Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Lady Whistledown, #2)
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Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Lady Whistledown #2)

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Who Stole Lady Neeley’s Bracelet?

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

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Avon (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dina
This anthology contains 4 novellas linked by Lady Whistledown's Society Papers (introduced by Julia Quinn in her Bridgerton series). There's also an ongoing mystery connecting the stories, as all the H/h are more or less involved in the disappearance of a ruby bracelet. The mystery starts in the 1st story and is only solved in the last story, so it's better to read these novellas in order if you want to "savor" the mystery. Other than that, you can read them out of order without a problem. It is...more
rivka
Like the first Lady W. collection, this is a set of four overlapping stories, each by a different author. The coordination is well-done, and so are each of the stories. The solution to the mystery is fairly obvious to any mystery reader, and really only a central point to the first and last tale. It's a mere blip in the other two.

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
Clare
It was a very so-so read. Lady Whistledown Strikes Back is an anthology of short stories set around Lady Neeley's bracelet, that goes missing after she hosts a dinner party. The four stories included are:

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
FlibBityFLooB
This was another entertaining anthology where all four novellas in the book were connected together with common scenes and plot. The main connection in this particular book is a mystery of a ruby bracelet that went missing at a dinner party.

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
Sara ♥
Collection of novellas with Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, and Mia Ryan. Julia Quinn's story is called "The First Kiss".

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
Sheila Melo
Four short stories that all safe built around a dinner where a bracelet is stolen. Overall rating 3.5.

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
Courtney
This was a really cute anthology. I loved the overlapping scenes, it made for a fun and quick read. I've always enjoyed Julia Quinn's work and I was worried about other authors joining into her world, but it read pretty seamlessly and I was pleased with the book.
Julie
Sep 11, 2007 Julie added it
can I admit to reading romance novels? apparently I just did!
Julia Quinn is one of my favorite romance writers: her books feature engaging characters and engrossing story lines. Seriously, they're funny books, and well-worth reading.
Cary
I thought these short novelas were cute. Although the book is rated warm, the last one is a bit warmer!!!
I wonder how they wrote them since them seem to intertwine so well for being the product of four separate authors!
Karen
Four interconnected mini-romances. The third (Suzanne Enoch) story is very strong (except for one scene) and even had a fairly original plotline. The first one (Julia Quinn) and the second one (Mia Ryan) were cute. The fourth one (Karen Hawkins) I couldn't get into at all. Passionate, possibly hare-brained heroine, male who did something dumb. (The author might have been trapped because her story was the linchpin and events in their timeline were fixed.).

A scene between the heroines of stories...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
I had my doubts about these collections - I'm a devoted fan of Miss Quinn, but I did not know any of the other writers and I was afraid their stories won't be as good. It wouldn't have been the first time I found other regency-writing authors not as good.

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
Jessi
A collection of stories set in Julia Quinn's universe of Lady Whistledown, the gossip columnist. It centers around a party at Lady Neeley's where a valubale ruby
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
Lori McD
3.5+ stars

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
Carrie Olguin
This is a four story anthology. Only the first story (and I assume the Lady Whistledown commentary at the beginning off each chapter) is written by Julia Quinn.

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
Cindy
4 Regency romances, the first 2 have no sex,the last 2 have sex. They all run concurently, starting with a dinner party (a ruby bracelet is stolen). The characters make brief appearances in the other's stories. They meet at a ball, the park & at a Waterloo re-inactment. I must mention that I thought the 1st Lady Whistledown was a better book.

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
Anna D.
Oct 18, 2012 Anna D. rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3 star - The First Kiss – Julia Quinn (Peter & Mathilda)
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
Sara ♥
The First Kiss by Julia Quinn
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
Kathrynn
This is the book #2 in the Lady Whistledown set. Book #1 is "The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown." Per the author's website, she does not consider this set to be part of the Bridgerton series because none of the Bridgerton's are in these two books.

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
Kimberly
Lady Whistledown was created by Julia Quinn and together with four bestselling authors they created short stories of seduction, scandal and romance. I liked how all the stories included Lady Whistledown's perspective- The Ton's most revered snoop! These characters cross paths and all commonly attend Lady Neeley's party where she claims her braclet was stolen.
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
Lita Bouquard
Was it me or did Lady Whistledown's comments seem a tad more bite-ish that usual? I wonder how Quinn and the other authors in this collaboration moved the stories along? did Quinn write all the gossip parts?

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
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780060577483

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
Patricia Kate
I've enjoyed both of the Whistledown books . . . with some stories standing out more than others, naturally. I like how the short story collections introduce me to authors I wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
Rachel Rogers
The first 2 stories were definitely the strongest but I enjoyed how all of them tied together. I have a Suzanne Enoch book on my shelf that I will definitely be picking up fairly soon.
Judith
I read this anthology in just 4 hours, it was that good (well, I speed read, unfortunately). I have loved the mysterious Lady Whistledown all through the Bridgerton series. I was so disappointed with the loss of this wittiest of columnists society's foibles when she 'retired'. Then she popped back up to narrate these 4 stories - each with it's own flavor and just enough sensuality. Using Lady Whistledown to introduce chapters of stories by Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Mia Ryan and Julia Quinn w...more
Jessica
Another perfect addition. I really like the way each author ties the stories together.
Trish
Once I finished The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown, my handy dandy Kindle recommended this one to me and I couldn't resist it. As mentioned previously, the humorous observations of the Lady Whistledown Character are rich and you can't help but compare regency romantic times with small-town America where everyone seems to know everyone's business! Again, a series of short stories with the Lady Whistledown lead in and a few overlapping scenes and crossing of storylines. These authors did...more
Tegs
I didn't care for the last story, but the rest was a good read.
Huma Rashid
A solid little anthology that I actually enjoyed quite a bit. For once, though, I didn't love the JQ one. My favorite story was actually the one by Suzanne Enoch, about Charlotte and Xavier. I've never read her work before this and might have to check out her actual novels thanks to her adorable little novella that was just perfect from start to finish. Actual thoughts about this can be found here at my book blog.
Natalya
I always thought book characters should talk to each other and this one does just that - four romances by four different authors taking place simultaneously so you get to hear scenes from various perspectives as you read. I liked two of four books, the companion character was strong willed and charming in the second novellette, and the relationship was deep and insightful between the ex spouses in the fourth, which was an enjoyable and humorous one by Karen Hawkins. Will read more by her.
Jessica
Julia Quinn, I love you. Please stop writing short stories because I want to cry when they end too soon. 5 stars.

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 had pushed the kiss into a small corner of her brain, and it only came out at night. It would trip about her head and run down and beat in her heart a bit, and not let her get any sleep at all.” 1 likes
“Miss Martin," he said. "How on earth did you get a name like Isabella?" Just one of the many things that he'd wondered about as he had sat hunched behind his desk over the weekend.
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.”
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