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The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke Book 1) Kindle Edition
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2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.
At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.
But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .
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.
The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B000SCHBUW
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 684 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 329 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,659 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While I think this story was fantastic, one of her best, in fact, I can understand why a lot of readers do not. This is a VERY different story than most of Quinn's books and falls on the darker side - with main elements including unrequited love, heartache, betrayal, abuse, and abandonment (emotionally).
I'm not one to give away spoilers, but without giving much away, the main male character (Turner) comes off as an egotistical and selfish bastard, and I agree to a certain extent. Not to make excuses for his behavior, but he had his reasons, and they are stemmed from being betrayed in one of the most heartwrenching ways imaginable. I think what a lot of readers tend to forget is that this story takes place in a different time- over two hundred years ago - when a gentleman's honor and reputation were as vital as his health, land, and place in parliament.
Based on many of the poor reviews, the heroine (Miranda) comes off as a doormat, forgiving the hero again and again for his less than desirable actions. However, after reading the story myself, I thought she was BRAVE and inspiring. She's willing to go through so much all for the sake of true love, expressing her feelings and never apologizing for them, even if that means never having them given back to her in return. The times when she holds her own and stands up for herself are well worth the read in itself.
I think I enjoyed this book so much because it felt REAL. There are REAL, raw feelings in this story. I honestly think this is one of Julia Quinn's best, and I HIGHLY recommend it if you're looking for an attention-grabbing read. Just be prepared and remember that this is not the typical fantasy love story that often comes with the historical romance genre!
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There is no signature humour in this book, nor there is and background mistery, that keeps us on the edge of our seats.
This is my second read through this enchanting story and I know I will revisit it again in the future.