Brighter Than the Sun (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Sep 2004
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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.
Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in Julia Quinn's delightful Regency-set romantic comedies --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
- 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.Read more ›
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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 on 9 Mar. 2014 by Laurajojo
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 on 5 Mar. 2014 by Mame
This book is one of Julia Quinn's best. A pacy read, full of twists and turns. Really enjoyable. Great read.Published on 23 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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
It has humour from the beginning, whilst staying true to the period. It just lifts my mood by reading it.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by miss g m lansbury
Making due allowance for it being an early novel  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 morePublished on 22 Feb. 2011 by Patrick JD Taylor
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 morePublished on 18 Feb. 2010 by Lindymck