Everything and the Moon (Lyndon Family Saga Series #1)

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It was indisputably love at first sight. But Victoria Lyndon was merely the teenaged daughter of a vicar. . .while Robert Kemble was the dashing young earl of Macclesfield. Surely what their meddlesome fathers insisted must have been true-that he was a reckless seducer determined to destroy her innocence. . . and she was a shameless fortune hunter. So it most certainly was for the best when their plans to elope went hopelessly awry.

Even after a seven-year separation, ...

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Overview

It was indisputably love at first sight. But Victoria Lyndon was merely the teenaged daughter of a vicar. . .while Robert Kemble was the dashing young earl of Macclesfield. Surely what their meddlesome fathers insisted must have been true-that he was a reckless seducer determined to destroy her innocence. . . and she was a shameless fortune hunter. So it most certainly was for the best when their plans to elope went hopelessly awry.

Even after a seven-year separation, Victoria-now a governess-still leaves Robert breathless. But how could he ever again trust the raven-haired deceiver who had shattered his soul? And Victoria could never give her heart a second time to the cad who so callously trampled on it the first. But a passion fated will not be denied, and vows of love yearn to be kept. . . even when one promises the moon.

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Editorial Reviews

Affair de Coeur
Julia Quinn will keep readers smilling.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Quinn (Minx, Birthright) begins her novel in Kent, England in 1809 and skillfully depicts the innocence of love at first sight. The irrepressible chemistry between Victoria Lyndon, the vicar's daughter, and Robert Kemble, the Earl of Maccelesfield, is derailed by their fathers' obstinate objections to the match. When Robert encounters Victoria working as a governess seven years later, however, they must face painful memories. A minimum of Regency texture is employed in exchange for focus on often amusing verbal sparring in this poignant battle of the sexes. Victoria, at last, finds comfort in her work at a fine London dress shop, but soon becomes the target of Robert's strategies to win her back: wooing with pastries, a siege of protective attention and abduction to a cottage by the sea-which is no resort. To use the confectionery metaphor, this is a meringue-light fluff, but none the worse for it. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380789337
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Lyndon Family Saga Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 266,917
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twenty-three previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Everything and the Moon

Chapter One

Kent, England

June, 1809

Robert Kemble, earl of Macclesfield, had never been given to flights of fancy, but when he saw the girl by the lake, he fell instantly in love.

It wasn′t her beauty. With her black hair and pert nose she was certainly attractive, but he′d seen women far more beautiful in the ballrooms of London.

It wasn′t her intelligence. He had no reason to believe that she was stupid, but as he hadn′t shared two words with her, he couldn′t vouch for her intellect either.

It certainly wasn′t her grace. His first glimpse of her came as she flailed her arms and slipped off a wet rock. She landed on another rock with a loud thump, followed by an equally loud "Oh, bother" as she stood and rubbed her sore backside.

He couldn′t put his finger on it. All he knew was that she was perfect.

He moved forward, keeping himself hidden in the trees. She was in the process of stepping from one stone to another, and any fool could see that she was going to slip, because the stone she was stepping onto was slick with moss, and

Splash!

"Oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear!"

Robert couldn′t help but grin as she ignominiously hauled herself to the shore. The hem of her dress was soaked, and her slippers had to be ruined.

He leaned forward, noticing that her slippers were sitting in the sun, presumably where she′d left them before hopping from stone to stone. Smart girl, he thought approvingly.

She sat down on the grassy bank and began to wring out her dress, offering Robert a delicious view of her bare calves. Where had she stashed her stockings, he wondered.

And then, as if guided by that sixth sense only females seemed to possess, she jerked her head up sharply and looked about. "Robert?" she called out. "Robert! I know you′re there."

Robert froze, certain that he′d never met her before, certain they′d never been introduced, and even more certain that even if they had, she′d not be calling him by his given name.

"Robert," she said, fairly yelling at him now. "I insist you show yourself."

He stepped forward. "As you wish, my lady." He said this with a courtly bow.

Her mouth fell open. She blinked and scrambled to her feet. Then she must have realized that

she was still holding the hem of her dress in her hands, baring her knees for all the world to see. She dropped the dress. "Who the devil are you?"

He offered her his best lopsided smile. "Robert."

"You are not Robert," she spluttered.

"I beg to differ with you," he said, not even trying to contain his amusement.

"Well, you′re not my Robert."

An unexpected surge of jealousy raced through him. "And who is your Robert?"

"He′s ... He′s ... I fail to see how that is your concern."

Robert cocked his head, pretending to give the matter ample thought. "One might be able to broach the argument that since this is my land and your skirts are soaked with water from my pond, then it is indeed my concern."

The color drained from her face. "Oh, dear Lord, you′re not his lordship."

He grinned. "I′m his lordship."

"But, but his lordship is supposed to be old!" She looked most perplexed and rather distraught .

"Ah. I see our problem. I′m his lordship′s son. The other his lordship. And you are ... ?"

"In big trouble," she blurted out.

He took her hand, which she had not held out to him, and bowed over it. "I am extremely honored to make your acquaintance, Miss Trouble."

She giggled. "My name is Miss Big Trouble, if you please."

If Robert had had any doubts about the perfection of the woman standing before him, they melted away under the force of her smile and obvious sense of humor. "Very well," he said. "Miss Big Trouble. I shouldn′t want to be impolite and deprive you of your full name." He tugged on her hand and led her back to the bank. "Come, let us sit awhile."

She appeared hesitant. "My mother, bless her soul, passed on three years ago, but I have a feeling she would have told me that this is a most inadvisable idea. You look as if you might be something of a rake."

This caught his attention. "And have you met many rakes?"

"No, of course not. But if I were to meet one, I should think he would look rather like you."

"And why is that?"

She quirked her lips in a rather knowing expression. "Come now, are you looking for compliments, my lord?"

"Absolutely." He smiled over at her, sat down, and patted the ground next to him. "There is no need to worry. My reputation is not so very black. More of a charcoal gray."

She giggled again, causing Robert to feel as if he must be King of the Universe.

"My name is actually Miss Lyndon," she said, sitting beside him.

He leaned back, resting on his elbows. "Miss Big Trouble Lyndon, I presume?"

"My father certainly thinks so," she replied pertly. Then her face fell. "I really should go. If he caught me here with you . . ."

"Nonsense," Robert said, suddenly desperate

to keep her there beside him. "There is no one about."

She sat back, her manner still somewhat hesitant. After a long pause she finally said, "Is your name truly Robert?"

"Truly."

"I imagine the son of a marquess would have a long list of names."

"I′m afraid so."

She sighed dramatically. "Poor me. I have but two."

"And they are?"

She looked sideways at him, the expression in her eyes most definitely flirtatious. Robert′s heart soared.

"Victoria Mary," she replied. "And you? If I may be so bold to ask."

"You may. Robert Phillip Arthur Kemble."

"You forgot your title," she reminded him.

He leaned toward her and whispered, "I didn′t want to scare you.

"Oh, I′m not that easily frightened."

"Very well. Earl of Macclesfield, but it′s only a courtesy title."

"Ah, yes," Victoria said. "You don′t get a real title until your father dies. Aristocrats are an odd lot."

Everything and the Moon. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

Everything and the Moon

Chapter One

Kent, England
June, 1809

Robert Kemble, earl of Macclesfield, had never been given to flights of fancy, but when he saw the girl by the lake, he fell instantly in love.

It wasn't her beauty. With her black hair and pert nose she was certainly attractive, but he'd seen women far more beautiful in the ballrooms of London.

It wasn't her intelligence. He had no reason to believe that she was stupid, but as he hadn't shared two words with her, he couldn't vouch for her intellect either.

It certainly wasn't her grace. His first glimpse of her came as she flailed her arms and slipped off a wet rock. She landed on another rock with a loud thump, followed by an equally loud "Oh, bother" as she stood and rubbed her sore backside.

He couldn't put his finger on it. All he knew was that she was perfect.

He moved forward, keeping himself hidden in the trees. She was in the process of stepping from one stone to another, and any fool could see that she was going to slip, because the stone she was stepping onto was slick with moss, and

Splash!

"Oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear!"

Robert couldn't help but grin as she ignominiously hauled herself to the shore. The hem of her dress was soaked, and her slippers had to be ruined.

He leaned forward, noticing that her slippers were sitting in the sun, presumably where she'd left them before hopping from stone to stone. Smart girl, he thought approvingly.

She sat down on the grassy bank and began to wring out her dress, offering Robert a delicious view of her bare calves. Where had she stashed her stockings, he wondered.

And then, as if guided by that sixth sense only females seemed to possess, she jerked her head up sharply and looked about. "Robert?" she called out. "Robert! I know you're there."

Robert froze, certain that he'd never met her before, certain they'd never been introduced, and even more certain that even if they had, she'd not be calling him by his given name.

"Robert," she said, fairly yelling at him now. "I insist you show yourself."

He stepped forward. "As you wish, my lady." He said this with a courtly bow.

Her mouth fell open. She blinked and scrambled to her feet. Then she must have realized that

she was still holding the hem of her dress in her hands, baring her knees for all the world to see. She dropped the dress. "Who the devil are you?"

He offered her his best lopsided smile. "Robert."

"You are not Robert," she spluttered.

"I beg to differ with you," he said, not even trying to contain his amusement.

"Well, you're not my Robert."

An unexpected surge of jealousy raced through him. "And who is your Robert?"

"He's ... He's ... I fail to see how that is your concern."

Robert cocked his head, pretending to give the matter ample thought. "One might be able to broach the argument that since this is my land and your skirts are soaked with water from my pond, then it is indeed my concern."

The color drained from her face. "Oh, dear Lord, you're not his lordship."

He grinned. "I'm his lordship."

"But, but his lordship is supposed to be old!" She looked most perplexed and rather distraught .

"Ah. I see our problem. I'm his lordship's son. The other his lordship. And you are ... ?"

"In big trouble," she blurted out.

He took her hand, which she had not held out to him, and bowed over it. "I am extremely honored to make your acquaintance, Miss Trouble."

She giggled. "My name is Miss Big Trouble, if you please."

If Robert had had any doubts about the perfection of the woman standing before him, they melted away under the force of her smile and obvious sense of humor. "Very well," he said. "Miss Big Trouble. I shouldn't want to be impolite and deprive you of your full name." He tugged on her hand and led her back to the bank. "Come, let us sit awhile."

She appeared hesitant. "My mother, bless her soul, passed on three years ago, but I have a feeling she would have told me that this is a most inadvisable idea. You look as if you might be something of a rake."

This caught his attention. "And have you met many rakes?"

"No, of course not. But if I were to meet one, I should think he would look rather like you."

"And why is that?"

She quirked her lips in a rather knowing expression. "Come now, are you looking for compliments, my lord?"

"Absolutely." He smiled over at her, sat down, and patted the ground next to him. "There is no need to worry. My reputation is not so very black. More of a charcoal gray."

She giggled again, causing Robert to feel as if he must be King of the Universe.

"My name is actually Miss Lyndon," she said, sitting beside him.

He leaned back, resting on his elbows. "Miss Big Trouble Lyndon, I presume?"

"My father certainly thinks so," she replied pertly. Then her face fell. "I really should go. If he caught me here with you . . ."

"Nonsense," Robert said, suddenly desperate

to keep her there beside him. "There is no one about."

She sat back, her manner still somewhat hesitant. After a long pause she finally said, "Is your name truly Robert?"

"Truly."

"I imagine the son of a marquess would have a long list of names."

"I'm afraid so."

She sighed dramatically. "Poor me. I have but two."

"And they are?"

She looked sideways at him, the expression in her eyes most definitely flirtatious. Robert's heart soared.

"Victoria Mary," she replied. "And you? If I may be so bold to ask."

"You may. Robert Phillip Arthur Kemble."

"You forgot your title," she reminded him.

He leaned toward her and whispered, "I didn't want to scare you.

"Oh, I'm not that easily frightened."

"Very well. Earl of Macclesfield, but it's only a courtesy title."

"Ah, yes," Victoria said. "You don't get a real title until your father dies. Aristocrats are an odd lot."

He raised his brows. "Such sentiments could probably still get one arrested in some parts...

Everything and the Moon. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    The most romantic book I ever read

    Seven years ago she broke his heart : When Rober Kemble stumbles across Victoria Lyndon in a hedgerow maze , he can't believe his eyes . The girl who'd torn him in two , who let him plan an elopement and then left him standing by the side of the road , was suddenly within arm's reach , and even though his fury still knew no bounds , she was impossible to resist ..... Seven years ago he left her all but ruined : Victoria's father had told her an earl would never marry a vicar's daughter , and he was right . Robert had promised her marriage , then danced off to London while she suffered the shame of a foiled elopement . But even thought Victoria doesn't particularly enjoy her new life as a governess , when Robert offers her a job of a different sort --- his mistress --- she refuses , unable to sacrifice her honor , even for him . Can these star-crossed lovers learn to trust again ? And is love really sweeter the second time around ? I can't help but to quote the sumary at the back of the book . But truly this is the most romantic book I ever read ( and I own more than 200 romance-regency books ) The first book truly captive the magic of first love also the love of first sign blend nicely together . I mean after all what is more romantic than your man telling you , you are everything to him and he even promise you the moon .

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Not Much

    This book was good because it starts out with them as young people who get back together when they are older. But it was pretty vanilla.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Love Quinns books

    Fun and romanic. Not my favorite of hers but a good read in the series nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great

    Good read. Enjoyable.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    The Best

    Julia does it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Not so much...

    Seemed to me that this one dragged a bit. really found it hard to root for the "hero" in this one. And both characters were a little annoying. By the end, i no longer cared how it turned out. Surprising for one of her books....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Jaymoon

    Jaymoon*(* -killed a rabbit-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Looove it!

    Looove it!

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Disappointing

    I'd enjoyed reading the second title in this series, but was disappointed with this one. The characters seemed less appealing, and the plot weaker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

    Heartwarming story of young love

    I found this story to be one of my favorites among the Lyndon Family Series. The story starts out with the classic love scene of falling in love at first sight then trails into the realities of being in love at such a young age. The doubts and fears that comes along with falling in love are very touching and at times I even shed a tear or so. I felt that although their love for each other brought on some hard struggles, both characters needed to go through that process inorder to be the person that they ended up becoming at the very end of the book. Their unconditional love for each was very heart-felt and honest. I thought that this book was very touching. I liked it that they didn't give into each so much, that they both suffered equally. Certain books in the past has made the woman vulnerable to love and forgives too easy but with this book I thought that Victoria held her own ground against Robert which I found refreshing. Overall, this was a fun read and amazing story. I would definately recommend this book.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Wonderful!

    I read this book and I was amazed. It was a new take on romeo and juliet except this time there was a happily ever after. They hadn't seen each other in 7yrs and yet they could still feel that undeniable love for each other. Touching story and a wonderful new take on love at first sight :]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Very touching romance

    I loved the story, and it was so believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2009

    So romantic!!

    I love this book. Its my new fave! The story was so romantic and cute. It had it's funny moments. The best book I've read in a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Truly amazing

    This was the first novel by Julia Quinn that I read, and it did not disappoint. I love how Robert truly loves Victoria from the beginning, instead of Julia Quinn's other novels, which features the hero driven by lust/desire, which suddenly leads to his realization that he loves the heroine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    LOVE IT!

    This story is unbelievably sweet! There are plenty of romantic scenes that just melts your heart. Robert Kemble and Victoria Lyndon are a fantastic couple with great depths to them. It makes me believe in love at first sight! Julia Quinn is a great story teller and this book exceptional!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    absolutely sweet

    this was my first julia quinn book and i absolutely loved it!!!it was an incredibly sweet novel that made me cry and laugh at the same time.major kudos to julia quinn!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Everything Good About Love

    I loved this book and it came up to my expectation, as most of Julia Quinn's book do. This was one of her first books ever published and you see how her style of writing only got better as time went by. Her main character's left me with both laughter and tears as I watched them develope along the story line. I read ever page and enjoyed it all. My praise can not be enough for such as well written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Very Entertaining

    This was the first Julia Quinn book I read and it was so good! It has such a great plot and Julia Quinn leaves the reader in suspence chapter after chapter. I couldn't put the book down! Literally! Julia Quinn is one of my favorite authors and her work is truely entertaining.

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