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Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

July 14th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased for myself

Publication date: June 2, 2011

Publisher: Piatkus Books

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Honoria Smythe-Smith, the youngest daughter of the eldest son of the Earl of Winstead, plays the violin in the annual musicale performed by the Smythe-Smith quartet. She’s well aware that they are dreadful but she’s the sort who figures that nothing good will come of being mortified, so she puts on a good show and laughs about it.

Marcus Holroyd is the best friend of Honoria’s brother Daniel, who lives in exile. Marcus has promised to watch out for Honoria, but he faces a challenge when she sets off for Cambridge determined to marry by the end of the season. She’s got her eye on the only unmarried Bridgerton, who’s a bit wet behind the ears. When her advances are spurned, can Marcus swoop in and steal her heart in time for the musicale?

It actually pains me to give any of Julia Quinn’s books anything less than 4 or 5 stars because I am a huge fan of hers.  If you have not read any of her books drop everything else and go do so!  I suggest starting with her Bridgerton series.

This was a cute read and it was over almost before I realized it but when you look at what happens there really isn’t much to the story.   A great deal of the story is Honoria nursing Marcus back to health which leads them both to realize they are in love with each other.   Once Marcus is healthy there isn’t really any adversity that the two of them have to over come to be together.  I was a little surprised that there wasn’t more to the story.  Usually there is some mystery or some scandal that needs to be overcome so it drives a wedge in between the hero and heroine and draws out the story.  So while this story was sweet and contains the usual Julia Quinn humor it wasn’t one of my favorites.

Some of the best parts of the book are the glimpses we get of my favorite family, the Bridgertons. :)  It makes me want to go back and read the past books to compare the points of view of some of the events that we get to see played out again from Honoria and Marcus’s view points.  Colin makes an appearance and it takes place at the same time he is just realizing his love for Penelope and Gregory makes a very brief appearance as well.  The one point I don’t recall from any other book and please remind me if you do but at one point a governess takes the place of one of the Smythe-Smith performances and someone comments on how familiar she looks.  Is the governess someone we know from a past story?  It seemed out of place so I feel like it’s got to play a bigger part than it first appears.

For fans of Julia Quinn this is a nice additional to the Quinn library.

If you haven’t read the Bridgerton books they should probably be read in this order:

The Duke and I-Daphne’s story

The Viscount Who Loved Me-Anthony’s story (this was actually the first story I read in the series and one of my favorites!)

An Offer from a Gentleman-Benedict’s story (my second favorite)

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton-Colin’s story (let me just say swoon!)

To Sir Phillip With Love-Eloise’s story (not one of my favorites)

When He Was Wicked-Francesca’s story

It’s In His Kiss-Hyacinth’s story

On the Way to the Wedding-Gregory’s story

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Romance

3 Responses

  1. Laura @ I'm Booking It

    I enjoyed listening to this one, even if there wasn’t much to it. I haven’t read many of her other books, so I didn’t catch all the references to them– I would have enjoyed that aspect!

  2. Bookworm1858

    I also love the Bridgertons (my fave is Benedict’s with my least fave being Eloise). I was also wondering about the governess-maybe she is familiar but I haven’t read any of the Bridgerton books in a while so I don’t know for sure. I really enjoyed the lightness of this book even if it was mostly fluff instead of something meatier.

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Laura-you definitely need to read the others.

    Bookworm-It’s hard for me to choose between Anthony, Benedict and Colin. They are all so wonderful.

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