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Just Like Heaven | [Julia Quinn]

Just Like Heaven

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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
D) all of the above

Together they:

A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is...

D) all of the above

©2011 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-12-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful!"

    A delightful, fun and feel good kind of book just the Bridgeton series.
    We get to find out what goes on with the performers of the SMYTHE-SMITH musical in which many memorable scenes took place in Julia Quinn’s other novels. The book doesn't have a serious angst, a melodrama nor is a nefarious plot with a villain. What it has is a heartwarming romance between two nice people surrounded by fun secondary characters. If you want to have a nice fluffy romance that will make you feel good and let you forget about all the headaches of the daily life, this book is for you.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Spartanburg, SC, United States 06-03-11
    Jan Spartanburg, SC, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2011

    Love To Read 24/7

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    "One of My Favorite Authors and Narrators"

    This is a sweet, "quiet" read without the thrills and chills required by some readers. In the style of a Georgette Heyer this is a wonderful character study full of family situations and the wit so wonderfully written by Julie Quinn. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, in the top echelon of narrators, and her work here does not disappoint in any way. I loved her work on this book and as always was so awed by her talent and ability. I look forward to future books by Ms. Quinn about some of the characters in this book and hope that Ms. Landor is the narrator.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 10-01-12
    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "My most favorite book!!!"

    One of the must enjoyable stories! I completely fell in love with Honoria and Marcus! It is the perfect love story. One of those books that you will listen to over and over because you cannot help but smile while listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Kirkland, WA, United States 08-30-11
    Catherine Kirkland, WA, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2011

    Grad student, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.

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    "Very enjoyable!"

    Another fun Quinn story and a wonderful start to a new series. The plot line in this book stands well on its own, but if you are familiar with several of Quinn's other series, you will enjoy the subtle references and tie-ins.The only thing that bothered me (and then only slightly) was a bit of a change in the heroine's point of view about her family's musical at the end. I'm looking forward to the next books and hoping that Iris and Sarah all get their turns. :)

    I enjoy listening to Rosalyn Landor's narrations. She's done the narrations for many of Quinn's books and the narration for the one book that Landor didn't do drove me nuts. I'd like to point out that contrary to a previous review: if you liked the narration of Ten Things I Love About You or What Happens In London, you'll enjoy this one too -- it's the same narrator and just like always she gives the story that extra little quirk that makes it fun to listen to and will keep you smiling.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 06-02-11
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "Wonderful!"

    I couldn't disagree more with the previous review. I think Rosalyn Landor is a perfect narrator for this genre and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her narration of several Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas novels. She may not be a good fit for contemporary romance, but she does the regency era like no other.

    This book was funny, warm and exceedingly enjoyable! I recommend it without hesitation.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Liza-Maree Belgian Gardens, Australia 09-13-11
    Liza-Maree Belgian Gardens, Australia 09-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, Highly Recommend, Excellent Narrator"

    Thought this book to be really entertaining. I have all Julia Quinn and loved them all. She is witty and made me laugh quite a bit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay TX, USA 07-26-11
    Jay TX, USA 07-26-11 Member Since 2009

    I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.

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    "Excellent!"

    If there were other stars I would have rated this book higher! I love Julia Quinn's book but this one if off the charts. She did an excellent job with the story telling and Rosalyn the narrator did an excellent job. I hope that she goes further and gives us "Daisy" and the other girls story.........I am so looking forward to that.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Omaha, NE, United States 06-11-11
    Jan Omaha, NE, United States 06-11-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Sweet story"

    I loved this sweet little story. Unlike a previous reviewer, I thought the characters were not flat at all. There was so much humor, and interactions between Honoria and her cousins felt so true to close family life. I liked the slowing dawning of emotions between people who had known each other almost all their lives. Rosalyn Landor is excellent as usual. Thinking there might be a story coming up between Daniel and the governess?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Florida, US. 06-10-13
    Persis Florida, US. 06-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a page turner"

    I listened to this book just for the whole purpose of getting to the end. Nothing exciting ever happens in the book, and it's one you'd listen to if you didn't have anything better to do. Of if you can't sleep. Lie down, relax and listen and trust me you'll be instantly asleep. Rosalyn Landor has a wonderful voice that coupled with a boring book puts you to sleep in a flash. If it wasn't for Rosalyn Landor I wouldn't have even gone through 30 mins of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lgreader Massachusetts 12-07-12
    lgreader Massachusetts 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best part of the book was the narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't love this book, and had to push myself to finish it. I thought it would get better, but it was only mediocre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    Rosylyn Landor is my favorite reader, so I always look for titles that she narrates.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I'd purchase another by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Well below par"

    Good things first. Rosalyn Landor brilliantly reads this novel. She skips from being a 6 year old little girl to a stuffy butler to several disperate women. What a pity she had such poor material. I have really liked many of Julia Quinn's novels but the last few have been disappointing. Listening to this one on my ipod as I walked must have made passers-by stare at my eye-rolling, groans and sighs. (Just like Heaven? More like the other place!) Honoria, the heroine and Marcus the hero were uninspiring characters I thought. But oh the dialogue ... it went on forever. And getting nowhere. Just planning a lunch took many (boring) minutes. The story is fairly linear - girl knows boy all her life, thinks of him as brother until he is at death's door when they both make discovery that lurve has entered the building. I skimmed a lot so forgive me if there are gaps but read Julia Quinn's earlier novels and miss this one. (By the way I added one of the stars because I hope for better things from JQ)

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