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'Quinn has a smart, funny touch ... that's reminiscent of Helen Fielding' --Time Magazine
'reminiscent of Bridget Jones' --Time Magazine
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Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in Julia Quinn's delightful Regency-set romantic comediesSee all Product description
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That was until the day a serving maid threw herself in front of a carriage to save his nephew. When the maid turns out to be more than he expected, Alex faces the prospect that his beliefs might just be wrong. But Alex is stubborn, very stubborn and he's never wrong.
He's almost as stubborn as Emma Dunster, sent to London for the season, when she'd much rather be back at home in Boston, learning to take over her father's business. Whether she likes it or not, however, no company could thrive with a woman at the helm, no matter how capable she is. It just isn't done. But although Emma might have agreed to a season with her aunt and cousins in England, that doesn't mean she has to like it. Nor that she's relinquished her dream.
Until she finds herself unconscious in the Duke of Ashbourne's carriage, dressed as a serving maid.
'Splendid' is a light-hearted, thoroughly enjoyable romp, full of the wit that characterises all of Julia Quinn's novels. However, it is clear that this is a first novel, with the occasional slips into modern language. Alex himself is the typical rakish duke, too rich, good-looking and arrogant for his own good. Similarly, Emma is a head-strong, beautiful outsider, but JQ writes their encounters with enough reluctant romance and amusing flare for all to be forgiven. Besides, the supporting cast of secondary characters (Belle, Dunford, Ned etc) prevent 'Splendid' from ever becoming too boring or predictable.
True, it lacks the smoothness of characterisation and frequent laugh-out-loud moments to be found in later JQ novels, but it's a book to be read with a smile on your face - one that stays even after the last page.
If you're new to Julia Quinn, I recommend starting with the Bridgertons (The Duke and I), but once you're done with them, come back to this - it's worth it.
Not sure whether the author herself still wasn't quite convinced in love at first sight, or if the heroine was just far too modern to be credible in this type of story - even a 'tongue in cheek' style one, as Ms Quinn's stories are. But it just didn't work for me at all. I agree with another reviewer, who talks about the 'Big Misunderstanding' that this story hinges on, which isn't really enough to keep the conflict alive, in this case. So the story then degenerates into some kind of strange stalking case, with the heroine behaving like a sulky child, really, whilst the hero beseiges her and his noble relatives all turn out to be more modern women in regency costumes...
Sorry; I usually always enjoy these stories. But this was just not up to the writer's usual standards.
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