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BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN
by Julia Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England, 1817

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Eleanor Lynden, youngest daughter of the vicar of Bellfield (introduced in Everything and the Moon) has grown into a spirited lady, unwilling to be dominated by her father and fianc. Her life will take a dramatic turn when the answer to her prayer falls from the heavens.

While walking along pondering the yearly profits from her investments, Ellie is completely baffled when a man falls from the sky landing at her feet. A very inebriated man, no less.

Charles Wycombe, the rakish Earl of Billington, is trying to forget his woes. If he is not wed by his 30th birthday, a mere fifteen days away, his inheritance will go to his cousin.

Not willing to marry one of the empty-headed debutantes repeatedly flung his way, Charles is at a complete loss, until he falls at Ellie's feet. Though Charles is "in his cups" and has a sprained ankle, Ellie helps him back to Bellfield. Charles proposes.

Though reluctant, Ellie realizes that marrying Charles is her only recourse. While they adjust to life as a married couple, discovering the wonders of love, someone is out to foil their marriage. Mishaps soon turn into dangerous threats and Charles and Ellie must find the culprit before it is too late.

Ms. Quinn has given readers a real gift! They will relish the witty repartee, the hilarious antics and the growing love between Charles and Ellie. SENSUAL (Dec., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Lizabelle Cox

Publisher: Avon

Published: December 1997

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