Friday, February 3, 2012

Moonlight in the Morning by Jude Deveraux

In an all-new trilogy set in blissful Edilean, Virginia, Jude Deveraux weaves together the tales of three young women, best friends since college, and the lives, loves, and dreams that await them.

Sparks are flying between Jecca Layton and Dr. Tristan Aldredge. At the urging of her dear friend Kim, Jecca put the ruthless New York City art world on hold to spend the summer pursuing her passion for painting while enjoying Edilean’s tightly knit artistic community. For years, Kim’s cousin Tris—the town’s handsome and dedicated doctor—felt a deep connection to Kim’s college “sister” Jecca, though they had met only once before; now, Jecca is swept off her feet by this strong, sensitive man in a summer of sensual delights. But when long shadows announce Jecca’s return to “real life” and the big city, the lovers must decide: Can they survive the distance? And who will sacrifice the life they’ve created for themselves to be together?

I picked this up on whim from Target the other day, mostly because of the review on Dear Arthur. I've liked Deveraux as an author for a while but distinctly remember at some point not wanting to read any more historicals with really damaged heroines. It just got to be a bit much you know? Luckily Moonlight in the Morning could not be more different and I can't wait for more books to come out featuring these characters.

Jecca and Tris are both people with lives that for the most part they enjoy. Neither think they have perfection but the fact the fact that their families aren't totally the bane of their existence and their jobs don't totally diminish them as human beings helps keep things even keeled between the two of them. The slow build up of their feelings is so sweet and I loved the Cupid and Psyche references - it reminds me of another historical I own :). I do have to agree a little that the whys and hows life works out to give these two their HEA might be a bit much but really, was I surprised? No. This isn't a romance or suspense - it's a contemporary romance and after some realistic struggle readers just get to relish the fact that all will be well between them. And that's just the way I like it.

Overall Feeling - B+

Series - 1) Moonlight in the Morning