Blog Tour: The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Welcome to the The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband blog tour post! This is the second book in Julia Quinn‘s awesome series Rokesby (aka: a Bridgerton Prequel) and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

My review of Because of Miss Bridgerton

Blog Tour: The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia QuinnThe Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys, #2) by Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys #2
Published by Avon on May 30th 2017
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

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 six 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.


This made me so happy! Julia Quinn’s books have always put a smile on my face but the Bridgertons truly have a spot in my heart and The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband really brought back those happy fluffy feelings. This was just such delightful, endearing, fun read.

With a bit of an outlandish plot point, a now-orphaned Cecilia Harcourt travels to the Americas to find her brother (Thomas), who appears to missing and instead stumbles upon his best friend, a hospitalized and unconsciousness Captain Rokesby. Edward Rokesby has just regain consciousness and while he has lost his memory of the last six months, he has gained a wife, even if he’s a little unsure how.

She touched her cheek self-consciously. “Have I something on my face?”
“Just looking at you.” he said.
“There’s not much to see.”
This made him smile. “I must disagree.”
She flushed, and he realized he was flirting with his wife. Strange.
And yet, possibly the least strange thing of the day.

From the moment they meet, it was pretty darn cute. And despite not having met before this point, it wasn’t an insta-love story! How you ask? Because letters. Throughout the book you see the letters that Cecilia and Thomas write to each other. And I love the little bit of awkward flirting between Edward and Cecilia that you get to see in these letters. When they do finally meet, it still is a slow-burn kind of romance.

Sometimes I’m really scared of stories when relationships are basically built on deceit (in this case Cecilia lying that she’s married to Edward) but Julia Quinn handled it pretty well and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. Both characters are just delightful. Despite her deception, you can see that she struggles with the guilt of lying and I think that really helped make easy to want to root for her (she’s also super lovable). Edward, it took not even a chapter and I was already head over heels. He’s the honorable gentleman with charm and a playful streak that’ll sweep you off your feet.

On top of the romance, there’s also the subplot of trying to find the missing Thomas and recovering Edward’s lost memories. Like I mentioned, adored the letters between Thomas and Cecilia and loved getting to see their cute sibling banter. And the Thomas and Edward bromance. It was a heartfelt story.

Edward bids me to say hello and not to tell you that he is miserable sailor. – From Thomas Harcourt to his sister Cecilia.

Overall, this was a sweet, fun, heartstring pulling kinda romance. I loved the ending (aka. the big moment of truth; it was both hilarious and so adorable) and I loved how easy it was to be genuinely invested in Edward’s and Cecilia’s love story. Definitely a lovely addition to the series.

“You love me.”
“Madly.” he admitted.

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.



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About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

In 2010, Ms Quinn won her third RITA Award in four years and was the thirteenth author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine. Her twenty-sixth novel, The Girl With the Make Believe Husband, will be released in 2017.

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Author: Cyn

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8 Replies to “Blog Tour: The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn”

  1. Allisia with Tasty Book Tours says: Reply

    Thank you for reviewing for the tour!

  2. Yes!! I am so glad you enjoyed this one as well Cyn. It made me smile. Lovely review 🙂

  3. I read the first book in this series, and I just didn’t care for it. But I have seen so many wonderful reviews for this one. I may have to cave and read it.

    Great review. 🙂

  4. I own a copy of the first book and still need to get to it. Glad you enjoyed this one. Great review!

  5. Awww. I can’t wait to read this. I received and ARC but then was kind of nervous to actually read it. But I’ve been hearing such wonderful things! And those little snippets you shared here are just adorable.

  6. This sounds good and a subplot too. Thanks for sharing this great review. I am putting this on my to read list.

  7. oh I see that I really need to grab this one up. I have a soft spot for the bridgertons as well. I do like that this book left you with such happy feelings. Definitely a reminder I need to add this to my priority reading list. Great review darling.

  8. This sounds like something I would really like. It has a really intersting set up and I do want to read more of Julie Quinn. Great review!

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