Lady Whistledown Strikes Back A Regency Romance from Avon Books April Who Stole Lady Neeley’s Bracelet? Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, . Who Stole Lady Neeley’s Bracelet?Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, the servant, or the rogue? All of London is abuzz with speculation, but it is clear. Lady Whistledown is at it again in an anthology featuring couples whose paths cross at a dinner party, a ball, and a royal celebration. Though the.

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Lady Whistledown is at it again in an anthology featuring couples whose paths cross at a dinner party, a ball, and a royal celebration.

Though the interconnections between the various characters in the stories are carefully whistledownn, the stories themselves are a bit uneven.

Still, her many fans will no doubt enjoy meeting the charming — and very different — couples featured in this book. The First Kiss is Julia Quinn’s entry and easily the strongest of the novellas in this anthology.

It is the story of Tillie Howard and Peter Thompson, an heiress and the penniless friend stgikes her late brother who is determined not to love Tilly since he does not have the means to be a “proper” match for her.

Their tale is well-rendered, with beautiful tension between the hero and heroine. The requisite mention of how glorious the Bridgertons are and how Tillie will certainly befriend Penelope Featherington if everyone really befriended Penelope, she wouldn’t have been a wallflower now, would she?


However, Tillie and Peter are both wonderfully rendered.

Lady Whistledown Strikes Back by Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Julia Quinn and Mia Ryan

The strongest story in the book is then followed by the weakest. Mia Ryan’s The Last Temptation begins with an interesting premise. Beleaguered companion Isabella Martin is nearing her 30th birthday without ever being kissed, a situation she wishes to rectify.

As she approaches the fateful day, Isabella meets the handsome Lord Roxbury, a man known for his intention never to marry. Though the story starts off as something rather touching, it becomes infected with a jarringly modern sensibility and, laady everything ceased to feel authentic, it was hard to suspend disbelief and be drawn into the story.

Charlotte Birling’s cousin embarked on a marriage that proved scandalous twelve years before, and in Suzanne Enoch’s The Best of Both WorldsCharlotte’s parents are determined to prevent her from bringing further scandal down upon the family.

Charlotte considers herself something of a plain girl and, as the story opens, she reluctantly allows herself to be drawn into the plan to marry her off to strjkes respectable dullard.

Regency Romance Author Suzanne Enoch

Then she meets the notorious Lord Matson and captures his notice. This story of secret star-crossed lovers may feel a little familiar at times, but it is quite charmingly done. The attitudes of the characters, particularly Charlotte’s parents, seemed realistic for the time – something rare and refreshing to see.


The bavk between Charlotte and Matson progressed a touch hurriedly hard to avoid in a story of this lengthbut it is still quite enjoyable. Sophia married Max, Viscount Easterley, twelve years before and was deserted soon after the marriage when, rather than defend himself against accusations of cheating in a card game, Max fled to the Continent.

Finally, after spending years as a victim of pity and gossip, Sophia decides to move on with her life and sends Max a letter demanding an annulment. In a most unexpected twist, Sophia does not receive annulment papers, but instead finds herself confronted with a husband determined to get to know her all over again. While I found the concept behind this story touching, the events leading to the break between Max and Sophia seemed a tad immature and the story simply was not long enough to show convincing growth in Max and Sophia.

Still, they were sympathetic and one cannot helping rooting for them. Buy Lady Whistledown Strikes Back: European Historical Romance Review Tags: