Sunday, July 05, 2015


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. 

Release Date July 1, 2014
Ballantine Books
Nantucket Brides #2
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

I've been a fan of Jude Deveraux for years and absolutely love her book. I'm particularly fond of her Montgomery-Taggert books. With her Nantucket Brides series, we get to spend time with the next generation of the Montgomery-Taggert clan.

Toby and Graydon are both fun characters and I really did like them as a couple, even with all the roadblocks that seemed to be in their way. I loved that Toby could tell the difference between Graydon and his twin brother Rory and didn't realize how significant it was to their family legend. Toby and Graydon have really great chemistry, though I hated they both held back because Graydon was heir to the throne and Toby was a virgin. I'm not a huge fan of the virgin heroine trope honestly, but felt like Ms. Deveraux did a good job explaining Toby's reasoning for her choice.

For some reason, I didn't really realize For All Time would involve time travel. I enjoy time travel books when they are done well, but they still aren't my favorite type of book to read. That being said, I did enjoy seeing Toby and Graydon as Tabby and Garrett in the past. I loved that Tabby and Garrett could be together in the past in a way Toby and Graydon couldn't be in the present. I did like the way they were able to change history for Tabby and Garrett.

While there were certain aspects of For All Time I didn't love, I did enjoy the story overall. I really liked the connection Toby and Graydon had from the beginning and loved there were several laugh out loud moments for me while reading. I'm excited to read Ever After, the 3rd book in the Nantucket Brides series next.

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