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Just Like Heaven (Unabridged Audio CDs) Audio CD – 2011
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From the Back Cover
Honoria Smythe-Smith is:A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child
C) not in love with her older brother's best friend
D) all of the above
Marcus Holroyd is:A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister
D) all of the above
Together they:A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love
It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is . . .
D) all of the above--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The "falling-in-love" in this story is very believable. The H and h are both likable people and you will feel that they deserve a happy ending.
There is also humor in the book, which is a trademark of a Julia Quinn romance.
I will give this book the ultimate compliment. I love it as much as my favorite Georgette Heyer book.
I think I'll make this a brief review. This is a story so similar to the other Julia Quinn books I have read, but it does not seem like a tired premise. It feels fresh and sweet, and I loved it.
The things I liked:
Marcus. Quiet, somewhat brooding, but a wonderful friend to Honoria for most of her life. He is an eligible bachelor who never really seems like an eligible bachelor for any part of the book. He shies away from society, and, whether he realizes it yet or not, he only really has eyes for Honoria. A great hero for this story.
Honoria. Yes, she is a terrible musician. But she embraces her lack of skill. She revels in the tradition she is thrown into, and she brings joy to so many of the pages in which she appears. Her care for Marcus as he is at death's door was beautiful.
Friends win in the end. I LOVE romances where good friends end up together at the end. These two aren't just together because they find each other attractive. They are together because they love being around each other. The conversations are sweet and funny and real. Loved that!
Julia Quinn's wit. I LOVE the way Julia Quinn writes her romances. As a reader I can feel the joy she has as she writes. It really does show on the page. Whether her books are my absolute favorites or just ones that I moderately enjoyed, I always love reading them. This one is one of my favorites, making it all the more wonderful to read.
Some amazing romantic scenes when Honoria and Marcus first realize that they love each other. That has to be a bit jarring -- realizing that you are in love with the person you have thought of as a sibling for so much of your life. These scenes are just beautiful and heartwarming and swoon worthy. Loved them!
If you are a Julia Quinn fan, you should love this (not so) new series. If you haven't read any Quinn books, start with the Bridgerton series and then start this one. There are great characters that cross over into this story (Colin -- love him!, and Mrs. Danbury, to name a few). A highly enjoyable historical romance. Four stars!
Marcus was an extremely lonely child until he met Daniel Smythe-Smith, the future Earl of Winstead. Marcus begins to spend time with Daniel's family. There he meets, Honoria, Daniel's youngest sister. Honoria, being five years younger than the boys, is somewhat of a pest. Marcus, enjoys being with the Smythe-Smiths, who are a loving family, unlike his own. Marcus' happiness in the bosom of the Smythe-Smith family, however, is shattered by a duel fought between his two friends Daniel and Hugh Prentice. As a result of the duel, Daniel is forced to flee England and the happy Smythe-Smith family is damaged.
During the three years of Daniel's exile, Marcus has taken the responsibility to watching over Honoria and warning off any "inappropriate" suitors. Honoria has set her sights on Gregory Bridgerton. In order to accomplish this, she concocts a scheme where she will twist her ankle and need rescuing. Instead, Marcus twists his ankle and eventually becomes very ill. Honoria cares for him while he is ill and eventually comes to care for him in a romantic fashion.
I enjoyed this story. It is funny and heartwarming, and I loved Marcus. He is such an honorable man who has been deeply hurt by his family. He comes to care for Honoria deeply. It was very nice to have the Bridgertons make an appearance here.
I recommend this book.
My favorite part was also the most suspenseful, and that is Marcus' fever. Amazing how easy it was for people to die back then, and what small things made the difference between life and death. Lady Winstead's deep affection for this young man she viewed as another son, how hard she and Honoria both worked to keep him alive - vividly done. I don't think anything could possibly have made this better.
And just as a plus, we also have cameo appearances from Colin and Gregory Bridgerton, Lady Danbury, and a governness whose book I will have to find and reread. All in all, a book to keep and enjoy over and over again.