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The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgerton Prequel (Rokesbys) Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2017
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From the Back Cover
While you were sleeping . . .
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie . . .
I told everyone I was your wife
When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.
If only it were true . . .
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.
About the Author
With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.
- Publisher : Avon (May 30, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062388177
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062388179
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND actually had a decent and clever plot, unlike its predecessor "Because of Miss Bridgerton" which truthfully didn't seem to have one. It's the story of a young woman who lies about being married to her brother's best friend, only to be caught up in a web of lies and deceit that spins out of her control... Although it took me a little while to get involved in this story, I ended up really enjoying it. Ms. Quinn's typical wit and charm were definitely on display, but it wasn't quite as funny as I've come to expect of her work. Instead it was often serious and sad at times, which had me near tears on a few occasions. And while it was surely an emotional tale, it's also very sweet, tender, and romantic too. There are even a couple of passionate love scenes that were written with depth and feeling.
Cecilia and Edward were both kind and endearing characters, though neither were as vivid or outgoing as I'd have liked. This story does take place during wartime however, so perhaps those traits would have been inappropriate under the circumstances. The setting did serve as a reminder of the high price those in the military and their loved ones pay each and every day. On a whole though, I just thought it was a lovely romance that was both compelling and engaging. There was even one part in particular that I didn't see coming, though maybe I was being obtuse and should have. And while I have to admit to finding the end predictable, it still made my heart happy so I didn't really care. Overall it was just a pleasant way to spend a few hours and I'm very glad to have read it =)
As always, the sex scenes are very well written. So if you're more interested in erotica than romance or plot, this is probably the book for you.
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It is 1779. Cecilia Harcourt has been living an isolated life in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, with her widowed father. She lives for the letters she receives from her brother Thomas, who is a soldier fighting for the British in the American War of Independence (I think! My American history is a little hazy and the book didn't make it clear). When she receives a letter saying Thomas has been wounded, in the same week her father dies, she decides to head to America to be with him - only to arrive and discover he is nowhere to be found.
In the meantime, Thomas's friend, Edward Rokesby, has woken up in a hospital in New York, to find three months of his life missing and Cecilia claiming to be his wife. Surely he'd remember if he was married?
I have read very few historical romances set in this period in America, so I was really looking forward to learning more about that time. There was also Edward's missing three months and the mysterious disappearance of Thomas - was or wasn't he a spy, etc. Instead, all of this fizzled out and the main part of the story is about Cecilia and Edward's relationship. Which was fine; this is a romance after all. But I had been expecting a little bit more ...
Julia Quinn's style of writing, her characters, her witty dialogue; they are all here and as brilliant as usual - five stars. But the lack of historical detail and plot was more of a three. Averaging out at 4 stars.
Recommended for anyone who loves romantic comedies set in the past, and for fans of Eloisa James. If you've never read Julia Quinn before, I'd suggest you start with her famous Bridgerton Series - The Viscount Who Loved Me and An Offer from a Gentleman are my favourites. Although my all-time favourite is one of her stand-alones: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever.
I didn't feel the characters were as well drawn as usual. I hate to say it but it almost doesn't feel like Julia Quinn had as much passion for writing invested in this romance as she usually does, which is a pity.
I would say that really it falls a bit short of 4 stars.