Ever After by Jude Deveraux
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
I have been waiting for this book FOR-EV-ER. Okay, maybe not forever, but I started waiting approximately 2.3 seconds after I finished Book Two LAST SUMMER. This is the third and final book in Jude Deveraux’s Nantucket Brides trilogy, and I can say that she left the absolute best story for last.
I love trilogies. I especially love starting them once all the books have been released. But I broke that rule when I came across True Love, Book One of the series, in the library a few weeks after it had been released. I just couldn’t resist taking it home. It had everything I love in a story – romance, intrigue, the supernatural, and men hot enough to melt ice cubes in January in Minnesota. This was my first experience with Jude Deveraux and she kept me coming back for more.
The thing I am most impressed about Jude Deveraux’s writing is her ability to weave many stories together to form a complex web that unfolds beautiful before a reader’s eyes. The characters dance off the pages and the ghosts add just a drop of creepiness that satisfies my dark side.
I feel that Ever After, like the other two books, can be read as its own complete story. If you don’t feel like committing to a trilogy, choose just one for a mesmerizing summer read. I would rate the intensity of the love story at a PG-13 level, so don’t be worried about getting too hot and bothered lying on the beach with this captivating read.
1 paw print – Romance makes me tired because it seems like so much work. I remember the day when you had nice arranged marriages with very little romance, and the family usually got a goat and a couple of chickens for their trouble. What happened to those days?
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