'Quinn writes delightfully fast-paced, funny, sparkling and bright romance' Romantic Times
'The next best thing to Georgette Heyer' Gloss
'A smart, funny touch. . . reminiscent of Helen Fielding' Time Magazine
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.
Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .
'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' Booklist
'Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic' RT Book Reviews
'Like an episode of Downtown Abbey mixed with a great rom-com' iBooks Best Books of March
'Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time' Heroes and Heartbreakers
'Quinn excels in writing stories full of joy and delight, where laughter trembles on the edges' Happy Ever After
'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly
'Full of wit, charm and smouldering attraction . . . an unputdownable story that I think romance fans will treasure' Harlequin Junkie
'This book was an utter delight . . . I just loved it' Love in a time of Feminism
In this charming sequel to Because of Miss Bridgerton, Quinn heads to late-18th-century America for a tale of romance and international intrigue. Cecilia Harcourt has come from her Derbyshire village to occupied New York to search for her missing brother. She finds that his best friend and her sometime correspondent, Capt. Edward Rokesby, is in the hospital with a head injury . By claiming that she is Edward's wife, Cecilia is allowed to care for him while getting more information about her brother's whereabouts but when Edward wakes with no memory of the last few months, Cecilia finds herself trapped in the lie. Edward and Cecilia make a captivating couple whose relationship grows naturally from their letters and personalities, and even their flaws including Cecilia's ongoing deception are understandable and appealing instead of frustrating. The secondary characters, mostly other British officers, are less well constructed, however, bordering on clich in their deference toward Edward and dismissal of Cecilia. This is a solid entry in the Bridgerton universe.