Das geheime Tagebuch der Miss Miranda (Bevelstoke, #1)
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Das geheime Tagebuch der Miss Miranda (Bevelstoke #1)

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"2. März 1810: Heute habe ich mich verliebt!" Dreizehn Tagebücher und neun Jahre später sind Mirandas Gefühle für Viscount Turner genauso unsterblich wie damals - mit wenig Aussicht auf Erfolg: Eine kurze, verhängnisvolle Ehe hat ihn bitter gemacht. Aber immerhin ist er wieder frei. Auch wenn schöne Worte ihm kaum den Glauben an die Liebe wiedergeben werden, vermutet Miran...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 2011 by Mira (first published June 1st 2007)
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Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
***FULL REVIEW***

2 March 1810 . . . Today, I fell in love.


This book was so good. First of all here are some of my emotions or whatever you want to call it.

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5 incredibly HOT SEXY Stars!

Now when I first saw this book I was stupid enough to not realize that it was an erotic romance novel and written by one of the best erotic romance author ever. Now when you first see the cover of the book you think its like a diary of someone or like a normal r...more
Jessica (Rabid Reads)
4.5 stars

A couple of years ago when I first joined Goodreads, one of my favorite things to do was stalk my favorite authors' bookshelves.

It probably still would be, but when I say "stalk" I mean it, so I've already added anything of interest, and to keep doing it would crossover into creepy territory.

Can't have that.

*snickers*

At the time, I still hadn't ever read a straight-up historical romance, but after my success with KMM's Highlander series, I was more open to the possibility, so when Ilon...more
Sans
Fair warning: This is a gut-reaction review, written under the influence of my monthly "gift" from mother nature. Perhaps if I'd read this at a different time, I could have found some redeeming qualities about it. But I didn't, so I can't.

I'm slightly horrified by this book. Specifically by Turner and, to a lesser extent, by Miranda herself. I can't think of anything in the book I can qualify as "romance" and still hold my head up high.

First, Turner. An asshat of epic proportions. He's an emotio...more
Rane
At the tender age of ten Miranda Cheever fell in love with the brother of her best friend; Viscount Turner, with his act of kindness to a awkward growing girl, Miranda never forgot his words that day to her and kept a journal with her thoughts of love since then. Now years later the once kind and caring Viscount Turner, Nigel Bevelstoke is left a bitter and cold hearted man after his wife ripped all his dreams of love and family to sheds with her numerous affairs before her death.
To return the...more
valee
Oh, this was such a sweet story. I loved every page of it. I couldn't put it down, which I'm sorry because it was over so fast that I feel bad for having spend money in something that lasted useful in my hands only some hours,lol. Then again, I can't think in anything better than spending my money in this amazing books,lol, I don't regret it of course. It's just that sometimes it hurts to see my money being consumed so fast. But I guess you just can't help it when you find a good book.

Julia Quin...more
Brittany B.
Aug 20, 2012 Brittany B. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HR fans
Recommended to Brittany B. by: Anzu The Great Destroyer
I'm not surprised ths one the Rita award in 2008! It very much deserved it.
A Must Read!
I ADORE Miranda Cheever. She and her sweet friend Olivia are two of my favorite characters in modern writing.

The story was lovely and unexpected, filled with the unrequited love of a ten year old girl. (Miranda Cheeser) And with the pain and disenchantment with life that comes when all your hopes and dreams in life are shattered. (Turner Bevelstock) And it is about so much more, to be sure.

One of the theme...more
Miriam
This book really fell off for me in the last third. I like Quinn's writing (despite the scattering of anachronistic expressions which sometimes threw me out of the era), I mostly liked Miranda, and I was prepared to like Turner if he got over his conviction that his previous lousy marriage entitled him to be a jerk. But I was really waiting not for him to fall in love with Miranda but to develop some respect for her and treat her as an adult, a friend, an equal. And I felt that Quinn wrote their...more
FlibBityFLooB
I think that this is one of those books that lots of people won't like, but I am not one of them. I love a bittersweet story of romance. The kind of melancholy tale that pulls your heart strings because it's more realistic. I read some reviews where people complained about a hero not being able to say the dreaded three words (I LOVE YOU). However, I honestly felt bad for the hero in this story. I could feel his pain, and I could feel the heroine's pain.

One reason I love Julia Quinn as an author...more
Barbara M.
So...I started off loving this book even though the "hero" (Turner) was kind of (for a lack of a better word) weak. I instantly connected with Miranda... oh how I love the ugly duckling turned beautiful swan stories...but something happened that threw the book way off track and it never came full circle for me. I have read so many books where the main man went through a great tragedy and never quite moved on until he was faced with the loss of the smartest and the most gorgeous gal in England. T...more
Christine
This is a rare one-star book that I actually finished, largely because I'm still waiting for the two books I want to read to come in the mail and I couldn't sleep last night.

I'm afraid this is everything trite and meaningless about HEA romance. I can't stand romance novels in which the crux of the tension is the hero's inability to say three words. This book exacerbates the problem because it is so perfectly obvious that the hero does love the heroine and he shows her in a million ways, which l...more
Chandra
Story Rating 5 Stars
Character Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 4.5 Stars
Heat Level 2 Stars
Overall Rating 4.25 Stars


This book was brilliant.
Juliana
I was so excited for this book as Julia Quinn is a favorite of mine; I normally love her work and I also (surprise, surprise) love to see the quiet/shy girl get the guy. Though there was witty dialog and moments that had me laughing out loud, I really have to say I was disappointed and bothered by many aspects of this book.

PRAISE:
(1) Funny moments that will make you laugh
(2) Connection between Turner and Miranda is interesting to watch in about the first half of the book
(3) I liked Olivia and Tu...more
Sophie Barnes
This book has definitely made it onto my list of all-time favorites. It was both hilarious and interesting at the same time, but - word of warning - the end gets a bit emotional so if you're the sensitive sort, you might want to keep a box of Kleenex's close at hand =)
A bit about the plot: At the tender age of ten, Miss Miranda Cheever falls hopelessly in love with her best friend's brother (Nigel Bevelstoke - aka Viscount Turner). Nine years separate the two, so naturally he's oblivious to her...more
Shawna
Jul 16, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of plain jane heroine w/ unrequited love for best friend's older brother theme
4 ½-5 stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Liz
Ahhhh, not much is sweeter than the first time you read a Julia Quinn novel. This one is no different. It was wonderful.

Miss Miranda Cheever is no great beauty. But then again, she's 10 years old...

We start off at a house party attended by Miranda and held by Miranda's very best friend, Olivia Bevelstoke. At this party, Miranda meets Olivia's older brother, Nigel, Viscount Turner. He is so kind to her and she falls in love. Fast forward 10 years and the years haven't been kind to Turner. He fell...more
Manuela
Si salva dall'avere una sola stellina solo perchè la Quinn scrive bene; per il resto, non sembra neanche scritto da lei, per contenuti ed evoluzione della storia.
La Quinn ha completamente toppato sia nei personaggi che nello svolgimento degli eventi. Turner, che esordisce alla grande nel prologo, viene presentato come un eroe tormentato, ma poi quest'aurea perde subito potenza e coerenza, e il suo personaggio diventa solo uno stupido, immaturo, incoerente idiota. Così lo definisce Miranda a un c...more
Rashika (is tired)
"Miranda wasn't sure whether she wanted to laugh or to cry"


That about sums about most of the book.

I read this because I was looking for a feel good book but that didn't work out too well for me. I enjoyed it but I was also annoyed by it.

For starters Nigel/Turner was a lot more mature when he was 19 then he was at 29. It really annoyed me to see him act like such a baby. The scene in the prologue was absolutely beautiful and I couldn't seem to wrap my head around the fact that he became such a...more
Leah
I knew from the description on the back of this book that I was going to love The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. I'm not sure what about it made me so confident that I was going to enjoy the book, but it made me very excited to read it. And I really did have a good time with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and I love the myriad of different characters too.


Miranda is an awesome historical romance heroine. She is completely badass. She's not afraid to stand up for herself and is...more
Cindy
Regency romance with sex.

I really don't think Julia Quinn even wrote this. It just doesn't seem like something she'd write. There's very little humor in it & JQ is all about humor in her stories.

I didn't like Miranda. Her heart is always on her sleeve & for what? One act of kindness 10 years ago? We get the tired old "Let's get you out of those wet clothes" trope. Divested of her virginity, Miranda waits in vain for a kind word or marriage proposal.

Turner is a Jerk with a capital J....more
Nisha
Clearly, for a Julia Quinn book, I did not enjoy it. Not that it was horribly written or the story was particularly bad. On the contrary, I love the unrequited love theme, especially with the BFF's brother love interest. I even enjoyed the angst and rough patches (like pregnancy and fights). What I didn't enjoy was how much of a pussy Nigel Bevelstoke (Aka. Turner) was. He was several other expletives as well, but i shall refrain from saying them all.

Miranda Cheever has loved Turner since she wa...more
Hanife Albayrak
Güzel kitaptır İlk Julia Quinn kitabım benim :D Pek severim bu yazarı komedi anlatımı sıcak yazım tarzıyla :D Neyse konuya dönim hikayede kızımız miranda 10 yaşında en sevdiği arkadaşının doğum günü partisinde acı bir gerçekle karşı karşıya kalır! Güzel değildir ve bir kız onunla dalga geçmiştir! Morali bozuktur kızıda partiden her zamanki gibi babası almamıştır. En iyi arkadaşının abisi onu eve bırakır. Adamdan çok hoşlanmıştır. Adam derken canım 19 yaşındaydı Turner o zamanlar :lol: Neyse ona...more
Heather
I loved this book. It was an engaging, entertaining read from start to finish. I laughed out loud more than once, which I rarely do with books. There were so many times that I set the book down, intent on moving on to whatever I needed to do in real life only to pick the book right back up again because I needed to know what happened next.

I know some people dislike the lack of a non-romance plot, the whole story is focused on the two characters getting together with almost no secondary action....more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Miranda was a gangly, awkward girl who was best friends with pretty Olivia Bevelstoke, one of the most powerful families around. Turner, oldest of the Bevelstoke children, finds the little girl bright, loyal, and fun to talk to. She has been a regular fixture with the Bevelstoke family for years and has loved Turner always, and he never knew. When the girls have their Season, Turner accompanies them to be seen as a supportive brother. His dances with Miranda are bringing feelings he didn't think...more
Dinjolina
I LOVED this book!
I am not sure I can stress this enough!

I loved the quirky heroine!
I loved the brooding but beta hero!
I loved their interactions!
I love how she lost the baby! (as a plot device, not because I enjoy reading about miscarriages lol)
I love their married life!
I loved how he knew he loved her BEFORE she started dying!
I love how they end up happy!

I am just so…so…in love with this story!
Usually I hate the romance books where there is a ex wife. To this day I am not sure if I hate the sa...more
Ren
Julia Quinn mungkin adalah author HR Pure romance kedua yang ceritanya aku sukai selain Lisa Kleypas. (yang satunya lagi adalah Teresa Medeiros, kalo Lisa Valdez itu gimana ya, hehehehe)
Buku ini seolah mengatakan bahwa first love never dies.Cinta Miranda pada Turner tidak pernah berubah selama 10 tahun sejak gadis itu mengenal Turner. Dari Turner pula Miranda memulai kegiatan menulis diarinya.

Sempat khawatir semenjak Turner kehilangan istrinya, bakal bikin dia jadi cowo menyebalkan (yang ingin k...more
She-Who-Reads
I was a little disappointed in this book. I love Julia Quinn; I find her novels engrossing, entertaining, funny, and romantic. They're generally just good reads. But The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever was just okay. It was one of the first novels she ever wrote -- she revised the manuscript when she needed a standalone novel to publish after the end of her Bridgerton series -- and it shows. It was mildly entertaining, but both Miranda and Turner lacked the spark that makes truly interest...more
Nicole
Miranda Cheever & Nigel "Turner" Bevelstoke . . .

Wow! This book took me on a roller coaster ride. I am awed with Julia Quinn's writing. This is the 1st book I've read of hers and I just loved it!

There were quite a bit of funny moments - the bantering. I found myself literally laughing out loud . . . some emotional moments where I found myself teary eyed . . . and of course some sweet moments where I just can't help but sigh . . .

Overall: Most definitely 5+ stars!!!
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I love all of Julia Quinn's books, they are all so funny and romantic with easily loveable heroes and heroines that make you smile. This book was no exception, Miranda was funny and witty with a dry and sarcastic sense of humour and Turner was the gorgeous man intelligent enough to fall in love with her. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something light and easy to read that may not rock your world, but will certainly leave you with a smile.
Tina
My first book by this author and a delightful read at that. I loved the characters and found it hard to put down when necessary. The character development was great and had me transported to another place and time. I just love reading a book that makes it possible to escape your own life for a while. This book did exactly that. I am glad I read it and can't wait to be transported by the next book in this series. :)
Lady Allison
Jul 15, 2011 Lady Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance fans
A wonderfully romantic story! Childhood crush turns into real love - don't we all wish it happened that way?! I met a woman tonight whose story was quite similar to Miranda's; fell in love at age 9 but he didn't notice her until much later & eventually married - I'm pretty sure I swooned! The hopeless romantic in me adored the journey & fell hard for Miranda & Turner. I can't wait to read Olivia's story!
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