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Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #1)Just Like Heaven. Finished 10-15-13, rating 3.75/5 stars, romance, 374 pages, pub. 2011

Smythe -Smith Quartet #1

Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed “Bug” as a child
C) not in love with her older brother’s best friend
D) all of the above

Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) not in love with his best friend’s younger sister
D) all of the above

Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever and the world’s worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love

from Goodreads

I love the cover of this book, don’y you?  Makes me want to buy a white dress just so I can wear killer red heels.  I read this on my Nook so, unfortunately, I don’t get to admire it on my shelves.

This was a very fun, light romance.  I wasn’t sure about Honoria at first, but her devotion to family and tradition won me over and provided more than a few chuckles.  Marcus, the Earl of Chatteris, was easy to feel a warm spot for because of his lack of family and the way he truly appreciated the Smythe-Smith clan.  The two grew up together , but it wasn’t until Honoria’s ill-conceived plan with a shovel that the two realized there was love there.  The story didn’t linger and always felt fresh.

This was a very enjoyable first read of Julia Quinn’s work and I know I’ll read more.  I love historical romances and this is the perfect time of year for light and happy reading.


December 9, 2013 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |


  1. I checked and see that I have this one in audio. I read the second in the series (for review) and found it to be a fun (and funny) read so I’ll try to get to this one soon.

    Comment by Mary | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  2. Glad it was a fun one! These are great this time of year!

    Comment by Heather | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  3. I do love the cover even though I’ve given up on killer heels. The book probably isn’t my cup of tea.

    Comment by bermudaonion (Kathy) | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  4. I love the cover too. I have not read a single book by this author yet (*gasp) even though I can find her books easily available in the library 🙂 One of these days, I am going to read this one 🙂 Great review as always!

    Comment by Veens | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  5. I am not sure I’ve read Julia Quinn. I am going to have to check it out. I’ve read more HR this year than in years past!

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  6. Perfect timing, I was looking for a new romance book to read.

    Comment by VioletCrush | December 9, 2013 | Reply

  7. I’d buy this one just for the cover, it’s shallow but I have a thing for pretty covers haha

    Comment by Teddyree | December 10, 2013 | Reply

  8. I’m drawn to the cover, and am glad to hear that the story is enjoyable as well!

    Comment by Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) | December 15, 2013 | Reply

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