A Nantucket Brides Novel
By Jude Deveraux
Read by Kirsten Potter
Part of Nantucket Brides Trilogy
Random House Audio | Jun 23, 2015 |Random House Audio | 11 Hours
Genre: Fiction – Romance – Contemporary
Hardcover: Ballantine Books | Jun 23, 2015 | 368 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780345541857
E-Book: Ballantine Books | Jun 23, 2015 | 368 Pages | ISBN 9780345541864
Audio provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy continues the spellbinding saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance.
Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly’s acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie’s boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively flies to Nantucket.
New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Assuming that the devastatingly handsome man has led a charmed life, Hallie is surprised by Jamie at every turn throughout his recovery. His attentions draw her out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on.
On this gorgeous island rich in history, magic is everywhere, even in Hallie’s own backyard. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a pair of matchmaking ghosts and a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of True Love destined to last forever after.
This is the last book in a trilogy, I have not read the first two and I listened to an audio download. A certain amount of confusion is to be expected entering a series at the end, but there’s a paranormal element here that just confused the heck out of me: ghosts and possibly immortal individuals.
When impossible, unexpected things happen, people scratch their heads a few minutes and then move on. No one suggest psychiatric testing or exorcism.
If I ignored my confusion, like ignoring unexplained foreign dialog in a novel, this is often a charming Cinderella story with elements of Beauty and the Beast thrown in for good measure. I am not sure which components were intended and which were coincidence.
When Hallie walks in on her sister committing fraud and theft by fraud, with legal documents being delivered by architect rather than a lawyer, and too much fluff swept under the rug I was having a hard time understanding what the heck was happening, to whom it was happening and why. For example, everyone is there for a wedding, but there’s a second wedding in the family taking place in another country and it’s a royal wedding so they all get together to watch it on TV.
I have never been to Nantucket, but I don’t know how many of these hijinks would even be possible. I got the feeling this novel was half about tying up loose ends and half about the love story between Hallie and Jamie. Mostly, it loosely connected paragraphs and chapter strung together in a confusing plot for me. And, so many storylines! Military hero with PTSD, weddings, mistrustful twin brothers, big strange and loving family, a would be beau, and one beautiful, larcenous sibling. I felt like it was a whirlwind; as if I were reading a puzzle!
The narration was well done, but I think it was not a good audiobook for me, and I definitely feel I should have read the whole series. I cautiously recommend it if read with the first two book in the trilogy. It does not stand alone.
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