Just Like Heaven

Title: Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet #1)
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon/Harper Collins Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
paperback, 374
ISBN: 978-06-149190-0
Genre: Historical Romance
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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

Just Like Heaven is the first book I've read by Julia Quinn.  I read somewhere that Julia Quinn is a modern day Jane Austen. That description alone peaked my interest in this novel. After reading the summary I knew I needed to read this novel. 
Just Like Heaven is set in regency times. The story centers around Honoria Smythe-Smith and Marcus Holroyd. Honoria is desperate to be married. She is determined to be married by the end of the season.  Marcus Holroyd is the Earl of Chatteris. His best friend is Honoria's brother, Daniel. When Daniel is forced to leave England under scandalousness circumstances, Marcus vows to watch over Honoria. 
Marcus and Honoria have known each other for so long, their relationship resembles that of a brother-sister.  However now that they're not children anymore they begin to see one another in a different light. I adored these two characters. Their banter is hilarious. Honoria has the habit of saying what ever is on her mind. She's a delightful character with a great sense of humor. I also love her devotion to her family. Marcus is a bit shy but I like his affinity for anything sweet and his sense of humor as well.
Just Like Heaven is a witty story full of humor, love and a very bad musical performance. This is the first book in the Smythe-Smith series. If you're a fan of regency romances this is a book is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I  definitely want to read more about the Smythe-Smiths. I also need to acquaint myself with her other novels and her other well-known characters the Bridgeton's.

My rating:

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*I received this book from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.


  1. If you enjoyed this book, you must read the Bridgerton series too! I also loved the banter in this book, something Quinn does so well!

  2. Great review. Might have to give it a try sometime.

    I have my very first giveaway. Hope you can stop by and take a look!


  3. I haven't read Julia Quinn before but this sounds like just the book to try out by her. I have been meaning to try her for years! Thanks for the review, I put it on my PBS wishlist and hope to get it soon, like i need another book :)

  4. @Bookworm1858. I can't wait to read the other books. I have a feeling she'll become one of my favorite authors.

    @Tracy H, thanks for stopping by. I'll come over and check out your giveaway.

    @Crystal, This book was a fun read. I hope you like this book. It is a lot of fun.

  5. I adore historical romances and this one sounds like so much fun. I will have to check it out.

  6. @Pam. Me too. I love HR this one was so much fun to read. I hope you like it.


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