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The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
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 three 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.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn brought the “aww” and “oh no!” with every page turned. It was every bit as sweet and charming as expected.
Be still my heart! I think I found a new book boyfriend. It was refreshing to read about a hero that had no double agenda. No hidden secrets–well, major ones anyway. Edward was just an honest to goodness sweetheart that was so easy going that I kind of felt bad for him. He was a hero that blushes. Yes, how cute is that?
“She loved that he blushed.
She loved that she’d caused it.”
I loved the little letter excerpts in the beginning of each chapter with Edward always leaving comments to Cecilia in her brother Thomas’s letters. I don’t blame her for falling in love with him. Those were the funny parts of the story. I also felt a sort of foreboding though, and seriously I think my heart broke while the story unfolded.
Cecilia was at times annoying with her inner turmoil. She has told so may lies that there really seemed no backing away from it. I understand there wouldn’t be a story with her not telling the truth, but OMG! Edward needs to know! It did seem like she was taking advantage of the man who lost his memory. At least it wasn’t for real personal gain.
It was a slow and steady read but it somehow had me still wanting to know what happened next. Chapter after chapter had me anxious in seeing Edward and Cecilia finally consummating their “marriage”. I wanted to know when Edward would regain his memories and then figure out that he actually was being led on. Nail biting did happen my friends.
Overall, I think this was a sweet read with yet another Rokesby brother eliciting sighs from this book boyfriend hungry chick.
This can read as a standalone.
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