“AUTHOR: Deveraux, Jude
“AUTHOR: Deveraux, Jude
TITLE: True Love
Date Read: 10/26/13
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Romance/2013/Ballantine/454 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 Nantucket Brides
TIME/PLACE: Nantucket Island/Present
CHARACTERS: Alix Madsen/recent architecture grad Jared Montgomery/architect
FIRST LINES: Alix continued weeping as Izzy handed her one chocolate after another.
COMMENTS: Start of a trilogy w/ a wonderful setting of Nantucket Island. In this first book the main characters are both architects and we learn a lot about the homes and history of the island through them and their craft. Jared is in his mid-30's and a very well-known & respected architect off-island. Alix is a recent grad, altho' her talent is on the same level since she has been studying, living-breathing architecture since she was a child. Alix and Jared are well-matched and not only do they have immediate bonds via their love of architecture but they also both have a history that transcends the present day into previous lives.
“This is vintage Deveraux...a good! read; reminds me of the Kinght in Shining
Armour. I have moved away from reading straight romance, but with this novel was thoroughly entertained, complete with the paranormal element. Nothing like a great escape, a good story and intriguing characters...and there are a raft of them. Cannot wait for the next installment.”
“A bit too long, not as romantic as her other books. The writing was just OK, very basic at times. I didn't love it as much as some of her other books. ”Rose M wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really loved Deveraux's Edilean series and whipped through those. This one not so much. I found that it dragged in places and I just could not get involved in the characters. The true test for me is when I am done a novel, if I can't pick up a another one for the rest of the day because I am sorry to have seen the story end, that's a great novel. With this one, I started a new book just as soon as I put this one down. I don't think I will continue with this series as the new books come out.”Dana wrote this review Friday, August 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“More than one story muddles the plot. Deveraux uses: "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" for one of the sub-plots. There are multiple references to the Taggert and Montgomery families as they are either supporting characters, or descendants.
There is only one love scene between the romantic leads. ”
“Did not think I would like this -- ghosts, etc. - but I did. Jude D. is just a great writer, and apparently could make anything interesting. Loved it. ”Linda S wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Right a few confessions, I am the least romantic guy around, when I last tried to be romantic I was 18 years old and it backfired on me! Not bothered since. My other example in life, my father, the only time he bought my mother flowers was at her funeral. Then she always stated that after 42 years of marriage, if he turned up with flowers she would suspect he had done something he wanted to own up to. So yeah I could do with all the help and tips I can get.
Many people tend to look down on romance writers as if it is not literary proficient to be mentioned or be seen with. Come on when was the last time you saw a romance novel reviewed in a newspaper?? Let’s be honest they must be doing something right these romance writers, they shift plenty of copies and look at what it did for Barbara Cartland it kept her in pink taffeta. You see plenty of romance novels being sold at railway stations and airports usually in the hands of a lady, and never in the hands of a hairy arsed short fat bald headed bloke like me!
Crime, yeah I read it, fantasy yeah that too, history, sports books even the Bible but romance no not me! Its girls stuff all mushy rubbish girl sees boy, falls in love they marry and live happily ever after. But when you break down crime it is someone gets murdered, a defective detective finds out whom the villain is and arrests them.
So Headline Eternal sent me True Love by Jude Deveraux and a few others to get my teeth in to. So what can I say about my first experience of romantic writing and reading, I loved it. Yeah this hairy arsed bloke actually enjoyed the book.
True Love is well written great story great characters a ghost or two and great setting. Yeah there is the mixture of reincarnation on a number of levels whether it is people or buildings, but it is enjoyable.
Alix our heroine has been left in a will a year’s stay in Kingsley House in Nantucket, not your standard island, an historic island off the coast of north east USA where there is a mixture of old and new money and beautiful people. The person who will eventually inherit the house, Jared Montgomery Kingsley is not impressed at all.
Alix has just graduated and putting her architectural portfolio together and has just finished with her boyfriend when she arrives on the ferry at Nantucket. She falls in love with the place and the house that she is to live in for the next year. She finds out that the house she is living in is the home of her architectural hero, Jared Montgomery or Kingsley as he is known on Nantucket. She is inspired and builds a model chapel and many drawings. Both Jared and Alix eventually get their act together (so no spoilers here read it yourself) and fall in love and work together.
Captain Caleb our family friendly ghost is cajoling the pair together in planning a wedding for Alix’s best friend Izzy and they build the chapel that Alix has designed for the wedding. Which in turn leads to the discovery of a long lost journal to help with the family history and the search for Caleb’s lost love Valentina.
It is Alix’s mother who eventually pushes Jared towards marrying Alix, who will be married in the chapel she designed build by her father and husband to be. At the wedding there are a large number of reincarnated members of the Kingsley family and we eventually find out the story of Caleb and Valentina.
It would be so easy to so easy to mention the plot of the story but I think that would destroy the enjoyment of reading True Love and you do find that the final sentence of the book sums up the novel “You will wait for True Love forever”.
Would I recommend the book yes I would, it is a true unisex book, it is not just for women. So if you are in a book shop or can log on buy it today!
“Got a sample on Kindle.”Clasyl wrote this review Tuesday, July 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Adelaide Kingsley, the matriarch of a nineteenth-century home, has just passed away. Her family has always left the Kingsley Nantucket home to the oldest son, but Adelaide has given the home one year to Alix Madsen...someone who isn’t even family.
Alix Madsen doesn’t understand why the Kingsley’s have given her their home and why both her parents are pushing her to take a year in the beautiful old house. The truth is Alix has been kept in the dark most of her life about her and her parents lives on Nantucket Island.
Alix is an up and coming architech, right out of school and it just so happens that she dreams of working for Jared Kingsley...the same Jared that was suppose to inherit the Kingsley home she now has possession of.
There is also a matter of a quirky 5 times great grandfather ghost in residence at the Kingsley home, a ghost with his own agenda. Only the male family members have been able to see the Captain through out their lives but when Alix visited the Kingsley home at the age of 4 she developed a relationship with the Captain/ghost.
Alix and Jared discover that their lives have been connected for years. Passions ignite and life will never be the same on this cozy island off the USA eastern seaboard.
A quirky and fun romance with a paranormal twist, 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!
This ARC copy of True Love was given to me by Random House - Ballantine Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on July 2, 2013.
Written by: Jude Deveraux
Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Age Recommendation: 17+
Genre: Romance Contemporary Paranormal”
“Loved this story,it is a true romance and I haven't read one of those in years as they became esoteric for me. I loved the storyline,the characters in the book,humor,adventure and romance,I also loved the twists and turns of this story because all is not as it seems ! I also love the fact that Alix and Jared had to work for their happy ending”RUTH GUTSCHER wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No