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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  6,871 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Charles Wycombe, the dashing - if incorrigible - Earl of Billington, needs a bride before his upcoming 30th birthday, if he hopes to earn his inheritance. The vicar′s vivacious, determined daughter, Miss Eleanor Lyndon, needs a new home, since her father′s insufferable fiancee is making her old one intolerable. Destinly has brought Charles and Ellie together - though their ...more
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Published July 27th 2004 by Avon (first published January 1st 1997)
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[Aengell]
What a delightful and funny book!

Julia Quinn can really put off funny Romances, and before I find my way to the Bridgertons, I want to be slowly introduced to this master of HR.

Her characters are always making me grin, giggle and laugh in a way that pulls me even more into the story. The story in this case is your typical marriage-of-convenience-story, and I'm a goner for that trope. I don't care whether that makes me biased or not.
The characters felt real and even the secondary characters we
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Linds
Do you know the feeling you get when your good married friends are bickering in front of you? It's vaguely uncomfortable, there's no where for you to go, and you wish they would knock it off so everyone can get back to their lives? That's Brighter Than the Sun.

That really is the main reason for me not enjoying this book much. The characters are cute enough, and it has a decent little plot. But listening the the h/h argue incessently for 275+ pages is tiring.

Ellie and Charles meet when Charles fa
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Nisha
The second time around, it wasn't that great, but it's still worth a read.

December 2, 2009 - 5 stars

Safe to say, I loved this book. I wasn't even going in thinking I would like it, considering I have this bad habit of judging books by their cover. Plus, it wasn't part of the big family, like the Bridgertons.

Ok, I admit, the dialogue was fun, but the not really the height of wit, since Ellie tends to say 'I beg your pardon' everytime she didn't have a retort. Still, I loved the H/H interaction.
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Lelyana
Ketemu by accident karena Charles Wycombe jatuh dari pohon pas di atas kaki kiri Eleanor "ellie" Lyndon ( ngapain sih si Chareles kurang kerjaan mabok2 naik pohon?)
Dialog2 nya kocak, dan mereka ga pernah gak berdebat, hari itu juga Charles melamar Ellie krn merasa dia paling pantas jd istri nya, krn Ellie cerdas....
Cerita dua org yg putus asa, masalah nya uang, Ellie perlu menikahi Charles agar bisa mencairkan uangnya yg di pasar saham dan agar keluar dari rmh menghundari calon ibu tiri nya yg
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Sara ♥
(Sequel to Everything and the Moon)



October 22-23, 2010



April 8-9, 2010



Cute, cute book... Charles and Ellie are such a cute couple! ;)



July 1, 2007



It was SO CUTE! The bickering between the hero and heroine! HAHAHAH! I was DYING laughing the WHOLE BOOK! All this bad stuff keeps happening to them, and it's just SO FUNNY! I loved it! YAY for Julia Quinn!



And this book was DIFFERENT than others. I was SHOCKED when Charles Wycombe (Earl of Billington) proposed marriage to Eleanor (Ellie) at the end of th
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Barbara M.
1 Star...I didn't like it.

I've been a member of this fine site for quite a while now and I've noticed a "1 Star" is (for some reason) very rarely handed out. I for one have no problem handing down a 1 if I didn't like the book. That's what these ratings scales are for, and that's why we're members here in the first place...to tell our "true" opinions on the books we read.

So with that said...

"Brighter Than the Sun" was as cornballish as they come. The whole book went pretty much like this "Yes y
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Josie
I was looking for something light and frothy, and this started out promisingly enough. The hero falls out of a tree, right at the heroine's feet, and they immediately begin bantering. So far so good! In fact, the following quote actually made me laugh out loud (and as I was in the staffroom at the time, that was rather awkward as my colleagues then insisted I read out the bit that had made me laugh).

"Lord Billington, I must insist that you use your cane."

"On you?" He sounded intrigued by the not
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Amanda
Brighter Than the Sun is the first book of JQ's earlier works where the brilliance of her later works shines through. And it was awesome. Suddenly, reading in 15 or 30 minutes snippets just wasn't enough.

One, Charles is a character from a previous book, and that always earns extra points with me. I adore characters that carry through in other books/series and who get their own stories. Plus, reformed rakes do hold a special place in my heart, even when their rake-ish-ness is talked about more th
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Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 5 "Bright than the Sun" stars!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
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Reading Fanatic
This is the second time I'm reading this JQ novel. I first read it many years ago--more than ten--and remember loving it then, so when I discovered that my library had an e-copy of the book, I welcomed the opportunity to read it again. As you might expect of a Julia Quinn novel, the book is par excellence; it's well written with an interesting storyline, and well developed characters. Ellie and Charles make for an adorable couple! Ellie is a redhead and is quite the stereotype for that hair colo ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
Victoria Lyndon, our heroine from Everything and the Moon, has a younger sister Eleanor, who is equally independent and feisty. Ellie is walking in the countryside near her home one day when a very handsome and very drunk man literally falls into her lap from a tree.

Charles Wycombe, the rakish Earl of Billington, must marry before his upcoming thirtieth birthday or lose his inheritance and he decides that Ellie will fit the bill. No, he has no intention to actually love her nor any other woman.
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Husbands don't grow on trees...but apparently they fall from them, especially when roaringingly drunk. This is something that Miss Ellie Lyndon finds out the hard way when Charles Wycombe, Earl of Billington, falls from an oak tree and straight on her toes, then not long after proceeds to make an offer of marriage. Although completely foxed Charles thinks the very prickly but lovely Miss Lyndon will make a perfect wife, especially as he only has a few weeks to find one before he loses h
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kris
Charles and Ellie end up married because of Plot Contrivances. Except she doesn't want to sleep with a Horrible Dirty Rake, and all he wants to do is sleep with his Stunning Hot Wife.

Oh, also there's yelling, sabotage, kidnap, yelling, murder, and more yelling.

1. SO MUCH GODDAMNED YELLING. Literally 80% of this book is Ellie and Charles YELLING AT ONE ANOTHER. And about the same stupid shit: Ellie is incompetent. Charles wants sex. It's the same conversation AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

For exam
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Leah
This book was much better than the first one of the series. I didn't absolutely love it, but it was funnier and much more interesting. Ellie and Charles didn't make me frequently consider suicide, so I consider that a good sign.
Ririn
Another Historical-Romance Fiction by Julia Quinn.

Sepertinya saya memang benar-benar menyukai selera humor Julia Quinn, tidak terkecuali selera humornya di buku ini. Buku yang ringan, lucu, dan cukup menghibur ini bercerita tentang pernikahan yang didasarkan pada sebuah kesepakatan.

Charles Wycombe, Earl of Billington,terancam akan kehilangan warisannya kalau ia tidak juga menikah saat ia berusia 30 tahun. Itu artinya ia hanya punya waktu 2 minggu untuk menemukan mempelainya!

Eleanor Lyndon, seora
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Lita Bouquard

I was literally bent over laughing at the slapstick comedy in this romance. Eleanor is clobbered by a drunken man who falls out of a tree and lands on top of her. As the daughter of a vicar she is a sensible, friendly, spinster. However this event (which involves a lot of physical damage to Charles) leads to a marriage proposal. This book has romance, humor and a mystery as Ellie makes an intellectual choice to leave her home when her father's witchy fiance makes the situation unbearable. I gues
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Natha
Kelar baca dalam sehari. *dance*
Oke, cukup senang-senangnya, harus darimana kumulai revie ini ya? *elus dagu*

Eleanor Lyndon (Ellie) adalah seorang perempuan yang mandiri, cerdas dan cenderung bersikap diluar dari kebiasaan seorang perempuan pada umumnya. Namun ayahnya yang berniat untuk menikah lagi dengan seorang wanita yang bertekad membuat hidup Ellie sengsara. Wanita itu berniat memperbantukan Ellie di rumah yang ia tinggali bersama ayahnya selama ini. Ia harus segera mencari tempat tinggal
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sari
Awal pertemuan antara Charles dan Ellie menurutku terlalu dibuat-buat dan konyol. Apakah hal itu boleh dibilang romantis. Jatuh dari Pohon?!! emang ngapain tu "Sang Earl" tiba-tiba manjat pohon aku masih tak habis pikira. Aku menduga mungkin alasannya karena sifat sang Earl sendiri yg energik dan tidak terlalu konvensional. Tetapi kenapa harus jatuh tepat di bawah kaki Ellie, apakah mungkin sang Earl terkejut meilhat Ellie. Dan juga kenapa Ellie tidak menyadari kehadiran Charles di pohon jauh se ...more
Roanne Araneta
“Lord Billington, I must insist that you use your cane.”

“On you?” He sounded intrigued by the notion.
Hilarious.

“They say rakes make the best husbands.” I’m actually starting to believe this.

Well I’ll be damned! I read this fully expecting not to like it but alas, things did not turn out as I expected. You see, I found this quite entertaining. I liked the characters a lot too.

I’ve always said in the first book that I liked Ellie better and I’m glad to say that my feelings have not changed. She’
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Cherie
The main reason I love this book is because of Charles. He is a positively hilarious character, always finding humor. He is so charming, which made him the successful rake of reputation, that it feels unreal that Ellie is so reluctant to him. She comes off as petulant, not someone to admire. Once she finally realizes she is married to a wonderful man she becomes fiercely loyal but it takes her a bit long to get there for someone who values their intelligence as she does.
I don’t really like Ellie
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Karen
I read "Everything and the Moon", the first book in this series, a couple of weeks ago. I was reluctant to read "Brighter Than the Sun" because I found the previous book to be contrived and I didn't care for the H/H. I'm so glad I finally got around to reading this delightful book! I laughed from beginning to end. I loved Ellie and Charles and they made a wonderful couple. I loved watching them fall in love.

I have read nearly every one of Julia Quinn's books and this ranks right at the top as o
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Kimberly
This was a great marriage of convenience story. Charles Wycombe, an Earl of lists for everything falls out of a tree and meets Elenor Lyndon, the Parish's wife. Charles asks Eleanor to marry him so he can get his inheritance agreeing to allow her to pursue her own life. There little business deal becomes confusing when Charles places a condition that they must make their marriage "official" and have an heir. OF course, they deny their feelings until their hotter than the sun!! Sparks fly and Ele ...more
Brandi Sellers
Predictable. That about sums this up.

I always go into romance novels expecting the familiar, but this book was predictable down to the word. In fact, I suspect that I've read a variation of this book at least three times.

But it wasn't bad. I liked the characters. Enjoyed them, really. Their first encounter is charming and they have great chemistry. Though I found their lovey-dovey moment at the end to be this side of cheesy.

I think Ms. Quinn could have done better with this story. It has the f
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Rebecca (everyday reader)
Falling out of a tree, dead druink, and on the feet of your future bride is a great beginning for Ellie and Charles. Not a proper courtship between them, but time is of the essence. She runs into some problems at first when trying to become the lady of the manor, but the culprit is identified and she is welcomed with open arms by everyone. His life and title become almost taken by his greedy and murderous cousin, but they work together to save both of their lives. Love develops and life returns ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Classic Julia Quinn. Her dialogue is unparalleled, and I find myself rereading parts of her books just to relive the conversations between the characters. She truly is a master at dialogue. The only thing that made this book less than great for me was Ellie's prudish behavior and vast overabundance of righteous indignation. While I'm sure Ms. Quinn meant for Ellie to be feisty and independent, she came across as more a grating termagant. On more than one occasion, I wanted to scream at her to sh ...more
Maria Sanigan
First of all, who would have thought that "rakes" would be so unbelievably sweet? Isn't that the beauty of reading romance novels? Only a great author would know how to work their magic in reforming rakes and making them good husbands.

Well, so much for talking about rakes.

One would really appreciate the art and the beauty seen in this novel. One would also love the great humor in it and the sweetness- do not forget the sweetness of Miss Julia Quinn's heroes! They are too good to be true! One w
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Cristina Scipioni
Que decir? Julia Quinn para mi siempre será una maestra. No importa lo que escriba. Este libro en particular me fascino, el sentido de humor tan Julia salió a relucir tantas veces que donde sea que estuviera leyendo este libro me reía sin importar si la gente me veía o no. Así de intenso fue.
En cuanto a la historia, me pareció original el modo en como las vidas de los protagonistas se cruzan y el diálogo entre ambos es simplemente perfecto, entretenido, cautivante y elocuente. Charles creo que
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Mandy
Charles needs to marry in two weeks or forgo his inheritance. Ellie’s father is marrying the wicked witch of the west. All of this equals a marriage of convenience. Hooray! Charles and Ellie have some great banter. The slapstick humor in the beginning is fantastic until the story dissolves into a big ball of injustice.

Once married, Ellie moves into the Charles’ house where Charles’ aunt and nieces also live. Ellie is determined to prove her worth as a good wife and mistress of the house, but al
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Adlina Haezah
ada alasan kenapa aku kasih 5 bintang untuk buku ini hahaha
kalo punya opini pribadi kayak gini sih, suka nggak nyangka gitu ya kalo aku bisa kasih 5 bintang untuk ini sedangkan temenku kasih cuma dua-tigaan hahaha.

Satu hal yang aku suka banget sama novel ini adalah,
Julia Quinn menyadari bahwa tema pernikahan yang pura-pura merupakan tema yang sudah sering muncul di novel-novel romance, dan aku suka prinsipnya dia kalo dia nggak setuju ada pernikahan yang didasari selain cinta. Nah, itu tuh yang
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Katherine
The hero in this book is delightful. The Heroine is a pain in the arse. Too much bickering, she never shut up. Several times I did find myself covering my mouth laughing but not enough to have really enjoyed this story. I told like tales that have a lot of fighting, it gets very tiresome. Still love JQ but this isn't one of her best.
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“He smacked the heel of his hand against his forhead, as if that could knock the mental picture out of his head. Hell, he though irritably, he didn't want to knock the image just out of his head. He wanted to send it clear across the room and out the window.” 11 likes
“Am I not allowed to speak in hyperbole?"

"Only," he said, a bit too smoothly, "if you are talking about me."

Ellie's face slid into a smirk. "Oh, Charles," she exclaimed, "I feel as if we have known each other for a million years." Her tone grew more ironic. "I am that weary of your company.”
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