Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 1)
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 1)

No one does comedy, wit and light-hearted romance like Julia Quinn.

In which wandergurl and @katydidinoz band together to win a coveted ARC at ARRC2011’s silent auction.

Honoria Smythe-Smith plays the violin in the infamous Smythe-Smith quartet’s annual musicale. (If you’ve read the Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, you’ll know they sound horrible.) It’s her secondish season out, and this time, she’s determined to find a husband, as the last few have cried off.

Marcus Holyroyd, Earl of Chatteris, is Honoria’s brother’s BFF. Since his hurried departure for the continent, he’s been looking out for Honoria (discreetly) and warning away any inappropriate suitors. He’s also secretly in love with her, but he hasn’t figured that out yet, which is all right, because she hasn’t figured out that she’s in love with him.

Will they figure it out in time for the next Smythe-Smith musicale?

I loved this book. It was just the right combination of romance and comedy mixed with a bit of light and fluffy, some squee-ing, and of course, smiling to myself. Having been disappointed by Quinn’s last book (which I never finished), I was pleasantly surprised to find this one to be so sweet and compelling enough to finish that I stayed up to read it through.

I enjoyed the fact that it was one of those cases where they were both in love with each other and realised it at about the same time. There was none of this ‘I’m in love with my brother’s BFF or BFF’s brother and I have loved him FOREVER and carried a torch and oh he will never look at me that way.’ Or ‘I am in love with my BFF’s sister or sister’s BFF but I must never ever look at her that way because it is not honourable and she deserves better and I have a stain upon my soul. ‘ Nope. Their backgrounds aren’t that complicated. They have baggage, but not like a matching set of Louis Vuitton.

While some parts of the plot are a bit suspicious (MILD SPOILER ALERT: They get to spend time together because of a letter written by a housekeeper and, yes, her mother agrees that they just run off to go help him!) it mostly moved along nicely. There are no secret spies, babies, mystery plot twists, suspected supernatural creatures, etc. It’s just a story about two people falling in love. You don’t get a lot of that anymore and I loved that this book.

Yay or nay?

A resounding YAY! whether you’re a Quinn fan or not. This book reminds me why Quinn has such a following: no one does comedy, wit and light-hearted romance the way she does.

This review is based an advanced reading copy donated by the author to the ARRC silent auction to benefit Queensland flood victims.

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith Quartet, Book 1) - UK edition
UK edition

Title: Just Like Heaven (excerpt)
Series: Smythe-Smith Quartet (Book 1)
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
A format: 9780061491900 (31/5/2011)
Ebook: 9780062079534 (31/5/2011)

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Wandergurl is a sometime traveller who spends her daylight hours making sure that things go the way they’re supposed to with minimum bureaucracy (don’t ask!). A firm believer that thirty is the new twenty, she will probably never look her age (or act it!). An enthusiastic football supporter (that would be soccer to you) she will get up at odd hours to watch a game, and of course it’s not just because the players are hot. She loves history, geography and is pretty good at trivia, thanks to her propensity to remember random bits of celebrity gossip. When not reading or travelling, she can be found indulging in her other passion — eating — and can be found at Wake up and smell the coffee.

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