Nantucket Bride Trilogy

Ever After (Nantucket Brides #3) By: Jude Deveraux

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Ever After (Nantucket Brides #3) By: Jude Deveraux

Plot:

Jude Deveraux’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy continues the spellbinding saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance.

Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly’s acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie’s boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively flies to Nantucket.

New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Assuming that the devastatingly handsome man has led a charmed life, Hallie is surprised by Jamie at every turn throughout his recovery. His attentions draw her out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on.

On this gorgeous island rich in history, magic is everywhere, even in Hallie’s own backyard. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a pair of matchmaking ghosts and a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of True Love destined to last forever after.

Review:

So sweet and romantic, I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I’ve read the previous two in the series, but that didn’t leave me lost or confused.

I was very weepy while reading this so I ended up crying a lot, it wasn’t overly sad, but there was a soldier with PTSD as a main character.

Loved how strong Hallie was, though when you hear about her past it’s kind of odd that she’s able to stand up to everyone all of a sudden. Maybe it’s just because she couldn’t stand up to her family but other people were okay? Either way, it didn’t bother me while reading it wasn’t until afterwards that I started to think about it. Still really liked her.

Also, I’m definitely team Taggart, I love books about the Taggart’s and Montgomery’s and I hope she give us more. There are so many of the family unpaired.

5/5

True Love

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True Love (Nantucket Bride Trilogy): By Jude Deveraux

Plot:

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

Review:

I almost didn’t make it out of the prologue. I thought she made the men say things in a way no man would ever speak. Then she threw me a curveball and I was back in the game.

Overall I like the story and I’m looking forward to the sequel. I did think her men were a little bit too feminine in how they spoke, but I could have just read too much Eve Langlais and Kristen Ashley.

I was actually really happy with this book. The last two Jude Deveraux books I read (Secrets and Lavender Morning) I really didn’t like, which made me sad because I love Jude Deveraux. I was afraid she’d entered a new phase in her writing that I was really not going to like, it doesn’t seem like that’s the case now.

It did surprise me that she’s doing a trilogy because I only remembered one other one she’d written and it wasn’t like a normal romance trilogy. Looking at her bibliography I saw that she wrote another trilogy fairly recently so I guess it’s her new way to do things. Nora Roberts has worked this way for a while so maybe she decided to try her hand at it.

I’m happy to see Deveraux back to writing the romance I love her for and I’m really looking forward to book two.

3.75/5