Title: For All Time
Author: Jude Deveraux
Series: Nantucket Brides
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux returns to the ruggedly magnificent island in For All Time, the second novel in her Nantucket Brides trilogy—this time featuring the next generation of her beloved family of Montgomery-Taggerts.
The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.
But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantucket for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.
But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.
I was given the first book, True Love, as an ARC. When I saw the second book, For All Time, available at my library I picked it up. I enjoyed book two more than book one! As is, I do recommend reading book one first as otherwise you may miss some of the underlying story or be confused with its characters.
I’ve read a lot of Jude Deveraux books, with my favorites being Knight in Shining Armour and her Always series. Now, this new series may not be as good as my favorites of hers but she is including similar themes such as time travel and soul mates which make them pretty interesting to me. In addition to these themes you’ve got some paranormal aspects, royalty and some Jane Austen Regency thrown in. All themes that I enjoy reading.
With the first book I was a little bored at the beginning since a lot of the book was character and location development. I was glad to see that the second book bypassed most of that and went straight into story. The storyline went back and forth between the past and present which may confuse some readers, however I was able to follow along and enjoy the ride. I enjoyed the little twist at the end which made the ending quite smooth. One thing I was missing was the ghost of Caleb (which was a lot of the first book) but the ghostly aspect was brought about via other means. I am hoping her third book in this series will bring about the acknowledgements about the past and present blending to its present characters. I want Caleb to know about Graydon and Jilly to know about Tabitha, etc. And you will only understand my desires when you read these books.
I would recommend this book (and the first) to those who like clean romance with a paranormal twist.