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There Are Two Things Everyone Knows About Alexander Ridgely One, He S The Duke Of Ashbourne And Two, He Has No Plans To Marry Anytime SoonThat Is Until A Redheaded American Throws Herself In Front Of A Carriage To Save His Young Nephew S Life She S Everything Alex Never Thought A Woman Could Be Smart And Funny, Principled And Brave But She S A Servant, Completely Unsuitable For A Highborn Duke Unless, Perhaps, She S Not Quite What She SeemsAmerican Heiress Emma Dunster Might Be Surrounded By Englishmen, But That Doesn T Mean She Intends To Marry One Even If She Has Agreed To Participate In One London Season When She Slipped Out Of Her Cousins Home, Dressed As A Kitchen Maid, All She Wanted Was One Last Taste Of Anonymity Before Her Debut She Never Dreamed She D Find Herself In The Arms Of A Dangerously Handsome Duke Or That He D Be Quite So Upset When He Discovered Her True Identity But True Love Tends To Blossom Just When One Least Expects It, And Passion Can Melt Even The Most Stubborn Of Hearts

10 thoughts on “Splendid

  1. says:

    Julia Quinn s first published novel, Splendid, was quite Splendid actually I enjoyed this book as it was funny, easy to read, and fast paced Our HeroineEmma, an American, goes to London to visit her cousins for a season She looks forward to just enjoying her time with Belle and Ned, and NOT looking for a husband She has plans to take over her fathers shipping company in America one day and will not be tied down to some titled gentleman in London Her aunt plans an elaborate ball to introduce her to the ton and the last thing Emma wants to do is be involved in all the details that go into that process So, in order to avoid her aunt, Emma and her cousin Belle dress in servants clothing and hide out in the kitchen When Cook realizes they are out of eggs Emma immediately volunteers to go to the market to get the eggs Of course she would, Emma is known for her not so bright ideas While out and about in town, unchaperoned, and wearing servants clothing, who do you think she meets Our HeroAlexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, was immediately drawn to the small red haired woman he was holding in his carriage She had acted so bravely by running out in front of a carriage to push his nephew out of harms way She was unlike any other woman he had ever met, and he was definitely intrigued by her Most women he knew cared about nobody but themselves and the fortunes they were after, especially HIS fortune and HIS title Yes, this one had captured his attention, but who was she, this red head dressed in maids clothing He intended to find out The Ball in Emma s honorAlex was looking for that girl He had been looking for an hour, so sure he would have found her there at the ball As he was talking to his best friend Dunford, he saw her And she was not a maid, she was Miss Emma Dunster, the American visiting, the one the ball was being given in honor of, and she was beautiful I loved what Alex said to Dunford about Emma, Don t touch her, don t even think about her Already he had become possessive of her, he didn t want any other man looking at her or trying to gain her attentions He was so funny because he kept saying he was going to have to have a word with those men.There was obviously an immediate attraction between Alex and Emma but because neither one wanted to marry at this time, they resigned themselves to becoming friends For the next couple of months they would see each other every day and at the balls they would attend Alex would always dance with her They enjoyed each others company very much and Alex thought Emma was wonderful The he got to know her the he was convinced that she was indeed different from all the other women he had met He was even starting to wonder if he could be married to her and Emma was having the same thoughts about him It was obvious to everyone else that these two were meant to be together and so several members of his family and hers set about trying to force the two of them together, even hoping they might be caught in a compromising situation and have to be forced to marry.There was sizzling sexual tension between them and eventually they could no longer deny it and they let their passions consume them, knowing they were stepping over the invisible boundaries as friends and into an uncertain future.I liked that we spent time with Alex and Emma after they were married Some books lead up until marriage and then end, but we able to enjoy them for a bit as a married couple.I also thought that the conflict toward the end of the story was wonderful It was exciting and made my heart race and I was on the edge of my seat until it was resolved I loved that it was not a conflict between Alex and Emma, but a kidnapping situation involving Emma and her cousin I get tired of plots that have the h h at conflict with each other, this was refreshing There were many parts of this book that I loved One being when Alex followed Emma up to her bedchamber without her knowing it She had gone there during the ball because she had a headache and he went into her room and surprised her She had only seen him the one other time in his carriage It was very funny Probably my favorite quote from the book has to be this Alex planted his hands on his hips I have thoroughly compromised your niece, he declared Will you please insist that she marry me Caroline didn t bat an eyelash This, she announced, is most peculiar So, I read many different reviews of this book, some good, some bad But I loved it I know it was Julia Quinn s first novel but I didn t even think about that I just read the book and enjoyed it for what it was and didn t try to pick apart anything I recommend it because it made me laugh out loud many times and was quite steamy as well

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    5 Fantastic stars Loved the chemistry between the two leads D Really wished I could see the secondary chracters view spoiler Bella danford end up together in this one..Glad to see the next story in this book is about them. hide spoiler

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    When contemporary romance has disappointed me, I switch over to historical Sweet Simply sweet.I didn t think I was going to like the book much because the main guy, Alex, was such a cocky asshole And he had a mistress at the beginning of the book, so that brought up the cringe factor to 1000 However, as the book progressed, I started enjoying the romance Alex was presumptuous and arrogant in the beginning, but he got better when he softened and became genuine after becoming friends with Emma On the other hand, the protagonist, Emma I liked her from the very first moment I loved that she was ambitious and curious She took action herself if she wanted something done, so props to that For a woman of this time, she was progressive and I admired that she dreamt of taking over her father s company no matter that society probably wouldn t allow her to do so Also, she was not afraid to talk back to people, go on adventures, and try new things Her only real flaw was stubbornness, but it was honestly amusing to see her and Alex butt heads because of her stubbornness and his need for control By the end, they both learned to compromise and make it work, and I m left here feeling all warm and fuzzy inside sighhh Julia Quinn is always on point with family dynamics in her books You can really sense the bond and harmony, and it honestly makes me tear up a bit in some parts I loved Emma s relationships with her dad, John only for the beginning scene , her Aunt Caroline who was her mother figure , her Uncle Henry another father figure , and her cousins Ned and Belle her best friends particularly Belle who was like her loyal sidekick in a way Seeing her being so close with her family was just pleasant to read about There were cute bantering, touching moments, funny dynamics I loved it A for a good support system with family friends.Overall, I m giving Splendid The Splendid Trilogy 1 3.5 stars This book got bumpy at times, but it was overall enjoyable, particularly in the 2nd half of the book It was sweet, romantic, heartwarming, and funny, etc etc.Things that you might want to know WARNING Spoilers below Is there a happy satisfying ending view spoiler I kinda would ve liked a little bit to the ending because it was abrupt, right after the conflict was resolved However, yep, it was happy, and with a cute, short epilogue hide spoiler

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    I have thoroughly compromised your niece, Alex declared Will you please insist that she marry me This book was splendid indeed Emma and Alex were adorable, and their story is very lovely, I loved every part of it I liked Belle and Dunford too, I ll be reading their story soon.

  5. says:

    This was Julia Quinn s first regency novel and it s really telling from the style It s full of cliches, annoying characters, absurd plot turns, douchey male characters, douchey male characters who want to have sex with the female protagonist in a way that almost borders on harassment, anachronisms, dialogue inconsistent with the time period, a female American character that may be self insertion etc I found it really hard to finish this book, but I stuck with it Luckily, Quinn s style has improved immensely and I rather enjoyed her later books especially The Bridgerton series even with the modern sounding dialogue which becomes sort of endearing This book could have been so much better and it s even hard to excuse the fact that it s her first novel Still, everyone has to start somewhere and I am so glad Quinn moved on from this mostly Some of her books fall into the same traps but at least not having all of the problems For anyone wanting to read this, I would only suggest doing so after you ve read her later works and still want to read something .

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    It was truly splendid I am totally blown away by Julia Quinn s debut novel it was so good It was one of the funniest books I have read and I laughed so much It was tender, sweet and utterly hilarious It was such a great start to this series and I pretty much loved every character in it expect for the villain of course Plenty of balls check Rakish duke besotted with fearless beauty from the Colonies check Lots of laughs check Pretty much angst free romance check.I am so glad that I read this book There was plenty of traps on the way where it could have taken a turn for the worse but Julia Quinn elegantly navigated us past them There was just one tiny misunderstanding but that was resolved quick enough And we got what I love most in historical romances a lot of balls, interactions with the ton, rakish dukes, a house party in the countryside and plenty of time for Emma and Alex to be with each other.

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    I ve given this a C for narration seriously, it s BAD and a C for content at AudioGals Such a disappointment when a long awaited audio ends up getting assigned to a narrator who shouldn t have been let near it Splendid, the first book in Julia Quinn s Blydon trilogy the others being Dancing at Midnight and Minx was issued in 1995 and is Ms Quinn s first published work I ve read many of her most recent books, but not her earliest ones, so I was interested to listen to this to find out how it would compare Naturally, it s not as polished as her later work, although the writing is confident and there are flashes of the humour for which she has become renowned On the downside though, the storyline is rather predictable and goes off the rails a bit towards the end , and the characters outspoken American heiress, stuffy but hot duke, bluestocking cousin etc are rather stock in trade and never really transcend that There s nothing wrong with predictability in a romance we know where it s going to end up and who is going to end up with whom, after all but there has to be something else that makes up for it, whether it s characterisation, sub plots or dialogue, but here, unfortunately, that s not the case, and large portions of the book tend to drag while the hero and heroine who are clearly crazy for each other try to make up their minds about how they feel.But by far the biggest impediment to the enjoyment of this story in audio is the narration I don t know what on earth Harper Audio was thinking when they engaged Lucy Rayner to narrate all three audiobooks in this series were Rosalyn Landor and Mary Jane Wells unavailable but they ve done themselves and one of their best selling authors a serious disservice I listened to Ms Rayner a few months back in Kat Martin s Bold Angel, and gave her narration a C grade, saying sometimes her tone is overly harsh, and lacking in subtlety or expression There were times I found myself wincing at obvious and painful overacting and that her male voices were below par.Sadly, those things are still true here, and the narration as a whole proved so difficult to listen to that it often distracted me from the story and I found myself having to rewind to listen to large chunks where I d just zoned out.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals

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    Miss Emma Dunster, an American heiress has no plans for marriage because she wants to run her father s shipping business in Boston Persuaded to go to London to stay with her aunt and uncle, she masquerades, along with her cousin Belle, as kitchen maids to avoid helping with a party being hosted at their home Emma is sent on an errand that has her saving the life of the son of Lady Sophie and nephew of Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne He is considered a notorious rake and has no plans to ever get married until he comes face to face with Emma, the pretend kitchen maid Deciding to attend the party to introduce Emma to London s society, he beholds said kitchen maid and is angry with her becomes of the deception He sets out to teach her a lesson but in turns finds himself falling for this American bred woman who is very much independent, outspoken and able to handle him in ways he never sees coming As the days progress into two months, Alex finds that he can t stay away from Emma and vice versa What stars out as friendship in their minds turn to love a love that either one refuses to express to one another.The story starts off very good with all its quirks and humor The twist of having Alex believe that Emma is a kitchen maid and then discovering that she is actually an heiress is funny The introduction of the villain in the story could have been brought out much earlier showing a bit interaction from him wanting to come after Belle a bit I tried to audio this story but the narration was just so awful, so I decided to read a fourth of the way to the end For an earlier novel by JQ, I thought it was a delightful and funny story Looking forward to reading the second in the series.4 Stars

  9. says:

    3,5 EstrellasJulia Quinn tiene facilidad para tejer historias plagadas de personajes secundarios entra ables.Sin embargo, llega un punto al menos en lo que se refiere a esta historia, en que los personajes secundarios llegan a opacar a los principales En ocasiones sent a que estos se estaban robando la historia, que la nica raz n de ser de los protagonistas era para darle sentido a todos los dem s.A n as , como me gustaban tanto todos y cada uno de ellos no lleg a molestarme Tal vez, se deba a que es el primer libro de la serie y buscaba abrir el apetito para descubrir las historias de los dem s personajes Si era eso lo que buscaba con esta historia puedo afirmar que lo consigue sin ninguna duda.

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    Julia Quinn