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Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn


Cover art: Just Like Heaven Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Just Like Heaven - 1st in the Smythe-Smith Quartet
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-149190-0
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: London
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual (one scene)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Julia's Website: www.juliaquinn.com

They have known each other forever, now, as their paths continue to cross as adults just before the season is set to begin, they are seeing each other in a whole new light. Honoria Smythe-Smith (yes of the famous/infamous musical Smythe-Smiths) becomes much more aware of Marcus Holroyd. As for Marcus, his feelings are by no means brotherly as they once were.

Honoria is desperate to get married. Not only so that she may have a large, happy, and loud family as the one she grew up in, but so that she may be released from playing in the musicale her family hosts yearly. Oh, donít misunderstand. She knows they play ghastly awful and it is family tradition, but sheís ready for her own family.

Marcus was very fortunate to have been a part of his best friendís life and family. Before that he had no one aside from tutors and nannies or governesses. Though heís basically a loner, he dreams of more. Unfortunately he doesnít see it in his future.

But as mole holes and fevers and a screeching musicale bring their hearts together, a past promise could be a stumbling block toward Honoria and Marcusís dreams. If they let it be.

As always, Ms. Quinn remains at the top of her game and her writing consistent. Bright, memorable, flirtatious characters, sparkling wit and repertoire, all amidst the backdrop of the ton.

Just Like Heaven is a simple romance. Simply full of smile-out-loud and heart-melting moments. No villain, no subterfuge, no outside conflicts thrown in their path by meddling outsiders. As I said, a simple romance, and these are the best kind.

Happy reading,

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