Review: Moonlight in The Morning by Jude Devereaux


Title: Moonlight in the Morning {Edilean #6}

Author: Jude Devereaux

Published: Pocket Books December 2011

Synopsis: Sparks are flying between Jecca Layton and Dr. Tristan Aldredge. The only problem? Tris lives in a tiny town in Virginia, and Jecca has a great job and friends in the big city of New York. Can they survive the distance? And who will sacrifice the life they’ve created for themselves for the one that they love?  Filled with Deveraux’s trademark charm and masterful storytelling, Moonlight in the Morning is a well-crafted romance about a summer fling between a country boy and a city girl that has the potential to become something more—if only they lived in the same place—that readers will find impossible to put down

Status: Read from December 12 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy Simon and Shcuster}

My Thoughts:

I’ve always enjoyed Jude Devereaux’s romantic novels and Moonlight in the Morning was no exception. Though part of a series centered around the town of Edilean, this novel is also the first of a trilogy that is centered around three friends who met in college. Jecca Layton is the first of the three to be featured.

With a contemporary twist on the story of Psyche and Cupid, the romance between Jecca and Tristan is sweet without being cloying. Dr Tristan Aldrege is the handsome doctor of the small town of Edilean, considered quite the catch he has yet to find the right woman for him. Jecca Layton is only in town for three months so getting involved with Tristan would be a mistake, but the pair meet under the cover of darkness where love blooms as wildly as Tristan’s exotic collection of orchids. I really enjoyed how their relationship blossomed, it seemed natural despite the short time frame. I loved it when Tristan appears at the party and …oops better not give that bit away, suffice it to say it’s a wonderfully romantic scene. The issues that do develop to thwart the course of true love are realistic obstacles in modern relationships and I like how Devereaux chose to resolve them.

Despite not having read any of he previous books in the series, I quickly felt at home in the town of Edilean and amongst it’s people. Devereaux layers her stories with interesting characters and sub plots that draw you beyond the featured couple and into the heart of the story. It’s obvious that Kim’s story will be the next to unfold but I was just as intrigued by Miss Livvie’s reaction to Bill and Lucy’s refusal to share anything personal.

Moonlight in the Morning is a charming contemporary romance and while fans of Devereaux will delight in the return to Edilean, this novel works well as a stand alone. I know I will not be able to resist completing the trilogy so I can revisit these characters and be privy to their secrets being revealed.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 07:28:29

    Oh, it’s good to know that this one can be read without the preceding ones. I’ve missed out on a few of this author’s books…and now I’m eager to jump back in.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.



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