Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: For All Time by Jude Deveraux

For All Time
A Nantucket Brides Novel
by Jude Deveraux

Ballantine Books
978-0345541826
currently in stores
hardcover, ebook, CD audio, audible audio
Romance
400 pages

Grade: A

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from GoodReads:
The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.

But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantucket for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.

But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

~ My Thoughts ~
This is book two of a trilogy and brings back the Taggert/Montgomery families. It was nice to see familiar people while being introduced to new characters (of course, now I want to go back and re-read the series). Disclaimer: I loved book one! ;-)

Book one of the trilogy was True Love and ends with the wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery. I tell you this because For All Time starts at the wedding. There is a little bit at the end of book one where we were introduced to Jarad's cousins Graydon and his twin but I haven't read enough yet to know how it is brought up in book two.

off to read . . . .

I forgot to mention there were places where the characters of book one spent time in the past. This is NOT a paranormal but some of the characters spent time at a significant event in the past that helped with the current time. Oh, I guess that's the "magical" part spoken of above.

Now I'm off to read . . .

Have you ever wanted to re-read a book you just put down? I was going to be all funny and say something about the sun coming up but I'm still sniffling.

The story stands as a complete and satisfying story all on its own. Yes there are overlaps from book one. The story doesn't quite end yet it does and I can see the beginning of book three. The only thing you need to know, and it is mentioned several times, is that the woman who can tell the twins apart is the woman he should marry. In a previous novel the twins had won "most alike" awards but the girl could still tell one from the other and she didn't know he had a twin!

There were lots of "I've got to tell them that" places but some of them would have been spoilers and as I have an uncorrected proof, I've been asked not to quote without checking the published work.

So what can I tell you? Well. . . . . it's Jude Deveraux. It's the next generation of the Taggert and Montgomery families. Royalty is involved. So is a virgin main character. Poor Toby goes back in time several times and has sex with Grayson but she spends most of the book as a virgin. um, was that a spoiler? ;-)

This is a case of both characters being who'd you want your children to marry. Heck, you'd want your children to be them. They are fun, caring, responsible, loyal and honorable. Both of them putting the needs of others before themselves. I've fallen in love with the characters and Nantucket,  I"m adding this series to my list of fictional places I'd like to live. Yes I know there really is a Nantucket but the real life island doesn't have the families on it.

I'm very disappointed that I have to wait for the next book.


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of GoodReads and Barnes and Noble.


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1 comment:

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Yay for awesome reads! Glad you enjoyed it so much. Hope time flies and the next one gets here soon for ya :)

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