The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brot ...more
Should I base my rating on my feelings at the end of the book?
I could easily tell you that I finished The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband (geez, that’s a mouthful) with a big smile on my face. There’s even a chance I could say that the ending left me satisfied and excited for more. I’d even go as far as to say that that ending was a 5-star ending. Unfortunately, I can't rate a book on the ending alone. For most of this journey, I wanted to ...more
I have enjoyed Julia Quinn's books in the past but have had problems with several of her stories having slow pacing and being on the dry/dull side. Unfortunately this one fell in the later camp. This story I found to be quite slow the first third to half of the book and not very engaging or intriguing enough of for me, sadly.
Cecilia Harcourt leaves the English colonies and heads to America in search of her brother. Her brother fought i ...more
I got about halfway through and it was okay-ish, but I didn't like that the heroine continued lying to the hero for so long. The dude was injured, le ...more
In general, though, I've enjoyed this series of prequel Bridgerton books far more than the actual Bridgeton books.
The gist is that our heroine, Cecilia, crosses an ocean and lands on the shores of 'Merica in the middle of that war we had with the British back in the day. Why? Because her brother, a soldier in Her Majesty's Army, was injured and has gon ...more
I will be the first to admit that I love Julia Quinn novels. However, this series has been an enormous disappointment to me. I think I may need to take a break from Quinn novels for a while. I know this is an unpopular opinion since people love JQ and think her writing is light and funny. In most cases, it is. Some of her novels are on my favorites shelf forever. I even own two copi ...more
Good gosh this book. THIS BOOK. I had a really lovely experience with it, and I can’t tell you how much I ended up loving The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband. It’s poignant, emotional, and heartbreaking in its utter gorgeousness. I’m not up to date with all of Julia Quinn’s books, but for me, this is the best story that she has ever crafted.
With any romance that involves amnesia and one person lying about the nature of their relationship, there’s this fear that it will lead to unnecessary dra ...more
The heroine kept her lies too long, IMHO. She berates herself about that too, but she still find a 1000 excuses to not tell the truth until the very end! But she was sweet and a little bit naive, so I could forgive her.
The hero was better! He was honorable and in a difficult situation having lost his memory. Still he was ready to accept what the heroine told him ...more
It's a good thing the plot made sense to com ...more
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband is a story I will admit that I was nervous about, especially since I haven't read the first book in the series. But then I heard some great things about this one, and decided that I really needed to try it out. I will say that I really stuggled with this one pretty much the first half of the book. I just couldn't get interested in the story that much, but then once I hit between the 50-60%, then I was ...more
A huge Dissapointment after Book 1 of this series :/
This book was mediocre at best :/ Nothing new or different about this read at all.
This story has been done a hindered times over in many other better ways.The plot moved forward slowly with barely tolerable,boring leads and heck of LIES from the heroine (which ends up causing unnecessary angst..in my opinion the hero would have definatly helped her out if she had just told him the truth Atleast 20% into the book).
One of the three biggest problems I have wi ...more
Cecilia just has her brother for family other than a scheming cousin who is not a good family member at all. So Cecilia decided to go look for her brother who has been injured in battle. But she was unable to locate him but found his best friend Edward. Edw ...more
Unputdownable! I don't know how she keeps doing it, but JQ outdid herself one more time!
The main couple was lovely. Cecilia is such a relatable heroine. And Edward is the very definition of charming. They both had fantastic chemistry.
I loved how JQ made such a far-fetched story completely believable. There was no unnecessary drama and no forced conflict. I think Cecilia's actions were entirely justified and Edward's reactions were compl ...more
Forced proximity. Amnesia. Fake marriage. Oh what tangled webs we weave... I liked this story okay. A bit slow paced, and then the last 1/3 or 1/4 it picked up and got interesting. I did adore Edward Rokesby though and I loved how even though the marriage was fake (on part of the heroine lying), they still truly fell in love with each other.
Captain Edward Rokesby wakes in hospital with a head injury that has left him with no memories of the last three months. He finds out his best friend, Thomas Harcourt, is missing and somehow he's married the man's sister.
Cecilia never planned to deceive Edward. When she recklessly leaves home and travels to the warring Colonies, she thought she'd be close to her brother and be there to nurse him ba ...more
It was so easy to be happy with him, so easy to be herself. But this wasn’t her life. And she wasn’t his wife. It was a role she’s borrowed, and eventually she’d have to give it back.
I liked Cecilia for the most part, especially how dedicated she was to find her missing brother and even though I understood why she lied at first telling everyone she was Edward’s wife, there were too many opportunities afterwards where she could have told him the truth, that she wasn’t his wife, and it made m...more
When she receives word that her brother has injured on the battlefield in the Colonies, newly orphaned Cecilia Harcourt does the only thing she can do: pack her bags, flee her oily cousin trying to coerce her into marriage, and spend her savings coming to America to take care of her brother. But when she arrives in New York, it’s not her brother she finds in the hospital, but his best friend, Edward Rokesby. Edward is injured and unconscious and Cecilia is determined to help him. To do ...more
There wasn't really much angst or passion (at least, not enough for me) to become truly invested in the characters but I enjoyed the story. It was really "nice", but undemanding. ...more
Actually, the book was 375 pages which isn’t really short, but it FELT short because I zoomed right through it. I’m not taking back my phrasing.
So this is a book about a lady who travels to Revolutionary America to search for her missing brother (a British soldier), and encounters his best friend instead, who is in a coma. When they won’t let her in to see him, she claims to be his wife, and then nurses him back to health. When he wakes up, he ha ...more
I loved Cecilia and Edward. They're both such good people and their chemistry is off the charts. I loved that he over took her brother's letters and that she wrote back to him just as much.
Of course everything gets out in the open and the last few chapters are fantastic. This story has a mixture of emotions in it, but it was a mostly fluffy read. I'll definitely be checking out the other books i ...more
• Cute, cute, cute, cute.
• This is certainly different from Quinn’s other books with the setting being in America during the war against Britain. I like the change of pace.
• I adore how each chapter begins with a letter from Cecilia to her brother, or her brother (and Edward) to Cecilia. It’s adorable and often times sweet.
• Edward is certainly one of the best male characters Quinn has written. He is just so honorable and sweet, with a great sense of humor.
• Cecilia ...more