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Brighter Than the Sun (Lyndon Sisters Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Quinn
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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'Quinn has a smart, funny touch ... that's reminiscent of Helen Fielding' --Time Magazine

'reminiscent of Bridget Jones' --Time Magazine

'Delightful' --Nora Roberts

Book Description

Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in Julia Quinn's delightful Regency-set romantic comedies

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380789345
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1SD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It's in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
When a young, drunk, highly eligible earl falls out of a tree and onto one's foot, what's a young woman to do? Well, being ever practical, Eleanor Lyndon helps him up, dusts him down and takes him back to the village where he's left his carriage. The last thing she expects to recieve is a marriage proposal when a simple thank you would have sufficed.

But Charles Wycombe, Earl of Billington, is desperate. He has two weeks left until he turns thirty, and if he's not married by then, he'll lose his fortune. There's no one in London he can bear to marry, but Ellie seems intelligent and witty enough - she'll do. After all, who'd refuse an earl?

Ellie would. Ellie would absolutely love to, except her father's about to marry the gossip from hell, her sister is abroad and her hard earned investments are out of reach. The future looks bleak, so she has no alternative but to accept.

All thing's considered, Charles is quite delighted with his spur-of-the-moment wife - apart from when she sets the kitchen on fire, kills the roses and causes some unidentified stench that covers the south wing. In fact accidents seem to follow Ellie around where she goes, and for a woman who is the epitome of capability she can't understand how. All she wants is to carve out a place for herself in her new life. Surely no one can argue with that, can they?

This tale is an utter delight. Charles and Ellie are a wonderful pair. sparking wit, tension, frustration and excellent one-liners with every encounter. Some of the situations they encounter are nothing short of farcical, and always carried out with JQ's irrepressible sense of humour.

A wonderful novel that definitely ranks as high as the 'Bridgertons' for me. Read it, enjoy it, then smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's escapism, not reality 24 Jan. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read I like to escape into the book, these books are for entertainment. Thinking too much will spoil the enjoyment of the book. Brighter than the Sun may not be completely historically correct but, it gave me a few hours of reading something that I can enjoy, maybe not a keeper but certainly one I would reccomend to people who like their books fast paced, thier heroines fiesty and characters who aren't concerned with rules of society governing their lives. A good book, but not Quinn's best. If you want that read Splendid, or Dancing at Midnight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Julia's usual standard 18 Nov. 2008
By Riven
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Our hero, a rake, must marry before his 30th birthday, which is imminent. Circumstances prevail which encourage our heroine to marry this almost stranger. A recipe for love? Of course. I could only give the book a 3 star rating as I had a problem believing Charles had ever been a rake (I have only met one truly rakish rake in all the books I have read, he was marvellous). Also, the contrived circumstances which stop the couple consumating the marriage got tedious and I very nearly skipped chapters to get on with the story. Not to get to a bedroom I hasten to add, simply because Julia's is stories are usually fast paced but well thought out with surprising but believable twists. I knew before he fell Charles would fall from the ladder, the kitchen would catch fire, something would happen to Ellie's plants and stew. I also found the sub plot involving the nefarious cousin tiresome. After reading Everything, and the Moon, I was mildly disappointed. That being the case, the american grammar was even more irritating, english readers will know what I mean, ie, fix (not even used today much, we say mend), the bone jarring story stopping 'gotten' (we use got), the hiring of people (we employ), people being smart (in those days they would have been clever), we are not 'sick' (we are ill), we're not fine (in those days, 'quite well' or 'perfectly all right' or 'perfectly well') I know these words are creeping in to our vocabulary but they were certainly absent a hundred or so years ago and they just made this story harder to believe.
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"I always used to think it was the exact color of the sun at sunset, but now I realize that I've been wrong. It's brighter. Brighter than the sun."

- in reference to Ellie's red hair

This WHERE'S MY HERO?-type sequel to EVERYTHING AND THE MOON very carefully does *not* feature Victoria Lyndon, but her sister Eleanor ("Ellie"). In fact, if Victoria were in England at the start of this story, it couldn't take place; Ellie would then have options other than seriously considering the Earl of Billington's proposal of a marriage of convenience as an escape from living with her appalling stepmother-to-be. (He for his part had a cameo in MINX.)

The initial focus is on Eleanor's situation that makes such a marriage a consideration, since that's comic and no longer a factor in the story once the marriage takes place, at which point other factors come into play. Charles Wycombe's situation is explored more fully a bit later on, but thanks to his father's will, he has to marry by his thirtieth birthday or he'll lose most of his fortune to the next heir in line.

Eleanor's father has supposedly learned a few lessons from his mis-handling of Victoria in EVERYTHING AND THE MOON, but nevertheless he is almost absent from this story as his fiancee-to-be, the widowed Mrs. Foxglove, prepares to ride roughshod over Ellie, who doesn't even try to spike Mrs. F's guns by revealing the woman's *written* plans to her father. (Nice touch that she's even *named* after a heart poison.)

After introducing Charles to Ellie as the opening scene by having him fall out of the sky in front of her - he was drunk and up in a tree at the time - Quinn gets matters underway quite rapidly by having Charles propose as soon as he notices that Ellie's presentable and fun to talk to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp
JQ has created another extremely likeable hero and heroine here. I loved Charles and Ellie and I enjoyed the marriage of convenience storyline very much.
Published 10 months ago by Laurajojo
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
I love Julia Quinn books. And i was right with this one. It was funny, a bit sad but overall it was interesting to see how the two evenually fell in love.
Published 10 months ago by Mame
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This book is one of Julia Quinn's best. A pacy read, full of twists and turns. Really enjoyable. Great read.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
Review taken from my Blog Post #114 in May 2011, after borrowing book from the local library.

Excellent, excellent, but aren't they always .... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Toodles Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars Humourous regency romp
It has humour from the beginning, whilst staying true to the period. It just lifts my mood by reading it.
Published 22 months ago by miss g m lansbury
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, an author who does not care
Making due allowance for it being an early novel [1997] I can rate it a 2 star. It does exhibit JQ's gift with dialogue which on its own hovers near a five star. Read more
Published on 22 Feb. 2011 by Patrick JD Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars marriage of convenience julia quinn-style
after falling out a tree on top of eleanor lyndon,charles the earl of billingston proposes a marriage of convenience which would solve both their problems. Read more
Published on 18 Feb. 2010 by Lindymck
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a regency romance.
I feel a bit mean giving "Brighter than the sun" 2stars but it really isn't "regency" or "romantic", which is what it purports to be. Read more
Published on 22 Aug. 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
Regency drama is always popular but reaching the quality of "pride and prejudice", the holy book of the ever-romantic fans, fixing the plot and the characters are quite... Read more
Published on 10 Aug. 2009 by Elif G Umit
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I am a huge fan of Georgette Heyer, and was drawn to this book by the prominently printed 'The next best thing to Georgette Heyer' which was on the cover. Read more
Published on 15 May 2009 by Lola Moon
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