Just Like Heaven
By Julia Quinn
Release Date:May 31, 2011
Honoria Smythe-Smith and Marcus Holroyd, Earl of Chatteris, have known one another for most of their lives. He’s the best friend of her older brother, Daniel; an unofficial member of her family. She’s the pesky younger sister of his best friend, the one who has tagged along behind him since the age of six and the one he has secretly looked after since Daniel left for the continent. Their roles are set and neither has viewed the other any differently until one fateful day when Honoria, desperate to find a husband, sets a trap for the man in her sights and catches Marcus instead. But roles, and perceptions, are not easily set aside.
He didn't want to look at her face and think that her eyes were the exact color of the grape hyacinths that had just begun to pop up all over the landscape. They came each year at this time, and he always thought - just for a moment before he pushed it away - that they were her flower. But not the petals; they were too dark. Honoria's eyes matched the younger part at the base of the flower, where the color hadn't quite turned blue.
His chest had grown tight; he tried to breathe. He really didn't want to think about the fact that he knew that, that he could look at a flower and pinpoint the exact spot on the petal that matched her eyes.
It will take a life-threatening illness and a meddling Lady Danbury (I love that woman!) to finally bring these two endearing characters to their senses.
Just Like Heaven is not packed with action or adventure or steaming sensuality. It’s not filled with over-the-top angst nor dark emotion. It’s a delightful, heartwarming story of two likable people finding love where they least expect it. It is amusing and endearing, with the wonderful banter for which Quinn is known. And it made me smile. A lot!
Sometimes I want the thrill of an emotional roller coaster ride but other times I prefer the simple joy of sharing an afternoon rocking on the verandah with a good friend. Marcus and Honoria filled my heart with the joy of their friendship and love. Thank you, Ms. Quinn, for a lovely afternoon with good friends.