perjantai 23. maaliskuuta 2018

Jude Deveraux: True Love

Jude Deveraux kertoo monipolvisessa romaanissaan Nantucketin saaren nykypäivästä ja menneisyydestä, käyttämällä juonielementtinä vanhassa talossa asustelevaa kummitusta jonka vain muutama ihminen pystyy näkemään: True Love (Headline, 2013; ISBN 978-1-4722-1138-5).

Romaani polveilee asiasta toiseen, ja päähenkilöt tuntuvat vähän väliä olevan hukassa, mutta mikäs siinä, saahan näin tuotettua aika massiivisen määrän tiuhaan ladottuja sivuja. Lukeminen jäi kuitenkin kesken, kun en jaksanut juonen koukeroita enää seurata.

Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.

But unseen forces move behind the scenes, creaking Kingsley House’s ancient floorboards. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a rather specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. If that wasn’t troubling enough, Alix must deal with the arrogant (and extremely good-looking) architect Jared Montgomery, who is living in the property’s guesthouse.

Unbeknown to Alix, Jared has been charged with looking after her while she lives on the island—an easy task for him, considering the undeniable chemistry between the two. But Jared harbors secrets of his own, which, if revealed, may drive a wedge between the pair.

With a glorious Nantucket wedding on the horizon, sparks fly, and the ghosts of the past begin to reveal themselves—some of them literally. Finding their lives inextricably entwined with the turbulent fortunes of their ancestors, Alix and Jared discover that only by righting the wrongs of the past can they hope to be together.

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