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Splendid (The Splendid Trilogy #1)

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Based on the phenomenal growth of Quinn's popularity, and her four-week stint on the New York Times bestseller list with Romancing Mr Bridgerton, it's the perfect time to revisit Ms Quinn's 'splendid' storytelling.

American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more un
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ebook, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 1st 1995)
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Cheryl
Julia Quinn's first published novel, Splendid, was quite Splendid actually! I enjoyed this book as it was funny, easy to read, and fast-paced.

Our Heroine...
Emma, an American, goes to London to visit her cousins for a season. She looks forward to just enjoying her time with Belle and Ned, and NOT looking for a husband. She has plans to take over her fathers shipping company in America one day and will not be tied down to some titled gentleman in London. Her aunt plans an elaborate ball to introd
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Sharon
When contemporary romance has disappointed me, I switch over to historical~~
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Sweet. Simply sweet.

I didn’t think I was going to like the book much because the main guy, Alex, was such a cocky asshole. And he had a mistress at the beginning of the book, so that brought up the cringe factor to 1000. However, as the book progressed, I started enjoying the romance.

Alex was presumptuous and arrogant in the beginning, but he got better when he softened and became more genuine after
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
5 Fantastic stars!

Loved the chemistry between the two leads ! :D Really wished I could see the secondary chracters (view spoiler)

For a change, I really did love the heroine Emma...She and I ? We both share our love for climbing different windows just as much as both our families despise it too ;D LOL
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Would defiantly recommend !
Susanne
It was truly splendid. I am totally blown away by Julia Quinn's debut novel - it was so good. It was one of the funniest books I have read and I laughed so much! It was tender, sweet and utterly hilarious. It was such a great start to this series and I pretty much loved every character in it (expect for the villain of course).

Plenty of balls - check. Rakish duke besotted with fearless beauty from 'the Colonies' - check. Lots of laughs - check. Pretty much angst-free romance - check.

I am so glad
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Caz
I've given this a C- for narration (seriously, it's BAD) and a C+ for content at AudioGals.
Such a disappointment when a long-awaited audio ends up getting assigned to a narrator who shouldn't have been let near it.

Splendid
, the first book in Julia Quinn’s Blydon trilogy (the others being Dancing at Midnight and Minx) was issued in 1995 and is Ms. Quinn’s first published work. I’ve read many of her most recent books, but not her earliest ones, so I was interested to listen to this to find out
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Lhara
This was Julia Quinn's first regency novel and it's really telling from the style. It's full of cliches, annoying characters, absurd plot turns, douchey male characters, douchey male characters who want to have sex with the female protagonist in a way that almost borders on harassment, anachronisms, dialogue inconsistent with the time period, a female American character that may be self-insertion etc. I found it really hard to finish this book, but I stuck with it.

Luckily, Quinn's style has imp
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laurooou
Jan 30, 2016 laurooou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Splendid is the first book ever written by JQ. You can see its her debut novel as some passages are a bit lengthy and lacking in plot/meaning. But her characters are, as usual, witty and funny. I always have a good time when I read one of JQ's novel and I guess it's why they're my comfort books :) Just needed a little bit of frivolity in my life, and this was the perfect fix.
Ivana Azap Feješ
This is the debut novel by this author and I enjoyed reading it. Good romance with a feisty heroine. There is one thing everyone knows about Alexander Ridgely. He's the Duke of Ashbourne.

I wasn't expecting to like this books as much as I did. I've read a lot of reviews that's it not as good as the Bridgerton series, and this is true. But it's also true that this book contains a lot signature Julia Quinn elements. The lightness, the witty banter, and the engaging pace. Ms Quinn has always been a
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Calisto
Jan 10, 2011 Calisto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Longtime fans of Julia Quinn
2.5 stars actually. It's not bad when you consider this was written in 1995 and it was one of her earliest books. Having said that, it almost feels a bit dated.

As someone pointed out, it was a light bit of fluffy that became a bit of a chore when JQ had to add the madcap burglary 'caper' and the mustache twirling 'villain' with a kidnapping plot. It's almost like there are two different books mashed together and the second half just seems out of place with the first part of the story.

I kinda fe
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Cris
I like the heroine, Emma, immediately. I disliked the hero, Alex, almost immediately. And I quickly grew to detest the two of them together.

Emma starts off as intelligent, mischievous, cheerful, loving with a willingness to speak her mind. Alex starts off as careless of how his actions affect others, arrogant, controlling and at times downright mean. For example, (view spoiler)
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The
Feb 16, 2010 The rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The by: fans of It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
I wasn't expecting to like this books as much as I did. I've read a lot of reviews that's it not as good as the Bridgerton series, and this is true. But it's also true that this book contains a lot signature Julia Quinn elements. The lightness, the witty banter, and the engaging pace. It's a good read.

Alex is a Duke who is disgusted with society. Since he was a teenager woman have lied and tried to manipulate their way into his title and money. Emma is an American with a fortune and mind of her
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rivka
Like book two of this trilogy (which I read first), this book is clearly an early work of this author, and she is still finding her voice. But it's actually a bit better than book #2, plus it gets a bit more of a pass as the author's first published work.

Except for the cover. Oh dear God, the cover. Quinn's publisher, or publicist, or whoever picks her covers had not yet realized that her covers need to be subtle -- landscapes, swans, a shoe, a piece of jewelry. And if they must have the stereot
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Faith Dominguez
Jun 6,2013

This book is very great. I think all readers will enjoy it like I did.
I love all the characters Emma's character was truly awesome I love and I like the rest of the readers will love that she's not like the other ladies that only car for money, buts he cares for others and you can see her gold heart.
As a reader I understood that she dilated to run her fathers shipping company, even if as she learned the way of his job.
But that wasn't her destiny and I think that's why her father wante
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Jilly
When a novel starts out with a disclaimer from the author that this was her first book so "it is, perhaps, not as polished as what (she) would publish today," it is hard to be too critical of it. It is true that this book isn't even close to "The Duke and I", or some of her other books. There is major insta-love, and the story is just okay.

But, Julia Quinn knows how to build great side-characters and funny situations. This book proves that she was doing this since the beginning of her writing c
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Katie
I am a fan of Julia Quinn's later books, at this one definitely shows a lot of her potential, but sadly falls far short. I enjoyed the cast of characters, and found the plot compelling enough to keep reading, but sadly both of those elements kind of careened off the rails toward the end, leaving a bit of a jumbled mess. The writing went the other direction, and improved a bit as it went on, despite an inauspicious start. Good writing is supposed to "show, not tell" and there was a whole lot of t ...more
Annie
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Halima
5 breath-taking stars! There is no one like Quinn!

I absolutely adore Alex and Emma, after reading bits of their romance within Dancing in Midnight, I was desperate to find out more and my wish was granted! This was such a lovely read and most defiantly a favourite of mine within the romance genre. Alex is masculine, brooding and absolutely alpha, Emma is confident, charming and pixie like; OTP. I enjoyed how he slowly won her over and his over-protectiveness over her *sigh*
The chemistry between
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Nikhat Hetavkar
Splendid tells the story of Alexander Ridgeley , Duke of Ashbourne, handsome, weathly and witty , he is the kind of man who makes girls swoon all over and Emma Dunster, a fiery red head from The States ,who with her beauty, wit and personality has become quite the talk of the town. But neither of them have marriage on their minds. So what happens when these two collide ? Will love bloom and fate align ?
Join them on the most fascinating journey of crazy first meetings, witty conversation and the
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Allison
He was a controlling asshole and she had purple eyes. This was not a good book.
Catarina
Apr 08, 2015 Catarina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Splendid é a primeira obra da Julia Quinn e depois de já ter lido outras obras dela, que adorei, tinha receio de não gostar desta, medo que não fosse tão boa.

Bem, esse receio provou-se pateta! A Julia nasceu mesmo para isto, ainda bem que desistiu de medicina e escolheu passar todo o seu humor para os seus personagens e não para os pacientes que viria a ter :p

Splendid foi...esplêndido! A própria sinopse já comprova o final que, sabemos que é assim nestas histórias, é previsível. Algo que me ir
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Netha
buku pertama blydon trilogy.

bercerita ttg Emma Dunster, sepupu keluarga blydon yg tinggal di amerika.
Emma - ceria & ga kenal takut, malah ga ada takut2nya sama sekali - karna sikapnya yg seperti itu sang ayah memintanya untuk tinggal sementara bersama paman & bibinya - earl & countess worth - di Inggris.

untungnya Emma sangat dekat dengan keluarga bibi-nya bahkan Lady Arabella atau belle bagi keluarga & teman2nya adl sahabat karib.
dimana ada emma maka disitu ada belle. emma &
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Nisha
The book started on a good note and then it got tedious. There was not enough tension between the leads and JQ tries to use some crazy kidnapping lord to further excite us. Seriously, fail. Benton sucked as a villain.

Other than that, the book was not bad, but it was also not good. Emma was a pretty good heroine, who had a tendency to get into trouble (which is how she even met Alex, unchaperoned) and actually seems quite young even if she is supposedly 20. I like how her character is further de
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Duchess Nicole
I'm a big Julia Quinn fan. This was her first novel ever, and I have to say that it shows in the writing. Not to say that the story itself wasn't really good, but not much can come close to her Bridgertons. The writing had a few plotholes and a lot of melodrama, and a few repetitively annoying bits. (I notice lots of murmered comments followed by a "what was that?" and a "nothing")

I did, however, love this American Heiress. I love how she told the Duke of Ashbourne "We are not 'your Colonies.'
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Astri  Nasthasia Videlia
Umm.. I think.. This is the first time I gave 3 Star for Julia Quinn's Book... don't know Why... :(..

For the first time... I thought I will love this book... and then??? Buuum!!! I just feel a little bored when I read this... hmm...

Gw suka sebener.nya Sama Alex... Duke Nakal dalam cerita ini, at the first time... tapi.. pas sampe di bagian dy menolak Lamaran Emma karna menganggap Emma hanya mengincar kekayaan.nya ajah... Yaaaiiiizz... I Hate someone like that...
Helllooooow???? Dengerin dulu klee
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Shalini
May 16, 2011 Shalini rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, romance
This is the typical 'ultra-rich rake who dislikes women and considers them as playthings vs. unconventionally beautiful heroine who is not scared of men & is fond of putting them' down story. The only change is that our heroine is rich too. Emma, heiress to a shipping company in the US is on a long stay with her cousin Belle in London and is being introduced to the London society by her kind aunt. Alex is a uber rich rake who has relations with lots of women, but is scared that all women are ...more
Miranda Kenneally
Sep 16, 2012 Miranda Kenneally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it just as much the second time!
Ning
Sep 15, 2013 Ning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
อานไดเรือย ๆ ดีคะ

พลอตกทัว ๆ ไป ตามแบบฉบับของนิยายโรแมนซ
แตตัวละครนารัก เถียงกันไปมานาเอนดูดี

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Norav
Jun 14, 2016 Norav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2016
Assez classique mais j'ai beaucoup aimé le couple Emma et Alex
Victoria
Aug 04, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is also published on Always a Booklover .

First read from 3 - 4 Jan 2014

I really enjoyed Splendid, it was a very light-hearted and easy read, yet not too simple that the plot is practically non-existent. The characters in the book, Alex and Emma were just so perfect for each other, you couldn’t help but root for them from the start. Sure, Alex is a bit too high-handed at times. Make that way too high-handed. He is essentially a male chauvinist. But well. I kinda do like guys like tha
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Verónica
Dicen que esta fue una de las primeras novelas de Julia Quinn... Se siente la poca solides del estilo característico de la autora así que es fácil darse cuenta de ello. Igual, lo he disfrutado mucho.^^
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with 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 an ...more
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