2 in 1 Review: Bevelstoke 1 and 3 – Julia Quinn

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Series: Bevelstoke 1
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 373
Published: 2007

2 March 1810 . . .Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever. But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . . 

My thoughts:
I will try to write a short one. But it is so hard! Though I will try. And yes I did read book 2 before this one. Do not be shocked now (looking at someone stating with an M ;). But they are stand alone historical romances so you do not have to read in order.

This book was just sweet and lovely. Again a book that is just how I like my HR. The heroine is Miranda who is not as pretty as her best friend but then again she has been in love with her best friend’s brother for 10 years so what does she care about other men 😉 Miranda was smart and funny. All in all a great girl. Her best friend Olivia likewise (but then I already read and loved her book). Our hero is Turner who is not like he used to be. He had a bitch of a wife who cheated on him and the poor guy is jaded. And yes he does take his time to fall for her and tell her what he feels, but he was in pain and he was afraid. I can live with that because I always knew he would realize she was his everything.


This book is witty and cute. There is one scene where he threw a scone at her and that just made me laugh. It is certainly a HR I would recommend to others and it sure is an author I want to read more books by. Cute cover too.
Ten things I love about you
Series: Bevelstoke 3
Pages: 377
Published: 2010

Annabel Winslow is in a pickle. Having newly arrived in London for her first season and being in possession of a voluptuous figure, is being openly courted the the Earl of Newbury, who is at least 75 and a nasty brute to boot. Annabel does not want to marry him, of course, but feels that she has no choice since her father has recently died and left the whole family, includeing Annabel’s mother her 7 siblings, almost destitute. Then, while attending a party in the countryside, Annabel met Sebastien Grey, the Earl of Newbury’s nephew. And suddenly she found herself not only courted by the lecherous uncle, but also the charming young nephew. Should she follow her heart so that she can be with the one she loves, or should she marry the loathsome earl just so she can put food on the table for her family and make sure that her brothers get to stay in school? 
My thoughts: 
I will try to make it short again. For some reason I did not like this as much as book 1. Book 2 I did like, though not the last 100 pages. In this one it was the other way around in a way. I did enjoy the book and it was cute. But I just felt that it picked up more at the end. 
Annabel was nice enough and I understood her. Her family back home was not getting any help from her grandparents so therefore she had to marry a creepy old guy. What I grew a bit tired of was everyone speaking about how big her boobs and hips were. Ok I understood it the first time around. The guy needed kids but does it need mentioning every time? Sebastian then, well I actually did not like him that much in book 2. In this one I liked him a bit more since I saw he was tormented from the war and he writes books, I love that. Still he sure fell fast and she did ask something in the beginning that was a bit..oh why am i complaining? That is how HR is. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book a great deal.
The book was funny and cute. It was still worth reading and I enjoyed it. I read it fast and it was nice to get lost for a few hours. A good book to read this summer. And the cover is cute I guess.

38 thoughts on “2 in 1 Review: Bevelstoke 1 and 3 – Julia Quinn

  1. A Buckeye Girl Reads says:

    I loved the diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, but like you had a hard time with 10 Things I love about you-I think that is when I stopped reading this author-all of her books became too much alike for me.

  2. Cherry says:

    My problem with reading historicals is that I bring my modern day way of thinking to those old eras… which doesn't work that way… and I find that it takes a really talented author to help me through that. Book 1 seems like able to do that, but not book 3.

  3. Mel says:

    I keep hearing about Julia Quinn's books. I actually think the idea behind the diaries is very cute and I am tempted to try my first historical romance with that one! 🙂

  4. Sabrina says:

    I read "10 things I love about you" and "What happens in London" this week and thought that both books were good but not great. Something was missing and now I wonder if I should get Julia Quinn's new book or not.

  5. Missie says:

    Ha! Well, with stand alones, I guess it is more forgivable to read them out of order. ;)Based on what you described about book one, it kind of reminds me of my all time favorite Austen, Persuasion. So that make it a must read for me! Lovely reviews! Glad you had fun with these books!

  6. GABY says:

    I didn't know this book were from the same series :s The covers are so different!The Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever sounds cute 🙂

  7. Misha says:

    Your reviews of HR books are so temptation that I want to try one immediately. I think we can forgive you for reading books out of order since they can be read as stand-alone books 🙂

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    @BuckyI do not what did it but there was something. It was good, but not as good. Though I will certainly not give up, I still enjoy her more than other HR authors@CherryI try not to but always when they have sex my modern mind screams noooo! She will be ruined, come one people! But then I just sit back and continue to read ;)@MelRead the first one 😀 And if you like it the continue cos I do like her books.@ChrisOmg! I killed Chris!!! *runs over* Oh phew, you just fainted from the shock

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    @AmusedI do love funny and cute HR and it you like it then give her a go@SabrinaI can't help you since I really liked London…until the last 100 pages when I went all wtf?! And then it plummeted back to good and funny. I do hope to read her new book soon so I will keep you posted@MissieAh thank you. I feared my offence was too grave ;)Hm…it does? I can't see it but if you see it then read it cos I absolutely adore Persuasion!@AurianLucky you 🙂 I hope you read one one day

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    @ChrisOh yes of course! I solemnly swear that I will not read a series out of order any time soon (and soon being approximately this coming week)

  11. Jenny says:

    I haven't read anything by Julia Quinn, but she seems like an author I would really enjoy. I love sweet stories and I've been in the mood for a historical romance for a while, so I think my Kindle needs some Quinn on it!

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    @VivienneHihi, I can't wait 😀 I do hope it is good and funny@GabyI know! I would not guess it either. But book 2 is more like book 1@AlyssaI know 😀 It did make me go all awwww. YAY. She never fell for anyone else.Too many oh big boobs on that one grows very tired@StephLol, I am glad that made you more intersted

  13. Blodeuedd says:

    @AnaOne can't have it all but at least they both were good, but oh you would have died from a fluffy and sweet overdose 😉 I do fear it was very sweet.@DanaYou did not? Yay 😀 I am so glad you now know that there are two more. The next book is about Julia.@MelissaOh perhaps ;)Lol, yes I am very very very bad. And if you red them order, oh the shock would be too much. You better mix it up@MishaHihi, thanks. I do like that about HR that you do not need to stick to reading them all in order. And I hope you try one one day

  14. HKatz says:

    Book 1 sounds interesting. I like books with a good heroine; I haven't read many historical romances either so maybe this is a good place to jump in and try a good one. Thanks for the recommendation.

  15. Blodeuedd says:

    @JennyI do think you need some Quinn on your kindle :=) Sweet is the best thing in a HR@HKI do think Quinn would be a good author to start one. She has written a lot too

  16. Marg says:

    I have been on a Julia Quinn glom this week – read the new one, and Miranda and one other. I know what to expect when I read her and that's a good thing!

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