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The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton Series) (edition 2003)

by Karen Hawkins ed. Julia Quinn; Suzanne Enoch, Mia Ryan., Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Mia Ryan

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Title:The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (Bridgerton Series)
Authors:Karen Hawkins ed. Julia Quinn; Suzanne Enoch, Mia Ryan.
Other authors:Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Mia Ryan
Info:Avon (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:fiction, romance, historical romance, short stories, England, Victorian Era, social life and customs, humorous, love stories

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The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown [Anthology 4-in-1] by Julia Quinn (Contributor)

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What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!!

Loved the interlocking stories!

I am currently on a Regency kick and this one was terrific!! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
In general, I'm not a fan of an anthologies or short stories. I know that some people love them. My husband, for example, would rather read an anthology than a full-length novel. But I digress. I picked this up because I'm a Julia Quinn fan, I'm not familiar with the other authors. I'd rate Quinn's story as five stars. However, I couldn't really get into the stories by the other authors. But I am giving them the benefit of the doubt because they wrote these stories around one of Quinn's characters, Lady Whistledown, and not their own. I plan to read a full length novel by each author before I judge their other work. ( )
  vonze | Feb 6, 2014 |
September 5-7, 2012

September 22-24, 2010

Collection of novellas by Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, and Mia Ryan. All four stories are intertwined, which I've never seen before in anthologies! But each story takes place during the winter in London 1814, the coldest winter ever or something—so cold that the Thames has frozen over! (Which is apparently about as common as hell freezing over...) Each story had 3 events in common: (1) The Royal Theatre's version of [b:The Merchant of Venice|24128|The Merchant of Venice|William Shakespeare|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327871054s/24128.jpg|2682703] featuring Edmund Kean as Shylock (they all attend the same night), (2) Lord and Lady Moreland's skating party on the Thames, and (3) Lady Shelbourne's Valentine's Day Ball.

Suzanne Enoch: "One True Love" - 4 stars
After Lady Whistledown reports that Lady Anne Bishop was seen making snow angels with Sir Royce Pemberley, her life-long fiancé, Maximillian Trent, Marquis of Halfurst, makes the arduous journey to London from his home in Yorkshire to fetch her. Except she's not at all interested in marrying him and being exiled to Yorkshire. But he finds that he is quite attracted to her (plus there's the pride issue), so he decides to woo her. Except she's already inclined to NOT like him, since he's never once made any effort whatsoever to try to contact her or get to know her, even though he's had 18 or 20 years to do so. PLUS, she's also being courted (despite Halfurst) by Lord Desmond Howard, who keeps telling Anne bad things about Halfurst... about how he's destitute and only wants her for her money and stuff... But some things about that story don't seem to add up.... :)

Karen Hawkins: "Two Hearts" - 4 stars

Miss Elizabeth "Liza" Pritchard is a 31-year-old independent woman, not to mention a shrewd businesswoman! She decides that it's about time for her to marry, because she wants a baby. So she picks out Lord Dunlop Durham... ha!... who is a FINE man, but rather boring. He has some lovely cows that he's mad about...

Lady Margaret "Meg" Shelbourne, and her brother Sir Royce Pemberley are Liza's best friends (for 21 years) and confidantes—especially Royce. She's a very intelligent woman (which he likes) and she's the only woman who is immune to Royce's charms (which works well for both of them). So when Meg tells Royce that Liza has decided to marry, he is confused by the strange way (JEALOUS) he begins to feel about the situation, not that he recognizes the emotion... But Meg isn't sure about this Durham fellow and charges Royce with checking into his character to make sure he's not after Liza's money or something.

But as Royce starts looking at Liza differently, she can't help but notice... and she starts looking at HIM differently, and suddenly they find they're attracted to each other.... EEK!

Mia Ryan: "A Dozen Kisses" - 3.5 stars

Lady Caroline Starling's father was the Marquis of Darington, but after his death, his fourth cousin twice removed took over the title and associated property and sent them a letter giving them TWO DAYS to move out of their home. She and her family have not cared for the man since.

Terrance Greyson, the new Marquis of Darington ("Dare"), was injured in the war and he how has trouble getting the things he's thinking to come out right. After coming home about the time he became Marquis, he's spent the last 3 or 4 years recovering in the country. Now he's in London looking for a wife. His best friend has made him a list of eligible women he might marry, but after seeing Caroline at the theatre, he finds he's not interested in any other women.

So he starts to court her, but she doesn't particularly want anything to do with him. First of all, she's nearly engaged to Earnest Wareing, Earl of Pellering (the very idea of which makes her cry), but which she's not above using as an excuse to get Dare to go away. Plus, because of his speech impediment, he tends to be very curt and demanding... Will he ever get the girl when he keeps offending her right and left???

Julia Quinn: "Thirty-Six Valentines" - 4.5 stars

Miss Susannah Ballister was being courted all last summer by Mr. Clive Mann-Formsby—right up until he proposed to Harriet Snowe... and announced it publicly at a party she was attending... without warning her first! So she's pretty much shunned and pegged as a presumptuous, money-hunting girl... So she flees to Sussex for the rest of the year.

Now, it's January, 4 months later, and she's back in London. She attends a party where Clive and Harriet are in attendance. She puts on a brave face, but eventually makes to leave. Clive's older brother, David, the Earl of Renminster sees her and feels REALLY bad about what Clive did to her, so he asks her to dance. (He knows that if they dance, people will realize that there aren't any bad feelings between their family and her and will do a lot to restore her in the eyes of society.) They dance and it DOES help. But that night, each of them find themselves thinking about the other.

They run into each other at the theatre and have a lovely conversation. She's surprised to find that he has a great sense of humor and he finds that she's very intelligent and firey. He didn't think she and Clive were are good match and he still doesn't, but he suddenly (in the middle of the play) realizes she would make a GREAT match for HIMSELF! So he decides right them he's going to marry her.

So after that night, he begins courting her. And he's not sly about it at all. He writes her a note asking her to the skating party and she writes back declining. (She's afraid that she'll end up being the girl that was dropped by TWO Mann-Formsbys!!) So about an hour later, he comes over to her house to find out why she said no.... and after a while she's finally come around to going with him. He kisses her hand and goes to leave, but then stops and is like, "No, no, that will never do," and walks straight up to her and kisses her for real. Yeah, she's definitely going skating now.

But then at the skating party, they run into CLIVE, and he wants to skate with Susannah... She VERY RELUCTANTLY agrees, but afterward, David and Clive get into a big argument (Clive is jealous) that nearly comes to blows... and afterward David starts to have these holy-crap-what-if-she's-still-in-love-with-my-brother worries.... But by that point he's way too far gone... :) Cute cute!


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  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
"Susannah Ballister was the most popular debutante in London... until Clive Mann-Formsby jilted her in a most callous fashion. Now that she's older and wiser, she wants no contact with any of the Mann-Formsbys... but what can she do when Clive's brother David, the Earl of Renminster, decides that Susannah will make a perfect wife, after all... for him.

" ( )
  amarynt | Jul 28, 2010 |
Nicely done, though Hawkins’s story was my favorite, telling of a lifelong friendship troubled when the young woman decides to marry, and her best friend realizes he’s in love with her. ( )
  kayceel | Feb 23, 2009 |
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Enoch, SuzanneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawkins, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Thirty-Six Valentines by Julia Quinn
One True Love by Suzanne Enoch
Two Hearts by Karen Hawkins
A Dozen Kisses by Mia Ryan

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This anthology consists of "One True Love" by Suzanne Enoch; "Two Hearts" by Karen Hawkins; "A Dozen Kisses" by Mia Ryan; and "Thirty-Six Valentines" by Julia Quinn.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060511508, Mass Market Paperback)

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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Lady Whistledown Tells All! One true love: When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiance;e 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. A dozen kisses: 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 dozen kisses: 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! Thirty-six valentines: 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.… (more)

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