(Book 1 in the Bevelstoke Series)
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon, 2007
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from the back of the book:
At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.
But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .
Julia Quinn knows all the ways to get me caring about her characters. The protagonists are never one dimensional even if some side characters appear to be. She knows how to make me care about the feelings of our heroine when at the same time I understand our hero’s actions even if I cannot approve.
There is a bit of the “soap-opera” about this novel, overly dramatic at times but I can still forgive the dramatics because the romance is so delicious.
This is perhaps not my favorite Quinn romance but I certainly liked it and recommend it.
This book is also introducing characters that will appear in the next book (Olivia Bevelstoke) in this series (the Bevelstoke Series). Each book is stand alone but it is nice to know the various family members.
The Bevelstoke Series:
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever-2007- reviewed today June 17th
What Happens in London-2009-reviewed on Monday, June 20th
Ten Things I Love about You-2010-reviewed on Wednesday June 22nd