21 March 2014

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review: True Love by Jude Deveraux


The publisher will be giving away three copies of True Love.  If you would like to win a copy of this excellent romantic story, please leave a comment to that effect below.  Good luck and happy reading!


The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a review

Genre: Romance
Page Count: 446 pages
List Price: $27.00 Hardback
                $ 10.99 Digital 
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 9, 2013

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars. 

True Love is the first book in Jude Deveraux's Nantucket Bride trilogy, and if it is any indication of what is to come, I know I will be reading the other two books in the trilogy.  In fact, as I read this book, I thought it would be perfect for a series or trilogy, and I have already picked out which couples I hope the other books are about.  Truthfully, I think that there is enough here to support more than just a trilogy.  

The book takes place on Nantucket Island, which is interesting enough in itself.  I loved the way the Jude Deveraux described the history, geography, sights, and people of Nantucket Island.  I hope to visit there one day, and her descriptions only fueled that fire.  In addition, a place with all the tradition and history of Nantucket is certainly a good backdrop for a romance story.  Add to this a love story which includes not only the two characters who are falling in love, but a 200-year-old mystery complete with a ghost who has been around since the mystery started, all of which is blended together to make a truly interesting read. 

The characters in this book were easy to become involved with.  I could truly feel the love and attraction between the main characters, Alix and Jared, and loved the instant connection they developed.  A number of the supporting characters also caught my interest.  I think my favorite by far was Alix's mother, Victoria. Being a famous author allowed her to get away with quite a bit, but I loved the way that Jude Deveraux let you see inside the character.  The fact that she was willing to look and act like a diva to actually benefit others was an interesting insight. As I said above, there were several of the supporting characters that I would love to read more about.  And not just about their romantic lives, but about what makes them who they are.  I hope that Victoria, Caleb, Ken, Jilly, Roger,  Lexie, Toby and others show up in future books.  As I said, it seems to me that there is more here than just what will fit in a trilogy, and I could happily read about the Kingsleys and Montgomerys for a while. 

The bottom line is that this book is a win for me, and that I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, or as far as Jude Deveraux goes with these characters.  While I am no stranger to Jude Deveraux's books, it has been quite a few years since I have read one, but this book reminded me of why I used to enjoy them so much.