True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #1)

True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #1)

by Jude Deveraux
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True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #1) by Jude Deveraux

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
 
“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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345541819
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 128,818
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Connecticut

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1947

Place of Birth:

Fairdale, Kentucky

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True Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True Love is a brilliantly developed tale! Basked in the history of the beautiful ghost ridden island of Nantucket, you can't help but fall in love with the island, characters and the story Jude Deveraux wove for us to enjoy. Drenched in family bonds, you have the feeling of homecoming as you turn the pages. Superb story of love, friends, happiness and home! Don't miss your chance to take a trip to Nantucket, you'll be glad you came! Alix is not too thrilled about spending one year in a beautiful old home in Nantucket--an arrangement in the will of a woman she hasn't seen since she was four years old--but since it came on the heels of a nasty breakup with her boyfriend and she's just graduated architectural school, she figures why not. World famous architect/womanizer Jared Montgomery Kingsley is temporarily staying in the guesthouse, waiting to inherit the mansion after Alix's year is up. Jared doesn't want to be a hero; he just wants to be "a guy." Let me add here that Jared doesn't know he's one of THOSE Montgomerys, and doesn't meet his extended family for the first time until halfway through the book. He's much more concerned with the Kingsley side of the family, which includes a ghost, a legacy, and a mystery. If you like this author, then you will like this book. It is a love story as well and it will touch your heart.Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite romance authors. Her characters are fun, intriguing, and usually get themselves into some kind of trouble.  The people in this trilogy come from all different backgrounds, and the Nantucket setting is the perfect backdrop for these stories. I'm anxiously awaiting to see which couple the next book focuses on.       
Traann More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me nearly a week to read this book. Normally, when I read a JD novel, I can't put it down. This time I felt the opposite. It was a chore to read this to its conclusion. There was no real chemistry to the main characters. I found myself more interested in the supporting characters.
suzie32 More than 1 year ago
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.
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
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.
Dommo More than 1 year ago
I like this book fine but felt it didn't need to be as long as it is. Also I wasn't truly convinced that a character like Jared Montgomery would fall madly in love with Alix Madsen. I felt her character wasn't as developed as some of the others. I did like the relationship between Jared and his ghostly grandfather Caleb. I also like the vivid strokes Ms. Devereaux gives to the island of Nantucket. Overall, I do recommend the book and will read the 2nd in the series. The authored has piqued my interest in reading about Toby and her partnered groomsman (can't recall his name!).
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to get to read any story that has the Taggert & Montgomery family in it. I just didn't fall slap dab in love with these two as I have ALL the rest in the series. I'm taking about goin all the way back to The Dutchess & The Maiden! I was starved for it, I loved em so much. Still do. Do u remember Judith& Gavin?! Raine? Come on, we need that strong & pasionate of chariters back. I've loved Jude Deverax since 85! So I do exspect the BEST. Rhop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me escape from stress and become immersed in the lives of the characters within the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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"Now fu.ck me"
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Love across the ages.
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[June 21, 2015] Name:Alice L. Age:17 Birthday:unknown  Gender:Female Species: Human Looks:Long layered blonde hair that covers her ears, it is normally worn down and is straight, it reaches her lower back. Her side bangs cover her right eye((It's a slight emo style-> long bangs that are slightly layered)) She has a black headband with a large bow on the right side((if You're facing her)). Cream-colored skin with a skinny, petite figure. Bright blue enchanting eyes and a cute button nose. Short about 5'0"-5'1"((closer to 5'1")). Wears a light blue cold shoulder dress with a sweetheart neckline that has a small amount of lace around the edges, the dress has a flare skirt that has ruffles on the bottom it ends at the upper thigh. She has a white waist under bust corset with straps and at the top in the middle there is a bow. The flare skirt is the same light blue as the rest of the dress but a large portion of the middle in the front is white. Her tongue is pierced. Wears blue nail polish on occasion. Wears a black choker, and a bracelet on her left upper arm ((below the cold shoulder sleeve)) it has a the four card symbols. She has black and white striped tights and black combat boots. Personality: She is relatively innocent and nice, she has a dark side that only a few people have ever seen. Can be stubborn but is generally cheerful. She is shy and more or less keeps to herself but is talkative with friends. Easy to blush in certain situations. Weapons/powers: Her favorite way to kill involves poisons some of which cause hallucinations. She uses her kind nature to lure people into a false sense of safety and when she poisons them they tend to see terrifying demons and die slowly and painfully((this is only to those who she has a job to kill and she has poisons that are fast acting)). She makes the poisons herself. Along with the poisons she has throwing daggers as well as as a hunting knife for combat and quicker kills they are still poisoned blades. She keeps a potion that allows her to shrink ((to help with sneaking around)) and grow((to help with larger opponents)). Pet peeves /dislikes: The Red Queen, god-mods, forced social situations. Likes:Drawing/Arts, animals, poison making, exploring, knife throwing, her buddehs, her cat. Pet: The Cheshire cat. Friends:You know who you are. Enemies: Doesn't have any, yet. ~Okay that is all for now. Anything you wish to know just ask.~ Thanks for reading. 
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I have been a HUGE fan of Jude Devereux for over 15 years. She is one of my FAVORITE WRITERS!! Books like Remembrance & A Knight In Shining Armor are some of the best stories I have EVER read, and I have read thousands! I LOVE HER BOOKS!!!! With this being said, I must say that I was very disappointed with this book. There was just too much going on! Too many characters and side stories. This story was also sort of boring. I was so sick of hearing about architectural features and house plans, that I actually started skipping big chunks of the book! This book was just not up to Ms. Devereux's usual standard of excellence.
MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
I have loved and enjoyed every Jude Deveraux novel I have ever read. But not this one.  It took me weeks to get through it as I just was not that interested in it to pick it up that often.  The story was long and drawn out.  Trying to keep remembering who was who reincarnated was tiresome.  Sorry, but I cannot recommend this one.