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THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS MIRANDA CHEEVER BY (QUINN, JULIA)[AVON BOOKS]JAN-1900 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Avon (1 Jan. 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0739483560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739483565
  • ASIN: B000PKPYRE
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,081,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It's in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tweedy on 21 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
Well, every great author slips up now and then. Regular readers will probably enjoy this, but this is not up to her usual standards.

The leads are not sufficiently defined and sometimes seem to act out of character which does jar a little and they are, at times not overly likable. The story is a little sicky sweet, but there is a gentle humour that runs through that does help take some of the edge off.

So, not bad but certainly not great. But you may need to lower your expectations if you are a lover of Julia Quinn's other romances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emjem on 2 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I can't tell you how much I love Julia Quinn's books, they are all so beautifully written, and it is quite easy to loose yourself within them!!

This book is all about two friends, Miranda and Olivia . Olivia's family agree to take Miranda to London to have a season, as Miranda's mother died and her father doesn't seem to notice her anymore. Miranda has been in love since she was just ten years old. With Olivia's brother Turner. Will she get the one man she has loved for so long, or will the London season change Miranda's heart?

The one problem that I have with all of Julia Quinn's books is I want to read them again, again and again!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
Julia Quinn's regency romances all have a very particular flavour; this author excels in writing dialogue between characters, usually witty and snappy, and her main characters are often intelligent people who are matches for each other.

"The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever" follows this pattern. Miranda Cheever first falls in love with Lord Turner, the eldest brother of her best friend, when she is ten. He's nine years older than her and is just helping out his sister Olivia's friend by escorting her home and giving her a little pep-talk. Olivia is clearly going to be beautiful when she grows up, Miranda is rather more plain and gangly and so Turner says a few nice words to her - and she promptly falls in love.

The story moves on nine years to the funeral of Turner's wife. Leticia turned out to be an awful woman and Turner is relieved at her death. He vows not to marry again and has become rather hard and cold. Unfortunately for him, with Miranda running tame about his parents house they meet up on many occasions and he finds himself rather drawn to her. When Miranda and Turner find themselves in an awkward situation they have to try to build an adult relationship out of what was a childhood infatuation.

It's in this part of the book that I felt the author was less successful. As in so many romances published today, the central point of the plot is that the hero can't say "I love you" even if his actions show that he does; resolution of the book only comes when the man realises his mistake and verbalises the words. I find all this rather difficult to believe in a Regency setting, particularly in a society when marriages often were for social position rather than love and this would be considered the norm for most people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toodles Book Club on 19 Mar. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit that I borrowed this from my Local Library, but it is yet another one that I will definitely download to my Kindle at some point. I could happily read Julia Quinn over and over again.

Miss Miranda Cheever fell in love at the age of 10. Completely, utterly and irrevocably in love with the 19 year old Viscount Turner.

He was an embittered widower some 8 years later, and Miranda a grown woman.....could he love again, and would it be Miranda.

Well, I have to say I fairly sobbed my way through the end of this one. I just loved it, and am still mopping up the happy tears off my desk quite some time later!!

A big fat 5 Star ***** rating for another well crafted, humorous and brilliant read.
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"Miranda wasn't sure whether she wanted to laugh or to cry"

That about sums about most of the book.

I read this because I was looking for a feel good book but that didn't work out too well for me. I enjoyed it but I was also annoyed by it.

For starters Nigel/Turner was a lot more mature when he was 19 then he was at 29. It really annoyed me to see him act like such a baby. The scene in the prologue was absolutely beautiful and I couldn't seem to wrap my head around the fact that he became such a 'whiner'. I understand that something horrible happened to them that took away his fate in love and humanity and laddy laddy la but his reaction seemed more like teenager throwing a tantrum than an adult getting his heart broken.

Miranda was supposed to be smart. While she wasn't nearly as annoying as Nigel (I know he prefers to be called Turner but I like Nigel better so deal with it) it bothered me when she couldn't see Nigel's facade and was so insecure. If he didn't love her he wouldn't have done have the stuff he did. You don't just 'like' someone and do all that. I also hated how she could act so insecure. If she believes herself to be smart and different some of the things shouldn't bother her as they did.

I wasn't a big fan of Olivia's and kind of agree with what Nigel said about her. She was annoying and never seemed to understand when Miranda said no. Like with the whole thing with Winston.

As with the plot, well again it was the whole back and forth thing b/w Nigel and Miranda. I didn't know whether to laugh or whether to cry. The romance was actually alright. It could have been better but I quite enjoyed it. I did wish there was more of the fun banter that seems to be common in this genre. I am sure fans of historical romances will enjoy this.
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