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Julia Quinn is the only writer whose books make me open it and dive into it the moment I get my hands on them. I read it through the night and I guess this has become one of my favorites among her books. Loved Cecilia and Edward. A lovestory that began through letters. Highly recommended.
Look, I ordered this product on the 3rd of august. It was delivered yesterday. But I got a message saying it will be delivered today when it has already been delivered. This is not right. I refuse to pay for a second copy, when I received it yesterday and paid the full amount for it.
Julia Quinn is one of my all-time favourite authors. I've read every one of her books. I love her big-hearted characters, who are usually part of lovable eccentric families, and the fabulous witty dialogue between heroes and heroines. But unfortunately I'm not really feeling her new Rokesby series.
It is 1779. Cecilia Harcourt has been living an isolated life in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, with her widowed father. She lives for the letters she receives from her brother Thomas, who is a soldier fighting for the British in the American War of Independence (I think! My American history is a little hazy and the book didn't make it clear). When she receives a letter saying Thomas has been wounded, in the same week her father dies, she decides to head to America to be with him - only to arrive and discover he is nowhere to be found.
In the meantime, Thomas's friend, Edward Rokesby, has woken up in a hospital in New York, to find three months of his life missing and Cecilia claiming to be his wife. Surely he'd remember if he was married?
I have read very few historical romances set in this period in America, so I was really looking forward to learning more about that time. There was also Edward's missing three months and the mysterious disappearance of Thomas - was or wasn't he a spy, etc. Instead, all of this fizzled out and the main part of the story is about Cecilia and Edward's relationship. Which was fine; this is a romance after all. But I had been expecting a little bit more ...
Julia Quinn's style of writing, her characters, her witty dialogue; they are all here and as brilliant as usual - five stars. But the lack of historical detail and plot was more of a three. Averaging out at 4 stars.
Recommended for anyone who loves romantic comedies set in the past, and for fans of Eloisa James. If you've never read Julia Quinn before, I'd suggest you start with her famous Bridgerton Series - The Viscount Who Loved Me and An Offer from a Gentleman are my favourites. Although my all-time favourite is one of her stand-alones: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever.
I would agree with other reviews and say this is one of the worst Julia Quinn I have read. I have read quite a few in lockdown! The main element of humour and good dialogue is missing and I really didn't like Celia. Some of the dialogue was just dull or incredibly modern and uses lots of current slang. Some other books have a lot more plot. Very little actually happens which was the main issue with Being Miss Bridgeton too. Without food characters, some plot and humour it exposes the repetitive sex scenes and romance.
Julia Quinn is always a reliable read. Though the premised for this is a bit bonkers it largely worked for me. Celie Harcours abandons England with barely a penny to her name, and goes tearing off to the Americas when she finds out that her brother, Thomas, has been injured. When she gets to New York she finds that Thomas is unaccountably missing, but his best friend, Edward Rokesby is badly injures and in need of care. In order to get access she tells the authorities that she's Edward's wife, and since he's insensible she gets away with it. When he comes to, he's conveniently lost his memory and so she fools him, too. That's the point at which I was screaming for her to do the sensible thing and tell him, but no, she continues to fool him as well - until she doesn't. Even though I had a few quibbles, it was an enjoyable read.
This eagerly-awaited new story from Julia Quinn lacks the light touch of her best works, and the pace and humour of most of them. It relies on the hackneyed device of amnesia, and devotes too much space to the question of whether or not the heroine should confess to a deception. The American war of independence doesn't seem to suit her as a background to her romances - it leads to some pointless inclusion of information that doesn't add to the narrative, and seems to produce a plodding and dull mood.
Okay, the premise is a bit cliché but for the most part Julia Quinn's story telling brings it to life enough to make me laugh aloud and shed a tear. However, it is the dialogue that really carries a Quinn romance and in this case it fell very short in one or two places. The conversation in the Dutch bakery is one of a few examples. It was dry, it was unnatural and excessively modern. It also felt fairly pointless - yes, Edward goes there later on but the earlier scene could have been heavily edited or removed without affecting the story adversely. I didn't feel the characters were as well drawn as usual. I hate to say it but it almost doesn't feel like Julia Quinn had as much passion for writing invested in this romance as she usually does, which is a pity. I would say that really it falls a bit short of 4 stars.
I love Julia Quinn and I always look forward to a new book. I was excited that The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was going to be set somewhere other than London and England. The American war of independence seemed like an interesting place to take a story. This book is good, which is why I give 3 stars - good. But not excellent - 4 stars or Loved it! - 5 stars.
Left me feeling not much had actually happened. While the story itself is interesting with reading about the earlier times in New York and in how our leading lady ends up with a make believe husband, it was just a little dull. Sorry Julia Quinn :( Just lacked what previous books have had for me.
I still look forward to the third book of this series though.