Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn [Review]
Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet #1) by Julia Quinn
Format: paperback
Source: library
Date read: December 18, 2013

Smythe-Smith Quartet
1. Just Like Heaven - Paperback | Kindle
2. A Night Like This
3. The Sum of All Kisses

Julia Quinn
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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
Thoughts on Just Like Heaven: I picked up this book after Amanda, my partner in crime, reviewed it. To be honest, a big part of me really wanted to skip ahead and read book two because, HELLO, ten-year-old girl who thinks she's a unicorn! Yes, that tickles my funny bone. However, I resisted the urge to skip ahead and started here.

And I'm very glad I did.

This book is one of those that left me feeling good. I had fun reading it. I liked watching Marcus and Honoria realize their feelings had grown. I LOVED how Honoria took her terrible violin playing in stride and embraced it. And her family. HER FAMILY. I liked them. They might be a little clueless. They might be really bad musicians. But, in the end, they stand beside one another.

But let's get back to Marcus and Honoria. They were ridiculously sweet together. From Honoria's plot to lure one of the houseguests out to "save" her to Marcus's quiet knockdown of every male showing an interest in her. When Honoria stepped in to nurse Marcus through his illness, I was giddy. She got so darn PUSHY about needing to be there for him. It was perfect and it showed those around her how much she cared for him before she was even aware of it.

Definitely fun, I'm SO looking forward to the next book. Because UNICORN!


  1. I thought this one was sweet and I liked it. Honoria (once I got over her name) was a pretty great leading lady :)

    1. I enjoyed it. And, yes, her name took a while to get past. LOL!