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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lady Whistledown!
Four superb stories in the wonderful world of Lady Whistledown. As always, Lady Whistledown comments on events in her Society Papers and these stories revolve around the theft of a ruby bracelet. Four gorgeous heroes and four beautiful ladies find love whilst the hunt for the thief goes on. This is an un-put-downable book as always when in Julia Quinn's Regency...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An anthology of four linked stories (set May - June 1816)
As an assortment of characters debut, the Bridgertons and Featheringtons are thin on the ground in here. Kate and her dog Newton are mentioned in passing, while Benedict, Colin, Penelope, and Mrs. Featherington are on the guest list at Lady Neeley's infamous dinner party, where the trouble begins with the disappearance of the lady's ruby bracelet in the first story (a...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An anthology of four linked stories (set May - June 1816), 19 May 2005
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Michele L. Worley (Kingdom of the Mouse, United States) - See all my reviews
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As an assortment of characters debut, the Bridgertons and Featheringtons are thin on the ground in here. Kate and her dog Newton are mentioned in passing, while Benedict, Colin, Penelope, and Mrs. Featherington are on the guest list at Lady Neeley's infamous dinner party, where the trouble begins with the disappearance of the lady's ruby bracelet in the first story (a mystery solved at the end of the book).
The stories in this volume overlap a little (sometimes including the same event told from different viewpoints), but on the whole the order of the stories in the book is chronological. In the aftermath of Waterloo, various male characters are ex-military, and none of them have a high opinion of "Prinny's" (later George IV's) "re-enactment" of Waterloo on the first anniversary, complete with orchestra and fireworks in a public park.
Each story contains (usually concluding with) explicit sexual content. All the male romantic leads are good-looking and experienced, the ladies inexperienced (their appearances, dowries, and prospects varying). Tillie, for instance, is expected to make a match with a duke (this occurs before the novel SPLENDID), while Miss Martin and Sophia aren't even on the market for differing reasons.
Quinn wrote all the Lady W columns herein, one per chapter (and each story is a multi-chapter effort).
Quinn, Julia: "The First Kiss" Tilly deeply misses her brother Harry, killed in action not long ago. For one thing, now she can't kill him for having told approximately a thousand men that he despaired of his gawky little sister ever getting married, and spending most of his time on the battlefield talking about her dowry. This wasn't what she had in mind when she wanted to know how Harry's final months were spent. :)
Among other things, Harry neglected to mention that his best friend Peter - now doing his own spouse-hunting, though as fortune hunter rather than quarry - is *very* good-looking indeed. Peter, of course, has a bit of "thou shalt not lust after thy friend's sister" on the brain (though not to the degree of THE DUKE AND I) and can't bring himself to reveal the more horrible aspects of the war to someone he once promised to look after in Harry's stead.
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Ryan, Mia: "The Last Temptation" plays with how the shared characters differ when seen from different viewpoints. Lady Neeley in the previous story was an annoyance, accusing Mr. Thompson of stealing her bracelet, but as Lady Whistledown pointed out, not without merit in that she defended her staff, who reciprocate her loyalty. In particular, her impoverished companion Isabella Martin seems to be the prime suspect. Miss Martin, though, is more concerned with her 30th birthday, two weeks away, and the conviction that her life will never change substantially once she's passed that milestone. She's cheerful as a matter of conviction, though, even when her friend the chef reminds her of the birthday she'd deliberately forgotten while he's trying to salvage the previous evening's uneaten supper.
Twist: Lord Waverly, a widower with a grown son, is supposedly fully as terrifying as any match-making mother in his determination to see some grandchildren (though we don't get to see much of it). He's getting to the point of wanting his son to just marry ANYBODY. This causes some interesting clashes between father and son over guest lists (all debutantes versus all married women and men) when Miss Martin is loaned out to help them plan a party.
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Enoch, Suzanne: "The Best of Both Worlds" deals with the repercussions of Lady W focusing on the bracelet theft, as Xavier Lord Matson has to do his own research on the season's debutantes while Whistledown's attention is elsewhere. The only one who catches his attention is Charlotte Birling, whose overprotective parents' concern for her reputation has resulted in most worthwhile bachelors dismissing Charlotte as too much trouble to pursue. Unfortunately, they don't have a clue, and have arranged a match for her with dull Herbert Beetly, and refuse to believe that Xavier's attentions are honourable. (This being a Regency romance, of course, events might suggest that they were more right than wrong.) Some similarities to Ryan's "A Dozen Kisses" (which I prefer) in THE FURTHER OBSERVATIONS OF LADY WHISTLEDOWN.
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Hawkins, Karen: "The Only One for Me" requires a reader who (unlike me) can enjoy a supposedly-fabulous-but-easily-derailed-relationship plot. When Lord Easterly was accused of cheating at cards, in the resulting scandal his wife immediately believed him guilty for no good reason. Easterly left the country, and her. Neither she, nor he, nor even her supposedly sensible eldest brother ever seriously tried to patch things up over the last twelve years, not even after someone else's deathbed confession. She's now talking about an annulment (never mind whether that could've been legal), which has finally brought Easterly back to England. They were invited separately to Lady Neeley's party, he's now prime suspect in the bracelet theft, which is finally cleared up.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lady Whistledown!, 24 May 2004
This review is from: Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Mass Market Paperback)
Four superb stories in the wonderful world of Lady Whistledown. As always, Lady Whistledown comments on events in her Society Papers and these stories revolve around the theft of a ruby bracelet. Four gorgeous heroes and four beautiful ladies find love whilst the hunt for the thief goes on. This is an un-put-downable book as always when in Julia Quinn's Regency England. I highly recommend it. You'll want to finish it in one sitting and you should!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ladt whistledown strikes back, 6 Oct 2011
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If you enjoyed the snippets of gossip from Lady W in Julia Quinns Bridgerton series then you are in for a treat. Shes back! Only now she has much more to say as she heads each of the short stories pouring delicious spite and sparkle into the mix. The stories are highly entertaining and weave together as Lady W takes you on a journey through regency London to discover the ruby thief who is terrorising the terrible ton. With a few juicy liaisons thrown into the mix you cant help but love this collection. Maybe next well see a Lady W novel all of her own!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant premise that does not deliver., 18 Jun 2011
I bought this book after falling in love with Lady W in Julia Quinn`s novels, however sadly this collection of short stories does not live up to expectations. The premise is brilliant, taking four groups of interconnected characters over a period of several days and telling their individual stories. All the four stories clevery overlap with a few identical scenes appearing in several stories but viewed from a different perspective each time. That is a very clever piece of group writing and must be praised. However good this literary device may be, it is badly let down by a lack of research into the era by some of the writers. Inaccurate diaogue (including phrases that didn`t exist till the 20th Century, such as 'hello' and 'I was just kidding') pepper the text and disrupt the flow of the narrative. Characters act in ways men and women in their situation would never have dreamed of and yet its all rather predictable. I found myself skipping pages with a mixture of boredom and irritation. It`s a real shame as I felt this book had Great potential. That said, if you know nothing about the regency period you`ll probably enjoy this, but those readers who, like me, favour historical accuracy, steer clear of this and read some of Julia Quinn`s own novels, or better still, the well researched Eloisa James.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Whistledown, 4 Feb 2011
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The book is absolutely hilarious, I love Julia Quinn and her co-authors do not disappoint. If you like your historical romance with a lot of laughs and a little bit of zing this is definitely the book for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 Jan 2013
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After reading and enjoying so many Julia Quinn novels, I didn't realise that this book is written by her plus 3 other people! I did not enjoy it, and it was very difficult indeed to find one's place on the Kindle touch. Don't bother with it. Disappointing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Whistledown strikes back, 8 Nov 2012
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Even though the whole book is not all written by Julia Quinn the style of writing continues. This is almost like 4 stroies that intertein and well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 4 Nov 2010
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Haven't read it yet, but it didnt take long for me to get this one from amazon, together with another book that I have ordered at the same time.
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