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Splendid Mass Market Paperback – Aug 26 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380780747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380780747
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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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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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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Julia Quinn's first novel, Splendid, is unusual and entertaining. Unusual in its mixture of points of view and entertaining in its wry wit.
American shipping heiress Emma Dunster loves to help run her father's business and isn't pleased when she's shipped off to England to live with her Aunt's family for a London season.
Emma and her cousin Belle are both intelligent, strong-willed, vivacious and mischievous. When Emma dresses up as a kitchen maid so that she can go to market unescorted, she saves a child's life and falls into the arms of the child's uncle, Alexander Ridgeley, the Duke of Ashbourne.
A notorious rake, Alex has no intention of falling in love or of wedding. But he cannot resist spending more and more time with the spunky and charming Emma. Their relationship becomes deeper, but neither wants to admit that it's love-until it's unbearable.
Splendid has a simple, relatively uneventful plot but the vibrant characters and their sparkling repartee holds the reader's attention. Julia Quinn's comical Jane Austen-like perspective works, even though at times it is confusing when the point of view switches between characters or to Quinn's disembodied narrative voice all within a single paragraph. This head hopping took me out of the narrative and diminished some of the pleasure.
Still, Splendid is a witty, entertaining novel full of likeable characters and overall a joy to read.
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Splendid was my first Julia Quinn book. Although I found it to be an interesting book - I did not think that it was outstanding. The writing follows many of the same old romance plot lines but it does give us a few surprises.
Alexander, the hero, was typically handsome, rich, sexy, and had no interest in marriage. He is the Duke of Ashbourne and is extremely sought after as a marriage candidate. Alex differed from the usual romance hero in that he tolerated some fairly immature antics from the heroine. Although he strenuously objects each time she is involved in one of her dangerous capers, he somehow sees past them. His reluctant acceptance of Emma's outlandish adventures appears more as a mature adult dealing with a rebellious child than two adults in love.
The heroine, Emma, was kind and beautiful as you would expect and a little atypical in that she was American and as inferred previously - very mischievous. She is a rich heiress and has been very involved in her father's shipping empire in America before her trip to England with her aunt, uncle, and two cousins. Emma doesn't want to marry although that is the hope of all her family. While she longs to run her father's business some day, he has informed her that it will never be possible for a woman to head such a large company and continue profitably. He doesn't think poorly of a woman's abilities - he just accepts that most men during this time period will not conduct business with a woman. So, it is with some reluctance that she begins her first season in London. She barely can tolerate all of the societal dictates she encounters in London and lives for the possible adventure (actually misadventures).
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