A more appropriately titled novel as one could imagine comes in the form of JUST LIKE HEAVEN by the outrageously talented, Julia Quinn. Why? Well, since you asked I will tell you—because, from first page to last, this story was a small slice of Heaven that could surely brighten the day of even the gloomiest Gus or sad-sack Sally lucky enough to pick up a copy.

JUST LIKE HEAVEN is the book I’ve been longing to read since the musically challenged Smythe-Smith ladies first appeared inside the pages of The Bridgerton Series novels. Set time adjacent to that series, the story of Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith and Marcus Holroyd, the Earl of Catteris is nothing short of magical.


A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed “Bug” as a child
C) NOT in love with her older brother’s best friend
D) All of the above


A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) NOT in love with his best friend’s younger sister
D) All of the above


A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever
AND world’s worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love.

It’s Julia Quinn at her best, so you KNOW the answer is…

D) All of the above”

This story was an absolutely, positively delicious treat…

I would be hard pressed to say exactly how many times I literally found myself laughing out loud while riding along on this literary journey with Honoria and Marcus as they evolved past the comfortable state of a nearly lifelong friendship to discover the deeper feelings involved with realizing the person who has been right in front of you for so long is actually your soul mate.

This story was an absolutely, positively delicious treat (better even, than chocolate cake) that fans of Julia Quinn or simply lovers of a wonderfully humorous romance are sure to enjoy over and over again.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.