by Julia Quinn

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-123083-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Miranda Cheever does not show signs of growing into a great beauty. Her hair is merely brown, as are her eyes. She does not have the blond ethereal looks of Olivia, her best friend, and she is further disadvantaged by having an agile and inquisitive mind. In a society that places too much emphasis on appearance, she is smart enough to know that she will not be the belle of the ball when she makes her debut.

When she meets Olivia’s older brother Turner, her young heart recognizes a worthy object for her affection. Since he treats her just as he does Olivia, the young girl has her first taste of hero-worship. He recognizes her intelligence and encourages her to put her observations in a journal. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever are born.

Author Julia Quinn, having finished her Bridgerton Family series, offers readers a gentle, yet passionate romance about first love. Viscount Turner leaves an unforgettable impression on a young girl, and does not realize that she will end up as his salvation.

Filled with her trademark humor and outstanding character development, this novel is a treat from start to finish. I could hardly put it down. At several points I found myself chuckling out loud, or trying to swallow over the lump in my throat. Miranda and Turner are compelling people who demand an investment from the reader. The novel returns this emotional investment with dividends. A five-rose rating seems inadequate for the pleasure I experienced in reading this book.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Paula.

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