Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Lady Whistledown #2)
Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, the servant, or the rogue? All of London is abuzz with speculation, but it is clear that one of four couples is connected to the crime.
Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, May 1816
Julia Quinn enchants: A dashing fortune hunter is captivated by the Season's most desired debutante...and must prove...more
As a way of expanding the Bridgerton universe (as it were) and introducing me to three additional authors, both books succeed quite well. Nothing deep, but all 8 storie...more
The First Kiss - Julia Quinn
Julia Quinn has the task of mentioning all of the characters to be involved in later parts of the anthology as well as pull off a story with aplomb. She introduces "Tillie", a female with an impressionable dowry who has learnt of her brother's death in the Army. Her b...more
This was a good read, but I think in the end I enjoyed The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (FOLW) more.
There are allusions to the Bridgertons in this book, but you don't have to read Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series to read this book, nor do you have...more
I can't remember all the particulars, but Tillie's (Lady Mathilda, daughter of an Earl) brother Harry died in the war, and his closest friend was Peter Thompson. The two meet at Lady Neely's party, where her ruby bracelet is stolen (the search for the person who took it continues through all four stories). Peter promised Harry that he'd take care of Tillie, but he wasn't expecti...more
The First Kiss (Julia Quinn): The sweet story of a penniless soldier and the rich earl's daughter who fall in love. He knows that her father will never accept his suit because he is considered a fortune hunter...who after the dinner party is also a suspect in the Bradley's theft. Rating 3.5
The Last Temptation (Mia Ryan): A spinster companion plans a party for a rake determined not to marry and t...more
A scene between the heroines of stories...more
But I was pleasantly surprised. I could, of course, guess without knowing which piece was written by Julia Quinn - I've read enough of her works for that XD. But the rest were really close, and really good. I was also worried that four stories h...more
Julia Quinn's story has a fortune hunter, Peter Thompson, falling in love with an earl's daughter, Tillie Howard. She is the sister of his best friend who was killed in the recent war. There is a disparity in their positions so Peter is reluctant to propose marriage but Tillie doesn't want to wait.
Isabella Martin is Lady Neeley's compan...more
The Bridgerton series by Ms. Quinn is one of my all-time favorite series. So it's no wonder that I had to return to Lady Whistledown!
This book includes 4 different stories that are interwoven though an event that occurs at a supper party that Lady Whistledown reports on. Four different sets of couples are introduced, fall in love, despair of being together, and then find their way to happiness. I really enjoyed the tidbits of small scenes where the couples ran into one another; you get...more
The short stories are woven together, taking place at the same time. Some scenes and conversations are the same, except that the scenes takes place from a different character's POV. There is the mystery of who stole the ruby braclet common to all.
I enjoyed the first three stories. The forth (and the one that solves the mystery) I ended u...more
Julia Quinn - 3 stars. A disapointment. Usually, JQ's story is the bright spot in the book. This one was pretty unbelievable. Sadly, this is the best...more
It was a sweet story, but nothing really stood out. I liked the premise of the story and the end was really heartwarming, but the story itself was just ok since I felt the H/h were lackluster. I’m a big fan of Julia Quinn so I think I end up liking anything she writes. This was no exception, though it will not be my on favorites list.
4 stars - The Best of Both Worlds – Suzanne Enoch (Xavier Matson & Charlotte)
I really enjoyed this s...more
Lady Mathilda "Tillie" Howard's brother, Harry, died in the war, and Peter Thompson (second son of a Baron) was his best friend in the army. Peter doesn't have any money, so he needs to marry someone with a bit of a dowry, but not much... just enough to buy some land somewhere so he can settle down and become a gentleman farmer. Tillie is greatly sought after, because she is both beautiful AND has the largest dowry on the market. And did I mention that Harry specific...more
If you read the Bridgerton series, you may remember that Lady Whistledown's society column appears in the beginning of each chapter--for most of the Bridgerton series. Lady Whistledown is a hoot!
This book includes 4 short stories:
1. The First...more
Quinn- First kiss, a dashing fortune hunter falls for his dead best friend's sister who happens to be the Season's most desired debutante,...more
Well there are 4 short stories, all connected - some take place at the same time and you see it from different characters viewpoints. Ex: Couple 1 is kissing at an event and bumps into another couple. Later as the second couples' story is told the author recalls the same event. It was a dif...more
Genre? - Historical / Romance / Crime / Mystery
Characters? - Lady Neeley / Mathilde Howard / Lady Easterley / Lord Easterley
Setting? - London (England)
Series? - Whistledown #2
Title? - Further observations of Lady Whistledown from the Bridgerton series.
Character Analysis? - Mathilde was one of my favourite characters in this book, she was so strong faced with an incredibly prideful man. I also loved the Easterley's and their relationship with each other. It was very well don...more
Mia Ryan's "The Last Temptation" just didn't do it for me. The heroine laughed randomly throughout the story and was always giggly with her thoughts spinning a mile-a-minute. The story moved really fast (even for a short story) 2 stars.
Susan Enoch "The Best of Both Worlds" - 5 stars.
Karen Hawkins "The Only One for Me" - 5 stars.
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She shook her head, obviously confused by the change of subject, but then smiled. "Ah, it was my mother. I received my imagination from her. She was constantly telling me stories about Spanish princesses and English princes. She named me Isabella after the Spanish Queen."
See, Anthony thought, nothing so extravagant that it should be pondered to death over an entire weekend.”