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Splendid [Mass Market Paperback]

Julia Quinn
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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May 25 2000 Avon Historical Romance
American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more conventional ways than husband-hunting. But this time Emma's high-jinks lead her into dangerous temptation...

Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love...until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent...and condemns himself to delicious torment. Little does he know that his passion has touched the very soul of the lovely enchantress...and committed them both to a lifetime of splendid ecstasy.

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"* 'Quinn has a smart, funny touch' - Time magazine" --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 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 Disappear to a land of fun. Feb. 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Apparently, this book was Ms. Quinn's debut novel. In the version I purchased (an August 2003 ship date), the author reveals the joy she experienced giving Emma Dunster and Alexander Ridley life. Incredibly, the reader shares this joy. The wonderful mood created throughout the book is the spontaneity of the story. The characters' impromptu reactions are both fun and refreshing. An amusing and interesting piece, no wonder the publishers reissued this paperback. I found myself chuckling over the silliest moment. This is lighthearted reading at its best.
Julia Quinn immerses the reader in the developing love story of a headstrong American heiress and a notorious English rake. Every secondary character in the book supports a master plan to bring these two charming people to the altar. These meddlesome players add to the richness of the novel's spirit.
Delightfully, Quinn displays an incredible female camaraderie between Emma and her lovely English cousin Arabella (Dancing at Midnight). Then the author enchants the reader with the delightful platonic friendship between these two ladies and Alex's dear friend Dunford (Minx). I realize these creative alliances set the stage for her sequel books. Still, Quinn successfully attracts the interest.
If this book has a weakness, I suspect it can be found in the contemporary feel in attitude and conversation. Overlook this flaw and enjoy an outstanding book for a weekend escape.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
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3.0 out of 5 stars splendidly funny Oct. 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Quinn's first novel, and it shows. The lack of polish and maturity in her writing that she devlops by the Bridgerton series is why I give this book 3 stars. It is, however, worthy of the read.
The characters are fairly rote for romance, Alex is your hero, and is typically wealthy, titled, and bored with life. Emma is your heroine and is also typically wealthy, vibrant and independant. Although this book doesn't show Ms. Quinn's later flair for plot, it is an admirable job and doesn't get bogged down in too many balls or any other usual first novel quagmires. It is full of humor, and as typical of Quinn has several laugh-out-loud scenes that you have to re-read because you're laughing too hard to focus the first time through.
My only real problem with the plot is a weak villain subplot that seems like it was hastily added at the end to increase word count. The last scene with the villain could have been completely cut in my opinion, especially since he was effectively dealt with earlier in the novel.
Quinn fans who wish to complete their library will enjoy this novel, but I don't recommend it as an introduction to her work. For a reader new to Quinn, I suggest "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton" instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not Splendid Oct. 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
American Emma Dunster is sent to London by her father to visit with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Emma wants to stay in Boston and learn all the aspects of her father's shipping business, which she intends to take over. Her father realizes people won't want to do business with a company ran by a woman so he sends her off to London for a distraction.
On the day of her introduction to the ton, Emma and her cousin Belle decide to sneak down to the kitchen so they won't have to arrange flowers. Once in the kitchen, Emma decides to run an errand for cook. Dressed in maids garb, she runs the errand and on the way back saves the live of a little boy, who happens to be the nephew of the Duke of Ashborne. Emma is knocked unconscious and wakes to find herself in a carriage with the Duke. They are both attracted to each other instantly. The Duke thinks Emma is a maid, not a member of the ton. He will find this out later that night at the ball. From then on he tries to catch her for himself. Of course he doesn't realize this until everyone tells him he's in love with her.
This book seemed to be a typical historical romance. The characters were typical of most romances. He doesn't want to marry except to obtain an heir. She doesn't want to marry either, but knows that when she marries she wants it to be a love match, not a marriage of convenience. I found the "romantic scenes" were rather routine. In fact, I could have read this book without reading the love scenes. They just did not get my attention. And as in most romance novels of this type there is the usual kidnapping. I would love to read historical romances where there is no kidnappings.
All in all this was an OK book to read. It was a fast, easy read. The characters for the most part were likeable, not stuffy. The plot seemed good. It was just too routine. I have read "To Sir Phillip, with Love" by Julia Quinn and liked it much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like it's name..... Sept. 16 2003
By Jojo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I do not know how I have missed reading this book before now. It is a classic Julia Quinn & I totally enjoyed it. The characters were smart & funny & were delightful to get to know. It is light on the plot - but that's exactly what I was looking for this time. I liked the fact that even though there were problems to solve, misunderstandings, arrogance & stubborness to get through - JQ did not take it overboard & make the characters childish, immature, or borish. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other & it was fun watching them enjoy each other; it's one of those that showed me why they fell in love. The love scenes were so very, very sweet (uh.... well... sweet & hot, if THAT makes any sense! lol) The secondary characters were just great & added a lot to the story; And I laughed out loud more than once at various ones antics. The villian was a tad stupid - but that's ok, I'm burnt out on evil right now - so stupid was good (lol lol). If you like simple, fun historicals, then do not miss this one. Guess I need to go & check to make sure I haven't missed any other JQ books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Julia Quinn's First novel...
This book was not my favourite from Julia Quinn. This was her first novel, which you can tell by the writing in the beginning. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Grouchbucket
4.0 out of 5 stars Written in 1995 -A Fine First Novel,
Ms Quinn has always been a favorite author of mine; and until recently I did not realize that I had missed her very first novel. Read more
Published on May 26 2012 by Dianne Socci-Tetro
4.0 out of 5 stars I had a Splendid time
One gloomy afternoon, I found myself reading "Splendid" by Julia Quinn and I forgot how gloomy the day was. That is how I felt about Alex and Emma's story. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by KenichiKat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid read indeed!
Julia Quinn's "Splendid" features Alex, the dashingly roguish Duke of Ashbourne and Emma, the flame-haired American beauty who captured the duke's heart and soul. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by KenichiKat
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much 3.5 stars!
Splendid is the first book of this trilogy: Splendid, Dancing at Midnight and Minx (plus a short story about Ned in the anthology "Where's My Hero"). Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Alena
1.0 out of 5 stars why not set the book in America?
This book should be titled 'Dire' or 'Dreadful'. What is the point of setting a book in London if the dialogue and description are pure American. Read more
Published on March 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I could not put this book down. I lost a night of sleep reading this book. I kept telling my self i need to go to bed but i just couldn't wait to see what happend between Alex and... Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by uncgrl99
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book
What an exciting, strong heroine in this book. Emma Dunster, American export to England, decides (with prodding from her father) to visit her family in London for the season. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Jennifer French
4.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant Characters and Sparkling Repartee
Julia Quinn's first novel, Splendid, is unusual and entertaining. Unusual in its mixture of points of view and entertaining in its wry wit. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by Trisha A. Howell
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