REVIEW: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke #1) by Julia Quinn

Title: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Julia Quinn
Publication Date: 
June 26, 2007
Mass Market Paperback
Personal Collection
Historical Romance
Pages: 373
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Rating: 4 Stars!

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…


It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a Julia Quinn novel. I’m talking years. I got out of the habit of reading historical romance a while back, and just never really picked it back up. However, since this year is the year that I’m trying to really put a dent in my shelves, I wanted to start reading some of her backlist. The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever has been sitting on my shelves for a very long time. In fact, I actually dug it out of the donate bin in order to read it, and now that I have, it’s staying on the shelves because I really enjoyed this one, and Miranda might just be one of my favorite historical characters.

Miranda Cheever is different. She’s not the “typical” regency beauty, with her dark hair, and brown eyes. She’s never really fit in with her peers, and would rather just spend her time reading or with her best friend Olivia. When Miranda ten years old, she’s insulted at a birthday party by one of the other little girls, and it solidifies what she already knows. She will never be beautiful or pretty. However, when Viscount Turner takes her home that day, he gives her a word of advice that sticks with her for a very long. It’s the day she falls in love for the first time, and the day she starts to write her first journal.

As Miranda gets older, she continues to love Turner, even when he marries someone else. However, after the death of his wife, Turner returns to his family home, and there he cannot avoid Miranda. Soon it becomes clear that Turner and Miranda are walking a tight rope when it comes to their relationship, and they no longer can deny their attraction to each other. But Turner has been burned before, and it’s clear that it will take quite a bit for him to admit his love to Miranda.

I adore Julia Quinn, and think that her historical books are some of the most well written novels out there. I adore his characters, and his female characters are full of tons of spunk and sass. Miranda was a great example of that, and I adored her character. Turner though, was a little bit too angry for my historical tastes, and I was frustrated by how long it took him to finally come around and realize his feelings for Miranda, but when he finally did, it was FANTASTIC!

Honestly, this was just an all around adore historical romance that I enjoyed so much, and I’m so glad I finally got to read it!

Rating: 4 Stars!

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning 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.

A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and Rége-Jean Page

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