THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND
Releasing May 30, 2017
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 six 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.
I read BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON so I was excited for this book to come out. Like everyone else, I wanted to know what was going on with Edward in America. It’s been awhile since I read it but it seems to me JQ has toned her writing down a bit since THE BRIDGERTONS. Don’t get me wrong, it's still good but it just doesn't have that zing. Anyhoo…
The only word I can come up with to describe this story is original. With a touch of sad. And serious undertones. The glimpses at the beginning of the chapters are quite funny at times. And insightful to how Edward and Cecilia’s relationship started. I won’t say any more than that.
Edward is patient, kind and understanding. Rather normal actually. Determined too. And he’s a good friend. He wasn’t going to let anything get in his way of finding Thomas.
Cecilia dug herself a hole and she couldn’t get out. Granted, she had good intentions. But… Cecilia Harcourt is a survivor, I’ll give her that.
All in all it was a good story. It has it’s ups and downs. Fast parts and slow parts. But it’s JQ so you know you have to read it. I know I'll probably read it again.
Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.