Avon / Harpercollins
Date: August 26, 2003
Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
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Historical Romance [Setting: early 19th century England]
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: Explicit love scenes
Previously reviewed "Everything and the Moon"
Dunster, daughter of an American shipping tycoon, travels to England
to visit her cousins and to spend a season amongst the ton. Though
her family hopes she will find a suitable husband, Emma has no desire
Ridgeley, Duke of Ashbourne, has become jaded by the fortune-seeking
women of the ton. Much to his family's dismay, he has decided to
forgo marriage for at least another ten years.
meets Alex after she saves his nephew's life. Their immediate attraction
sets the stage for an engaging story of two people sparring with
each other in their battle against love.
Quinn is a masterful writer. Her words invite readers to empathize
with her characters' love, laughter, tears and fears. One cannot
help but cheer for Emma and Alex to overcome their reservations
and accept the inevitable. Not only an entertaining read, this novel
is perfectly "Splendid".