The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn Review

Celicia Harcourt is in a tough place, with the death of father the options available to the almost penniless spinster are few, so she decides to take what little money she has and travel to America to find her missing military brother. Upon arriving in America, Celicia is having a hard time getting anyone in the British military to give her any information. When a chance comment leads to the belief that she is married to her brother’s comatose best friend, Cecilia lets the idea stand, never thinking about what would happen when her comatose husband wakes up.

Edward awakes in a military hospital with a splitting headache and no memory of the past three months. Surprised to find himself married, Edward hopes that eventually his memory of his wife will come back.

The Girl With the Make Believe Husband is the second book in the Rokesbys series, while you don’t have to read the first book in the series, Because of Miss Bridgerton, I recommend you do just because I enjoyed it. Cecilia’s plight was understandable, at a standstill in trying to discover what happened to her brother and the events leading up to pretending to be married just so she can get someone to tell her where her brother is. Quinn’s style in this novel was interesting as we had the story as it progressed and then a flashback, as it were, to letters written between Cecilia and Edward. I enjoyed this spin-off from the Bridgertons and recommend reading it, especially if you are a fan of that series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rokesby Reading Order:

Because of Miss Bridgerton

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband 

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband Book Cover The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband
Julia Quinn
Fiction
HarperCollins
May 30, 2017
384
5 Hearts

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 brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie... I told everyone I was your wife When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England. If only it were true... Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Too Scot To Handle by Grace Burrowes Blog Tour

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome author Grace Burrowes as part of her Release Week Blitz for Too Scot to Handle, the second book in the Windham Brides series. As our regular readers are aware, here at Novel Reaction, we enjoy a good discussion about our favorite Books-to-Movies adaptations and Grace has been good enough to share with us her Top 5:


1. Jane Eyre (Toby Stephens version of Mr. Rochester)
2. Pride and Prejudice (natch), and yes, Colin Firth for the list
3. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993, though the 1963 version is great too)
4. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
5. Captain Sharpe series

The 2006 BBC mini-series version of Jane Eyre is one of my favorite adaptations as well and you can read my analysis of the novel verses the movie here.  I will have to add Homeward Bound to the list of Books-to-Movies to read and watch, I haven’t seen the 1963 version of Homeward Bound and now need to track down a copy to watch for the analysis. Have you seen either one? What did you think?

Thanks Grace for sharing with us some of your favorite movies. Too Scot To Handle is available on mass market paperback and ebook, you can read my review here.  You can find out more about Grace and her publisher at the following locations:

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Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes Review

Colin Hughes, a Scottish man who served in British Military, finds himself unsure of how to traverse the complicated rules that is the English Victorian society, this is not a feeling Colin is used to. As if the feeling were not enough, Colin has met the interesting Anwen Windham but his mistakes in society may keep him from being able to court her.

Anwen believes that members of the aristocracy have a duty to help those less fortunate than themselves, which is why she is such a staunch supporter of the House of Wayward Urchins, an orphanage. But as the orphanage’s lack of finances are threatening to force the house to close, making the orphans homeless once again, Anwen wonders if she will be able to solve the finance problem and win the heart of the charming Lord Colin. Will the House’s problems cause the couple’s romance to end before it even has a chance to fully begin or will it help Anwen to realize all her dreams?!

Sometimes, a problem is not solved by wisdom of the head, but by wisdom of the heart.

Too Scot to Handle was a fantastic novel of the relationships we form and the damage selfishness can cause. Colin’s predicament was believable where he thought he had found himself some friends and ended up getting taken advantage of. Anwen’s desire to live a full life and help the boys at the orphanage made her really likable. But it is Burrowes’ masterful weaving of the complicated nature of relationships and the motivations of the character’s actions that made Too Scot to Handle such a delight to read.  Too Scot to Handle by Grance Burrowes is the second book in the Windham Brides series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Too Scot to Handle is the first book I have read in this series but I plan on reading both The Trouble with Dukes and No Other Duke Will Do when it is released in Winter 2017.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Windham Brides Reading Order:

The Trouble With Dukes

Too Scot to Handle

No Other Duke Will Do

Fourth Book TBA

 

 

Too Scot to Handle Book Cover Too Scot to Handle
Grace Burrowes
Fiction
Forever
July 25, 2017
400
5 Hearts

"Sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, enchanting love stories...Grace Burrowes's romances have them all." ---Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag #Review

cambridge_universi_1722980iAmandine Bisset has a secret power only known to a few, the ability to sense the emotions of others but not why they are feeling those emotions. In The Witches of Cambridgeby Menna Van Praag, Amandine has started to hate her power and wishes she had a power more like her student Noa’s, the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of others.  Noa hates her power, her inability to keep those thoughts to herself has led to a lifetime of loneliness so when an artist offers to take her power away Noa jumps at the chance, but slowly she starts to wonder what losing part of yourself costs.

I really enjoyed The Witches of Cambridge, it is not the type of novel I usually read or review but once I started I couldn’t put it down. Van Praag does a masterful job of weaving the different story lines of the different characters into a cohesive whole after the story gets going. It felt like it took a little while for the main story lines to start just because there are so many main characters and we had to get everyone’s backstory to understand their motivations. The great/bad thing about Witches of Cambridge is Van Praag would take us along with one character for awhile before switching to another character and every, and I mean every, time she would switch to another character I wanted to keep reading about the previous character but two pages into the current character I would just want to follow along with that character. The Witches of Cambridge is a great fun read and my edition included reading group questions so it would be perfect for book clubs.

You can read an excerpt here.

witches of cambridgRating: Star 4copy

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Title: The Witches of Cambridge

Author: Menna Van Praag

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 287

ISBN: B00XG9BSPS

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: December 22, 2016

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.