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Lady Whistledown Strikes Back [Mass Market Paperback]

Julia Quinn
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April 6 2004
Who Stole Lady Neeley’s Bracelet?

Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, the servant, or the rogue? All of London is abuzz with speculation, but it is clear that one of four couples is connected to the crime.

Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, May 1816

Julia Quinn enchants: A dashing fortune hunter is captivated by the Season's most desired debutante...and must prove he is out to steal the lady's heart, not her dowry.

Suzanne Enoch tantalizes: An innocent miss who has spent her life scrupulously avoiding scandal is suddenly -- and secretly -- courted by London's most notorious rogue.

Karen Hawkins seduces: A roving viscount comes home to rekindle the passionate fires of his marriage...only to discover that his beautiful, headstrong bride will not be so easily won.

Mia Ryan delights: A lovely, free-spirited servant is dazzled by the romantic attentions of a charming earl...sparking a scandalous affair that could ruin them both.

You'll hear it first from Lady Whistledown


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A strong and charming encore to The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown, this superb Regency-era novella collection is punctuated by gossip columnist Lady Whistledown's witty comments and penned by the same authors who contributed to the previous book. A disastrous dinner party during which a ruby bracelet goes missing-and four couples discover or rediscover their soul mates-sparks the collection. Each tale follows one pair as they tackle the obstacles to love, but the stories are skillfully interwoven to the point where they present the same encounters and relay the same dialogue from different points of view. At times, references to the other couples can feel forced, but the authors are largely successful in piecing their hilarious and sometimes touching stories together into a delightful romantic quilt. Similarities abound: the heroines are unwed virgins, the heroes unwed but not virginal, and all are filled with gratitude that they found each other. Only Hawkins's story, featuring a wedded couple estranged for 12 years, stands strangely apart, as it explores the darker issues of pride, betrayal and forgiveness. Sure to be as popular-if not more so-than the previous Whistledown, this winsome collection is a cut above most romance anthologies.
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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 fourteen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Mia Ryan July 5 2004
By G. Mayo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Actually, I was rather surprised about this anthology in that I did not really care for Ms. Quinn's story with the rather common plot. I am a die-hard fan of hers but this story was a let-down because this plot has been done so many times. Karen Hawkins's story is boring also because it's plot has no ingenuity (I have purchased a book of hers and found it not worth the money). However, a big surprise was Suzanne Enoch's sweet story about two mismatched lovers and their determination to be together. Moreover, I positively adored Mia Ryans's character Bella, even though most people seem to dislike her. I appreciate her because she laughs at herself and at her overactive imagination, which is something I myself do all the time. I enjoyed her lightheartedness and giggly nature because it made sure the story had none of the dramatic overtones prevalent in most romance stories. I liked the relaxed atmosphere and Roxbury's fascination with Bella. So, in the spirit of disagreement, I heartedly applaud Mia Ryan's short story and eagerly await her next work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first! June 15 2004
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I have waited (very impatiently) for this new edition of the Lady Whistledown series. I enjoyed the first and was not disappointed by the second. Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch and Karen Hawkins deliver in a big way. Their stories were fun, romantic and wonderfully woven together. And please, if you don't get the tingles over this exchange...
"I admit I have felt the effect of your mouth, my lord," she said in a low voice.
This looking and not touching was going to kill him. "You haven't begun to feel the effect of my mouth, Charlotte, " he murmured.
(page 228)
WOW! Be still my beating heart!
The only low point in this fabulous collection was the story by Mia Ryan. I was very disappointed by the silly, downright obnoxious character of Miss Martin. What happened to Mia Ryan? I really enjoyed the story she wrote in the original Lady Whistledown compilation, but since, her work has seemed forced and painful. Very sad.
In all, you must read this book for the wonderful stories from Quinn, Enoch and Hawkins. This book is going on my keeper shelf!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly unkind! June 5 2004
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Julia Quinn and company are some of the most marvelous writers gracing bookshelves today, which is why I so keenly felt my disappointment with this book. Lady Whistledown is downright cruel in this collection. Having grown used to Whistledown as the Greek chorus---the voice of wit, reason, charity, chivalry and vidication-- of the various texts in which she appears it was dreadful to see her express rather vindictive and callous sentiments in her columns.
Whistledown is both Falstaffian and noble--an extremely memorable character apart from who she is in the texts (for anyone who hasn't read Quinn's Bridegerton series, I won't spoil the surprise but I will advise you to hasten to the 'Net or a local bookstore and buy them all!). She is one of the most delightful characters I've ever come across in the genre, indeed, in literature in general. She sallies forth with an Austenian charm that makes her utterly irresistible. All of which is why Whistledown doesn't play well out of her noble character---please bring out another anthology but with the traditional Whistledown and her splendid prose!
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FIRST KISS, THE - Julia Quinn - Peter Thompson is home from Waterloo, one of the fortunate to survive and wants nothing more than to settle down with a biddable wife on a small farm somewhere. His prospects are not that good, being the second son of a minor baron, he is in London to find a suitable bride with a relatively good dowry. As it happens he is at the most sought after dinner party put on by Lady Greely, he comes face to face with Lady Mathilde 'Tilly' Howard, sister of his best friend Harry who didn't survive. He knew by her close resemblance to Harry who she was without being introduced, but more than that he was attracted by her sincere and sweet manner. Knowing that she was daughter of an Earl and an heiress to boot he knew he'd have to look elsewhere or be labeled a fortune hunter. Tilly attracted as she was by this handsome, intelligent and honorable hunk thought to change his mind! Totally charming, very cute and funny - 5*
The LAST TEMPTATION - Mia Ryan --- Isabella 'Bella' Martin has been Lady Greely's companion and party planner for the last ten years and has been quite adept at hiding in the shadows. A spinster fast approaching her 30th birthday and never been kissed which she vows to change before that fateful birthday. Lord Anthony Roxbury, 37 and heir to the Earldom has no intention to marry in spite of the weekly sessions with his father continually stressing the reasons why it is his duty to marry and procreate. Having too much fun it is the last thing on his mind until he mistakes Bella for one of his assignations and she not only gets a kiss but a relatively nice grope before she shockingly rears back and almost breaks his nose.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a nice read May 8 2004
By tregatt
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I think I may the only person on the planet that's not completely over the moon with this anthology. The stories were nice, different, and rather well written. It's just that as a whole, I found them to be an average good read (3 stars), and I truly was expecting a lot more from this anthology.
All four stories have Lady Neely's dinner party in which Lady Neely's jeweled bracelet is stolen as the common denominator. In Julia Quinn's "The First Kiss," Tillie Howard, meets her dead brother's good friend, Peter Thompson, at the dinner party. Both Tillie and Peter form a bond over their shared grief, and fall in love with each other. But Tillie is an heiress, while Peter is quite penniless. And if that's not enough, Lady Whistledown has named Peter as one of the suspects in the theft. Will Peter be able to clear his name and win Tillie's hand in marriage? I found Ms Quinn's story to be charming and enjoyable. And if it wasn't one of the more stellar stories in the anthology, it wasn't an awful read either. Unlike Mia Ryan's "The Last Temptation" which started off fantastically only to degenerate into awfulness before my eyes. Miss Isabella Martin (Lady Neely's companion) is about to turn thirty, and she's never even been kissed properly yet! But who would have guessed that when Lady Neely sends her over to Lord Roxbury's town house so that Isabella can help him plan a party, that the rake would mistake her for his mistress and give her her first kiss! And what a kiss it is too! But can a paid companion afford to pin her heart and hopes on a rakish lord? I'm not sure if it was because of the language (far too many modern phrases) or the heroine (Isabella)'s tendency to giggle. Giggly heroines have always annoyed me, and Isabella certainly lived up to my expectations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read.
I enjoyed these stories especially when they would all meet up at spots as the stories all take place at the same time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grouchbucket
3.0 out of 5 stars Sappy Sappy Sappy
Of course that is why we read romance books... sappy is a good thing... But I only gave it 3 stars, because I only liked 2 stories. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Just a Dreamer
1.0 out of 5 stars Only good story was Enoch's
Not good. What has happened to Julia? Sir Phillip was not good. She has changed her writing style. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 out of 4 enjoyable stories
I enjoyed the 3 stories by Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch and Karen Hawkins very much. As in the last Whistledown collection, Suzanne Enoch's was my favorite. Read more
Published on June 27 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Who the hell wrote the Whistledown columns?????
I can't believe Lady Whistledown really wrote all those mean comments. For heavens sake! I don't think it's in the character's nature (I know who Whistledown is). Read more
Published on June 25 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the previous one.
This collection was not as exciting nor interesting as the first one of the series.
This one is a waste of your time and money. Read more
Published on June 24 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
All of the stories were ok reading but they all lacked one thing (LOVE SCENES). If you like a little spice in your readings these are NOT for you!
Published on May 27 2004 by andrea4525
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight!
Lady Whistledown truly was a delight. I will not go into the details of each story. They have been described elsewhere. Suffice it to say, they all were a pleasure to read. Read more
Published on May 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and witty repartee...
This collection was wonderful, even (dare I say) more entertaining than the first.
Quinn's Whistledown quips are hysterical, and the three authors working with her meld... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Janine Allen
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