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I really enjoyed most books by this author, but not so much this one. I hope it won't be a great SPOILER to say that it tell us a story of a little girl who fall in love and 10 years later got her prince charming. He think he doesn't love her but "surprisingly" at the end he realised he loved her all along.... 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 probably the darkest JQ book, with both the hero and heroine behaving badly and it certainly deals with the pain of unrequited love and the bitterness of betrayal. I enjoyed this book as it explores darker emotions within the context... wish there had been an epilogue though which may have helped the feel good factor I normally associate with the end of a JQ book
Outside of the Bridgerton series, this is hands down my favourite Julia Quinn book. Not only does Quinn breathe her usual wit into the characters and their storylines , but I found myself truly caring what happened to both Miranda and Turner. I struggled to put this book down and I lost a night's sleep as a result.
This is my second read through this enchanting story and I know I will revisit it again in the future.
I have not read a book that has captivated me forsome time. This book however has done just that. I followed the relationship of Miranda and Turner through all its up and downs. How one person's inability to tell another how they feel caused such heartbreak and pain. Julia Quinn has excelled herself. I could not put this book down. If you are a Julia Quinn fan then you NEED to read this book. It's absolutely great.
A masterclass in mixing humour and romance with heartbreak and happiness. A man & a woman whose characters are each side of the same coin. Open and trusting against closed and broken. What a great rollercoaster ride through their growing relationship and ultimate happy life together. An enjoyable, funny, entertaining story - go read it now!
Steadfast Miranda Cheever has been in love with the same person for half her life, and it's become a hard habit to break. But the Turner who soothed the wounded pride of a child and sweetly complimented her no longer exists. An unwise infatuation and a painful marriage have turned Turner into a cynical, bitter man. Now a widower, he's happy to celebrate his freedom in any way he can.
Unfortunately for his plans, his only sister Olivia is making her come-out and his mother insists he do his duty and help bring her out. Not just Olivia, but her best friend Miranda, the only one who can moderate Olivia's outrageous behaviour. It's a chore Turner would rather do without, but as Olivia takes the ton by storm, he sticks around, enjoying the easy company and wicked wit of her little friend.
Until enjoyment turns to desire, and Turner realises he's in trouble. But Miranda has wanted him for years, and she doesn't give up easily. Then, in a fit of temper, she tells him that she loves him, and it seems things will never be the same between them again.
No one does Regency/Historical Romance quite like Julia Quinn. Her stories are a gorgeous blend of wit, sophistication and utter sweetness, and this story is no different. Miranda is a lovely heroine - sly, funny and loyal - who deserves someone so much better than Turner, but she's adamant he can be that person. After all, he used to be. All she needs to do is heal him. And this mixed in with her diary entries (my personal favourite - `brought tragedy to the table (book, not event)') makes reading about her a complete delight.
Turner, of course, is an idiot. But he does have an excuse... sort of. His marriage clearly damaged him, but at times I do want to hit him, tell him to stop thinking and just admit how he feels. But in true JQ style, she does redeem him before the end, and he becomes just about worthy of his heroine.
Sprinkled with laugh out loud moments, glorious characters (particularly Olivia - really looking forward to her own tale
What Happens in London
), and sparkling dialogue, JQ delivers another thoroughly enjoyable tale. She really is in a class of her own.