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Everything and the Moon (The Lyndon Sisters #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  7,704 Ratings  ·  345 Reviews
Seven years ago she broke his heart...

When Robert Kemble stumbles across Victoria Lyndon in hedgerow maze, he can't believe his eyes. The girl who'd torn him in two, who let him plan on elopement and then left him standing by the side of the road, was suddenly within arm's reach, and even though his fury still knew no bounds, she was impossible to resist...

Seven years a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Avon (first published March 1st 1997)
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Sep 13, 2013 Rane rated it really liked it
Reading the author note at the beginning from JQ about how she doesn’t believe in love at first sight, hit the nail on the head for myself as a person and a reader. Although it sounds lovely with flowers and sparkles all around, it’s only fairy tales. But in JQ fashion she made me believe in love at first sight while and after reading Everything and The Moon. I enjoyed this book greatly and had a hard time putting it down.

JQ has a way of making her heroes sweet, kind, tough when need be and s
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Victoria is an asshole. Okay? Before you dive into this book, you should know that. And Robert is an idiot stalker. I at least understood what motivated Robert, but Victoria's motives? I couldn't figure her out, nor did I want to.

I love most of Julia Quinn's work, and it saddens me that I hated this one so much, but really...Victoria is an asshole.

I just can't with this bitch.
Mar 28, 2012 Dorothea rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Favorite Quote:
"I have spent the last seven years utterly miserable because of a stupid misunderstanding propagated by a pair of goddamn interfering fathers. Frankly, Aunt Brightbill, your offended sensibilities are not high on my list of priorities."
(Robert, page 174)
Mar 11, 2010 Linds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
This is a story of an earl's son Robert and a vicar's daughter Victoria that find love despite being torn apart by their parents when they were very young because of differences in class.

They mistrust each other because of lies of their families and miscommunications. They meet seven years later, never forgetting their first love and the hurt of (perceived) betrayal.

The first two thirds of this book is a solid five. They fall in young love and it's so sweet and unfair to see them taken away from
Gloria Mundi
Sep 19, 2011 Gloria Mundi rated it did not like it
Wow, I never thought I would give one star to a Julia Quinn book, but here we go.

I have been recovering from an operation for the past week or so. I am on a ton of antibiotics and my head is spinning, so I just wanted something light and frothy and unchallenging that would distract me from wanting to weep from boredom for a bit but that I can put down whenever I can't look at the page anymore. I have been watching a lot of daytime TV, and let me tell you, I can feel my brain turning into goo, s
Sara ♥
Jul 07, 2011 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
June 27, 2011

Wow, I can't believe I haven't reread this book since 2007! Shocking! I guess I usually just read Brighter Than the Sun, because BANG! You get into the story faster. But I really really liked this! The stuff below pretty much sums it up, but it was super adorable! I think I'm going to reread Splendid now. I don't read that one enough either...

June 1, 2007


Okay, so this one stars Victoria Lyndon (older sister of Eleanor/Ellie from Brighter Than the Sun) and Robert
Jul 23, 2009 Barbara rated it did not like it
Robert is next in line for the earldom. Victoria is a vicar's daughter. Man see's girl by a pond. They fall instantly in love. The father's of said boy and girl get in the way. Seven years later boy and girl reunite, get married and live happily ever after.

Blah!...Believe it or not my 6 sentence summation was more entertaining that JQ's 372 pages.

As you all know I have always been a fan of JQ, but I have to be honest here...This book was just awful! The characters were bland, and the love at fir
May 06, 2011 Eastofoz rated it liked it
You can tell that this is one of Quinn's earlier books because it lacks the polish of her more recent stories. All the key elements are there but they're not nuanced like she does now. In this novel they're sort of plunked down for the reader to see. There's lots of dialog but too much repetition and the last few chapters felt like she didn't know how to bring the book to a satisfying ending so it dragged on and on.

The heroine was a bit too unreasonable at times making me wonder why the hero pu
This book felt like such a big mess to me. The first half of the book just felt so extremely rushed with how it jumped from one big event to the next (meeting-falling in love-separation-reunion-second separation-truth revealed-second reunion all before the halfway mark) and I felt no real connection between the hero and heroine. They're so volatile to one another and the story felt so shallow and unnecessarily drawn out and their relationship lacked all levels of depth. It may just be that the ...more
Jul 11, 2010 May rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Quinn fans, fans of kidnapped heroines, fans of star crossed lovers
Shelves: ye-olde-romance
Up until Chapter 11, I was head over heels madly in love with this book. The young couple who were so madly in love with each other but torn apart by a misunderstanding (on both ends)... tragic! Then seeing them meet up again 7 years later only to have him break her heart a second time... and then he finds out the truth?! GAH! It was amazing. The stuff legendary romance is made of! I laughed, I even teared up a bit!

Then we got to chapter 11.

I was curious how she was going to fill 200 or so mor
Everything and the Moon
3 Stars

As a huge fan of Quinn's Bridgertons series, it always amazes me that the same writer is responsible for her ridiculously plotted early works.

Everything and the Moon has potential as a story of lovers reunited after a huge misunderstanding. Let me preface the rest of this review by saying that this theme is one I detest with a vengeance. That said, it is actually well-written here and the first half of the book is engaging, particularly due to Robert and Victoria's
I hated this one so much. It sucks because I usually adore Julia Quinn but this one was just awful. I didnt even mind the instalove so much (although it was unrealistic as fuck, even by historical romance genre standards) but once Victoria & Robert were reunited..dear fucking God, gag me with a spoon. He's a stalker who doesnt take NO for an answer. She's indecisive and flaky and both together are just plain boring and icky. I liked that she was an independent lady during that time. Living ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok
I hate the trope where the hero does the exact same thing as the villain, but it's oh so romantic and sweet because Alphas. Ugh.

"Father, how could you attempt to keep me and my love apart? I know you don't trust her, but I do and we will make our own decisions. I shant speak to you ever again for this."

"Love, your apartment is crap and your job demeaning. I don't care that you like them, I'm abducting you until you see sense. What do you mean I'm too domineering to marry? I just want what's best
The first book in the The Lyndon Sisters series by Julia Quinn. Robert Kemble and Victoria Lyndon fall in love but are kept apart and meet up seven years later. Victoria is a governess and Robert is a guest of Victoria's employers. Both have their own idea of what happened seven years ago and blame the other for their betrayal.

I believe this is one of Julia Quinn's earlier books. It wasn't bad. Quite a cute little read. But it started off a bit slow for me. It got better and I did enjoy it for t
Dec 06, 2009 Nisha rated it really liked it
I don't like 'love at first sight' books in general, but I really liked this one. There are parts that made it more tedious, such as Robert realizing that Victoria was always true to him and she rejects his apology, but it was necessary. Robert can be a pig-head and needed the wake up call. It gave their love more meaning, if that makes any sense. My heart went out to Victoria everytime Robert hurt her or misunderstood her, which in an odd way, I enjoyed.

Not as good as the 2nd book (which I rea
Nov 22, 2014 A.B. rated it it was ok
When I first read this, I gave it a higher rating.... and then I reread it and I was struck by the abusive nature of our hero. He's push and sees her as his property even when it's completely clear she's happy as she is. He stalks her, he bullies her and HE KIDNAPS HER. This is not the sort of story that inspires a love story.... sure it works out in the end, but if this happened now? How would we really feel about it?
Carla *Jen7waters*
I'm just going to forget I read this book. I refuse to let a silly insta-love, horrible just horrible jerk of a hero, or a extremely annoying and repetitive story taint my love for JQ.
Really 3.5 stars. I love Julia Quinn's books but this one left me disappointed. I like my heroes a bit more dangerous.
Elaine Mcdonald
Jan 26, 2014 Elaine Mcdonald rated it liked it
Shelves: julia-quinn
I don't remember reading this January of 2011. I can't believe I rated it a 4. It is ok, but really not special. 2.5 reread.
Aug 29, 2016 Flor rated it did not like it
Rika - (The Unpretentious Reader)
It wasn't her beauty.
It wasn't her intelligence.
It certainly wasn't her grace.
He couldn't put his finger on it. All he knew was that she was perfect and he fell instantly in love.

And thus is the case of Love at first sight, it defies conventions, it makes no sense and it never play according to any rules.

If Robert had had any doubts about the perfection of the woman standing before him, they melted away under the force of her smile and obvious sense of humor.

Anymore and I'll fall in love with
Mar 26, 2013 Nik rated it really liked it
Everything and the Moon is the tale of Victoria Lyndon , the young daughter of the town's vicar and Robert Kemble, the earl of Macclesfield. Deeply in love and optimistic about the future, they hope to marry and live happily ever after. But certain misunderstanding drive the young lovers apart, each feeling deeply hurt and abandoned by the other. Cynical and wounded, it is after seven years that they meet each other. Victoria has been living a tough and lonely job as a governess while Robert h ...more
May 16, 2012 L rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up to 3 stars because there was some really sweet parts.

Parts of it were really cute, some of the dialogue was great and I did end up really liking Robert and Torie in the end...but...I'm not a fan of the stupid misunderstandings that result in all this distress. I don't like that he attempted to ruin her, or make her his mistress all because of hurt feelings over something that could have been cleared up over a conversation over 7 years prior - sure it wouldn't have been a lon
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Overall it was a good story and I enjoyed the banter between Victoria and Robert.

However, I am glad the author put the letter to the reader in the front of the story describing how she does not belive in love at first sight, but went with it for the sake of writing a story. Robert was a bit too silly in love for me to really take him seriously.

The story was really great up until about half way. I realised the miscommunication was out and everyone understood what had happened and the couple was
Nancy - Vanille
Cielos, pero que le paso a Quinn en este libro?
La trama era como un mal refrito de An Offer from A Gentleman, y la idea se podria decir que no me resulto despreciable pero todo parecia avanzar como si tuviera mucha prisa por acabar el libro y al mismo tiempo lo prolongo alrededor del mismo punto durante paginas y paginas. Me parecio eterno, siento que a los personajes los conoci solo superficialmente, por momentos se me hizo doloroso e insoportable de leer y hasta empalagoso. Y luego la tonta Vi
May 25, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: quinn-julia
What a delightful story this turned out to be. I wasn't so sure at first. It seemed that rather than being in love, it was just infatuation. They seemed so immature. But as the story progressed I realized how deep Victoria and Robert's feelings were for each other.

Their plans were thwarted by each of their fathers in different ways which led to estrangement between the h/h and between each of them and their fathers for a period of seven years. Then they accidentally were reunited which is when
Jun 13, 2013 Shoshana rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, romance
This is a re-read, and I remembered it correctly - I love the first third, full of gut-wrenching misunderstanding and supposed betrayal (woo!) - and I don't really like the rest. I love Julia Quinn, but every now and then she has her hero stalk/kidnap/pressure the heroine into marrying him, and it drives me up the freaking wall. Gah.

It was worth the re-read - JQ has a great voice and some great character development, even in these early books - but from the perspective of a minimalist, not worth
Alex Morrison
Oct 12, 2015 Alex Morrison rated it did not like it
Sadly, I just didn't like this one. The insta-love was not believable, the hero was - essentially - a stalker, the heroine was a jerk, and the Big Misunderstanding went on for about 150 pages longer than it needed to. I also found the quality of writing to be really substandard, especially for Julia Quinn. Again the Magic handles the same type of story but in a much, much better way.
Kay Bolton
Aug 09, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fan
Shelves: 5-star
Review taken from my Blog in October 2010:

I have to admit that I am still on my Julia Quinn/Stephanie Laurens quest, but I have some some other authors in the wings so to speak.

It's just that these two estimable ladies are my particular favourites at this time. I am always open to persuasion however.

So to this story of Robert Kemble and Victoria Lyndon ... the son of an Earl and a Vicar's daughter.... can they marry .... well, actually yes after 7 years!

A record read time even for me.

A 5 *****
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“Darling," he said distractedly,"about the moon..."
"I don't think it matters whether you want it or not."
"What are you talking about?"
"The moon. I think it's yours."
Victoria yawned, not bothering to open her eyes. "Fine. i'm glad to have it."
"But--" Robert shook his head. He was growing fanciful. the moon didn't belong to his wife. It didn't follow her, protect her. It certainly didn't wink at anybody.
But he stared out the window the rest of the way home, just in case”
“She'd spent seven long years without so much as a hug, and she was starved for physical affection. She had known what it was like to be touched and kissed, and she had no idea how much she'd missed it until that very moment.” 4 likes
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