Author: Jude Deveraux
Series: Nantucket Brides Trilogy (Book 2)
Publication: Ballantine Books (July 1, 2014)
Description: New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux returns to the magnificent, sunny 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.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this second book in the Nantucket Brides trilogy. This time the focus of the romance was on Toby and the man who walked her down the aisle when she was the bridesmaid at her friend Alix's wedding. Graydon Montgomery is the heir to the throne of Lanconia and is an identical twin. Montgomery legend says that the woman who can tell the twins apart is their true love. Toby has no trouble distinguishing them.
The problem comes from the fact that their lives are completely different. Toby is happy to be living as a florist, and budding wedding planner, on Nantucket. She is away from her domineering mother and able to carve out a life where she is happy. Graydon has all the responsibilities inherent in being the heir to the throne of a country and he has a pending bride too. It's an arranged marriage and loveless but it is what is expected of him. Unfortunately, it is his twin brother Rory who is actually in love with the girl.
Graydon takes the opportunity to have one last burst of freedom by spending a week on Nantucket and he wants to spend it with Toby. Rory has to step up and impersonate him. The twins have done it before but never in such a high stakes situation. Both Graydon and Toby know that the relationship can't go anywhere and they try for friendship while keeping the fact that they are falling in love with each other secret.
Add in some time travel to 1806 where the two live different lives and have to find a way to change the future for their counterparts and you have an exciting and heart-tugging story. This was an engaging and emotional story and I can't wait to read the third book.
He gently led her in a circle, constantly reminding himself that he was his brother. "I enjoyed our dinner tonight very much."I got this ARC through Amazon Vine. You can buy your copy here.
"Oh?" Toby said, smiling. "And with whom did you eat it?"
"With..." It took him a moment to understand what she was saying, then he laughed and relaxed his shoulders. "Did I fool you at all?"