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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: March 4, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0015KC9QW
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Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever Audiobook – Unabridged
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A couple of years ago when I first joined Goodreads, one of my favorite things to do was stalk my favorite authors' bookshelves.
It probably still would be, but when I say "stalk" I mean it, so I've already added anything of interest, and to keep doing it would crossover into creepy territory.
Can't have that.
At the time, I still hadn't ever read a straight-up historical romance, but after my success with KMM's Highlander series, I was more open to the possibility, so when Ilona Andrews (my FAVORITE) recommended When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James (again, HR with a twist--this time of the fairy tale retelling persuasion), I. Was. So. There.
And thus began my pursuit of my new favorite guilty pleasure.
So now you know two important things:
1. I've only read MAYBE a couple dozen historical romances, and am by no means an expert.
2. Only two of those were written prior to 2000, so I have a very skewed and admittedly biased perception of what I refer to as, "my grandmother's historical romances."
Well, you didn't know that second one, but you do now.
SO. I'm my limited HR experience, I've discovered several authors whom are almost guaranteed to send me into raptures of pure delight and happiness. Those authors are: Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, and Julia Quinn.
This is (so far) my favorite Julia Quinn.
Miranda Cheever meets her best friend's elder brother Turner for the first time when she is only ten years old, and she loves him instantly. Nearly ten years later, she still loves him, but Turner is no longer the bright and optimistic young man she first gave her heart to.
I've already said that HR is my new favorite guilty pleasure, so I have no problem admitting that I LOVE this premise--girlish crush becomes unrequited love becomes not-so-unrequited love. LOVE it. And of course there are many (MANY) obstacles along the way.
Said obstacles are why I lowered my original rating, incidentally. On the second pass, the book was still as funny and clever as I remembered. The characters, both main and secondary, were still as endearing . . . BUT Turner was just a bit too thick-headed for me this time. He could have saved both himself and Miranda a ridiculous amount of heartache if he had just stopped being so damn stubborn.
For me, there's a fine line between, "Nothing worth having comes easily," and, "I'm over it already." Turner didn't quite cross that line, but it was a near thing.
Still, it was an absolutely divine historical romances, and I recommend it to all lovers of the genre as well as anyone contemplating giving HR a chance for the first time.
I like how Miranda is not only smart but fights for her love! And it's true, even if action speaks louder than words, women still wants to hear it said every now and again!
I really loved this story. The book is more uneven than the normal Quinn novel, and at times I really disliked Turner. Ultimately, however, I was converted by his realization of his love for Miranda. I really enjoyed how the relationship between the two developed and while it was not a clear and steady path, it was one that I was interested in seeing resolved. The characters were vivid and I cared about them.