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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.
Ich bin wirklich ein Julia Quinn Fan. Es geht sogar soweit, dass ich den Newsletter der Autorin beziehe. Dadurch wurde die Leserschaft informiert, dass sie ja jedes Jahr um die Zeit ein Buch veröffentlicht und aus dem geplanten Buch (dem über die beiden Dukes of Wyndham) wohl im Endeffekt zwei werden und sie es zeitlich nicht geschafft hat. Also mußte Ersatz her. Und da lag dann noch das alte Manuskript, dass sie überarbeitet hat und man jetzt unter dem endlos langen Titel the Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever erwerben kann. Ich habe es mir gleich bestellt und auch brav durchgelesen. Während ich ihre anderen Bücher verschlungen habe und enttäuscht war, wenn ich diese ausgelesen habe, hat sich dieses Mal das Ganze eher hingezogen. Man erkennt in dem Buch Spuren der Schreibweise, wie Julia Quinn ihre Bücher heute schreibt. Es gibt witzige und sehr anrührende Szenen, aber es überwiegt die Langeweile. Es ist im Aufbau ein Durchschnittsliebesroman: Sie treffen sich - sie verliebt sich - er erkennt nicht, wie toll sie ist - sie geraten in ein Unwetter - sie schlafen miteinander - sie wird schwanger - sie müssen heiraten - er zeigt ihr seine Liebe nicht - Drama - Happy End. Normalerweise kann man aus diesen Zutaten eine trotzdem schöne und gut zu lesende Geschichte machen, aber in diesem Fall wird sie wohl vor allem nur Lesern gefallen, die bis zu dem Zeitpunkt keine Bücher von Julia Quinn gelesen haben. Und vor allem die Anhänger der Bridgerton-Serie werden enttäuscht sein. Ich rate Euch nicht ab, das Buch zu lesen, aber ich möchte, dass man weiß, dass es eben kein würdiger Nachfolger ist. Ich bin der Meinung, dass die Autorin das Buch entweder in der Schublade hätte lassen müssen oder sie es hätte neu schreiben sollen.
For all of Julia Quinn's followers who loved the Bridgerton Family, this book might seem a let-down. I believe that's due to the totally different circumstances of the characters.
Almost every young girl falls in love with an 'older' man, usually a friend's male cousin or brother sometimes almost a decade her senior. Miranda Cheever fits that mold but her youthful crush has far outlived its usefulness. Growing up on the lower rungs of British society she was not a commoner although there was no question that her lineage would benefit immensely from an infusion of blue blood. But instead she watches as the love of her life marries another.
When Viscount Turner suddenly becomes widowed, he turns stoic. Not missing in the least his philandering wife he directs his attention to being the head of his family, which conveniently includes Miranda, his sister's best friend. As Miranda grows into herself she becomes an attractive young woman who does not see her own good qualities.
The Viscount takes Miranda under his societal wing as she goes through the motions of attracting a suitable spouse only to find himself becoming so overly protective of her that he compromises her. Rather than inform the Viscount of his impending fatherhood, Miranda takes herself off to distant parts where she miscarries the child.
When at last Nigel (the Viscount) recognizes that his life is empty without Miranda and goes off in search of her, love takes advantage of the opportunity and a happy ending brings Miranda's secret diary entries to a satisfactory conclusion.
A thoroughly entertaining story by one of the best romance writers, this story actually rates a 3.5 but since it falls far short of the Bridgerton series I am only giving it 3 stars.
This book is an easy, light read. It's not one of Quinn's best, but she's a fairly competent writer so even her mediocre work is good enough to keep someone occupied on a rainy day.
The dialogue is entertaining. Olivia is really fun to read about. The hero is pretty original (Other reviews say that he can be pretty childish and mean, but I'm counting him as a positive because feels very realistic to me. Too often, romance novel heroes have cosmetic "flaws" that can be easily overlooked. This guy is childish, immature, and petty but he's also genuinely a good person about other things. He might not be the perfect fantasy guy to . . . fantasize about, but he's certainly someone who feels real). No unnecessary, convoluted, big misunderstandings to stretch out the book.
It's forgettable. I finished this book about two days ago and it's already fading from memory. It's not interesting enough to re-read. *Spoiler* I don't think the heroine's miscarriage was handled very well.
If you have some extra money and you like Julia Quinn, it's probably worth it to buy this book.
That was my take away. The hero was a jerk. He didn't actually deserve a happy ending. By he heroine deserved one, but the hero really didn't. What was the point of his withholding his love through nine months of happy marriage?
Other than character flaws, though, the book is quite competent. Just wish the hero had dragged his head out of his behind months earlier. It felt like unnecessarily dragging the story out. It could have been resolved earlier and the hero wouldn't have come off as quite so much of a jerk.
I liked this book because I liked Miranda. Turner, he had his moments, but was mostly a douche (pardon my French). Not quite as funny as some of Quinn's other books, this had a delicious beginning, and was fairly solid throughout. But Turner's still a douche.