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The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

(Rokesbys #2)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  8,828 ratings  ·  1,080 reviews
While you were sleeping...

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 brothe
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Avon
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Jill
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Beachreader Cecelia is not a Bridgerton, nor did she marry into the family. Avon is remiss in labeling this as a Bridgerton prequel on the cover. This is purely a…moreCecelia is not a Bridgerton, nor did she marry into the family. Avon is remiss in labeling this as a Bridgerton prequel on the cover. This is purely a marketing gimmick. Billie Bridgerton has a minor cameo role in the story. This is a Rokesby series. An earlier generation of the two families were neighbors.(less)

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Esther
ARC provided by Edelweiss and publisher for an honest review.

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
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Stacey is Sassy
I wish I could say the book was as good as its ending…

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
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Jilly
I have to get back to this one someday when I get a print copy. My library only had an audible and I honestly don't know how y'all stand it! Someone else reading to me? They read too slow. They put on stupid voices and accents. They read wrong. And, then when there is some smut and some English chick is reading it aloud to me? The wrongness tripled.



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
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Becca
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was a disappointment for me. In short, it was full of lies and short on joy.

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
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Andrea
This was a buddy read with a bunch of girls from the Historical Romance Book Club. Pretty much everyone rated this 3 to 4 stars, but honestly, this did not work for me. I disliked it about as much as The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy so if you liked that one, chances are you might enjoy this one, too. So, unpopular opinion alert: I did not like this book. It pains me to say this about something that comes from one of my all time favorite authors whose books I have re-read countless times beca ...more
nick

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
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Mei
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
While the mystery part about the spying wwas lame for me, I liked both the hero and the heroine. A little bit more the hero, though! :)

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
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Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

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
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Jacob Proffitt
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, steamy, romance
I was exasperated by the halfway point that the entire conflict revolved around Cecilia lying about being married to Edward. That never changed. Further, she never does come clean. And when Edward finds out, he goes all manipulative liar out of anger. In other words, there's no communication. No respect. And the only love expressed is the "I'm doing this for your own good" variety. So it's immature and selfish and they even go to extremes to get there.

It's a good thing the plot made sense to com
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Stephanie (Jump)
I can't wait for Edward's story!!

We have Kleypas' Devil in the Spring out in April followed by this in May. Springtime is going to be glorious!! (Sigh. But so far away.)
A (Is For Awkward)
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I just finished, and rather unexpectedly liked it. I bought it on a complete whim today after reading several reviews. I had basically decided to give up on Julia Quinn after too many DNF and low star ratings, but it was actually the lower star reviews that convinced me to read this and in the end I am glad I did. I am too tired to write a proper review, but I felt I should writing something at least to explain why I liked this one when I usually don't.

One of the three biggest problems I have wi
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Anna Casanovas
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 Estrellas.

"The girl with the make-believe husband" parte de una de las ideas más clásicas del género -el soldado que se despierta con amnesia y descubre que está casado y no se acuerda de su esposa- y a lo largo de la novela hay muy poca acción, pero la señora Quinn y su talento para crear personajes y diálogos logran que esta historia sea distinta y emocionante.
La acción se sitúa en Nueva York, hecho que también aporta originalidad pues es más habitual que estos argumentos se sitúen en In
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
2 Dissapointed Stars

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).
Nothing
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND' by Julia Quinn is book Two in the "Rokesbys" series. This is the story of Cecilia Harcourt and Edward Rokesby. I have not yet read the previous book in this series so for me this was a standalone book.
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
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Mariana Fonseca
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(ARC provided by Edelweiss and publisher for honest review)

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
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This is the story of Captain Edward Rokesby & Cecelia Harcourt (Book 2 in the Rokesby series)
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
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Kimberly
2.5 stars

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
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Ursula
I read this over a couple of days and it is very Julia Quinn. It is a sweet story, although I struggled with the deception the heroine maintained over a longer period of time. Honesty really is a pre-requisite for a successful relationship and the Big Lie got it off to a bad start, even though I understood her reasons.
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.
Ashley
Short and sweet review for a short and sweet book.

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
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Pamela
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come! But for now, suffice it to say that this author just writes such sweet, funny, swoony dialogue and delightful, clever and subtly insightful prose that I'd happily devour nearly anything she writes :)
Marie
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jo
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2017
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 me

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Sharon
Here are some of my thoughts:
• 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
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Stacee
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still fairly new to the historical game, but I was sold at the While You Were Sleeping plot line.

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
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Jaclyn
SO MUCH LOVE❤❤❤ ...more
Jess
I liked this--I am a fan of couples who fall in love via letter--but it didn't quite work as well for me as I wanted it to. I think it was a combination of how long the deception piece went on and just how strange the setting was to me. I'm all for mixing up historical settings, but there was something deeply weird about being in New York, during the revolutionary war, encamped with the british army. And really, that's another thing that felt off to me. It's not that I wanted an accurate portray ...more
♛Tash
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few weeks back, and I don't remember the characters' names anymore. All I remember is thinking that the chick and dude have 0 chemistry.
Caz
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably 4 or 4.5 stars for the book, but stellar narration bumps it up to 5.

Review to follow... at some point.
Carla *Jen7waters*
***SIGH***

(what the hell happened to Andrew though??)
Avid Booker
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Want to Continue the Series
I started this book with a bit of apprehension. The first book in the series was good. I didn't realize the time and location of this book though. When I realized that they were going to spend majority if not the whole book in America (during the Revolutionary War) I was not so happy about reading this book. I don't like that era, or if I do, I rather it be back in England. I was a little awkward with the mention of "the negroes" not because it wasn't accurate. It was. More just because (as a bl ...more
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