The Mortal Instrements

Monday, September 5, 2011

Smythe-Smith Quartet by Julia Quinn

Just Like Heaven

Book DescriptionMay 31, 2011

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

My Copy:

Honoria Smythe-Smith, the youngest daughter of the eldest son of the Earl of Winstead, plays the violin in the annual musicale performed by the Smythe-Smith quartet. She's well aware that they are dreadful. In fact, she freely admits (to her cousins) that she is probably the worst of the bunch. But she's the sort who figures that nothing good will come of being mortified, so she puts on a good show and laughs about it. Marcus Holroyd is the best friend of Honoria's brother Daniel, who lives in exile out of the country. He's promised to watch out for Honoria and takes his responsibility very seriously. But he has his work cut out for him when Honoria sets off for Cambridge determined to marry by the end of the season. She's got her eye on the only unmarried Bridgerton, who's a bit wet behind the ears. When her advances are spurned, can Marcus swoop in and steal her heart in time for the musicale?  

My Review:

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.

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