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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (July 27 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789344
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,386 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 'smart, funny' Time Magazine 'Delightful' Nora Roberts --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Eleanor Lyndon was minding her own business when Charles Wycombe, Earl of Billington, fell-quite literally-into her life. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 16 2002
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I just loved this book! It was so funny. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire book! I loved how light-hearted things were throughout most of the book. It was rather refreshing reading a romance that was more on the side of pure fun than stiff seriousness. Although for those who have not read this novel the characters do find themselves in a serious situation at the end.
You've just got to read it! I'm having trouble now deciding weither BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN is now my favorite Julia Quinn novel or if it's still THE DUKE AND I.
~*sigh*~ Desisions... desisions...
Thanks again Julia! As always your books are wonderful!
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In about two weeks time, Charles Wycombe, Earl of Billington, must find a bride and be married to her. Not an easy job when one is NOT in London. Even if he were, he can't stand the young simpering, just out of the schoolroom chits!
Miss Eleanor Lyndon needs to find a new home as fast as possible. Her father, the town vicar, has deceided to remarry. However the woman he has picked, Mrs. Foxglove a widow, can not stand Ellie. Actually they both feel the same about each other. INTRUDER!!!
One day Charles literally falls at Ellie's feel, he sees the perfect answer to both of their pressing problems. They should just get married. After all, Ellie is the first marriagble girl he has come across and can actually stand being in the same room with her alone for more than ten minutes. Not to mention that she really isn't asking for that much when they marry. That is until she informs Charles that they won't consumate the marriage until she's ready to do so. But surly that won't take very long will it? No woman has ever been able to resist his charms. However, he's never wanted any woman like he wants her. And the worst part is, is that he can't figure out why or how he can want someone the way he wants her.
Mrs. Quinn has done a great job with this book! It is loaded with excitment from cover to cover. Whether it's abduction you like or suprise kitchen fires, you'll find it all in this book! I'm not quite sure I have ever read a book with more excitment in it than this one has! And what was really great was that the events were spread out throughout the entire book. Which then in turn made the book a total page turner! Also what was nice, was that even though this book was in connection to EVERYTHING AND THE MOON, you don't have to read that book to understand this one.
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By Audrey on April 1 2000
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As opposed to the dozens of people who loved How to Marry a Marquis (another novel published later than Brighter Than the Sun), I set the book on my bookshelf and never looked at it again. But browing through my bookstore, empty-handed and desperately craving a read, I spotted this one and decided to give Ms. Quinn another try. From the first page, I became involved in the book; Charles and Ellie meet under certainly unconventional circumstances, and their banter throughout is light and amusing. My one issue was the "villain" element: it seems as if it was thrusted in at the last moment with little thought to provide denouement in the last few pages, and at first I didn't even recognize who the villain was as the villain was only mentioned once or twice, briefly. However, my problem aside, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Brighter than the Sun. It's a delightful, frothy read perfect for those days you'd like to relax, and although I have to admit it certainly isn't one of my favorites it has redeemed Ms. Quinn in my eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 26 1997
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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.
Harriet Klausner
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on Oct. 31 1998
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This is Regency romance at its worst. The characters are unappealing and unrealistic. Can you imagine a lady, especially a vicar's daughter,chattering to a stranger familiarly,cutting off his boot from his injured foot and letting him lean on her shoulder to limp back to his carriage?I was particularly upset by the scene in which the heroine walked in heavy rain by herself to the Earl's home. She turned me off by not only looking bedraggled and dishevelled, but by seeking out a bachelor in his home to discuss their marriage.She even changed into his married sister's clothes. No lady of good upbringing in polite society at that time would ever stoop herself or be brazen enough to compromise herself in this way. The whole story sounds unconvincing because there is no chemistry between the Earl and the lady.I got some very enjoyable books based on readers' reviews but I didn't get it right this time. Bad luck for me
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