Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Scoop on TRUE LOVE by Jude Deveraux

The Cover


The Tease

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.


Let's Dish

Sexy, rugged multi-millionaire who is good with his hands? Sign me up! I am on my way to Nantucket, if for no other reason than to eat at Downyflake! 

This love story is very sweet on its own; but throw in a secret past, a ghostly presence, and a deadline for the death of one – maybe two – characters…you have the makings of an intriguing book.  I loved the push-pull between Jared and Alix early on, and their respective struggles. Alix has a serious case of hero worship, and Jared is locked into a promise to avoid a romantic relationship with Alix. Deveraux does an excellent job of painting a picture of Nantucket, allowing the reader to be a long standing resident, sneer at the off-islanders, and roll eyes at the summer residents, without ever setting foot on the island. I was completely captivated by the characters, left wanting more of Alix and Jared, but totally fascinated by the tease of Toby’s story – past and present!

If you have ever wanted to know the definition of “made for each other,” it is illustrated in the relationship between Alix and Jared, as they move together seamlessly from the start. Take this book with you to the beach, and dream of being on Nantucket and meeting the Captain…

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