Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Posted November 18, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
by Julia Quinn

5 Stars

Released: June 1st 2007
Published by Avon
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook

Recommended Read!

“It has the perfect blend of humour, romance and sexy that Quinn is known for…”
~ Under the Covers

Miranda Cheever fell in love with her best friend’s older brother when she was a young girl, now as a young woman…she’s still just as in love. Seeing him so wracked with hatred and unhappiness after his philandering wife’s death she longs for the man she remembers, the kind and funny man she fell in love with. Turner doesn’t remember Miranda being so interesting or desirable, but after his bitter marriage full of disappointment and heartbreak he isn’t willing to risk falling in love again, especially not with his sister’s best friend.

Way back when this book has to be one of my first reads by Julia Quinn and so has a special place in my heart, which is why when I was recently in a bit of a book slump that I decided to give it a go. You know sometimes you go back to a book you have loved in the past, but upon a second read it isn’t quite as good as you remember? Well, I am pleased to say that wasn’t the case with The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever it was just as funny and heart warming as I remembered, a classic Julia Quinn novel.

It has the perfect blend of humour, romance and sexy that Quinn is known for, what I especially love about this book is Miranda, she is one of my favourite heroines. She has a dry wit and intelligence and warmth about her and is the perfect counterpoint to her best friend Olivia’s exuberance. Turner is also a good hero, his youthful naivety has been ruthlessly crushed making him a bitter man, but Miranda’s warmth and innocence calls to him.

I like reading Quinn’s early books as I feel that although this is still a lighthearted read and in no way a dark and stormy novel, it does have a little more depth than her more recent books. I feel like they are more emotionally complex and less straightforward, yet not laden with unnecessary angst. So, if you haven’t read any Julia Quinn I recommend you try this book and if you are a recent reader and have only cracked open her newer releases I encourage you to try out her earlier releases, it’s well worth it. spacer



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About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

In 2010, Ms Quinn won her third RITA Award in four years and was the thirteenth author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine. Her twenty-third novel, The Sum of All Kisses, was released in late 2013.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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5 responses to “Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

  1. Annette Naish

    I agree, early Julia Quinn made me want to dive into the story and stay there until done. I nearly always loved the characters for their humor and charm. Newer ones do not draw me in as the older ones. Liked your review very much.

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