Synopsis: At 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 Bevelstroke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, the 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 an intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on the memorable day - while 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...
Review: I picked up 2 Quinn novels recently, and picked this one up just to add to the collected. By happy chance, I picked up the three in the Bevelstroke series - This being the first.
Quinn is an exceptional author. Her stories are characters driven and her dialogue is the best I've ever read - witty, sharp, natural and engaging. Even her secondary characters are flesh-out, round and endearing and I was delighted to find my favorite secondary character from this novel is the main heroine in the next.
I enjoyed this book immensely, not only for the story and characters, but for how much I learned through Quinn's wonderful example of perfect dialogue.
Bookmarks: 8 of 10
Awards: 2008 RITA for Best Regency Historical Romance
Date Finished: 5-3-2011