The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

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Lady Whistledown Tells All!

Society is abuzz when the Season's most promising debutante is jilted by her intended -- only to be swept away by the deceitful rogue's dashing older brother -- in New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn's witty, charming, and heartfelt tale.

When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancée are recorded in Lady Whistledown's column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to...

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Overview

Lady Whistledown Tells All!

Society is abuzz when the Season's most promising debutante is jilted by her intended -- only to be swept away by the deceitful rogue's dashing older brother -- in New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn's witty, charming, and heartfelt tale.

When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancée are recorded in Lady Whistledown's column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to win his lady's heart once and forever, in Suzanne Enoch's enchanting romantic gem.

Karen Hawkins captivates with an enduring story of a handsome rogue whose lifelong friendship -- and his heart -- are tested when the lovely lady in question sets her cap for someone else.

A dazzling and delightful tale by Mia Ryan has a young woman cast out of her home by an insufferable yet charming marquis -- who intends to take possession not only of the house ... but its former occupant as well!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Linked by Lady Whistledown’s gossipy comments, the frightfully cold winter of 1814, and the upcoming Valentine’s Day ball, a quartet of novellas from four popular authors—Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, and Mia Ryan—bring four couples happily together in this lighthearted, charming romantic anthology. (LJ 2/15/03)

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This rewarding Regency-era anthology is connected by Quinn's popular gossip columnist, Lady Whistledown, who appeared in her previous novel, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Each short romance features commentary from the society snoop and unfurls over the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, 1814. Characters meet, plots intersect, and cleverly, each author includes the same skating party (shown from the perspective of the four couples). Though all of the authors hold their own in this collection, Enoch's tale of a young woman who resists a childhood betrothal until her long-absent fianc returns to make her reconsider is the strongest. Quinn also delivers a tasty confection about a young lady suddenly wooed by two brothers. Hawkins's romance between an eccentric spinster and an amiable rake is the most traditional of the lot, while Ryan stretches the bounds of the genre with a hero whose odd behavior stems from more than simple eccentricity. All in all, these Regency bonbons are filled with the wit and charm that mark the authors' full-length novels, yet they still contain enough passion to keep wintry readers warm. A wonderful introduction to the contributors' work, this is a perfect Valentine for romance readers. (Feb.) Forecast: With its star-studded lineup and well-timed release, this exceptional anthology will likely be one of the holiday's most sought-after romances. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Once again the witty, provocative comments of Lady Whistledown, Julia Quinn's astute Regency-era gossip columnist (introduced in The Duke and I) grace the pages of a lively romantic romp-but this time there's a difference. Instead of one author, there are four; and instead of one story, there is a quartet of charming novellas, each focusing on a particular couple but linked by common events and all tied together by Lady Whistledown's wry, insightful observations. The abnormally cold winter of 1814 (complete with ice-skating parties on the Thames), assorted soir es and theater evenings, and a much-anticipated Valentine's Day ball provide the backdrops for romances depicted from the perspective not only of the protagonists but of other characters as well. Readers should enjoy the variety. The engaging tales by Quinn ("Thirty-Six Valentines"), Suzanne Enoch ("One True Love"), Karen Hawkins ("Two Hearts"), and Mia Ryan ("A Dozen Kisses") are nicely unified by both Lady Whistledown's comments and the well-integrated story details. A perfect Valentine's Day read. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060511500
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Bridgerton Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 271,483
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (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.

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.

When not carpooling, scraping gum off seatbelts, doing laundry and staring insanity in the face, Mia Ryan likes to escape into her writing. You can also read Mia Ryan's "A Dozen Kisses" in The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown, an Avon book published in February 2003.

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Table of Contents

One True Love 11
Two Hearts 141
A Dozen Kisses 309
Thirty-Six Valentines 403
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Enoch * * Hawkins * * * * * Ryan * * * * Quinn *

    The way in which JQ blended the characters into the stories was very well done. However, I didn't like Lady Whistledown. I found her columns mundane, but she did at least keep good dates. SUZANNE ENOCH: Lady Anne was not much more than an innocently spoiled, aimless girl. She seemed to have a warm and depthful relationship with her father, but it never really developed into anything. Anne's 'farmer' was fine; handsome, smart and dedicated. At the skating party, servants in socks emerged on the frozen Thames pushing carts of food & wine. PUH-leez! Just how pretentious were these Morelands, anyway? KAREN HAWKINS: She was the best writer, very witty, very talented. Liza was selfless, funny, and lovely, with a wonderful outlook on life. Sir Royce Pemberly was a perfect, perfect man. He was also the sexiest; read that romantic litte scene on page 149! (He reminded me of another dark-haired hero; Jason Bradford, in 'The Rose of Enchantment', so averse to marriage, and didn't know a good thing when he had it. In fact, he was a bit more sexy, smart and all-around a wonderful man. MIA RYAN: Caroline or Linney. I much preferred Caroline. Anyway, she deserved happiness. The synopsis told us that Lord Darington had evicted her, yet when he found out from his friend how it came about, he never once discussed it with Caroline or her mother. Wouldn't these women have wanted an explanation to an event that had drastically altered their lives? It shouldn't have been important to me as a reader, but darn it, I wanted to know! Anyway, Lord Darington was the second best hero of these stories. Wow, he was handsome. JULIA QUINN: Susannah was a doll, and at first David, Lord Renminster came across as a classy, strong, intriguing man who could take on the world if need be - until the skating party. He argued with his brother, Clive, but came off rather wimpy to me. And the dialogue between them was ridiculous. So cliche. They almost come to blows, but then they started to joke around. Huh? During another argument, they do the exact same thing. Both arguments were far too vicious to suddenly turn humerous. It was so out of place. Then she turned David into a 'nerd,' for lack of a better word. Having just made love to Susannah 'he let out a triumphant shout.' What a goofy thing to have a hero say. One more example: When they discussed their mutual feelings, HE began to cry. She didn't. Nothing wrong with a man crying, of course, but he came across as weak, not sentimental. I don't know about JQ's other heros, but if they are like David, she needs to make her heros sensitive, yet cool, not dorky.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Beauifully blended

    Beautifully blended from one story line to the next. A wonderful read! Not to be missed if you are a fan of Whistledown or any of the authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great Read

    Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Very enjoyable + lots of fun

    I totally enjoyed this "anthology"- read on a business trip. The shory story format made it easy to read. I liked the way all thr stories and characters yied together thru Lady W.'s column.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Yay Lady Whistledown!!

    I LOVED this book, not only for the stories involved, but mostly for Lady Whistledown! She's hilarious and very VERY observant! It's amazing no one has unearthed her identity as yet, either!

    The plots are great, but since there are four stories in one, they're kind of short and sweet. I wouldn't give it so much as a gift unless you give the whole set, Bridgertons and Whisteldowns ($$$$). But, overall, great read and will stay in my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Fantastic book!!!

    This story is a definite must read.This was my first anthology and I loved it.Funny,romantic,and wonderful love scenes,you have to pick this up and read it.These four authors have blended these stories wonderfully.If you like these stories you will love any one of their books.Read away!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Wonderful Anthology!

    Most romance anthologies that I read leave me anywhere from merely satisfied to slightly disappointed. There is usually one story that is great, one or two that are good, and one that I just don't care for. But this book is the exception that rule. All four stories are wonderfully written with interesting characters that really engage the reader. The stories really develop the characters, something that can be a problem for anthologies since the stories are shorter than a regular novel. If you like Julia Quinn, this book is definitely a keeper - and it will even give you several new authors you will want to keep your eye on.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    four well-written historical romance tales

    ¿One True Love¿ by Suzanne Enoch. From the day she was born, Anne was expected to marry Halfurt, but in her almost two decades of life, nary a letter from her intended came. When Lady W writes that Anne flirts with other men, Halfurst arrives to protect what has been promised to him. ¿Two Hearts¿ by Karen Hawkins. Elizabeth and Royce are friends, but as she turns twenty-five, Liza decides to marry. Her rumored choice according to Lady W is Durham, but Royce thinks she is making a mistake. ¿A Dozen Kisses¿ by Mia Ryan. No one including Lady W knows why Terrance is in town as he never comes to London at least since his war injuries. However, Terrance, who rarely speaks, desires his distant relative Caroline, but her family thinks he is a cad and push Pellering on her. ¿Thirty-Six Valentines¿ by Julia Quinn. As reported by Lady W, Clive courted Susannah yet married Harriet. Totally humiliated, Susannah keeps her head high. Clive¿s older brother David feels his family wronged the innocent Susannah and wants to make restitution, but he is not sure how until he falls in love with her. All four well-written historical romance tales occur around Valentine Day 1814. Though the quality of the cast ranges from great to okay star, each couple leads one story and plays cameo roles in one or more of the other contributions. This along with the observations of Lady W in her latest scandal reporting (see THE DUKE AND I) add zest to the quartet that will please Regency readers. Harriet Klausner

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