Avon (June 26, 2007)
If youâ€™re a historical romance fan and donâ€™t mind a bit of detailed spice along the way youâ€™ll probably enjoy Julia Quinnâ€™s books. So far Iâ€™m finding them to be good light reading despite being a bit formulaic. They arenâ€™t however pure formula plot as Quinn tweaks each one with her style and its own unique twists so that I still want to continue reading her work and donâ€™t feel as if Iâ€™ve just picked up the same book over again.
Miranda has grown up with the neighboring titled familyâ€™s twins, sharing lessons and playtime while her father is distracted by his manuscripts and translating work leaving her mostly to her own devices. Olivia Bevelstoke has become Mirandaâ€™s best friend, chief confidant and adopted sister. By association her twin and their much older brother are â€œadoptedâ€ siblings as well though Miranda has never met Nigel who is destined to inherit the Bevelstoke estate and title from his father. Despite the decade of difference in their ages and the gap in their stations, Miranda fancies herself in love with him after meeting him the day of her playmates 10th birthday party. His kindness and friendliness toward her as he escorts her home, melts her heart and claims it forever. Life and trials change the eldest Bevelstoke through the years and when Miranda meets him again during her coming out season, he is no longer the gentleman and friend she fondly remembers from childhood. She tries to convince herself it was a childish crush and douse it while he is just beginning to realize that she is probably the only woman he wouldnâ€™t feel trapped living with. Will her childhood connection with his family and the difference in their positions amongst society foil any chance of marriage? Will Nigelâ€™s pain and troubles squelch any ability he has to recognize and make his feelings known to Miranda and will seeing him so changed aid in her putting her feelings and desires in the past and moving on or will their mutual attraction finally strike sparks that ignite a lifetime flame? (ISBN#9780061230837, 384pp, $7.99)