Lady Whistledown Strikes Back
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
I had bad experiences with all three other writers in 'Further Observations', so I might abandon this now.
UPDATE 15/1/18: As a part of a New Year ...more
The Last Temptation, Ryan - Bella Martin was not your t ...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
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
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 ...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
THE LAST TEMPTATION
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 ...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" by Julia Quinn: At the party where the bracelet goes missing, Tillie meets friends of her brother's, back from the war. Her brother perished a ...more
This delightful anthology includes delectable men, spunky women, humor ...more
I loved the Julia Quinn and Karen Hawkins novellas. Both were lively and engaging with likeable characters. I would have loved for both of these stories to have been full length novels. Sophia and Max were a magnificent couple, they were passionate and sassy and I loved the constant warrin ...more
In Quinn's story a war hero, who is looking for a well dowered wife has his reputation questioned.
In Enoch's story a young woman who has been raised to avoid all hint of scandal finds herself attracted to and wooed by a rogue.
In Ryan's story the hostess's companion finds herself confronting her upcoming 30th birthday without ever having be ...more
These four stories were very entertaining from a couple of authors that I personally wasn't familiar with their work. Some of the stories had delightful characters while others, especially the male characters were dense or too stubborn. I love the fact that all stories linked together in certain scenes they happened to appear and clarify the details in what was actually happening. Very good teamwork.
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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.”