The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband – Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn girl with a make-believer husband cover


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

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I LOVE Julia Quinn, since picking up the Bridgerton series many years ago I’ve been in love with the original plot lines and the wit that she weaves into the character interactions. This is the second book in the most recent series and is one I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while.

What I loved about it

Firstly the plot is very original. I often feel when reading romantic fiction that I’m reading the same plot over and over again, so it’s always a refreshing change to pick something up that doesn’t follow the usual formula.

I particularly loved Cecilia Harcourt as a heroine and found her interactions with Edward throughout the novel very entertaining.

This is one of very few novels I’ve read based in America during the Revolutionary War and this added to the uniqueness for me. I can’t comment on its historical accuracy, but as a setting, it was an interesting one.

What I loathed about it

Due to the concept of the novel “already thinking they are wed” there is a lack of romance throughout the novel and for me that did mean it felt a little slow paced in places.

Things did start to improve towards the end, I just wasn’t as entertained as I usually am by Julia Quinn’s novels, which was a bit of a shame.


An original and entertaining read. I’m looking forward to the third book in the series, which is due for release May 29th 2018.

When and where can you get it

You can purchase The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband on Amazon* today



  1. July 19, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Oh wow, this looks like a great read! I’m always looking for new reads and this looks awesome!

  2. July 19, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I actually need a good book – just finished Option B by Sheryl Sandberg which was amazing! Will have to check this out!

  3. July 20, 2017 / 8:36 am

    This plot looks so promising. I surely will look into it right away.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

    PS I love your style of writing spoiler free reviews.

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:37 pm


  4. July 21, 2017 / 10:01 am

    This novel sounds entertaining! Thanks for your succinct and spoiler-free review!

  5. July 21, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    This sounds sooo good! I have been looking for some good books to read as I massively trying to get back into reading again! This definitely sounds up my street!


  6. July 21, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    This sounds like an amazing book omg! It reminds me of that film, “While you were sleeping” – have you ever heard of it? This man is in a coma and someone pretends to be his wife I think? I haven’t watched it in a very long time but that’s the rough idea of the plot from what I can remember! It’s a shame that you said there’s barely any romance in the novel though because you would think that there is.

    I am going to follow this blog, it looks like my kind of thing!

    Meg x |

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      no I haven’t but I’ll check it out

  7. Kayleigh Zara
    July 21, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I absolutely love the sound of this book, I’ve never heard of the author before but this sounds like a series I’d love to buy x

    Kayleigh Zara ?

  8. July 21, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I love historical romances, so I’m excited to learn about this author! I will check out the Bridgerton series as well.

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      oooo I hope you love them!

  9. July 22, 2017 / 3:23 am

    Loved this recap, so informative! I am not much for a reader (although I wish I was) but this series seems quite good! May have to pick up one myself!

    xo, Nickie

  10. July 22, 2017 / 5:19 am

    Thanks for your post. I love reading about books and have a list a mile long of ones I need to read! Haha!

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:36 pm


  11. July 22, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I really like how you’ve reviewed this book and I love how you’ve used the star rating. Thus is just another one I have to add to my reading list lol

    Jordanne ||

    • hannah
      August 17, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      I just had a cull of my TBR list, still 180 books on it, I need to stop reading reviews I think!

  12. July 23, 2017 / 10:49 am

    This does look very interessting indeed!! There is something very special about romantic book!!

  13. July 24, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I have searched good bool for so long!

  14. August 14, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Hrm, I haven’t read a lot of Julia Quin- thanks for giving me a new author to check out!

  15. August 15, 2017 / 3:09 am

    I always love finding new books to read and this one seems interesting. I’ll have to try it.

  16. August 15, 2017 / 3:57 am

    Thank you for an honest review! I’m looking for a novel to get into. 🙂

  17. August 15, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    The title and the art work of this book look amazing. This sounds really interesting.

  18. August 17, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    This sounds like such a good book! I love reading and I have a few weeks off work now so I’ll be sure to check this out! X

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