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

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: June 1st 2007

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 fashion, appearing on 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. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Her most popular series, The Bridgertons, is currently being developed by Shondaland as a Netflix series. Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen will adapt and showrun.


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, your perfect blend tag caught my attention.

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.


I feel the same way! I really miss her early writing…


Thanks for the great review Suzanne

Darynda Jones

Oh, how I adore Julia Quinn. Thanks for this review!