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The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband

By Julia Quinn
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Publisher Description

There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In this second of the Bridgerton Prequel series, following Because of Miss Bridgerton, we go back to where it all began. . . from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn.

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 three 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.

94 Reviews

“my favorite of the prequels”
“Listened for Fun (Audible) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 4.00 Character Rating: 3.50 Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating) Quick Thoughts: This is going to be a hard review to write because the last 1/3 of the story drove me freaking nuts. I am an ender aka how a book ends can change my view on the whole thing. My problem with this ending was that they had a WHOLE FREAKING BOOK to at least get to the big issue without having to rush all of it into a couple of chapters. It just all resolved too fast for my taste and I felt it totally shorted two characters who had earned a bit more satisfying HEA. This is just how I felt though and many have loved the story start to finish. I didn't hate it or dislike it just isn't my favorite by Julia. I highly recommend you decide on your own :) Audio Thoughts: Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor /Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins I adore Rosalyn Landor and her narration. She is so properly suited for historical romance (or most historical settings) that I get giddy when I see she is going to narrate something. I highly recommend you listen to this series so you get the full experience! Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews”
“Book 2 in the Bridgerton prequels ... the second Rokesby brother, Edward. Cecilia Harcourt travels from Britain to New York looking for her missing brother after her father dies. Instead of her brother she finds his best friend Edward Rokesby injured. So the military will allow her to take care of him while she searches for her brother she lies and says they are married! 3.5 stars”
“so far its the spiciest julia quinn book I've read but I don't like Cecelia. She seems like a psycho and would be kind of scary if she were a guy”

About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author JULIA QUINN began writing one month after graduating from college and, aside from a brief stint in medical school, she has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. Her novels have been translated into 43 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. 

Look for BRIDGERTON, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.

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