Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bevelstoke #1 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: June 26th 2007 by Avon
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“Society is capricious and rewards the bad as often as the good. But it never rewards the quiet.”
2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.
At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.
But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .
Cover Art: 4/5 stars. Classy for HR.
4 of 5 stars to The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
This is my first Julia Quinn novel so I really had no expectations of how she writes her stories. I’ve been in a book slump for so long and kept looking for good historicals but they were elusive, until came Miss Quinn and her wonderfully refreshing heroines.
I love, love, love her heroines. I chose to post about this particular book because this is my first read from her and I was immediately captivated. Her books are different from what I was used to. Yes, the rakes and the brooding lords are present but her heroines are another story. They are all so special and unique. Miranda is loyal, good-natured, shy and unpretentious. She knows her ‘place’ in the ton and just accepted it but never let it get her down. She believed she had other talents but most of all I love how she stuck with Nigel, the hero, even during his bad times. She never gave up on him yet she didn’t look desperate doing so. She was just herself and I admire her for that. Nigel maybe a hard man to love but he was good to Miranda even when she was a young girl and often bullied for being ‘ugly.’ Nigel was the reason Miranda had confidence growing up because he believed in her when so many doubted.
What makes Quinn’s books different and likeable is the innocence. HR’s are known for mostly hot, steamy sexual encounters, bodice rippers and whatnot. While Quinn’s books do not have graphic descriptions of such encounters, the romance and chemistry is still blazing.