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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
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Julia Quinn's First novel... Nov. 30 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was not my favourite from Julia Quinn. This was her first novel, which you can tell by the writing in the beginning. I felt she jumped from person to person and then a sort of narrative type writing. It got better throughout the novel, or perhaps I just got used to it. The story itself was good. However I think she should have wrapped it up around 83% of the way in. I don't think she needed the last "event" that took place. Or if it was needed, I would have preferred it to happen before she gave the characters their "happily ever after." But this is just my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Written in 1995 -A Fine First Novel, May 26 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. So I picked it up and was rapt from the very first.

Ms Quinn has always used humor in her books. Sometimes with ridiculous action on the characters part, and sometimes with the characters themselves. In this book we see her use the humor in both manners and it works quite well.
I loved Ms Quinn's mixing of an American woman, with the new world sensibilities and somewhat more freedom than her English counterparts have with the somewhat staid and stodgy sensibilities of the English ton.

As the book opens we learn that Emma Dunster will be sent over to England by her father to have a season, Emma has been working for her fathers shipping company and doesn't want to leave. But leave she does and almost immediately gets into a mess not of her making. In doing so she meets Alex (a Duke of course!) under the most inauspicious of circumstances. Of Course Alex is drawn to the woman even though he really doesn't know the real her! Now because both have decided that they will most likely never marry---what do you think will happen? Yep, it's love; maybe not on first sight ; they both really work on becoming friends first, but love does happen.

Yes this book does follow the general guidelines of what constitutes a 'romance', but in Ms Quinns hands it seems fresh, sexy new and funny.

What I did like is that once the 'happily ever after" is attained a secondary story is picked up with some exciting moments.

A book that I think is well worth your time and trouble, and will allow you to see as you read more of Ms Quinn's books, how she grows as an author. This book was first published in 1995 and I believe it has withstood the test of time
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4.0 out of 5 stars I had a Splendid time April 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Alex Ridgely, Duke of Ashbourne, was London's most elusive bachelor; this was due to the duke's vow not to be trapped by women who were just enamoured of his title and wealth. Enter strong willed American beauty, Emma Dunster, whose rescue of Alex's nephew set the stage for the start of their passionate romance.
As Alex finds himself falling hard for Emma, his stubborn hold for his vow seemed kind of silly in some part of the story especially when Emma was telling him about her cousin Ned's problem and Alex did not even let her finish but jumped to his own conclusion. But this little quirk is negligible since the entire story was truly an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid read indeed! April 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I loved the way Ms. Quinn kept her characters appearing in some of the other series, like Alex, who was briefly mentioned in one of the Bridgerton books. Although, "Splendid" was published before the Bridgerton series, the story of Alex and Emma happened later than the Bridgerton stories.
Alex was determined not to fall for the American beauty whose escapades included rescuing her cousin Ned and earned her Alex's grudging respect not to mention arouse his possessive nature. This book truly entertains and delivers another Quinn classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much 3.5 stars! April 15 2004
By Alena
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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"). It is also Julia Quinn's first novel! She wrote this in her early 20's and while the story is excellent, he execution is not as polished as her other novels. By the time Dancing at Midnight was published Quinn had a much better grasp of British English and Regency diction, etc. I do really really like the book, and Quinn is a natural story teller! Read it to start the series but know that it will only get better! Her other series are great as well, especially the Bridgerton series (which is my favorite)
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1.0 out of 5 stars why not set the book in America? March 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I love American romantic fiction, I think Jayne Anne Krentz is without equal, so why didn't this Author set her book in America. It is irritating and distracting to have so-called English characters using American English. A little research would cure the problem, witness Amanda Quick, and make the reading far more enjoyable. I gave this book one star because there isn't a no star option.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappear to a land of fun.
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by MaryGrace Meloche
3.0 out of 5 stars splendidly funny
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by Kenzie L. Jardina
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
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not Splendid
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by K. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like it's name.....
I do not know how I have missed reading this book before now. It is a classic Julia Quinn & I totally enjoyed it. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by Jojo
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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