For All Time (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #2)

For All Time (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #2)

by Jude Deveraux

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ISBN-13: 9780345541833
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 4,061
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Connecticut

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1947

Place of Birth:

Fairdale, Kentucky

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Chapter One

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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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For All Time: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
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. Graydon Montgomery is the Crown Prince of Lanconia. He has come to Nantucket with his twin, Rory, for the wedding of Jared Montgomery Kingsley to Alix Madsen (Book 1 in the series, True Love.) He's immediately smitten with bridesmaid Toby Wyndam, who has simply never found a man worthy of tempting her into a love affair. However, Graydon is engaged-to-be-engaged to an appropriate lady in Lanconia. Graydon immediately tells Toby who he is, thankfully, so there's none of this "I have to tell you something..." later. They start out as friends. Graydon arranges to stay on Nantucket for a week while his twin pretends to be him back home. As Graydon and Toby get to know each other better, they are swept back into the past to fix a two-hundred-year-old love affair that ended in tragedy.  Well worth the read, highly recommend it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on this book because you must like paranormal to care for the book I think if they left that out and added more of toby and graydon relationship it would have been better in some way it was hard to follow because og it,,,,,,!,,,,,,,,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
afritt More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love the transition from present to past and the history of Montgomery Taggert family on Nantucket. The story she tells of love and how it transcends through time when soul mates miss their love match opportunity in the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was fun with romance, comedy and drama all rolled into one. Toby the main female character was a likable, strong woman. I could not help liking her. Nice, easy read. I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate the continously jumping from present to centuries ago.
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I loved it!
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It didn't seem like a Jude Deveraux had anything to do with the writing of this book. The book was boring and very disjointed. The writing was poor and the flashbacks/time travel was annoying. There were lines in the book that actually read like a bad play... i do not recommend this book...so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Walks in yawning as Cheshire runs ahead of her*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Walks in with Cheshire on her shoulder*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mess with our powers"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*i smile back* (i am going to be gone for a while but i will bbl. Sorry.)
Chesque More than 1 year ago
Love this series based on Nantucket. Fun easy reading thoroughly enjoyable . I love this author's style of writing. Awaiting book 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent read from my favorite author. Can't wait until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beginning of what I hope is a wonderful series of books. I read the earlier series of Montgomery - Taggart books. They were keepers too. You know the books you hang on to so you can reread them again at a later date because you enjoy the first read so much! I highly recommend this book as a great and entertaining story. SQ
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed the story..the characters...but not the going back in time part of the book, which was a major part of the story....not a paranormal fan...but i still read every word...and tried to keep up with who was who and what was really going on....toby and graydon had a lot to overcome...time, history, and family...but true love will win if you really believe...
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