The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Paperback Book

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


1 March 1811. Today I fell in love. At the age of ten, Miss Miranda Cheever showed no signs of ever becoming a Great Beauty.

Her hair was lamentably brown, her eyes the same muddy colour, and her legs, which were uncommonly long, refused to learn anything which might remotely be called grace.

Only, in 1811, the nineteen-year-old Viscount Turner - eldest brother of Miranda's closest friend - had kissed the hand of an awkward ten-year-old girl and promised her that one day she'd be as beautiful as she was smart.

Now, eight years later, Miranda is a woman grown, and Turner an embittered widower.

But she has never forgotten his kindness. Indeed it is only in her diary that she confides the truth: she has never stopped loving Turner, and she has never stopped hoping that one day he will see her as more than a nave girl.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780749938321

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After the last few books by Quinn I was a bit desillusioned.... but this new one is as good as her old romances. Humor, interesting leading lord and lady, lots of romance.

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As are all of Julia Quinn's books, this one is charming and fun. Miranda is a loveable heroine, and Turner is so nasty and tortured you just have to love him. Although he is certainly attracted to her, and she loves him dearly, you can't help but feel sorry for him when he's forced to marry her - convinced that marriage is evil and that it can never make him happy. Although Quinn turns to a rather overused plot device at the end, it still made me cry and tugged at my heart, so I suppose I can forgive her for using it. This book is cute and witty, like all of her other books, and I look forward to reading more!

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This was a rather disappointing read, as the hero was very slow off the mark to realise his feelings for Miranda. I liked the secondary characters, best. Turner's matchmaking sister, Olivia and her mother. 

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The book started well. Miranda is an engaging and fun character and there were a few hilarious moments. The writing was OK, although some Amercian phrases slipped in, which I found distracting. But somewhere around the middle the book lost its way and never quite regained it. Even so it was a fast and fun read.