LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Posted May 24, 2017 by Nick/ 22 Comments

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia QuinnThe Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys, #2)
by Julia Quinn
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Published by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
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five-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes


While you were sleeping...

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true...

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Good gosh this book. THIS BOOK. I had a really lovely experience with it, and I can’t tell you how much I ended up loving The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband. It’s poignant, emotional, and heartbreaking in its utter gorgeousness. I’m not up to date with all of Julia Quinn’s books, but for me, this is the best story that she has ever crafted.

With any romance that involves amnesia and one person lying about the nature of their relationship, there’s this fear that it will lead to unnecessary drama and deceit. So of course, I was a little bit nervous going in, but I shouldn’t have doubted that Julia Quinn is a pro at what she does. She handled the plot so beautifully and tactfully, that despite the deceit, I only wished for the best for both these characters. Cecilia was a lovely character. She’s bold, brave, and truly sweet girl who wants nothing but the best for the people that she loves. She doesn’t set out with the intentions of lying to Edward, but her circumstances forced her to. It would have been very easy for her character to have to be seen as manipulative and reckless, but Julia Quinn wrote Cecilia’s character with multiple strokes. She was complex, layered, and most importantly, the author makes you understand her deceit. Throughout The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, she battles with the guilt that she experiences over her lying, but she also slowly finds herself falling for Edward, and wanting just a few extra moments with him. My heart broke for her, and I wanted nothing more than for her to find the happily ever after she deserved.

Just as heartbreaking was Edward’s character. He wakes up with amnesia, but he doesn’t let that taint his whole life. He tries his best to find a way to recollect what exactly happened to him in Cecilia’s brother, but he also continues to live his life. I fell so hard for this man, and his kindness and his utter blinded devotion to Cecilia, despite the fact that he has no proof they were married. I was hopelessly in love with Edward’s character throughout most of this book, but his reaction to finding out about Cecilia’s deceit, was what had me melting into a puddle in happiness. His reaction was just so unexpected, but absolutely perfect.

Going in, I thought for sure that Cecilia’s lies would loom over the romance throughout the whole book, but Julia Quinn actually made me momentarily forget about it. It’s a truly beautiful romance that develops between the two, emotional, angsty, and totally packs a punch. I was honestly breathless at every romantic scene in The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, and believe me there are lots and lots of those. The romance had so much soul to it, it was alive. We also get to see the nature of their relationship before Edward’s amnesia, that developed through Cecilia’s letters to her brother. The letters were funny and heart-warming and added an extra something to the story. There’s also a minor mystery plot-line pertaining to what happened to Edward and Cecilia’s brother. I honestly saw the resolution coming, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is one of the best books I’ve read in 2017. You can probably tell how enamored I was with this swoony and achy story. This is a book that I highly recommend to fans of historical romances. Trust me, you’ll be wowed!

What are some of your favorite books with the amnesia theme?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I like Quinn so yes this one is on my wishlist 😀

    • Yay! Hope you love it!

  • I am so super happy to hear you loved this one. I never read anything by Quinn before but this is def on my TBR, I love the sound of it

    • This is a good place to start with Quinn’s books. 🙂

  • I just don’t read historical romances, but all your love for this one makes me want to reconsider.

    • I know it’s not the genre for everyone.

  • kindlemom1

    I need to add this author to my read list this summer. I’ve never read her but so many of you that I know love her books.

    • She has some really great books, Ali!

  • Yes, predictable but so wonderful from the setting to the characters!

  • omg. yassss! totally adding this to my tbr. i love make-believe couples. 😀 this sounds like fun!

  • If you loved this so much I know I need to add it to my TBR! Great review!!

  • Nick, I was already excited for this book but you’ve just made me even more excited to read! It sounds brilliant. I am so glad I have my copy preordered because that will definitely be read almost as soon as I get it. I was a bit nervous about how the romance would play out but turns out I had nothing to worry about because it’s Julia Quinn, of course she has it figured out. I just need it to be out already!

    • Becky, I can’t wait for you to read it so we can flail about it together. Yeah I was very nervous too, but it was handled well! Not too long now!

  • This sounds wonderful, Nick! I would be worried about Cecelia’s deceit through the story, too, so I’m happy you mentioned that it didn’t spoil the experience. I read Devil in Spring after reading your review, I’ll be adding this one, too. Hopefully audio book. The historical romances usually are in a British, Scottish or Irish accent. Love that! Brilliant review, Nick! 🙂

    • Ahhh that’s so great to hear you read DiS because of me. I hope this has a good audio and you like it.

  • Jazmen

    Loving the sound of this, and as you already know I’ve been wanting to get into HR more! So thanks, this sounds great!

    • This is a great book fro a newbie HR reader. 🙂

  • YES! I loved this one too, Nick. Initially I was quite worried that the angst from the whole deception plot line would overwhelm the story (you know how I feel about angst in my romances) but it totally worked for me. And am I crazy, or was this one like…way hotter than JQ’s books normally are? Not that I’m complaining. 😉 Cecily was an awesome protagonist and I can’t wait to discover more about the rest of the Rokesby clan in the next book!

  • I can’t wait to read this one!