Julia Quinn~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews

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The Sum of All Kisses
Julia Quinn
Avon
Mass Market
978 0062072924
****1/2

 

     Sarah Pleinsworth hates Hugh Prentice. Three years ago, he shot her cousin Daniel in a duel. Daniel shot him as well, and the bullet seriously damaged his leg. As a result, Hugh’s unhinged father vowed vengeance, forcing Daniel to live in exile until recently. Sarah blames Hugh for the entire debacle, but not as much as Hugh blames himself.
     Hugh may be the second son, but his father views him as the son most likely to marry and produce an heir. A nightmarish childhood has left its mark on Hugh, and his lingering leg injury adds to his discomfort in social situations. He does not like Sarah, but now they have been thrown together by her family. They both resolve to endure, but as they get to know each other, they are shocked to realize that they enjoy each other's company.
     Julia Quinn's latest starts slowly with a light tone, but the tale plunges to stunning depths in the later half, making for thrilling and emotionally wrenching reading. Hugh is a damaged hero whose past may move readers to tears, and the love scenes are truly awesome. This is the third book in a series, and while it can stand alone, events that drive the plot are strongly connected to prior books in the series.
Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

Julia Quinn

Avon

Trade Paperback

978‑0061233005

****1/2

 

In the best books and series, a group of characters will so captivate readers that they want to know what happens after the ending. Julia Quinn's Bridgerton clan has been immensely popular with readers for years, and that reader curiosity has been fulfilled by Ms. Quinn. She has written a "2nd epilogue" for each of the eight Bridgerton tales, which were originally published as separate e‑books, and now they are together for the first time in one book.

Some are silly, as in Kate and Anthony's cutthroat game of Pall Mall. Some are more serious, as in Daphne and Simon's discovery that they may not be done adding to their family after all. Some are quite moving, like Francesca and Michael's yearning for a child and Lucy and Gregory’s post‑natal drama. Some feature secondary characters or offspring. And one, "Violet in Bloom," is a new tale that gives fans a look into the life of the Bridgerton matriarch. While this is not a book for those who have not read the Bridgerton series, it's a rare treat for fans.

Heather Nordahl Files




The Lady Most Willing
Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway
Avon
Mass Market
978‑0062107381
****1/2
 
     This collaboration is labeled as a novel in three parts. It is told as three intertwined tales, just as its predecessor, The Lady Most Likely.
     On a stormy Scottish night in December 1819, the laird of Finovair Castle abducts four young ladies, intending that two of them marry his nephews and continue the family line. One of the ladies, Catriona Burns, is taken by mistake, as is John Shevington, the Duke of Bretton. Their yearning for each other transcends her unsuitability as a duke's bride.
Fiona Chisholm's red hair and spectacles set her apart from the typical debutante. But it’s her ruined reputation that keeps her single. Cecily Tarleton's father has left it to her to choose her own groom, and she finds him immediately. Now he has to discover his own worthiness of her. The laird's nephews, Byron Wotton and Robin Parles, have to find their way to love with Fiona and Cecily, all while avoiding the aggressive advances of Fiona's sister.
     The three authors' distinct voices blend well into a pleasing tale. Catriona's tale is most immediately beguiling, but all three will inevitably charm the reader.

Heather Nordahl Files

 

 

A Night Like This

Julia Quinn

Avon

Mass Market

978‑0062072900

****1/2

 

Three years ago, Daniel Smythe‑Smith, the Earl of Winstead, was accused of cheating at cards and involuntarily injured his opponent in the subsequent duel. He tried to apologize, but his opponent's father's threats led him to exile in Europe where he spent his time looking over his shoulder. Finally, he was free to return home. On his first night home, his family was having their infamous yearly musicale, where he gets into a fight, then kisses a mysterious young lady.

Anna Wynter has spent the last eight years doing her best to avoid notice, fairly difficult to do because she is a beautiful woman. She loves Daniel's attention, but simultaneously hates it because nothing can come of it. She once suffered a scandal so absolute that her entire life changed--she used to live a life of privilege, and now she’s working as a governess. Anna and Daniel are finding it hard to resist their intense attraction. When accidents start to happen, he thinks he’s the one targeted. He might be surprised to learn that Anna is the one in real danger.

Julia Quinn is always an entertaining read when she lingers on the lighter side of love, but sometimes she creates true magic with something a little more serious. This latest is a solid example of this, though of course readers will still find touches of the ridiculous in the form of the Smythe‑Smith family.

Heather Nordahl Files

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