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Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Lady Whistledown #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  5,297 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
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

Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Avon (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 03, 2009 Dina rated it liked it
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
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
Pauline Montagna
Sep 24, 2016 Pauline Montagna rated it did not like it
When I told a friend of mine that I was interested in writing historical romance, she lent me Lady Whistledown Strikes Back, which she had recently read and enjoyed. I’m afraid she was a little hurt by my reaction, as I was disgusted by the book. It wasn’t just the American idiom, shallow characterisation and sloppy plotting. Call me a prude, but what upset me the most was the sex. Not only was it tasteless, but it was completely anachronistic. The very awfulness of this book has put me off the ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Clare rated it liked it
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
Sep 19, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
OVERALL: 4 stars

Overall I like how the stories were connected by the Neely braclet mystery, it was quite intriguing.

The First Kiss - Julia Quinn - 5 stars
Tillie's brother, Henry, died in the war and Peter had promised to look after his sister. He didn't however expect to want to marry her himself, especially when he had no prospects and she has a substantial dowry. Peter, a man of upstanding honor, doesn't want to be labeled as a fortune hunter but neither does he want to ignore his growing des
Nov 13, 2009 FlibBityFLooB rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series
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
May 27, 2015 Rexanne rated it liked it

Isabella and Anthony's story started off great and sweet. It had potential..but then at about chapter 7 of 8, events started to become too freaking hurried! It feels like, in less than two pages, she says both No and Yes to a marriage proposal given several days apart! Aside from that, there are also too many unrealistic things that happened in this story. I know it's fictional and all but honestly I really think the writer made everything fall together too e
Sara ♥
Jun 26, 2007 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, anthology
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
Jul 25, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
Sequel of sorts to "The Further Adventures of Lady Whistledown." I picked this one off my shelves to as a reread since I have so little time to read for fun, anthologies are my favorite thing at the moment. The stories in this book are entwined because the people in them all show up in Lady Whistledown's gossip column. I would love to meet this Regency gossip hound she seems like she would be fun to hang around with. She has a great sense of humor with a sarcastic edge to it. She seems like my k ...more
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.
Aug 01, 2012 Sababa rated it it was ok
A simple read. It took me a long time to finish reading it. I think I started reading it two months ago. I don't think short stories work well for me. Some of them were nice, but it ended way before I could get to love them.
Aug 16, 2009 Cary rated it liked it
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!
May 06, 2009 Courtney rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 11, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
Shelves: anthologies
Jessica Grogan
Apr 05, 2015 Jessica Grogan rated it did not like it
DNF. A rare miss from Julia Quinn for me. Couldn't get into her story and just lost interest in the whole thing. I think I need full length Quinn novels to enjoy the slow buildup between the H/h.
Nov 18, 2016 MK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It's wonderful revisiting the world of Lady Whistledown and what makes this collection really shine is the inter-connectedness of the stories. All the stories are delightful and a lovely afternoon read.
Mar 09, 2017 Sue rated it it was ok
I don't think I read the synopsis for this book before reading it, otherwise I would have passed. If you like your romance novels to actually be novellas, this might be the book for you. I'm not overly fond of novellas.
Sara ♥
Apr 15, 2013 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna D.
Aug 23, 2012 Anna D. rated it liked it
Shelves: hr
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
Nov 28, 2013 Becca rated it really liked it
This was another collection of loosely related anthologies, strung together by a mysterious theft and Julia Quinn's Lady Whistledown column.

Julia Quinn-- I loved this story. I often do not always enjoy JQ's shorter stories as much as her novels because her writing style often turns what is humor in a longer novel into a farce in a novella. However, I thought this novella was very balanced and thoroughly enjoyable to read. The hero was sweet and charming as he tried to move on after the war, and
Carrie Olguin
Nov 26, 2012 Carrie Olguin rated it liked it
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
Aug 17, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
"Lady Whistledown Strikes Back" is the second anthology collecting short stories from four romance authors. As always, each chapter opens with the latest gossip sheet written by Julia Quinn's Lady Whistledown and the intertwined plotlines center around an amorous parrot and a missing ruby bracelet.

Julia Quinn follows Tillie, the largest heiress of the Season, and Peter, a younger son who has recently returned from war to establish himself and find a wife. Having been a good friend of Tillie's no
Feb 20, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
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
Confesso que fiquei decepcionada com este livro. Eu estava esperando que fosse tão bom quanto a primeira antologia da Lady Whistledown, mas até a história da Julia Quinn não foi instigante.

A primeira história foi a da Julia Quinn que, apesar de boa, não trouxe aquele algo mais, sabe? Nem o mocinho, nem a mocinha tinham algo de diferente, que fizesse você querer ler mais sobre eles.

A segunda foi a da Mia Ryan e a pior de todas! Nem as colunas da Whistledown conseguiram salvar esta daqui. Eu tin
Dec 25, 2010 Jessi rated it liked it
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
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
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
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
Dec 24, 2007 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
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
Lita Bouquard
Jul 29, 2013 Lita Bouquard rated it liked it
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
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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.” 2 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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