Splendid (Blydon Family Saga Series #1)

Splendid (Blydon Family Saga Series #1)

by Julia Quinn
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Overview

Splendid (Blydon Family Saga Series #1) by Julia Quinn

Based on the phenomenal growth of Quinn's popularity, and her four-week stint on the New York Times bestseller list with Romancing Mr Bridgerton, it's the perfect time to revisit Ms Quinn's 'splendid' storytelling.

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 unconventional 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061752681
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Blydon Family Saga Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 15,970
File size: 879 KB

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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is 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. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.

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Splendid 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.... I cant put down this book even for a minute. I laughed a lot (it's very very funny) and I couldnt help to fall in love with Emma and Alex. You gotta have to buy this book (and also the sequence: Dancing at Midnight and Minx) Trust me, once you hook up with 1 JQ book, you will want to read ALL of her books ^-^
Historical_Romance_Junkie More than 1 year ago
This book was absoloutely heart warming! I loved ALMOST every second of it. The characters grew on me after a while, and by the end of the book, i was absoloutely smitten and almost spoiled the next book of the series (dancing at midnight) with my hope that Emma and Alex would make an apperance! I began reading Dancing at Midnight, and read ms.Quinns letter to the reader. After finding out that I had the books completely out of order, I went straight to Splendid. Though the first chapter didn't immediately take me for a whirlwind, Julia Quinn wastes no time adding conflict to the story with a chapter 2 &3 that will have you going "OMG!!!!". I believe the character development staled a bit as the "swooning" period was under way. cleverly by passing the two months in which Emma and Alex become "close friends". the delay in their love developing left me a bit impatient, but was well made up for once a certain 'special' proposal took place =D. I did feel the ending conflict (with Belle,who's story continues in the next book) was a bit contrived and I disliked how Quinn went about playing the last few sequences out,but overall, I was splendidly enamored with this book from beginning to end. and the epilogue was wonderful as well! .... This is definitely a good book to take you away from yourself for a few hours and make you feel for the characters. Did i mention how much i loved chapter 2&3?? wonderful sequence that just clicked and resonated somewhere with me. STRONG&BRAVE LITTLE CHITS FOR LIFE!!!! (my favorite type of heroine)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fun read, most readers will enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid historical romance reader for over 20 years now (since my high school days and back when the covers of these books were rather racey and open to alot of teasing by guys!). I stopped reading for a few years as everything seemed the same and I got burnt out on the same plot lines. Fortunately, I started reading again this year and some new authors are great and the covers are much more tame - you can take them in public without scorn! I am a first time reader to Julia Quinn and the book 'Splendid'. Apparently this is one of the first books she ever wrote. She notes in her forward that she would go back and make things much different years later as a professional writer but, of course she would and could not tamper with her first piece. It stands as it is and a good one at that. Most authors would be proud to do a book like this the first time around. It's a simple book but, simply splendid too. I agree with one reviewer that Alex - the hero - was a bit fast in declaring his infatuation with Emma so quickly - only pages into the story. Luckily, things slow to a more realistic pace as their interest and attraction and eventual relationship develops. They are solid characters and the plot line moves along well. I would recommend this book to others and will buy some more Julia Quinns to see how she has developed over the years -I expect she's done well. Enjoy!
Anonymous 11 days ago
Very good
RAW1 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite stories I have read that Julia Quinn has wrote
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regencyromantic1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Nothing fantastic but a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading Julia Quinn. Liked the book. Will read more of her books.
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This was a really cute story... One of those stories that you wish you lived. The characters were great and hilarious! If you want to get lost in another world for awhile, I would definitely read this book!
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Fun, witty, and sexy! Never disappoints!
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