Her wedding fast approaching, celebrated chef Kady Long knew she was the luckiest woman alive...until she slipped into a delicate satin wedding dress she found in an antique flour tin and was overcome by an odd dizzy spell. When she came to, Kady was in the dusty western town of Legend, Colorado -- where a hanging was about to commence! With quick wits and more than a little moxie, Kady halts the proceedings, much to the relief of one Cole Jordan, a tall, thankful, and very appealing man.
Now it's Kady's turn to enlist his help to find a way back home. But before long, Kady discovers a passion that she knows can only live in Legend -- until Cole reveals a secret that unites them in a way Kady never could have imagined.
Noted chef Kady Long is jolted back in time to Legend, Colorado, in the late 1800s, beginning a journey that will include a challenge to change the past and the eventual path to her true love. The popularity of time travel-themed romances and of Deveraux's books will make this a welcome addition to public library collections. Although Kady often seems too accepting of the poor treatment she has received at the hands of others, she finally conquers this. Overall, the characters are engaging and believable, and the top-notch narration by C.J. Critt helps to overcome some of the more fanciful elements. Enthusiastic and able to portray a vocally diverse cast of characters, Critt captures the spirit of the story, not only complementing the tale but enhancing it as well. Melody Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, N.C. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Outstanding Story
Posted June 05, 2010 by Marilyn , Jupiter, FLLoved this book. Could not put it down. A must reading for great fiction.
2 . One of my favorites
Posted January 28, 2010 by avidreader , mesaThis is one of my all time favorite stories, filled with mystery, romance, and lots of fun!
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Excerpt from Legend by Jude Deveraux
"I LOOK LIKE a chocolate meringue pie," Kady said as she grimaced at her reflection in the tall three-sided mirror. With her dark hair and ivory skin above the absolute white of the frothy wedding dress, she did indeed remind herself of chocolate and whipped egg whites. Cocking her head to one side, she reconsidered. "Or maybe a chicken dumpling. I can't decide which."
From behind her, Debbie, who had been at cooking school with Kady, laughed softly, but Jane did not.
"I don't want to hear another word like that," Jane said sternly. "You hear me, Kady Long? Not one more word! You are absolutely gorgeous and you full well know it."
"Gregory certainly knows it," Debbie said, her eyes wide as she surveyed Kady in the mirror. As one of Kady's two bridesmaids, she'd flown to Virginia from northern California the night before and had only met Kady's fianc`e this morning. She was still reeling from the experience. Gregory Norman was one terrific-looking man: his face and body all hard angles and planes, with dark hair and eyes that looked at a woman as though to say he'd very much like to make love to her. When he'd raised Debbie's fingertips to his beautiful lips and kissed them, Debbie's upper lip had broken into a sweat.
"How can I walk down the aisle looking like this?" Kady asked, holding out what had to be fifty yards of heavy satin. "And look at these sleeves: they're bigger than I am. And the skirt!" With horror in her eyes, she looked down at the acres of white satin puddling about her, a pearl encrusted border sparkling on the seven or so inches of hem that bent into an overflow on the floor.
"Any of these dresses can be altered," said the tall, thin saleswoman, who with her stiff stance let Kady know that she didn't appreciate having her bridal salon's wares denigrated.
Kady hadn't meant to give offense. "It's not the dresses; it's me. Why can't the human body be like bread dough so we could shape it however we want? Add a little here, take a little off there."
"Kady," Jane warned. They had known each other all their lives, and she could not bear to hear Kady say anything derogatory about herself; she loved her too much to allow that.