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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (15 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380785625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380785629
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"'Smart, funny' - Time Magazine" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fun Regency-set romantic comedy from Julia Quinn --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2007
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After brief, but brilliant, appearences in both 'Splendid' and 'Dancing at Midnight', William Dunford returns for a starring role of his own. Wealthy, handsome and irrepressibly charming, Dunford has always been a much sought after member of the 'ton', but when he comes into an unexpected title, life as he knows it is about to change. And not just because he's now even more eligible.

Henrietta ('call me Henry, everybody does') Barrett has been running the Stannage estate for years. She loves the life she leads, loves Stannage Park, love Cornwall and isn't about to let some society fop saunter in and ruin everything. So, even though Dunford is far from what she expected, she launches a campaign to drive him screaming back to London.

But Dunford isn't so easily fooled, and he sets about charming his young estate manager in a counter offensive of his own. For a young woman who wears breeches and lacks any knowledge of how to be a young lady, it's so nice for Henry to have someone pay attention to her. When he buys her new dresses, seeming to care for the person inside, she is so overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness that she can't help falling a little in love with him.

Dunford finds himself equally charmed by his little estate manager - until he discovers that she's his ward. Duty and responsibilty, both new concepts to him, crowd in to ruin the easy friendship that has grown between them.

Yet, when he drags Henry to London, it is him rather than her who soon begins to regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Wonderland on 13 July 2011
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This book focuses on Dunford, who we have already met in Splendid and Dancing at Midnight. It follows the rather basic story line of man falling in love with his innocent young ward, yet Quinn makes the story readable and very enjoyable, with visits from characters from previous books, humour, passion and a rather frustrating hero it is a book I would reccomend.
Henry (short for Henrietta) is not an usual girl, having been in charge of a large country estate for several years, she is independant and head strong. Enter Dunford, an unwilling guardian, who fights his (almost) instant attraction to Henry. There are several obstructions between Dunford and Henry, most of them which could be solved by them talking, but then there would very little plot to the book, so you can excuse their lack of communication.

An enoyable read, perhaps not on of Quinns best books, but still very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xeph on 3 April 2011
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After lots of books hinting at this rake, Dunford has finally got his own story!
I was very excited to start reading this and I must say, Julia Quinn didn't let me down. It was sweet, well worth the time it consumed and I found the hero and heroine a lovely pair.
To sum it up: Henrietta Barrett has been in charge of her late guardian's home (Stannage Park) for about 6 years. When he died, the title and home falls to our very own Mr. William Dunford. Henrietta is not the type of lady we have previously seen. Unlike the previous heroines of the Blydon family saga; she is not graceful like Emma, doesn't know her lady-like etiquettes like Belle... but somehow, 'Henry' makes up for in spirit and loyalty. I found myself cheering on for her when she finally has her season in the ton.

I loved how mis-matched this pair was. The character progression was interesting to see; from the awkward duckling to the inevitable beautiful swan.
How Dunford deals with Henry and her quirkiness is also quite amusing. From the pig incident to the bees, it was endearing to read.

As with all books, they contain their own villains and mishaps. This one was by far the most vexing. There were moments towards the end where their lover's spat was frustrating. I kept wishing they should just talk through it and stop being so bloody vague with each other. But the ending was satisfying, as we also get a glimpse of what the future held for the previous heroines. Well worth the pennies! (:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toodles Book Club on 13 Mar. 2013
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Contrary to the belief of my mate, I positively do not spend all day reading, well not all day every day!

But I did manage to read this a while ago .... in my defence purely because it was only 391 pages of quite large print (my copy was a paperback, and not Kindle at the time), additionally I am an inordinately quick reader, especially if I am engaged with the characters.

The story of William Dunford, referred to by all who know him as simply Dunford, who has newly inherited the title of Lord Stannage, and Miss Henrietta Barrett, who it turns out is his Ward.

A totally beguiling story of the hoydenish Henry, who had been running the estate that Dunford inherits without much trouble, since she was 14. She wore breeches, rode astride and was used to running the show.

At the time Julia Quinn was a new author, and I found her style to be a touch too modern for my taste, however, that was just the first chapter I think from memory. I soon got used to her style, and never turn down a Julia Quinn offering now ever, as she is so funny and a delight to read. Plus she has the most perfect characterisation.

I have to admit to a raised heart beat and rapid breathing towards the end, as I raced through the pages to a very happy conclusion to this read.

A worthy 4 star read.
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