In classic Deveraux style, the author strips her characters bare to show their innermost selves, both their strengths and weaknesses. This allows Alix and Jared to understand each other on a level so deep that it is like they have been together forever. The story’s plot is a bit convoluted, but readers will be drawn in by this couple that won’t let anything — not even an interfering ghost — get in the way of true love.
Alix Madsen’s life is changing faster than she is comfortable with. She has almost finished with her graduate degree in architecture when her fiancé leaves her, and then she is willed a house on Nantucket Island for a year. Hiding out on a small island seems like a viable option to Alix, but this is before she knows that Jared Montgomery is her next door neighbor. Alix would give anything to train under the world-class architect. However, her plan is derailed when she gets to know Jared and starts to fall in love with the cranky, yet genius, man. With the help of a century-old ghost and some meddlesome parents, Alix just might be able to break through Jared’s cynicism and show him that love can last a lifetime. (BALLANTINE, Jul., 464 pp., $27.00)