Splendid (Blydon #1)
That is until a redheaded American throws herself in front of a carriage to save his young nephew's life. She's everything Alex never thought a woman could be—smart and funny, principled and brave. But she's a servant, completely un...more
we both share our love for climbing different windows just as much as both our brothers despise it too ;D
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...more
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 &...more
This is JQ's 1st book published. Frankly, if her name hadn't been on the cover, I never would have known it was her! I didn't like it at all. The female lead was annoying. The male lead had the reputation as a rake. Usually in romance novels, a reputation as a rake isn't really justified. In this guy's case, however, it is. Emma is dressed as a maid to help in the kitchen when she save's Alex's nephew from death by carriage. While she's in the carriag...more
Back Cover Blurb:
There are two things everyone knows about Alexander Ridgely. One, he's the Duke of Ashbourne. And two, he has no plans to marry anytime soon.....
That is until a redheaded American throws herself in front of a carriage to save his young nephew's life. She's everything Alex never thought a woman could be - smart and funny, principled and brave. But she's a servant, completely unsuit...more
Luckily, Quinn's style has imp...more
Oh and I loved the blurb, by the way. But the book? Well, it was ok. Delightful even. But nothing spectacular. Definitely splendid though.
First, allow me to point out that it is far more exciting to read about a "to-be-couple" at constant loggerheads with each other rather than being really nice and sweet to each other. I mean, the latter seems so hopelessly common (in real life, I mean. Surely I've witnessed enough of the lack of drama in...more
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)[Alex knowingly risks Emma's reputation multiple times just because he doesn't care if she's ruined. In fact he's determ...more
Ms Quinn has always been a favorite author of mine; and until recently I did not realize that I had missed her very first novel. So I picked it up and was rapt from the very first.
Ms Quinn has always used humor in her books. Sometimes with ridiculous action on the characters part, and sometimes with the characters themselves. In this book we see her use the humor in both manners and it works quite well.
I loved Ms Quinn's mixing of an American woman, with the new world sensibilities and somewhat...more
It was a fairly typical regency romance. Emma is an atypical heroine, American rather than English born, and far more interested in running her father's shipping company than finding a husband. Her family convinces her to travel to London to spend time with her mother's family, where she is introdu...more
It was a happy surprise that this wasn't the case here. Of course I was annoyed by the author's sense of humor, as I always am (several times Ms. Quinn went with the whole she mutters something under her breath and when they ask her what she said, she says she was...more
Alex is a Duke and a rake, avoiding the TON parties as much as possible, tired of being pursued for his title and money,he is strong,arrogant,charming,sexy.He meets Emma when she is dressed as a maid and is intrigued by her, so he appears at the ball to introduce the "maid" to London society! From that point on, he is focused on the goal: make Emma his wife!
Emma is funny and feisty and a strong character and not a prissy miss. She is an independent American who has had ex...more
I know this has been said before (STAY WITH ME FOLKS I SWEAR I HAVE A POINT) but I agree you can tell this was her first novel.
People told me about this book saying things like "The heroine is charming and witty!" but when I read it all I could think was
"I mean...she's okay?"
And the hero? I wanted to kick him in the shin, I get that he had a trust issue with the ladies bu...more
There were two-three situations where I felt uneasy. Everything was FINE but there were many pages to come so I was expecting the conflicts, fights, arguments, tears, etc. without knowing WHAT to really expect.
If you ignore these, well, as I've said: I've loved reading Splendid. The heroine and hero are cute, funny and very Quinn-ish. I don't think it's been the best of her novels when it comes to the execution, but I like the story itself very much. (...more
Namun tiba-tiba saja jatuh cinta, walaupun tidak mau diakuinya, pada Emma, wanita Amerika cerdas dan berani sang pewaris...more
I admit that her voice is not entirely developed in this one. I am missing that lovely zing, if you JQ fans get my meaning. The dialogue isn't quite there.
But for all intents and purposes, it was a splendid novel. Yes, I did just use the title in my review. Much like Julia sprinkles in among the pages.
Emma is a wonderful heroine to follow. She has a backbone but is not so stubborn to be irritating. She is a wonderful red-head...more
"No me abandones otra vez. "
"No te abandoné. "
"No vuelvas a irte intempestivamente de visita, entonces. La casa estaba muy sola sin ti."
Necesitaba tanto una lectura así... Londres, 1816, Duques, Condes, Señoritas americanas, y todo ese mundo de antaño que adoro.
Emma es una protagonista divertida, atrevida y para nada agotadora. Me encantaba cuando murmuraba por lo bajo(cosa que hacemos todos) aunque a veces creo que la autora abusaba un poco de ese recurso cuando tenía toda una...more
Yes, I am reading a lot of her work, and I refuse to apologise one jot!!! Having bedded down to her style ~ I am completely at home. They move me to tears (of the happy variety) and frustration sometimes for a hero to get a bloody MOVE ON, but they always make my heart sing.
I should have been making the bed, doing more housework, or any number of other wifely duties, but instead I've had a "Splendid" time .............absolutely SPLENDID time reading this boo...more
In this one, Emma Dunster impresses the Duke of something or another when she dives in front of a carriage to save his nephew. You see, he doesn't have a high opinion of women since they all tend to throw themselves at him. Oh, yes, it's hard to be handsome, rich and titled.
Anyway, this redheaded American immediately gets under his skin. I'm glad that the charade of E...more
So I had just come out of a very confusing book, and I needed a break, something to relax my brain. So naturally, I came to Julia Quinn, and boy did she deliver. Splendid was not a mind-blowing read, and I could definitely tell this was her first book, but it was more brain candy than anything else. With that said, I honestly liked this book. I’m a total cliché lover, so this book didn't bother me unlike other readers. I didn't want something out of the ordinary. Sometimes people want to read so...more
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...more
Great historical love story. I would recom...more
I like AShbourne, well not at first when he was adamantly refusing marriage.. I mean u know u want her and u said urself that she will make love to him willingly but how did he think he would accomplish that without having to marry Emma? That part I didn't get. And yes, he was a total S for uttering that whole 'greedy little bitch' to her face. But he did soften at the end...more
The story of Alex and Emma may not be very original but it's very well written and a lot of fun to read! This book introduces us to the Blydon family and is focused on Emma, the American cousin in London for the season. Alex is the rich and unattainable bachelor/rake -- see comment above abo...more
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