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Lady Whistledown Strikes Back

(Lady Whistledown #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,234 ratings  ·  193 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

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Avon (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 03, 2009 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
Pauline Montagna
Sep 24, 2016 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
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
Four laughing stars. Whoever edited this book did a wonderful job. The transitions between novellas are seamless. I like that scenes are repeated from one book to another in order to tie them together better. If I have to choose, I'd say Mia Ryan's The Last Temptation is the best of the four because I liked that Bella has a strong personality and Roxbury supported her independence. The weakest for me was Suzanne Enoch's The Best of Both Worlds. I didn't like the way her parents treated Charlotte ...more
Laura Elizabeth
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Most of the stories were just ok. Had hard time getting into these.
Sep 14, 2017 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Julia Quinn's 'The First Kiss' - acceptable. It jogs along a bit slowly because the characters are sort of 'anticipating' the conflict, so they don't move as fast, if you get me? The thing about Tillie's dead brother is a bit awkwardly done; the plot wavers between grief/acceptance and romance and never marries the two in a way that is suitably angsty.

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
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The First Kiss, Quinn - I've read all of the Bridgerton books where Lady W. first appears, and I remember who she is. So I'm very uncomfortable with the fact that in this story she's using her paper to destroy the reputation of a good man, for no reason. She knows that implying he's a thief can damage him with society, but she does it anyway. It bothered me throughout this story, which was otherwise just OK. Quinn can do much better. 2 stars

The Last Temptation, Ryan - Bella Martin was not your t
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, Lady Whistledown (from Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series) appears as a character in four separate short stories (by four romance authors) about four different couples that are connected by (1) Lady Neeley’s dinner party and her missing (stolen?) bracelet; (2) the Hargreaves' Grand Ball; and (3) the reenactment of the battle of Waterloo at Vauxhall. It is cleverly done how each author not only wrote her story about her protagonists but also wove into the story the appearance of the ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Whistledown Strikes Back is a storybook. In it we have 4 tales that happen in the same universe of the Bridgertons, the famous series of Julia Quinn. They are period tales, presented by authors dedicated to the genre. In all of them we will have the notorious figure of Lady Whistledown, the famous columnist who always left society in a dusty and hairless way. There are 352 pages that flowed deliciously fast and that left me satisfied and very homesick. I recommend
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often enjoy short stories. But all of these stories were well-developed and I felt connected to the characters in each one. Especially liked the last one, very emotional. It helped that they all occurred at the same time and place. Glad I read it.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Fine, though a bit rushed and it seems terribly unfair to start a book with Quinn’s story because she is so good.
Sara ♥
Apr 15, 2013 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
Jun 29, 2011 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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, regency
An anthology of short stories that cover the same period, beginning with Lady Neeley's dinner party in which a bracelet is stolen and very little dinner is served, and ending just after a reenactment of Waterloo at Vauxhall Gardens. The stories connect at various points, and are tied together by society columns from the infamous "Lady Whistledown."

Overall, I liked the format, and it worked much better for me than the "Lady Most..." Julia Quinn collaborations I've read. Ultimately, though, any a
Sep 19, 2012 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 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 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 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 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 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.
May 06, 2009 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 16, 2009 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!
Aug 01, 2012 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.
Jessica Grogan
Apr 05, 2015 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.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Lady Whistledown novellas taking place all over the course of the same events works much better with the addition of a little mystery, a missing bracelet, to tie them all together. Though I didn't like the individual stories as well as the first collection, I do think the set of stories hang together better than the first set. *shrugs*

"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
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
A dinner party, invitations coveted because of the quality of the host’s chef, is abbreviated after only the soup course by the disappearance of an extremely valuable ruby bracelet. What happened to and by whom is explored by four different authors: Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, and Mia Ryan. The novellas reflect four different romances with introductory comments on each chapter from the infamous Lady Whistledown.

This delightful anthology includes delectable men, spunky women, humor
On the whole I enjoyed this collection of novellas, though I did enjoy some of the books more than others. Unfortunately I don't have the book to hand, so I can't quite remember which author wrote which story.

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
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lady Whistledown fans
I enjoy these related stories. In this collection 4 couples come together after a disastrous dinner party ends with the bracelet of the hostess disappearing.

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
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a solid three star book until the final novella, which ruined the entire thing for me. Twelve years is not a short amount of time. Two years? Sure, I could have read it. Three? Maybe, but I would have needed a little bit more resolution about the situation than the novella gave. TWELVE? No. (view spoiler) ...more
This was such a great little collection. Like The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown, the four novellas were intertwined in ways that you couldn’t quite imagine. But there was an extra complication / mystery in this collection – that of the missing bracelet. You don’t find out until the final story who actually stole it, but throughout all four novellas, you keep finding clues and wondering what actually happened at the party…

It was incredibly bittersweet finishing this collection – this i
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