Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For All Time by Jude Devereaux

Author: Jude Devereaux
Publisher: Ballantine
Date of publication: July 2014

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 Nantuck 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.

For All Time is the second book in the Nantucket Brides Trilogy.  I really liked the first book, so I was happy when I was able to get the audio for this one at my library.  For All Time picks up right where True Love left off, at the wedding of Alix and Jared.  At the end of that book,  Toby gets mad at Graydon because he tried to pass himself off as his identical twin brother, Rory.  This stuns Graydon as no one can tell them apart.  There is a legend that the one woman who can is his true love.  The problem is that Graydon is a prince and is about to become engaged in an arranged marriage to a woman who will help his country financially.

The whole plot is a little convoluted so I'll just say that there is time travel, ghosts, wedding planning and two friends falling in love.  It was so fun to watch these two fall in love.  It was also heart wrenching because you know through the whole book that they can't really ever be together...or can they?  I won't spoil how it happens, but their HEA is very sweet.

My only complaint about the book was that we never get to see Lexi's or Rory's own HEA.  We know it happens, but never get the stories.  Maybe the author could give us a couple of novellas?  I look forward to the next book!

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