The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesby #2)
By: Julia Quinn
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
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.
Second book in the Rokesby series! As some of you may know, I really love Julia Quinn’s books, they’re romantic and hilarious and they’re perfect for cold winter nights and when you need a pick-me-up. Took a while before I picked up this book but anyway, here we are 🙂
Ahhh, this book!
I mean, on the one hand it was pretty stressful with Cecilia trying to keep up with the lie and digging herself further and further in lol. She had so many moments where she could have come clean but then the situation was already so entangled that it was hard for her to just say what really happened. So I was cringing but at the same time she was well-meaning about it all so I was rooting for her and I was so invested in her finding her brother. She was so brave in the situation she was in, all alone, a woman, searching for her brother in the New World with barely any connections to protect her so to speak (financially or to get her to the next point of her journey). I loved her letters with her brother, their relationship was wonderful and they crack me up.
Thomas’ friendship with Edward was so great, I howled at how Edward would wrestle the quill away from Thomas just to write a line or two to Cecilia. Always bantering, but obviously aww, he knew Edward was re-reading the letters anyhow when he wasn’t there/looking :3
Edward, by the way, is such a sweetheart, it’s just that memory of his was that eluding him. His scenes wit Cecilia were so cute, the banter and the flirting. Even when things were bad and he felt betrayed by what was happening, he was still striving to do the right thing, which was really admirable. I admit I teared up a bit in the last quarter of the book–it’s been a while since a book has done this to me–but between the reveal re: Thomas’s fate and Cecilia disclosing the truth to Edward and about their marriage, I was just all teary and rooting for them to work out. And of course, that ending was <3
So yeah, overall I really enjoyed this book, I actually enjoyed it more than the first book in this series. Love the lead characters, love their chemistry. I'm not sure if I'll be picking up the next book in the series, the premise + pirates do not appeal to me, but I will keep a lookout for the last book in the series 🙂
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