Book Review

‘The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband’ by Julia Quinn

tgwmbh jqSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: This is the second story in Rokesby series, and it’s also a part of the broader Bridgerton series. Speaking of, once you start mixing up the Bridgerton’s it means it’s time to bid them goodbye. My message to the author: Time to create a new family that, I am sure, we’ll care as much as we do for Bridgertons.

That said, I have to admit this story was better than the first and for that I credit the wonderful characters almost as much as the humor. And let’s not forget the “amnesia” trope. I’m not sure why I’m a fan of it, but I seem to like the conflict and anticipation of the “reveal”. It adds a lot of suspense of will the memory come back and what are the consequences when it finally does.

Edward was one of those characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Cecilia on the other hand was someone I grew to like mostly because of her backstory.

If I had only one word to describe this book, I’d probably skip the “sweet” and go directly to “comforting”. It really felt familiar, sweet and comforting, all at the same time.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher


3 thoughts on “‘The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband’ by Julia Quinn”

  1. I love the Bridgertons. How can you not? But somewhere along the line, and it may have been around the Smith-Smythe quartet, the stories ran thin for me. Very similar to the Cynsters. You love the original six, but the well started running dry. I may have to give this one a try, though, from your review.

    1. I so agree with you. I just can’t read the series after 10th or 15th book. I start mixing up the family and then I have to go back and figure out who’s who.
      How do you feel about the “amnesia” trope/plot?

      1. If done well, I love it. But some authors carry it to the extreme and it doesn’t work. Mary Jo Putney’s first book in the Lost Lords series is about amnesia. It’s really well done and made me read the rest of series, which goes pretty significantly downhill.

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