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Splendid Mass Market Paperback – Aug 26 2003
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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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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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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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 morePublished on Nov. 30 2013 by CrazyBookNerd
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 morePublished on May 26 2012 by Dianne
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 morePublished on April 21 2004 by KenichiKat
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 morePublished on April 21 2004 by KenichiKat
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 morePublished on April 15 2004 by Alena
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 morePublished on March 11 2004
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 morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Kenzie L. Jardina
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 morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by uncgrl99
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 morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by K. Morgan