Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beach Read "Just Like Heaven" by Julia Quinn

This book was SOOO good I forsook a day at the beach to stay home and read!  It probably would have been even more enjoyable if I took a few breaks to dip my toes in the surf, but I didn’t want to waste one precious second packing my beach bag and hassling with traffic. 

Book Title:  Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Setting:  England, 1824
Format:  Kindle ebook
Publication date:  May, 2011
Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers
Favorite Passage:  “Then you’ll steal me a piece?”  <<Marcus Holroyd>> gave <<Honoria Smythe-Smith>> his best smile.  His best I-almost-died-so-how-can-you-deny-me smile.  Or at least that’s how he hoped it appeared.  The truth was, he wasn’t a very accomplished flirt, and it might very well have come across as an I-am-mildly-deranged-so-it’s-in-all-of-our-best-interests-if-you-pretend-to-agree-with-me smile. 
Second favorite passage:  There was a collective gasp, and Daisy faked a swoon, sliding elegantly into Iris, who promptly stepped aside and let her hit the floor. 

Beach Read Rating:  5 (out of 5) Beach Umbrellas

Review:  There are some books that are just so compelling, that you can’t put them down.  Just Like Heaven is one of those books.  I read it in one day, spending an entire sunny New England summer’s day stretched out in the hammock with my nose pressed to my Kindle.  It’s all in the characters.  Marcus Holroyd is first introduced as a lonely twelve-year--old of English nobility to goes on holiday from Eaton with his friend, Daniel Smythe-Smith.  It is there he meets pesky six-year-old baby sister, Honoria Smythe-Smith, known not-so-affectionately as “Bug”.  But as little girls are wont to do, they grow up to become beautiful young ladies in search of true love.  Such is the case for Honoria.  And the reader can’t help falling in love with the hero and heroine as they fall in love with each other.  IMHO, there’s nothing better than a good Regency Romance on a Sunday afternoon, be it at the beach or in your backyard. 

Cover blurb: 
Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child C) not in love with her older brother's best friend D) all of the above
Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister D) all of the above
Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance C) fall quite desperately in love
It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is . . .
D) all of the above

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