book was no exception. Nothing like a little time travel to keep things interesting.

    All in all, I found this to be an enjoyable romance. I am sure that I will be reading the final book in the trilogy as soon as it becomes available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    I absolutely love everything about this book! Couldn't put it do

    I absolutely love everything about this book! Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    Wonderful! Once again, Jude Devereaux has done it again. The

    Wonderful!


    Once again, Jude Devereaux has done it again. The love story of Toby and Graydon was a real page turner. For those of you that are true JD fans, you will love the way other stories and characters are pulled into this story. Thanks again Jude, keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    read true love in paperback would like to know if for all time w

    read true love in paperback would like to know if for all time will be in paperback?

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