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True Love: Nantucket Brides Trilogy, Book 1 | [Jude Deveraux]

True Love: Nantucket Brides Trilogy, Book 1

Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming 19th-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.
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Publisher's Summary

Jude Deveraux, the New York Times best-selling 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 19th-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 200 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.

©2013 Jude Deveraux (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A novel about star-crossed love, life, death and reincarnation... a romantic story of love so deep it survives centuries." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Jude Deveraux’s Nantucket Brides series will sweep you away. A beautiful island, a sexy man, and plenty of secrets - this is a wonderful writer at her best." (Susan Mallery, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-13
    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A lovely ghost story mystery on a romantic island"
    If you could sum up True Love in three words, what would they be?

    love concurs time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Love?

    The baby diaper changing scene. Its not one I will forget though it wasn't the most romantic. Most memorable scene that is among my favorites would probably be when Alix is talking about what it was like to grow up with her mother and describing her fifth birthday party and how her mom brought a horse into their New York apartment. How she gets out of trouble for that is just so much fun!


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Tavia Gilbert is probably one of my favorite voice actresses for audiobooks. There are many series I've acquired just because she read them. I was very excited to see they got her for True Love.

    She has a way of making the story come to life in a way few others can. She's fantastic with both men and women's voices and I can always tell who she's speaking for before she ever says "Such and such said." This holds true for True Love as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sometimes you're on the road to destiny without ever even realizing it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was beyond excited to see that Jude Deveraux was going back to the Taggarts and Montgomerys. I grew up on her books and was simply thrilled to see the Montgomery name. And now there's a new family name to add to these tried and true favorites, Kingsley.

    While this story isn't listed under paranormal, I think it has very strong paranormal elements with the ghost that haunts the Kingsley House and the mystery that involves past ancestors reborn to the current family.

    Jude really brings Nantucket to life in this book. You can tell she must have lived their for a time to know all she knew. You feel you're given a slice of what Nantucket is like for those who stay year round and what they think of "Off Islanders."

    We're introduced to some fantastic characters who bring this world to life. I don't want to say too much and give spoilers, but I cannot wait for the next installment of this trilogy and am actually hoping some of the characters take over and we get a whole series out of Nantucket Brides.

    Every character has depth and secrets. With every page, you're left wanting to know more about them. Not just the main characters but all. I loved the manipulation the family ghost provides and then when our heroine's mother arrives, I couldn't stop laughing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George's Girl West [by God] Virginia, USA 07-24-13
    George's Girl West [by God] Virginia, USA 07-24-13 Member Since 2008

    happily ever afters

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    "A guaranteed credit waster."
    Would you try another book from Jude Deveraux and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    I absolutely love Jude Deveraux's "A Knight in Shining Armor" and quiet enjoyed Tavia's narration of "Scream for Me" so I had high hopes for this pick.


    What was most disappointing about Jude Deveraux’s story?

    I didn't believe the chemistry between the main characters was there, and if you don't have that in a romance book, the story's pointless.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    Yes, I'll give Tavia another try because I've heard her do much better. I don't understand why she used the voices she did. If they were suppose to "fit" the setting or the characters she missed the mark on both accounts.


    What character would you cut from True Love?

    At least half the background characters didn't add or help move the story forward. All they did was pad the plot and make the 14+ hours seem unending.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Fort Smith, AR, United States 12-25-13
    Sharon Fort Smith, AR, United States 12-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Huge fan of Jude's...sadly disappointed..."

    I think the performance really affected my appreciation of this book. There is something very annoying about the over-enunciation. I never felt a real connection to the main characters...they didn't seem particularly deep. The heroine is a little girl and the hero is annoyingly arrogant with no redeeming features. Sometimes I wish Jude would stop over-plotting and work on character development a little more. I miss her strong, independent, sassy female characters. I miss the humor.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 11-28-13
    Barbara 11-28-13
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    "Always Love Jude's Books, BUT....."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I always love Jude's books, audio or printed. In this case, I am sorry I wasted my money on the audio version. The reader, Tavia Gilbert, is NOT a good match for this book at all. Every word seems forced or exaggerated. She tries too hard.
    So I cannot recommend the audio version of this book. Please do not have her read the next 2 books!


    If you’ve listened to books by Jude Deveraux before, how does this one compare?

    Comparison? Nope! Poor.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader. Gabra Zackman or Lorelei King.


    What character would you cut from True Love?

    none.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Holt, MI, United States 10-02-13
    Kathryn Holt, MI, United States 10-02-13 Listener Since 2005

    I am an independent certified health coach. My goal is to learn & grow my knowledge...but I also enjoy some "fluff" fictional books too

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    "Kingsley Ghost"

    I enjoyed this book and can't wait until the next book in the series comes out. I will definitely be getting this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Texas 10-03-13
    Elizabeth Texas 10-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Anything to pass the time on the daily commute...

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just was not crazy about the story or the narrator from page 1. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters....


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Peterman 11-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Jude Deveraux"
    Would you listen to True Love again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. Jude brings her people to life.


    What other book might you compare True Love to and why?

    Most of Jude's books are basically the same: Boy meets Girls. There are problems that need to be worked out, they fall in love and have a happy ending/. However, I can't get enough of her books. I feel like I know the people in them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lan 08-04-14
    Lan 08-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the book hate the narrator"
    Would you listen to True Love again? Why?

    Yes the story is sweet and romantic and funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gerald he's a man any girl would love to fall in love with


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    She sound like shes better off doing teens and children's books. All her men voices sound about the same uptight and pompous, the ladies voices sound like they either are valley girls or 16 and whine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I tolerated Tavia Gilbert performance


    Any additional comments?

    The story is typical JD love story with little bit of mystery, minor char. Love story paving way for another book. Love it, have to keep remind myself that the male char is mid thirties and not 60 and pompous and the female char is mid 20s and not 12 lol

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Breto 07-07-14
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    "NOT WHAT I EXPECTED"

    this book had too may characters and ghostsI the narrator was not the best either

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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