True Love [NOOK Book]

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Jude Deveraux, the bestselling author of unforgettable romance, returns with a breathtaking first book in a fantastic new series—the Nantucket Brides trilogy. Set on the magical Massachusetts island, True Love introduces characters from a new generation of Montgomery-Taggerts, the beloved family from Deveraux’s classic novels.
 
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Jude Deveraux, the bestselling author of unforgettable romance, returns with a breathtaking first book in a fantastic new series—the Nantucket Brides trilogy. Set on the magical Massachusetts island, True Love introduces characters from a new generation of Montgomery-Taggerts, the beloved family from Deveraux’s classic novels.
 
Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.
 
But unseen forces move behind the scenes, creaking Kingsley House’s ancient floorboards. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a rather specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. If that wasn’t troubling enough, Alix must deal with the arrogant (and extremely good-looking) architect Jared Montgomery, who is living in the property’s guesthouse.
 
Unbeknown to Alix, Jared has been charged with looking after her while she lives on the island—an easy task for him, considering the undeniable chemistry between the two. But Jared harbors secrets of his own, which, if revealed, may drive a wedge between the pair.
 
With a glorious Nantucket wedding on the horizon, sparks fly, and the ghosts of the past begin to reveal themselves—some of them literally. Finding their lives inextricably entwined with the turbulent fortunes of their ancestors, Alix and Jared discover that only by righting the wrongs of the past can they hope to be together.
 
Praise for True Love
 
“Jude Deveraux’s Nantucket Brides series will sweep you away. A beautiful island, a sexy man, and plenty of secrets—this is a wonderful writer at her best.”—Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author of Three Sisters
 
“A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end.”—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Escape
 
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
 
“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

“A novel about star-crossed love, life, death and reincarnation . . . a romantic story of love so deep it survives centuries.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Alix Madsen is an architecture graduate student, but she might be best described as a conscientious multi-tasker. While studying for exams at a charming 18th century Nantucket manor, she finds time to help plan her best friend's wedding, uncover the secrets of recently discovered journals, and slip deep into a crush on a handsome, sexy tenant. With its closely woven plot threads, the first novel of Jude Deveraux's Nantucket Brides Trilogy keeps you enthralled.

Library Journal
Deveraux returns to the Montgomerys and the Taggerts who have peopled her beloved novels. But here we meet the next generation, as Deveraux launches a new trilogy, set on enchanting Nantucket.
Publishers Weekly
Recent architecture school graduate Alix Madsen takes a year to live on Nantucket, Mass., where she plans to recover from a bad breakup, study for her exams, and prepare a portfolio. While she loves the island, her head truly gets turned when she realizes that she’ll be living in close proximity to famed architect Jared Montgomery. Super-sexy Jared has no interest in serving as anyone’s mentor, but he’s drawn to Alix’s talent and beauty. As their relationship builds, Jared concedes that he knows more about Alix’s ties to Nantucket than she herself understands. As family and friends gather for Alix’s best friend’s upcoming wedding, old souls may be reuniting in modern bodies, putting a reincarnation twist on the contemporary beach read. Deveraux (Moonlight Masquerade) masterfully brings together two kindred spirits, giving readers lots of reasons to look forward to the next installments in the planned Nantucket Brides trilogy. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (July)
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Praise for True Love
 
“Jude Deveraux’s Nantucket Brides series will sweep you away. A beautiful island, a sexy man, and plenty of secrets—this is a wonderful writer at her best.”—Susan Mallery
 
“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
 
“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

“A novel about star-crossed love, life, death and reincarnation . . . a romantic story of love so deep it survives centuries.”—Kirkus Reviews

Wonderful praise for Jude Deveraux
 
“Another guilty-pleasure romance of suspense that will hook readers and leave them with a smile.”—Booklist, on Scarlet Nights
 
“Deveraux has a sure hand evoking plucky heroines, dastardly villains and irresistible heroes. . . . The pace moves quickly and the romance sparks with enough voltage to keep readers turning pages.”—Publishers Weekly, on Days of Gold
 
“Jude Deveraux knows what her readers want . . . quick dialogue, interesting settings, and plot twists . . . She’s brought romance with a touch of class.”—Deseret Morning News, on Lavender Morning

Kirkus Reviews
A novel about star-crossed love, life, death and reincarnation. This is the first in the author's planned Nantucket Brides trilogy. The book opens with the renowned architect Jared Montgomery Kingsley having a conversation with the ghost of his ancestor Caleb, who died 200 years earlier. Jared has been able to see and hear him since he was a child. Jared's aunt Addy, recently deceased, has left him the old family mansion on Nantucket, with the condition that a young woman named Alix be allowed to live there for one year. Alix is the daughter of a couple who visited Addy before they divorced and helped Jared when he lost his parents as a teenager. The father, Ken, was an architect who, noticing Jared's talent for designing and building things, directed him away from potential delinquency and into what became a great career. The mother, Victoria, was a popular novelist who published many best-sellers and was able to pay for Jared's education. Victoria often returned to the house in Nantucket to read the old journals she found there, which proved helpful in plotting her novels. Alix, who followed in her father's footsteps and studied architecture in college, knew about the great Jared Montgomery and was awed, even a bit enamored of him, so she is both excited and frightened by the prospect of meeting him in Nantucket. As the plot develops, we discover that Ken and Victoria had other connections to Jared's family. By the end, several star-crossed couples find each other again in new lives. A romantic story of love so deep it survives centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345541802
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 5,710
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-one New York Times bestsellers to date, including Moonlight in the Morning and A Knight in Shining Armor. 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.

Good To Know

Deveraux began her career as a fifth-grade teacher.

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Chapter One

Alix continued weeping as Izzy handed her one chocolate after another. So far it had been two doughnuts, one of those flat bars of sixty percent cocoa, a whole Toblerone, and a Kit Kat. If this kept on Alix was going to start in on chocolate chip cookies, which meant Izzy would join her and would probably gain ten pounds and not fit into her wedding dress. Wasn’t that above and beyond the call of friendship?

They were on the fast ferry that went from Hyannis to Nantucket, sitting at one of the tables by the snack bar. All sorts of delicious, fattening things were within their reach.

Alix had done well in the last few weeks as she and Izzy finished their final semester of architecture school. On the last day before summer break, they’d turned in their projects, and as always, Alix had been praised by the teacher to the point of embarrassment.

It was that night that Alix’s boyfriend had broken up with her. Dropped her flat. Eric said he had a different plan for his life.

After the disastrous date, Alix went straight to Izzy’s apartment. When the knock came, Izzy and her fiancé, Glenn, had been snuggled on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn. She wasn’t in the least surprised when Alix told her what happened—she’d even prepared for it by having two quarts of chocolate caramel ice cream in the freezer.

Glenn kissed Alix on the forehead. “Eric is a stupid man,” he’d said before heading off to bed.

Izzy thought she’d be in for a whole night of misery, but an hour later Alix was asleep on their couch. In the morning, she was quiet. “I guess I better go pack,” she said. “Now there’s no reason for me not to go.” She was referring to spending a year on the island of Nantucket. A few years before, right after Izzy had met Glenn—and she’d immediately known she was going to marry him—the girls had made a pact. After their last semester of school, they would take a year off before going job seeking. Izzy wanted time to just be a wife and to think about what she wanted to do with her life.

Alix had always known that she wanted to prepare a portfolio of designs that she’d present to a possible employer. Since most students went directly from school to a job, all they had to show was the work they’d done for assignments, all heavily influenced by the likes and dislikes of a teacher. Alix wanted to show her own work, all of it original.

When Alix was told of the year in Nantucket, she had been reluctant. Going somewhere she knew no one was too much. And then there was Eric. Could their relationship stand so much separation? Alix began to come up with excuses for why she couldn’t go, starting with Izzy needing her for the wedding.

But Izzy had said that this was a once in a lifetime chance and Alix had to take it. “You have to do this!”

“I don’t know,” Alix said. “Your wedding . . . Eric . . .” She shrugged.

Izzy glared at her. “Alix, it’s as though your fairy godmother waved her magic wand and gave you just what you need at exactly the right time. You must do this!”

“Think my fairy godmother has green eyes?” Alix had asked and the two of them had dissolved into laughter. Alix’s mother, Victoria, had emerald eyes. Of course she’d been behind obtaining this year of work and study for her precious daughter.

What made them sure Alix’s mother was behind the hiatus was that she’d been the one to tell Alix about the strange provision in Adelaide Kingsley’s will. Izzy had always been in awe of Victoria. Even if she weren’t internationally famous for all those wonderful, exciting books she wrote, she’d still be magnificent. For one thing, she was gorgeous. She had thick auburn hair, a figure like a Spanish soap star’s, and a personality that commanded a room. Victoria wasn’t loud, wasn’t really flamboyant, but when she entered a room everyone took notice. A hush fell over people as they stopped talking and turned to look. It was as though they felt Victoria’s presence as much as saw her.

The first time Izzy met Victoria, she wondered how Alix would react to her mother getting all the attention, but Alix was used to it. To her, that was how her mother was and she accepted it.

Of course it helped that whenever Victoria spotted her daughter entering a room, she stopped charming the people who’d gathered around her and went straight to Alix. They would link arms and turn away to some quiet corner, just the two of them.

When Alix had first been told about the contents of the will of some woman she didn’t remember, she’d said no. Yes, Alix had always planned to take a year off, but not on some isolated island.

The real problem was that she hadn’t told her mother she had a boyfriend whom she was thinking about marrying. If Eric asked, that is.

“I don’t understand,” Izzy said. “I thought you and your mom told each other everything.”

“No,” Alix said. “I said that I find out everything about her. I am very selective about what I tell her.”

“And Eric is a secret?”

“I do my best to keep my love life with any man away from my mother. If she knew about Eric, she’d be here interrogating him. He’d probably run away in terror.”

Izzy had to look away so Alix wouldn’t see her frown. She’d never liked Eric and she wished Victoria would do whatever it took to get rid of him.

After Alix had finished her designs for the last school year and made her model, she’d “helped” Eric with his. The truth was that she’d almost done his whole project for him.

After the breakup and Alix’s decision to go to Nantucket, she’d been very adult about it. “I’ll also have time to study.” To become a licensed architect, one had to take a series of truly horrific exams. “I’ll do well on the tests and make my parents proud,” Alix vowed.

Izzy thought that Alix’s parents couldn’t be more proud of her than they already were, but she didn’t say so. When Alix finally said she was going, it was her depressed, fatalistic tone that made Izzy decide that she would travel with her friend and stay in Nantucket until Alix got settled. She wanted to be there when Alix finally broke down.

It happened when they stepped onto the ferry to Nantucket. Until then there’d been so much to do to get ready for the trip that Alix hadn’t had time to brood about Eric. Her mother had covered all expenses, even shipping their luggage to the island, so the two young women would only have to deal with overnight bags. And they’d left days earlier than the original plan because Izzy was afraid Alix would see Eric again.

Alix had seemed to be doing well until the ferry pulled away from the dock. When she looked at Izzy, there were tears running down her cheeks. “I don’t understand what I did wrong.”

Since Izzy had known this was coming, she had a big Toblerone bar in her bag. “What you did wrong was to be born smarter and more talented than Eric. You intimidated the hell out of him.”

“I didn’t,” Alix said as Izzy opened the chocolate and they took a seat at a table. It was still early in the season so the big boat wasn’t packed with people. “I was always very nice to him.”

“Yeah,” Izzy said. “You were. That’s because you didn’t want to hurt his teeny tiny ego.”

“Come on,” Alix said, chewing. “He and I had some great times. He—”

“He used you!” Izzy’d had to stand back and watch Eric cuddle up to Alix while she practically did his work for him. All the other males in their classes were intimidated by her. Her father was a successful architect, her mother a celebrated writer, and, worse, Alix’s designs won every competition, every prize, and were praised by the entire school. “And what did you expect from him when you were always in the top five in your class? I thought Professor Weaver was going to kiss your feet when he saw your last project.”

“He just appreciates designs that can actually be built.”

“Well, duh. That thing Eric designed before you started helping him couldn’t have been put together by the crew that built the Sydney Opera House.”

Alix gave a small smile. “It was rather like a spaceship, wasn’t it?”

“I expected it to go into orbit at any second.”

Alix seemed to be recovering but then her eyes turned sad again. “But did you see his date at the farewell party? She was barely twenty, if that.”

“Go ahead and say it,” Izzy said. “She was dumb. Really stupid. But that’s what Eric needs for his fragile ego. To make him go up, others have to come down.”

“I don’t know if you’re a therapist or a guru.”

“Neither. I’m a woman and I see things. You’re going to be a great architect and the only way you’re going to find love is with a man who is in a completely different field.” She was speaking of her own fiancé, who sold cars. He didn’t know Pei from Corbusier from Montgomery’s latest organic masterpiece.

“Or I could find an architect who is so good he isn’t intimidated by me,” Alix said.

“Frank Lloyd Wright is dead.”

Alix gave another small smile and Izzy was encouraged to change the subject. “Didn’t you tell me there was a man living in the guesthouse of where you’re going to be staying?”

Alix sniffed as she bit into a chocolate muffin Izzy had bought for her. “The lawyer said that Miss Kingsley’s nephew is staying there and that he can answer any questions I have. Or if the house needs repair he can do it. He’s called Mr. Kingsley.”

“Oh.” Izzy’s voice showed her disappointment. “If Adelaide Kingsley was ninety-something when she died, that means her nephew is at least sixty. Maybe he’ll give you a ride on his electric scooter.”

“Don’t make me laugh.”

“I’m trying to. Is it working?”

“Yes,” Alix said, “it is.” She looked toward the snack bar. “Do they have any chocolate chip cookies?”

Groaning, Izzy silently cursed Eric the ex-boyfriend. As she went to the counter she muttered, “If I gain weight, I’m going to put hair gel in all his glue. His models will fall apart.” She was smiling as she took four big plastic-wrapped cookies out of a basket and paid for them.

By the time the ferry docked, Alix had stopped crying, but she still looked like a martyr about to be led to a stake.

Izzy, full of cookies and hot chocolate—she couldn’t let Alix eat alone—had never been to Nantucket and she was looking forward to seeing the place. With their big leather bags (gifts from Victoria) over their shoulders, they stepped onto a long, wide wooden wharf. Little shops that looked like they used to be fishermen’s shacks were filled with shirts with tasteful logos of Nantucket on them. She would have liked to stop to buy her fiancé some caps and sweatshirts but Alix was plowing on, chin up, eyes straight ahead, looking at nothing, just walking.

Izzy saw some kids come around a corner, ice cream cones in their hands. Maybe if she could get Alix settled with a cone, she could do some shopping.

“This way!” Izzy called and Alix followed her. There was a little ice cream place on the edge of the wharf and Izzy sent Alix inside. “Butter pecan for me,” Izzy said.
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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    True Love by Jude Deveraux is the first book in her Nantucket Br

    True Love by Jude Deveraux is the first book in her Nantucket Brides Trilogy.  It is set on the Island of Nantucket off of Massachusetts and after reading the book I think I need to visit Nantucket.  Jude paints such a vivid picture of the Island and its residents I feel as if I had been there and met all of it’s full time residents.




    The story revolves around Alix Madsen, an architectural student who has just finished school and is getting ready to take her certification tests, and Jared Montgomery Kingsley, a world renowned architect who is uncomfortable with Alix moving into his ancestral home and becoming his new neighbor for the next year.  He is torn between being attracted to her and not wanting another “fan” following him around, treating him like a superstar.  Alix and Jared finally come to an agreement and that allows the relationship to unfold.




    If you are a Jude Deveraux fan you will not be disappointed, in fact, you will be thrilled, excited, enchanted and grateful to be reading another of her books that centers around the next generation of the Montgomery and Taggert families.  True Love brings us right back into a story that involves a Montgomery cousin and a family ghost.  There is a mystery to solve, danger to overcome, secrets, tension between Alix and Jared and a wedding to plan.




    This book sets up the next book in the trilogy and I guessing it will be about Toby and Grayson, Crown Prince of Laconia, who meet at the end of the story.  You don’t have to read all the books in the series but the family history adds to the richness of the characters and excites you with looking for your favorites to show up and behave in a way you remember.  It is like attending a family reunion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    For over two hundred years a lonely spirit has waited to reunite

    For over two hundred years a lonely spirit has waited to reunite with his lost love. Caleb was lost at sea when he tried to sail home to his lady. Now he haunts the Nantucket family home waiting for her return. Adelaide Kingsley was the owner of the home and in her will she left a stipulation that Alixandra Madsen (who visited the house as a child) be allowed to live there for one year and try to solve the mystery of Valentina Montgomery's disappearance (who was Caleb's love). Only then can the true heir, Jared Montgomery Kingsley, take possesion of the house. This lively tale has a host of characters that one assumes will be seen again in the next two books of this series, The Nantucket Brides. Alix and Jared's story has a lot of twists and turns with a pleasant surprise ending. Ms. Deveraux has done it again. This one is a winner and I look forward to the next two stories in the Bride series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Hi

    Hi percabeth here anyone seen saph i need to ta

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    When Alix finds herself the resident of a haunted Nantucket mans

    When Alix finds herself the resident of a haunted Nantucket mansion for a year after a nasty break-up, she has no idea how much her life is going to change.  Charged with solving a 200-year-old mystery, Alix is charmed by the island as well as the house's ghostly inhabitant.  Then there's the guy in the guest house, Jared, who just happens to be Alix's hero.  Why does the ghost of Captain Caleb still walk?  Can Alix solve the mystery of what happened to Caleb's beloved Valentina while at the same time opening her own heart to love with Jared?  Will true love truly conquer all?

    I had read some of Jude Deveraux's books many years ago but drifted away from that genre.  I was very pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got caught up in this story.  It has so many elements that I enjoy in a good read--romance, mystery, humor, and just enough paranormal happenings to spice things up.  I enjoyed all the descriptions of Nantucket, although I do think that too much time was spent describing all the meals they characters ate (it's a wonder they could still fit into their clothes with all that rich food they ate!).  All of the family connections were a bit hard to keep up with, but I imagine they will be expanded upon in future volumes.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Perfect

    This book helped me escape from stress and become immersed in the lives of the characters within the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    very rarely have i ever been disappointed with Jude Deveraux's b

    very rarely have i ever been disappointed with Jude Deveraux's books!! This one was wonderful, was so glad to be reunited with the montgomerys and the taggerts can't wait for the next one!!!

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

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    Jude is Back!!! I could not put this book down. I was so excited

    Jude is Back!!! I could not put this book down. I was so excited to see her writing about the Montgomery family again. She won me over with the Velvet Series. All her books that had the Taggarts and the Montgomery were my favorite. It is visiting with family members when you read them. I look forward to more of this series. Thank you for going back to the stories that you made us all fall in love with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Serene

    .....

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    It was fantastic

    I always love the way she includes the older characters in her new books. The Montgomerys and the Taggarts go way back to the early books. I could hardly put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    I really like Jude Deveraux. I have all but a couple of her firs

    I really like Jude Deveraux. I have all but a couple of her first books. So it upsets me that I don't "feel" this book as I have her other books. I like her strong, don't mess with me characters. I like the Nantucket story setting. I really like getting her Taggerts and Montgomerys together again. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect that is the heart of the story. What spoils this book for me is the 200+year story line of people with the same name. I understand and without this running through the story it wouldn't be another awesome book for Jude. I just got tired of going back to read over passages so I knew which generation I was reading about. This is only "my" opinion. You may like and get it quicker than I did. Please don't pass on this book because of me. Jude is a great author with another great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Dylan

    She moved up reluctently, kissing his chest (gtgtb)

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    Posted March 31, 2014

    Keaton

    Started to rub your pu.ssy k

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

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    I loved the setting and characters in this romance that reminded

    I loved the setting and characters in this romance that reminded me why I like Jude Deveraux's books. 

    True Love is the first book in Jude Deveraux's Nantucket Bride trilogy, and if it is any indication of what is to come, I know I will be reading the other two books in the trilogy. In fact, as I read this book, I thought it would be perfect for a series or trilogy, and I have already picked out which couples I hope the other books are about. Truthfully, I think that there is enough here to support more than just a trilogy. 




    The book takes place on Nantucket Island, which is interesting enough in itself. I loved the way the Jude Deveraux described the history, geography, sights, and people of Nantucket Island. I hope to visit there one day, and her descriptions only fueled that fire. In addition, a place with all the tradition and history of Nantucket is certainly a good backdrop for a romance story. Add to this a love story which includes not only the two characters who are falling in love, but a 200-year-old mystery complete with a ghost who has been around since the mystery started, all of which is blended together to make a truly interesting read. 




    The characters in this book were easy to become involved with. I could truly feel the love and attraction between the main characters, Alix and Jared, and loved the instant connection they developed. A number of the supporting characters also caught my interest. I think my favorite by far was Alix's mother, Victoria. Being a famous author allowed her to get away with quite a bit, but I loved the way that Jude Deveraux let you see inside the character. The fact that she was willing to look and act like a diva to actually benefit others was an interesting insight. As I said above, there were several of the supporting characters that I would love to read more about. And not just about their romantic lives, but about what makes them who they are. I hope that Victoria, Caleb, Ken, Jilly, Roger, Lexie, Toby and others show up in future books. As I said, it seems to me that there is more here than just what will fit in a trilogy, and I could happily read about the Kingsleys and Montgomerys for a while. 




    The bottom line is that this book is a win for me, and that I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, or as far as Jude Deveraux goes with these characters. While I am no stranger to Jude Deveraux's books, it has been quite a few years since I have read one, but this book reminded me of why I used to enjoy them so much. 




    I would like to thank Melissa Bo's Tours, Ballantine Books, and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my review and for including me in the blog tour for this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Shaun

    Smiles and liftsher above his ead. I know! Gtg school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Tris

    Hi

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    Jude is a master storyteller. In this book she returns to the Mo

    Jude is a master storyteller. In this book she returns to the Montgomerys and the Taggerts, all of whom I adore. This will not disappoint!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    My crush: part 1 respond to livvy

    I opened the school door. I took a deep breath as the wind blew softly in my face. I walked in to the building half expecting my crush was standing behind the door. I hit him! I thought with a pain face. He realized my face and dropped to the floor. I'm a monster! i quietly whisper to myself. He noticed the words slip from my mouth. He chuckled and looked down. I bit down on my bottom lip trying not to laugh. I held out a hand to pull him up. But instead he pulled me down and i landed on his lap. Seeing his black long hair gorgeous chrystal blue eyes. He pulled me against his body. And whispered, "I won't bite" he muttered. We both got up and he dust himself off. He pushed me against the wall. His hands on the either side of me. He bit his lip and shook his a little. He opened his eyes and smiled. He turned away and walked as i saw him i melted to the floor. Like i was glued to the ground. My body stiffened and my legs tumbled. I licked my upper lip to the sight of his cute but.t. byyeee luv livvy respond to me i will post this at res 1 the second part. Bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Fascinating story

    I enjoyed this story immensely. The descriptions of Nantucket make it so real and the ghosts became very believable. Jude Deveraux develops her characters so well that I find I want to read more about them. However, this is a stand alone novel so that's that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Cry

    *changes into some sweatpant and cuddles with you on the couch. My eyes start to drift and I fall asleep.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Rayne to Cry*****

    Im at res three

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