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Brighter Than the Sun (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (15 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789344
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,695,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in Julia Quinn's delightful Regency-set romantic comedies --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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In 1817 England, the Earl of Billington, Charles Wycombe, needs to be married within fifteen days or watch his cousin Philip inherit all the money that goes with the estate. However, every female he has met in the marriage mart has been an air head and he would rather spend his life in abject poverty than with an insipid companion. Feisty Eleanor Lynden struggles with the intolerable rules being established by her father, the vicar, ever since he became engaged to the morally correct Mrs. Foxglove. Eleanor realizes that she must find an escape very quickly before they crush her elan.
When Charles falls from a tree and meets Eleanor, he realizes that the intelligent young lady is the answer to his problems and quickly proposes to her. She reluctantly agrees that the notorious rake might prove to be the only viable solution to her current situation. They get married and surprisingly fall in love with each other. However, some unknown assailant is unhappy with the nuptials and plans to put an end to them as soon as possible by any means necessary.
BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN is a typical Regency romance that fans of the sub-genre will enjoy. However, what makes this novel live up to its title is the growing relationship between the charming two lead protagonists. Their witty interplay is extremely jocular as both adapt to love, turning Julia Quinn's book into a wonderful historical romance worth reading.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The pace is fast and keeps your interest all the way through. I like my female lead characters to have spunk and hold their own against the male characters in the book. No missish misses for me thank you. Julia Quinn writes a well written story with plenty of laughs and very interesting plots. Julia Quinn has a wicked sense of humour which I really appreciate and I'd recommend her books to anyone who enjoyes a good laugh.
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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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Julia Quinn did it again with Brighter Than the Sun. The unconventional situation makes for a lot of fun, laughs, suspense, action and romanance. You really can't help but love all the characters as the story plays out. Delightful read.
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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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