True Love by Jude Deveraux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
564 pages, eBook Edition
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I couldn't help but smile when I came across the scene where Ken was chewing out Jared and in response to Jared's answer, Ken said, "Right! Alix's father and mother... Yet you made our daughter cry?! Is that how you repay us?" And Jared's response almost made me want to smack him on the forehead. It was also funny and most likely typical of parents — which made me smile again, — was when Ken ended their conversation with, "Do you think you can be nice to a girl and leave her clothes on? Is that possible with you?" which made me laugh because right at the get go, when Alix and Jared meet each other at the house, you can already see that the attraction for one another is there and for Ken to add that request for Jared to keep his hands off of his daughter just amps up the tension for both Alix and Jared. At the same time though, it forces them both to look and get to know each other as a friend, a person first which is a very good thing and one that I believe in.
Sometimes, I wish I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and then sometimes I feel grateful that I don't live in such a small town as this scene made Alix somewhat nervous when the checkout lady at the local grocery store commented to Alix, "You two argue like you're married," which made me smile yet again and that comment rang loud and clear in my head at the scene where Alix switched out bits and pieces of her and Jared's sandwich to what they both like. They do act and sound like a married couple even though they just met.
Even though Jared was acting like such a big jerk in the beginning, I couldn't help but like him and I truly fell for him when he said, "...I owe people for my entire life. I wouldn't have been anything but maybe a criminal if it hadn't been for... for some people who helped me." I really like the fact that he knows how to look back and acknowledge those people who helped him along the way to becoming the "American Living Legend" that Alix teasingly calls him.
As for Alix, she is such a delightful character and I love seeing how she transitions from adoring fan girl to seeing Jared as human and how she just falls in love with Jared so completely, it took my breath away especially when she said to her mother, "...When I first met him all I wanted was to work for his firm, but not now. Now, I want to share my life with him. If he wants to go build huts in Africa, I'll go with him... I love him more than all the buildings in the world. More than I thought it was possible to love." And that is how true love should be.
And the best quote was saved for last when Caleb said, "You will wait for True Love forever." Definitely swoon worthy.
As always, I have enjoyed another novel by Jude Deveraux. The plot is nicely woven with bits and pieces of information regarding the past. All the characters seem very real and all of them, likeable — well, except for Izzy's & Glenn's families. This book truly made me want to go and visit Nantucket in the summer as I don't like winter, cold, ice and snow that much. I love her writing style because on page, it looks very effortless and every word and scene flows smoothly onto the next. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
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