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Legend Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1997

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Elizabeth Kady Long is 30 years old, an accomplished chef, and engaged to handsome Gregory Norman, her employer's son. While shopping for her wedding, she impulsively buys a large, dusty tin box at an antique shop. When she pries it open, she discovers an 1873 wedding dress and underpinnings, together with a photo of a family. Intrigued, she can't resist trying on the dress, and when she does, she's drawn back into the past. The year is 1873, the place is Legend, Colorado, and Cole Jordan is about to be hanged.

No one writes about time travel quite like the inimitable Jude Deveraux, and in Legend Deveraux once again delivers unforgettable characters, heartfelt romance, and a plot with twists and turns that will surprise the keenest mystery-solving reader. Don't miss this latest novel from the pen of one of America's best-loved romance writers.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671001701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671001704
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read every one of Jude Deveraux's books, and while this book was entertaining, it was not her best work. Kady, the heroine, is engaged to a devastatingly handsome man, but we immediately know he's exploiting her chef talents. (He's the son of the restaurant owner Kady works for.) You've gathered from the synopsis that Kady puts on an antique wedding dress and is drawn into the past, where she meets Cole. However, we know Cole is not the hero, because all of her life Kady has had visions of an Arabian man calling to her. Cole has the same voice but not the visage.
So that's the first problem with "Legend." There are too many heros. Our loyalties are split between Kady's (as of yet unknown) soulmate, and Cole. Deveraux spends too much time - half the book - on the relationship between Kady and Cole, and her time in the 1800s.
Then Kady is returned to the present and is tasked with a mission to correct the wrong done to Cole's family. She must find the family's descendent for help - and there we finally meet Tarik, the hero.
The last half of the book seems sloppy. Deveraux is trying to create tension between Kady and Tarik, and then she has to undo the animosity somehow. She doesn't flesh that part of the story out enough, and the plot for the last half of the book is completely implausible.
If Tarik's nastiness to Kady is an act (he's known about her all of his life and has always been in love with her), it's impossible for Deveraux to explain the interactions when Kady and Tarik first meet. She builds an elaborate series of encounters and then explains them away in one sentence at the end of the book. It just doesn't work.
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Kady Long is an accomplished chef, the "it" chef at an Alexandria, Virginia restaurant. She's engaged to marry her boss's son, Gregory, a gorgeous, charming man who Kady believes loves her just as she is. She loves Gregory, but can't forget the mysterious Arabian knight she's seen in her dreams since childhood. Despite that, as far as she's concerned her life is perfect.
During her search for a wedding dress (she's overweight by modern standards and can find none that look good)and furnishings for the townhouse the couple will share after marriage, she impulsively purchases an antique flour tin. Among the items inside are a watch, an old tintype photo and a beautiful old wedding dress. Once she puts the dress on (it's a perfect fit, by the way), she's transported back to Legend, CO in 1873, and the scene of a hanging about to occur. The man she saves from the hangman's noose is Cole Jordan.
Through a bit of trickery and manipulation which only becomes evident later, Cole first convinces Kady to marry him and then remain in Legend for a three-day honeymoon. During her entire stay in 1873, Cole declares his love for her and she tries to avoid falling for him, intent on getting back to Gregory. It's only when Cole deposits Kady at his homestead then disappears that we learn of his trickery. In desperation, she writes to his grandmother, who he's mentioned is his only living relative. Then, with a change of heart and a strengthening backbone, she endears herself to the entire town.
Following a false start with Cole after his return, Kady realizes she's fallen for him. She changes her mind about going back to her time, and then comes a message from Cole's grandmother.
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Let me just say that I love Jude Deveraux. I know some of you that read the title of my review are thinking "She just doesn't appreciate a good Jude Deveraux story" or "Well, time travels just aren't her thing". I'll clear the air for you. Jude Deveraux is fastly becoming one of my all time favorite authors, and I am a BIG fan of time travel. But, _Legend_ just doesn't do it for me... sorry.
I started the book prepared to hate it. Let me tell you... I didn't. It was well written and entertaining. But, the story line was a little too twisted. The book starts out inroducing us to Kady Long, a famous chef. She is about to be married to her boss' son. Although he is gorgeous and gives Kady the freedom she thinks she needs, the reader knows right away that he is not the man for her. While browsing through an antique store, Kady impulsivly buys a flour tin. But, when she gets home, she realizes she bought more then she thought, and that the simple little flour tin would change her life forever.
Once Kady pries open the tin, she finds three treasures inside: a breathtaking wedding dress, a watch and a family photo. Since Kady is getting married so soon, it seems that the hands of fate were guiding her decision to buy the ancient tin. Kady tries on the dress, and is overcome by a dizzy spell. When she wakes up, she is no longer in her drab little appartment in Virginia. Instead, she is on a mountain top, and a hanging is about to take place.
Rushing to the hanging tree, Kady sees three men trying to hang a gorgeous man. She uses her wits and saves the man. It turns out his name is Cole. Kady instantly feels a pull to him, but thinks that he is not the man for her because all of her life, she's dreamt of an Arabian Night.
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