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Ever After
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Ever After
Nantucket Brides Trilogy Series, Book 3
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Praise for Ever After

"Wondrous . . . a lovely tale of love, healing and hope."—Fresh Fiction

"A sweet, idyllic love story . . . a romance in the most classic sense."—RT Book Reviews

"Filled with family, friends, ghosts and the magic of love, Ever After is sure to please longtime fans of Deveraux, as well as new readers."BookPage

"[A] sexy, lighthearted romp."—Kirkus Reviews

"Thoroughly enjoyable."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Jude Deveraux

"A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end."—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
True Love

"True Love, with its star-crossed lovers and twisty plot, evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special—the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic."—Susan Wiggs

"Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . will haunt you long after you read it."Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For All Time

"Deveraux takes us to a place where dreams are made. . . . A page-turning time-travel romance that captures your imagination from the start and keeps hold till the very last page."—Fresh Fiction

"A beautifully written story with a refreshing old-romance feel . . . Fans of Deveraux will be delighted."—RT Book Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Praise for Ever After

"Wondrous . . . a lovely tale of love, healing and hope."—Fresh Fiction

"A sweet, idyllic love story . . . a romance in the most classic sense."—RT Book Reviews

"Filled with family, friends, ghosts and the magic of love, Ever After is sure to please longtime fans of Deveraux, as well as new readers."BookPage

"[A] sexy, lighthearted romp."—Kirkus Reviews

"Thoroughly enjoyable."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Jude Deveraux

"A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end."—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
True Love

"True Love, with its star-crossed lovers and twisty plot, evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special—the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic."—Susan Wiggs

"Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . will haunt you long after you read it."Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For All Time

"Deveraux takes us to a place where dreams are made. . . . A page-turning time-travel romance that captures your imagination from the start and keeps hold till the very last page."—Fresh Fiction

"A beautifully written story with a refreshing old-romance feel . . . Fans of Deveraux will be delighted."—RT Book Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.
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    Chapter One

    boston airport

    Even the sight of the private jet she was to take to the island of Nantucket didn't cheer Hallie up. The interior was tan leather and dark wood, beautifully elegant, and she and Jared were the only passengers. She hoped that the trip would distract her from her thoughts. Before a few hours ago she would have sworn that her stepsister was incapable of doing something so treacherous, as well as illegal. The forged passport, the planned meeting with the famous architect, and the contract signed in an imitation of Hallie's handwriting all ran through her mind.

    On the way to the airport she'd asked Jared how he'd first contacted her, and he said he'd sent an overnight package. Hallie's guess was that Shelly accepted delivery, opened the envelope, read the contents, and decided to take what wasn't hers.

    Hallie thought about what would have happened if she hadn't returned home unexpectedly. Would she have come home from work to find an empty house and a note from her stepsister saying she'd decided to leave town? How long would it have taken her to find out about her stolen inheritance?

    When they were on the plane, Jared made sure she was belted into a seat, the thick folder of papers on her lap and a glass of champagne beside her. As soon as they were aloft, he stepped away to make some calls, and Hallie started reading about why she'd been left property by a stranger. It seemed that she had an ancestor, Leland Hartley, who had been married to Juliana Bell, whose family--including her sister, Hyacinth--originally owned the house. At the sight of her own unusual name, her interest was piqued. Was this her ancestor? But, no, poor Juliana and her sister had died before either of them had children. Leland Hartley had returned to Boston, remarried, and had one son. Hallie was descended from him. Henry, the man who'd willed the house to Hallie, was descended from the Bell side. He had no immediate family so he'd left everything to Miss Hyacinth Lauren Hartley, aka Hallie.

    Henry had composed a genealogy chart that traced Leland down to Hallie. She unfolded the long paper and read the names and dates. There was her mother's death when Hallie was four, and her father's remarriage when she was eleven. It ended with the death of her father and Ruby--Shelly's mother--in a car accident when Hallie was in her second year of college and Shelly was still in high school.

    Jared returned to his seat. "Do you understand about the inheritance?"

    "I think so," Hallie answered. "But I'm not a blood relative of Henry Bell."

    "I know," Jared said, "but on Nantucket we take relationships--however tenuous--seriously. And by the way, Henry left his house to you specifically, not to your father. No matter what your stepsister claims, she has no right to it. I was sincere when I said that if you want to take legal action for her attempted theft, I'll pay all costs." He took a breath. "I'm especially sorry that I helped put a patient in the house without your actual permission. Shelly had given her permission in your name, of course, but now I know she isn't you. If you want me to send him away, just let me know. I'll make a call and he won't be there when we land."

    "Thank you," Hallie said.

    She looked down at the folder. In the back were some medical notes about her patient, James Michael Taggert, nicknamed Jamie, but they were brief and not very informative. But then Hallie had heard everything before when Shelly was quizzing her about her injured friend. Hallie didn't want to imagine what would have...

About the Author-
  • Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-two New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 9, 2015
    The thoroughly enjoyable conclusion to the Nantucket Brides trilogy (after For All Time) features the offspring of the Montgomery-Taggerts, who have populated many of Deveraux’s previous novels, but it’s entirely accessible to new readers. Jamie Taggert, a physician and military veteran struggling with physical injuries and debilitating PTSD, seeks to pacify his overly solicitous family by hiring a private physical therapist. Hallie Hartley, a meek “good girl,” flees to her newly discovered Nantucket house after learning of her stepsister’s plot to steal it, and contracts to treat a wealthy private patient. Scarred Jamie and self-deprecating Hallie are mutually attracted but have trouble believing in each other’s interest. However, their friendship deepens as they openly enjoy each other’s company and commune with the house’s invisible inhabitants, the Bell Sisters, who provide elegant teas, work continually on embroidery, and appear only to those who have not connected with their “True Love.” While boisterous, meddling relatives descending for a family wedding exacerbate the couple’s misunderstandings, kindly ghostly interventions bolster their courage and compassion. A sweet cast of supporting characters rooting for the lovers adds zest and humor to this thoroughly pleasurable novel.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2015
    Deveraux (For All Time, 2014, etc.) saves the best for last in the final installment of the Nantucket Brides trilogy, in which a physical therapist rehabilitates a wounded military veteran in a haunted house. When Hallie Hartley unexpectedly inherits a home on the island of Nantucket, she knows she'll have to move quickly to keep it away from her spoiled stepsister, Shelly, who steals Hallie's identity to try to claim the house for herself. Hallie hastily honors Shelly's arrangement with veteran Jamie Taggert, who had planned to move into the Nantucket home with the woman he thought was Hallie for round-the-clock physical therapy to escape his meddling family. While Hallie insists that her massage therapy techniques are strictly professional, the innuendos practically write themselves: "It's been a tough day and I took my anger out on you," Hallie says to Jamie. "Why don't you take your clothes off and let's start over?" Legend has it that a pair of beautiful ghosts named Hyacinth and Juliana still haunt the house with the aim of uniting people with their true loves. Hallie believes she's already met hers, and she hopes that her childhood friend, Braden, will take his mother's advice and propose to her. Braden, however, prefers lanky models, and curvy Hallie isn't his type. Braden arrives at the house assuming that Jamie will feel the same way, which makes it all the more gratifying when Jamie says he likes Hallie's curves, proving that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Hallie is still torn between the two men when a bevy of Montgomery-Taggert cousins from previous books invade the house for a wedding celebration, giving her blessings and warnings that muddle her feelings but thankfully don't muddle the plot. Behind the scenes, the two scheming ghosts intervene with a whimsical touch, inspiring heartfelt revelations as both Hallie and Jamie heal old wounds to find new love. This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close.

    COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    January 1, 2015
    This final book in the "Nantucket Brides" trilogy opens with Hallie Hartley unexpectedly inheriting a lovely old home on Nantucket while taking on gentle but troubled James Taggert as a physical therapy client. Secrets will out.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Wondrous . . . a lovely tale of love, healing and hope."--Fresh Fiction "A sweet, idyllic love story . . . a romance in the most classic sense."--RT Book Reviews "Filled with family, friends, ghosts and the magic love, Ever After is sure to please longtime fans of [Jude] Deveraux, as well as new readers."--BookPage "[A] sexy, lighthearted romp."--Kirkus Reviews "Thoroughly enjoyable."
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips True Love Praise for Jude Deveraux "A new Jude Deveraux novel means a very late night turning the pages straight through to the delicious end."
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For All Time "True Love, with its star-crossed lovers and twisty plot, evokes everything that makes Nantucket so special--the history, the atmosphere, the secrets, and the magic."--Susan Wiggs "Destined to be an instant romance classic . . . will haunt you long after you read it."
  • RT Book Reviews "Jude Deveraux takes us to a place where dreams are made. . . . For All Time is a page-turning time-travel romance that captures your imagination from the start and keeps hold till the very last page."--Fresh Fiction "A beautifully written story with a refreshing old-romance feel . . . Fans of Deveraux will be delighted, while new readers will fall in love with her signature writing style."
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