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Friday, February 29, 2008

Review: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
by Julia Quinn

2 March 1810 . . .
Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

The wind is blowing and I’m sick of snow! So I curled up with The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and was instantly transported back in time. The plot is that of the traditional historical romance - which I really enjoy. And in my opinion, Ms. Quinn does historical romance wonderfully.

Nigel "Turner" Bevelstoke is a deep, dark FUNNY hero. It isn’t often an author can write that combination and have it work but Ms. Quinn does an outstanding job. His a wry wit accompanied by the darkness that haunts his soul will engage the reader. Nigel is a wonderful break in the hero mold. It took two pages for me to fall in love with him myself.

Miranda is a warm and insightful heroine, the complete opposite of Nigel. Miranda has a spine and a lot of spirit despite her quietness. She is witty, a bit feisty and :) punchy!

The chemistry between Turner and Miranda is entertaining and very passionate. There is a lot of classic Quinn chatter and barbs. Turner and Miranda are intellectual equals and I found myself giggling at a lot of their conversations. Their closeness is so real, we just want Miranda to win over her man--and for him to believe in love once again!

The character development is very satisfying. Turner is not the one dimensional dark character--we feel his pain. Turner's inability to trust again is understandable and then we, as readers feel Miranda's pure love and her pain when her love is not given back in return.

If you are looking for a winter escape, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, is sure to deliver.

Reviewer: Magnolia