ARC Review: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

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ARC Review: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 30th 2017
Series: Rokesbys #2
Pages: 384

Recommended Read!

“Right from the first page, Quinn engaged me with her effortless blend of humour and romance.”
~ Under the Covers

When waking up from prolonged unconsciousness you expect to have acquired a number of things…a beard, a certain stench; however, a wife isn’t normally on that list. When Edward Rokesby wakes up in a hospital he seems to have gained all those things, including a wife. He finds it not an altogether unpleasant surprise, the lady in question is his best friend’s sister and he has been half in love with her for a while. But, something isn’t quite right and he soon discovers that perhaps the lady has been deceiving him.

Although I am a massive fan of Julia Quinn and she is one of my favourite historical romance authors, recently, I haven’t been enjoying her books as much as I used to. However, this all changed with this book. I loved it. Right from the first page, Quinn engaged me with her effortless blend of humour and romance.

As usual, I loved her characters. They are charming, a little quirky and you can’t help but want them to succeed. Edwards and Cecilia had great chemistry that grew as the book continued. The attraction and affection was immediately obvious and as they grow to know each other in person, rather than in letters as they had previously, this attraction and affection grew with it.

The lie that Cecelia told about being Edward’s wife was the central point of drama in this romance. And, although you know after reading the blurb what will happen, this didn’t stop the lie being a genuine point of tension within the story, nor did it stop me from enjoying seeing this story unfold.

I adored this book, I read it quickly and lit left me with a hankering for more Julia Quinn goodness. I highly recommend you give this a try, it’s a light historical romance with a lot of heart and I guarantee you will finish reading it with a smile on your face.



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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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Ahh! I’m so excited to read this. I’ve been hearing very good things. I know what you mean about JQ’s more recent books. I’ve liked them, but they haven’t been amazing. I’m glad to hear this is fantastic.


Sounds good. Thanks for the rec Suzanne

Amy R

Thanks for the review, this sounds good.


I adore JQ!!! Thanks for this review. Can’t wait to dive in!


Julia quinn has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but after the bridgertons, her stories were meh. I’ve been seeing mixed reviews on this, so maybe the next time I’m in a slump, this will do. Thanks.

Kathy Valentine

I don’t read a lot of historical romance anymore,but I do love this writer!! Great review!!! Shared on my socials!!