True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, #1)
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True Love (Nantucket Brides Trilogy #1)

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Jude Deveraux, the New York Times bestselling 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...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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KatLynne
Jude Deveraux returns with a first book in a new series, The Nantucket Brides trilogy. I have been a huge fan of this author's historicals for many years. Following the saga of the Montgomery Family along with their Taggert cousins has given me many hours of pleasure. I couldn't resist a new generation and I'm happy I gave this one a try. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and even the ghost. The beautiful setting of Nantucket Island is like icing on the cake and with Deveraux's descriptive na...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Sigh... I trudged through this one and finally finished but I can't say that I enjoyed the ride.

I have to start off by saying that Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor is one of my all-time favorite comfort reads (not to mention it has a great dentist scene- can we say bonus points!?). However, some of her other books are hit and miss with me. This book is definitely in the miss category.

My first issue is the pacing. This book dragggggggs. Clocking in at over 500 pages, it could have used...more
Beth
Adelaide Kingsley, the matriarch of a nineteenth-century home, has just passed away. Her family has always left the Kingsley Nantucket home to the oldest son, but Adelaide has given the home one year to Alix Madsen...someone who isn’t even family.

Alix Madsen doesn’t understand why the Kingsley’s have given her their home and why both her parents are pushing her to take a year in the beautiful old house. The truth is Alix has been kept in the dark most of her life about her and her parents lives...more
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Isamlq
True Love… Man, this is going to be hard.

It’s been years since I read a JD novel, and after finally finishing TL, I can sort of recall why I stopped reading them. Is it another case of ‘If you’ve read one of hers, you’ve read them all’ situations? I don’t know if I can recall that far back to her other books that clearly to make a fair comparison. But that’s the problem isn’t it? That they’re forgettable. OK I’m starting to sound mean because maybe there were one or two moments in this that wer...more
Paul
Right a few confessions, I am the least romantic guy around, when I last tried to be romantic I was 18 years old and it backfired on me! Not bothered since. My other example in life, my father, the only time he bought my mother flowers was at her funeral. Then she always stated that after 42 years of marriage, if he turned up with flowers she would suspect he had done something he wanted to own up to. So yeah I could do with all the help and tips I can get.

Many people tend to look down on romanc...more
Molly
What’s in name?

Apparently nothing! For those who have read Jude Deveraux’s books from the beginning, “Montgomery” has been reduced to nothing but a last name.

After her last three books, all set in the psycho town of Edilean, a place full of lying, conniving, busybodies, I was excited to hear Ms. Deveraux was revisiting the Montgomery clan. I’m always up for a story involving the Montgomery/Taggert families. But the Edilean freaks have moved to Nantucket and call themselves Kingsley/Montgomery no...more
Elena

1.5*

Not even good enough to be rated as "2* - OK"... Another new Jude D. disappointment! This woman was my "go to" author for years, that now I am absolutely shocked to what level she has stooped with this nonsense!!

Quick summary:
Alix's mother's friend, Addie, leaves it in her dying will that she wants Alix to live in Addie's Nantucket house for a year after Addie's death. After that the home goes back to the rightful heir - Jared (Montgomery or Kingsley or whatever!?). Jared is a super-famous,...more
Jessi
Oh, Jude Deveraux. I don't know why I still read your stories. They are so... twee. Alix is just TSTL and Jared... why the hell is he keeping all these secrets from her? He knows that she is the One For Him but still won't let her know all of the information she should be privvy to. These are the things that piss me off most in reading romance novels. Add to that the insistence that Jared has that he's too old for Alix (why spell it like that anyway?)
Well, part of the reason I still pick up your...more
Tori  smexys_sidekick
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Alix Madsen is surprised when a friend of her family’s passes away and leaves her a Nantucket mansion to live in for one year. Alix is even more surprised when she discovers the nephew whom is living in the guest house is non other than famed architect, Jared Montgomery. Alix, having just finished up architect school, is thrilled with the opportunity to meet the master.

Jared Montgomery (Kingsley) is tired and doesn’t want or need Alix...more
Lori
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Jude Deveraux is the author of some of my favorite books but I struggled to get into this book. I knew how it would end from the start. It was like reading a book I had already read. It did not remind me so much of the author's earlier works but of Nora Roberts (an author I no longer read because she repeats herself). I hope Ms. Deveraux will go back to writing historical romance. I have not enjoyed h...more
Arlena
Title: True Love
Author: Jude Deveraux
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy #1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"True Love" by Jude Deveraux...

What was this novel about?

"Jude Deveraux, the New York Times bestselling 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 belov...more
Meredith
You think you have it figured out at the end of chapter one, and it will be a long pleasant coast downhill. But chapter five or so changed my mind...this is still a lovely predictable romance with local color and lots of loving family relationships, but she did add a few layers to the cake. Still a long pleasant coast downhill, but with a swerve here and there to see the scenery.

She reinforces traditional gender roles almost constantly (he hates shopping and "gets out of the way" while she clea...more
Ruth Hill
Well-written romance novels are often difficult to find, and when those stories are contemporary, the search can even be harder. If any kind of mystery is added to these required elements, the reader may be even more hard pressed to meet those requirements. However, Jude Deveraux is one of those authors who can write a contemporary romance novel (that is relatively clean)with a bit of a mystery interwoven in the fabric of the story. Her heroines are always vibrant, strong, virile characters who...more
Carole's Random Life
4 Stars

I was able to get my hands on a review copy for the second book in this trilogy. While I was excited to get a review copy, I now had a dilemma regarding the first book in the series. Should I jump right into book #2 or should I go back and read book #1? Since I like order, I decided that I needed to read the first book before I could go onto the second in the trilogy. While I think the first two books in the trilogy can be read as stand alone novels, I am glad that I decided to read the b...more
Wendy
True Love by Jude Deveraux is a wonderful contemporary romance and the first book in the Nantucket Brides trilogy.
The story takes place in Nantucket and it was so superbly illustrated that I felt I was there. The characters are captivating including the ghost who seems to have an agenda all his own.
After a nasty breakup with her boyfriend and recently graduating from architectural school Alix is given the opportunity to spend one year in a beautiful old house in Nantucket, a provision in the wi...more
Amanda
I checked this book out from the library. I'm a JD fan from way back. In fact, the first romance novel I ever read was "The Princess." Giving a one star rating to a book that included the Montgomery's and Taggert's is just hard to do, but I had to.

I didn't like the characters. Alix, the heroine, or who is better described as the main female character, is young, boring, and just downright naive. I didn't care for her, or how she really didn't have to work for anything. All of her goals and aspira...more
Jewel
2.5 stars

I'm finding it very difficult to review this book, it's not that I didn't like it, it's just I didn't like it enough!

I didn't really connect much with the characters, maybe because there were so many of them. And there was the Ghost.

The two main characters were not bad, but I didn't like Alix's parents at all, especially her mother, who has a big part in the book.

I felt a bit confused while reading the book, things were happening out of order. We would be reading about the morning and a...more
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
It has been a long time since I read a Jude Deveraux book, it's not because I don't like her novels I just sort of got out of the romance reading stage and never got around to it. So it was sort of funny when I read that this is a new series putting you back with the Montgomery - Taggerts. As I think the last book of hers I remember reading was called Wishes and it had a Montgomery in it!

Now I am back into reading romances and so I jumped on the opportunity to read another of this authors books....more
Mary Gramlich
Building a relationship one step at a time

Alix is not surprised to have graduated at the top of her architecture class she is gift after all. Finding herself staying in Nantucket for a year in a house she has been gifted from a woman she never met is baffling. The surprises just keep coming when the master of all designers, Jared Montgomery turns out to be living in the guesthouse. She wants to be subtle and work her ideas into the conversation but he shuts her down and closes the door on that l...more
Evie
I have many favorite authors but Jude Deveraux is and always will be number one on my list. I fell in love with Jude's writing the first time I read A Knight in Shining Armor. Since, I've read most of her books. I never second guess whenever I pick one of Jude's books because I know I'm in for a nice surprise.

True Love was no different and it made it even better that her drop dead gorgeous Montgomerys and Taggerts are back in the picture. Oh, yes, they are! Those men take my breath away, and sh...more
Shauni
Jude Deveraux is bringing back the Taggarts and the Montgomerys YAY!! In the book True Love we see an entirely different branch of them but we still get to see a few of the ones we fell in love with in the past.. What a joy it was to revisit them and to fall in love with this entirely new group of characters.

What Jude Deveraux does that no one else can is create this canvas of characters. There is always more to a character than what we see. They have histories and interesting lives and a way to...more
Kari
True Love is the first book that I have read by this author. If her others are like this one, I think I have found another romance writer that will soon become a favorite. I adored this book. Despite its length, I was able to fly through the story. This is supposed to be a new series in the Montgomery-Taggert saga. Even though I haven't read any of those book, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Some of those characters show up toward the end, but I didn't feel lost.

I loved Alix and Jared...more
Jackie Lane
The new Montgomery-Taggert series by Deveraux did not disappoint.

When Addie passes away and a request in her will is for Alix Madsen to come and stay at her house for one year, Alix hesitates, until her boyfriend dumps her.

Alix comes to Nantucket with her best friend to heal and help her friend plan her wedding. On picturesque Nantucket, magical things start to happen.

Alix is an architecture student, trying to get her portfolio together. She realizes that the house she is staying in is one owned...more
Elizabeth
I love Jude Deveraux books! They are light and delightful reading. "True Love" was exactly what I was looking for. The story was fun and held my attention all the way through - and left me wanting more. I loved the characters and how the author integrated them all together. It was truly a great read. Highly recommended.

I especially enjoyed the relationship development between Jared and Alix. They were perfectly matched. And Caleb was a hoot! I loved him.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House-Ba...more
Lorna
I have been reading Jude Deveraux books ever since A Knight in Shining Armor, probably from back in the 1990′s(although it was re-released in 2002) It started a reading marathon of all her books back then and I still read her books. To this day that book is probably one of my all time favorite romances. So when I got the chance to read her latest book prior to the release, I jumped at the chance.

As most readers of this author know, most of her books feature the Montgomery family and Taggart fami...more
Arlene Hayman
When I received ‘True Love’ as a Library Thing Early Reviewer copy, I was delighted to become immersed in this romance novel about a world famous architect, Jared Montgomery Kingsley the Seventh, and his newfound love, Alix Madsen, an architectural student. Kingsley lives on the island of Nantucket and is related to most of those dwelling on the island, including a grandfather, Caleb, who is a ghost inhabiting the attic of the family mansion. When Aunt Addy passes away, her will decrees that Ali...more
Kathy Martin
Sometimes I just need a good romance. TRUE LOVE was amazing. Alix Madsen has come to spend a year on Nantucket. She has just finished school to be an architect and is looking for a place to work on her portfolio to use to find a job. Little does she know that famous architect Jared Montgomery Kingsley is the house's owner and has been tasked with helping Alix get along on the island.

Alix is the child of divorce. Her father Ken was a builder and an architect and now teaches at a university. Alix...more
Oma
The story of Alix, a recently graduated architect, who is staying in Nantucket for a year as the result of a will. She meets Jared Kingsley, who is in reality the famous architect Montgomery. Of course, a romance blooms. The author threw into the mix the ghost of Jared's ancestor, Caleb, who is waiting to be reunited with the love of his life, Valentina. Alix is to try to discover what happened to her as she had disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The various characters in the story are...more
Pomagranite Matsukevich
This is the first book I have read by Deveraux. It was very disappointing, but I suppose I'll try a different one instead.

This book absolutely killed my vibe. I mean, killed it enough to make me not want to read for another 8 years. It bored me so very much.

First of all, the whole architecture thing would have worked if Jude was more specific with her description of the buildings through an architect's point of view, not just "she adored the windows and where the doors were, blah blah blah, etc....more
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo...more
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