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There are moments that'll make you laugh and want to hug and kiss Marcus and Honoria but there will also be times when you'll feel..uh? There's nothing wrong with it, you understand, but the zing of Julia Quinn is missing. It's the missing zing that makes it just a bit less. It's almost as if there was more but it got lost somewhere. In most of her books everything is seamless and funny and adorable. That being said, these are two of the best romantic hero and heroine of contemporary romance. There's something old-worldly about them and their love story and I don't mean in the historical sense, rather in the chivalrous knights of the Round Table kind of behaviour and silliness, especially from Marcus.
If you're familiar with Julia Quinn's Bridgerton Novels you'll remember that they are occasionally required to politely turn up and applaud and the worst concert ever featuring the Smythe-Smith girls in what their fond mama believes to be a musicale, but which most people would call torture. Daniel Smythe-Smith, Marcus Holroyd's best friend, had to flee the country after an unfortunate duel leaving Marcus to make sure his little sister, Honoria, doesn't make a bad marriage when the time comes. It takes Marcus and Honoria some time to realise what's right under their noses, of course, which is half the fun, Ms Quinn writes witty dialogue with plenty of comedic moments. This is the first of a new four-part series, and I decided to read them all in one go. Highly recommended.
I have been in love with Julia Quinn's writing for years and she has always been on my must-buy list. However, her more recent books such as "What Happens in London" and "Ten Things I Love about You", in my opinion haven't been as good. There was nothing wrong with the writing or the characters (except Olivia Bevelstoke, she was just plain annoying) but I just didn't feel the special connection with the book and if I'm honest I didn't really want to re-read them! Which I though was a shame as the first one in that series "The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever was one of my favourite Julia Quinn's. "Just Like Heaven" I felt was back to the Julia I know and love, I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting, which completely messed up my body clock but who cares. The characters were charming and I really wanted the hero and heroine to end up together, which they do so don't worry. I'm can't wait for the next book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet to come out. It was also nice to finally get their stories after hearing so much about them in her other books, however, that is not the only reason you should buy this book. It stands by itself as a must-read book and has, for me, reinstated Julia Quinn as a must-buy author again! Now, I don't wont to say anything more detailed about the plot, as I and probably some over people don't particularly like spoilers, but you should buy this book and don't be put of by the 3stars, it isn't a three star book.
I know that JQ books are not famous for their plots, but this seemed to have less than usual. I think that may have down to the fact that the hero is seriously ill for such a large part of the book. Still, it was a witty read. I like Honoria, she is kind hearted but not overly fiesty. Marcus is one of JQ's non-rakes and for a change not described as devastatingly handsome, which is nice. He is still funny though and interesting. He doesn't have a tragic back story, he is just lonely and has grown up without family, except Honoria's. She too is lonely, being the youngest and the two of them are obviously made for each other, as soon as they stop regarding each other as family and fall in love. I enjoyed seeing Colin Bridgerton and Lady Danbury in this one at the same musicale we also visited in "Romancing Mr Bridgerton."
This is a lovely, gentle Regency Romance from a well-known author. I enjoyed it very much, and found references to characters that I knew from her other series fun. I really could imagine it being a real world where people do overlap.
Marcus is a lonely, gentle character and I could quite see why he fell for Honoria. She is an appealing heroine who I immediately wished well. There was always going to be a happy ending - but there was Ms Quinn's usual humour along the way. I always find her books easy to read and would happily recommend this to anyone wanting a charming holiday read.
I have loved all J.Q's books and was waiting impatiantly for this one.I won't say it disappointed because it didn't,but being english there were a couple of details that stood my hair on end.Firstly will someone please tell J>Q or her editor or proof reader or someone that primroses are YELLOW .Our heroine was about to look very weird if the fashion was pink and she was choosing primrose!!Also english moles have hills not holes!They might live in a hole but they throw up hills - generally in the middle of someones perfect lawns.If she had done her homework I suppose the whole story would need changing which would be a shame as apart from that it was an enjoyable read just right for a holiday.