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Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven

Written by Julia Quinn

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor


Just Like Heaven

Written by Julia Quinn

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

ratings:
4.5/5 (110 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Publisher:
Released:
May 31, 2011
ISBN:
9780062082701
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Laugh out loud...

The first in Quinn's new quartet follows the Smythe-Smith family from her popular Bridgerton series in a laugh-out-loud tale about friends falling in love.

Description

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

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is . . .

D) all of the above

Publisher:
Released:
May 31, 2011
ISBN:
9780062082701
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.

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  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book and would have read it in a day but got distracted in the morning with things. I was drawn into the characters of Marcus and Honoria (weird name, I would have called her Nora), and their relationship. Julia did a nice job of making you feel like you were back in the 1800s and living with the characters. I enjoyed the playfulness of the characters and they didn’t get too confused about things. I also felt the story moved along at a nice pace. Didn’t feel like there was any drag to the story. I’m looking forward to reading more from Julia.
  • (4/5)
    Quinn's stories are too sweet to really get very angsty, but I did love the misunderstanding in this one! I adore all these books.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed the characters and they're chemistry. I also liked the 2nd characters. Got more that a few chuckles. This book moved swiftly for me - didn't want to put it down :)
  • (4/5)
    Julia Quinn at her Bridgerton-era best.
  • (4/5)
    A sweet piece of fluff. Perfect for a change of pace and a few smirks and chuckles.
  • (3/5)
    I was disappointed by this book
  • (5/5)
    I've found another fantastic author to add to my ever growing list! This was a fun book. I love the childhood friends to lovers trope and Quinn pulls this off so well! The relationship builds slowly, with the couple recognizing their deeper feelings for one another only after a significant amount of time passes I loved the writing and the humor and even the more suspenseful scenes that had me worried for Marcus's future. A great start to the series! I'll be moving on to book two!
  • (4/5)
    Honoria Smythe-Smith play violin in her family's annual musical. Badly.Marcus Holroyd has been in love with his best friend's sister since they met.
  • (5/5)
    Fun characters and lively dialogue. It was just a fun book.
  • (3/5)
    Not good, but not bad! Not as good as first three Bridgerton books, but better than the last ones.
  • (5/5)
    Fun book to read! Made me laugh harder than I have in a while.
  • (2/5)
    Disappointing. I am a Julia Quinn fan, but this was less witty and less sexy than her best. Also, I found Honoria to be excessively dull and Marcus to be only very slightly more interesting. Ah well, I still love Quinn, not every one can be great.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. One of me faves. Will definitely be reading more.
  • (1/5)
    1 star for the narrater.. the heroine’s dialogue delivery was so bad made her sound weepy and creepy.
  • (3/5)
    I usually don't like historical romances, but this was finishable. No silly misunderstandings send her into the arms of another.
  • (3/5)
    This book was full of life, humor, and love. The story of Honoria is filled with family, and towards the beginning of the book, a desperate need of company. Enter the Lord of Chatteris, Markus, a man of few words, hidden whit, and an old family friend. Honoria in her attempts to find herself a husband dug herself a mole hole and the book spins off from there; from Markus' twisted ankle, to sick beds, nursing, and falling in love this book held me until the end. Julia Quinn is an excellent story teller.
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book! I loved knowing more about the Smith-Smythe musicale, and the premise was actually relatively believable and sweet, as the characters knew each other when they were younger.

    I enjoyed it very much.
  • (3/5)
    witty banter, slapstick, romance, and a lil intrigue. a nice historical romance
  • (4/5)
    As expected Quinn delivers a fun, fresh romp.
  • (3/5)
    Cute story. Nice hero and heroine. Waaaaay too much time spend on the interaction between Honoria and her cousins who play in the annual, awful Smythe-Smith musicale.
  • (3/5)
    3.5 stars. Segment where the hero has an injury was a bit too much and I think the pages and pages of it weren't necessary. Would have rather read more banter and romance between the H/h.
  • (3/5)
    I've read every last Julia Quinn book, so I know the Smythe-Smiths very well indeed. I'm happy to see them getting their own series now.

    First of all, let me say that I ADORE the Bridgertons, the family created in Quinn's previous works. I love that a couple of them made an appearance here. I love that her books cross over. You can totally read them as stand-alones, but it's very nice when you can read them all and see how things mesh.

    I love the way she weaves her story. It's a quick, fun, flighty read that leaves my romantic side satisfied. The books make me wish really hard that I'd lived back in the day. I'd love to be part of the ton, but with my luck, I'd have been a servant or something.

    I usually steer clear of romance novels, because WHOA. Sure, there's the romance aspect in these too, but I don't think it ever goes totally overboard. With that though, I would say don't read them if you're of a sensitive nature and if you're under 21. They're not R-rated really, but a pretty strong PG-13. So keep that in mind if you plan to pick one up.

    Because I'm a sucker for a good story, Just Like Heaven gets a 'Drool Worthy' rating (and believe me, I drooled plenty over Marcus.)
  • (4/5)
    Finally, after all the stories about the Bridgertons and Mrs. Whistledown, we get to explore the musically challenged world of the Smythe-Smith ladies. This was a sweet little romance that made me smile and think happy thoughts. What more does one need from a regency romance novel?
  • (5/5)
    funny and romantic. Great!
  • (5/5)
    What i liked the most about this book is how well characterized the characters are. They´re lovable and you really get to care about them (and not just the main ones).
    The cousins are really cool(except for Daisy, she´s just annoying) and their bickering made me laugh out loud in some moments.
    The romance is believable and overall,beautifully written.

    P.S. I became really fond of Sarah while reading and now i can´t wait for her book!
    :):) :)
  • (1/5)
    I kept this book on my nightstand and my "currently reading" shelf for about a year before finally deciding to just mark it as DNF (did not finish). It's not that the book is SO bad that I couldn't keep reading, but rather, I kept putting it down, forgot about it, and was never really inclined to pick it up again... that went on for about a year. There are way better books I could be spending my time on.Overall Just Like Heaven just bored me; nothing was exciting, and nothing intrigued me enough to want to continue reading. There's very little action both romance- and plot-wise; even by page 158—which is how far I got—hardly any of Honoraria and Marcus's relationship is built. If there is no swoon-worthy romance by the halfway mark, we've got a problem.Honoraria isn't a dreadful heroine but she's rather desperate for a husband and childish, blushing at ever sight of skin and brush of fingers, and so on. I can understand these traits were meant to color her "cute" and "clumsy," but I just found it annoying. There's almost no chemistry between her and Marcus, which bothered me a lot considering this is a historical romance, and the dialogue and description scenes drag on forever, which made this one even more difficult to digest.Pros: Well written // Playful, readable styleCons: Romance moves at a snail's pace // Honoraria is annoying and Marcus is uninteresting // Boring // Not enough action!Verdict: Containing too much backstory and not enough action, this first title in the Smythe-Smith quartet is rather boring. It isn't a terrible or intolerable—in fact, stylistically, Julia Quinn is a pleasure to read—but I just didn't have the patience to finish it. I was quite annoyed by the "witty" (not witty) banter and passionless relationship that's supposed to pass as a romance. True historical fiction fans may be able to swallow Just Like Heaven, but I definitely wasn't impressed.Rating: 2 out of 10 hearts (1 star): Not completely a lost cause, but could not finish and did not enjoy; potentially could be used as a cure for insomnia.Source: Complimentary ARC provided by Romance Novel News in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Carolyn!).
  • (2/5)
    Every time I read one of Julia Quinn's books, I feel so happy, but I always laugh and giggle when the characters go to a musical evening by the Smythe-Smith 4 girls!! I wished she would make a story about one of the girls, especially the one called Charlotte with cello. I think a story about a girl with Smythe-Smith as her family name would be hilarious! So of course I was delightfully surprised to hear my dream series is coming out this summer 2011!!

    I finally Got my copy!!!!

    [Aug 2, 2011] I reached chapter 12, but till now the book disappointed me, I hate to say. I reached where Honoria nurses Marcus and she and her mother try to save his leg. I loved the dedication: "And also for Paul, even though when I went to him for medical advice to save my ailing hero, he replied, "He has to die." LOL

    [Aug 9, 2011] I'm very, very disappointed with this book. Not what I expected. Not Julia's best.
  • (4/5)
    Just Like Heaven
    4.5 Stars

    The Smythe-Smith series is a spin off of the Bridgetons. The tone, banter and romance are all reminiscent of the original books and on the whole the characters and story are captivating, although there are a couple of small issues.

    To begin with, Just Like Heaven overlaps with Romancing Mister Bridgerton, which is fun as we get cameo appearances by Gregory and Colin as well as Lady Danbury (that woman is a scream). However, there is one glaring error in the timeline that may annoy some readers but didn't really bother me as it only becomes evident once the book is almost over - the line "Mr. Bridgerton's brother's wife's sister is married to Mr. Berbrooke's brother" in chapter 2 is a reference to Penelope Bridgerton. However, the musicale at the end of the book takes place before Colin and Penelope are married so the line is out of sync.

    Second, Marcus and Honoria have a sweet and enjoyable romance, however, their chemistry, while there, does not build sufficiently and their one steamy scene leaves much to be desired.

    That said, they are an engaging couple and their friends to lovers romance is charming and entertaining. Marcus is shy and finds it difficult to interact with others. His social awkwardness is concealed behind a dark and brooding facade but Honoria, who has known him most of her life, sees beneath his cool exterior to the lonely man in need of love and friendship. It is wonderful how comfortable they are with each other at a time when men and women were basically strangers when they married.

    In sum, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. The antics and banter between the quartet members is delightful and had me giggling well into the night. Do not be surprised if you find yourself finishing this lovely, lively and angst free read in less than a day.
  • (4/5)
    First, may I say this might be the most beautiful book cover I have ever seen? Second, this is not the type of romance novel in which one works one's way through an adventure full of external peril, always wondering if the leads actually will get together, let alone survive piracy or some evil duke's wrath or something like that. The lovers in this novel seem, if not fated, at least on an inevitable path since their childhoods. The pleasure here is in the journey -- how will they finally realize, admit and act on their love? It's the intimate moment, the personal gesture, that takes center stage here. And that's enough for a really pleasurable summer romance. It's not as finely drawn and deeply witty as her Bridgerton books, but that's ok. The Bridgertons are lightning in a bottle and by now are genre classics. But Just Like Heaven doesn't have to be a Bridgerton book to be successful. It's a delight in its own right. Finally, I will note that I really appreciated the character of Honoria's mother. It has been noted that parents of romance heroines -- especially mothers -- are often either absent or ineffectual. And although that is true of Honoria's father, her mother is wonderful. She rises to the occasion, becomes more than just a chaperone and fashion advisor, and proves that she loves her future son-in-law as her own child. -cg
  • (2/5)
    A mediocre effort at best.

    I found the quartet of girls and their verbal "sparring" as dull as can be, and the girls all seemed the same to me. I thought Quinn really beat a dead horse with the musicale too. Ok, we get it, they stink, and the musicale is going to be horrible. Can we please move on now? I felt like the relationships in the novel weren't as fleshed out as they could have been and everything seemed very surface and skimmed over.

    I thought Honoria to be ridiculous. She's seems immature and sort of childlike and not in a charming or amusing way. I think this book has the potential to open an entire world for the reader in the same way that the first book in Kleypas' Wallflower series did or even in the way the Duke and I did, but I ended the book not quite caring what happened to the other girls or anyone in the book for that matter. The only semi-intriguing characters was the governess and Daniel who were in the book for only a tinsy amount of time.

    Next!