I was enthralled, enraptured and thoroughly entertained by “True Love” and cannot wait until this series continues. There are just so many possibilities to be had in Nantucket. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
Jude Deveraux, the New York Times 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.
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I have thoroughly fallen in love with Nantucket and the inhabitants of this island. Jude Deveraux brought to life, not only the modern-day version of this little island, but the history and people whose ancestors settled there and lived their lives and beyond there. She had me in the Prologue and didn’t let me go until the Epilogue. Then she had me wanting more of Jared and Alix and the rest of the Kingsley and Montgomery families.
To do a synopsis of “True Love” would be long and complicating. There are so many wonderful and colorful characters interspersed throughout the story. Yes, the main story is about Jared and Alix, but you can’t do justice to this book without mentioning Caleb, Victoria, Ken, Jilly, Lexie and Toby. Then there is Valentina and Parthenia, Aunt Addy, Dr. Huntley … you really need to figure out who is alive and who is dead – you have to figure out who is reincarnated and who isn’t. I was enthralled, enraptured and thoroughly entertained by “True Love” and cannot wait until this series continues. There are just so many possibilities to be had in Nantucket.
And, “True Love” is a true love story. A love that was two hundred and two years in the making. She threw in a little mystery, made the woman as strong as the men and brought Nantucket to life to the point where you could picture the white picket fences, you felt like you were at the Daffodil Festival and could see the chapel as it was being built.
It’s a story about a starry-eyed girl meeting the man that she most greatly admired. It’s a story about a man who doesn’t want to be up on that pedestal but can’t find the woman who would complete him, understand him or just accept him for being who he is and not his money or his stature in the community. It’s a story about how the past can haunt you, but in a good way, and bring the past and the present together to make it a wonderful and exciting story. Oh, how I would love to meet Caleb and hear his booming, enchanting voice. Did I fall in love with Jared? Of course I did. He’s not a macho, he-man. He’s down to earth, loving, caring and has a sense of humor that is unbelievable. Well, I guess you would have to have one living with the ghost of your great-great-great-great-great grandfather and hearing the stories of your family through the ages; of being in the company of the ever-extravagant Victoria; of being 14 years old and knowing that you were the “Seventh” and it was up to you to carry-on the Kingsley name and legacy. He’s a strong man, with a strong mind who meets an even stronger woman who can and will put him in his place. His only regret is that he has promised to keep secrets away from his Alix and he has to wonder if she will run screaming when she hears the truth or just accept everything at face-value.
And, there’s a wedding. One we actually get to go to! The story doesn’t end with the proposal as most stories do. There’s the proposal, the wedding and the HEA – for more than one person and with some twists.. This totally had me excited since we never hear what the bride wears or the vows that they give to each other.
This is not an “easy” read, you have to pay attention so that you understand who is who today, who is who in the past, and how the past two hundred and two years tie the present together. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. I smiled throughout it, even when Jared was being an ass and Victoria was being mean-spirited. But, I couldn’t wait to see how everything turned out in the end.