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Julia Quinn is one of my favorite Regency romantic-comedy authors. Her books might be a tad historically dubious, but they're so much frothy fun (with real emotions to ground the frothiness) that for once, I just can't make myself care about historical accuracy.
This newest one feels a bit thin (in terms of plot) as compared to some of her earlier books (my favorite of hers is probably What Happens in London), but it made me laugh out loud several times, the romance was filled with real tenderness and sweetness, and at one point midway through the book I suddenly realized that there was a huge grin on my face, and there had been for a long time without me realizing it - the book was just making me that happy. And that's what Julia Quinn's books (from the second Bridgerton novel onwards, almost without exception) do for me - they just make me really happy.
I finished Just Like Heaven last night, but this morning when I was feeling stressed, I picked it back up again and reread the last few chapters. They made me feel happy again. And I love books that do that.
I am afraid that I shall have to agree with other reviewers in the fact that this was not one of Julia Quinns best books. I enjoyed reading it, and read it in one sitting but when I'd finished I felt dissapointed, I had been expecting a book of Julia Quinns normal passion, spirt, and humour and it didnt quite make it. I think my main problem with it was that it lacked plot. You already know that they are going to fall in love, just from the back of book, and this was just a gentle progression of their love, their were no evil relatives, or secrets or anything to keep them apart, and the few obsticals J.Q. did try to put in their way felt rather flat and half hearted.
But it was enjoyable to read, and while it's not up to her usual standard, I am glad I brought it and I shall read it again at some point. For people new to J.Q. perhaps start with the Bridgertons, or with other earlier ones- a personal favourite is
Everything and the Moon (Lyndon Family Saga)
Looking for a feel-good Regency romance with plenty of humour and not too much between-the-sheets action? This filled the bill for me. Honoria Smythe-Smith and Marcus, Lord Chatteris have known each other since childhood since Marcus was at school with her brother Daniel. Daniel has had to flee the country for an indefinite period after a duel gone wrong (which is dealt with elsewhere in the author's Smythe-Smith books) and has asked Marcus to make sure that his sister doesn't marry an idiot or a rake while he is gone. I won't go into more detail of the plot, although there is plenty more going on. Honoria and Marcus come across as a couple who are made for each other even though they take a while to realise it, and it makes for a believable romance. Although there is a lot of reference to the happenings in the other Smythe-Smith books, it is all explained well enough so that the books work as stand alone novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Julia writes such fun stories. She certainly has a serious theme going on but just every now and then she goes off on a tangent and you suddenly find yourself laughing. I find these type of stories so enjoyable even if there is a character or two you don't enjoy.
Un libro entretenido, con historia, divertido (es imposible no soltar carcajadas en algunas de las escenas....totalmente imposible) y romántico... Imagino que se toma algunas libertades con los personajes en la forma en la que interaccionan, pero la historia gana con ello. Protagonistas que se hacen querer, que son consecuentes con sus actos (aunque parezca extraño no siempre ocurre), secundarios muy conseguidos, divertidos y que te sacan de tus casillas...pero ese es su papel y poco drama tipo culebrón...el que hay está justificado. Nada de amor (o lujuria ) a primera vista...en fin...me ha encantado!
The characters were all well-developed, I liked the Smythe - Smith musicals from the Bridgerton series - now it just seems like we're old friends reuniting. I like Ms Quin's humorous writing. This novel was light and entertaining despite the terrible leg injury Marcus had - Honoria and Marcus romance was very believable from the childhood friends they had been to the lovers they became. A very good read.
Julia Quinn è una garanzia! Storia romantica, dialoghi frizzanti, ironici, divertenti... non ne sbaglia una. I personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e i dialoghi sempre piacevolissimi. E' piacevole anche l'incrocio con i personaggi di altri libri come i Bridgertons e vedere come i dettagli si incastrano perfettamente tra un libro e l'altro. Molto consigliato alle lettrici romantiche e ironiche.