Book Review

by Julia Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England

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If she ever gets sick of writing romance, Julia Quinn could probably do well for herself writing mysteries or suspense.

Much ado has accompanied the release of ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON, not only because it tells the love story of wallflower Penelope Featherington and Colin, the most charming of Quinn's Regency clan, but also because the author of the scandalous Lady Whistledown's Society Papers is revealed.

This mystery takes up much of the novel's plot, with the main characters speculating in the first half, and the wily Whistledown weighing the consequences of coming out to polite society for the remainder of the novel.

Playing out against this backdrop is Colin and Penelope's relationship, which changes from polite indifference to warm friendship and finally to something more. Though pleasant, their romance is a bit thin and their major conflict slightly contrived. However, as always, Quinn's deceptively breezy dialogue and tone makes her Regency set thoroughly enchanting. It's pure fun to step into her world. SENSUAL (Jul., 370 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Ann Sullivan

Publisher: Avon

Published: July 2002

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My Favorite Julia Quinn Book

Submitted by blmcole on May 28, 2010 - 11:04pm.

I've read all of Julia Quinn's books and this is the one that resonates with me the most. I rarely re-read a novel, but I come back to this one again and again. I think it's because most of us can identify with the heroine--we all feel not quite good enough in one way or another from time to time, whether it's in the looks department, career, relationship status, education, whatever. I love that the perfect, unattainable, popular guy comes to notice and fall in love with the woman who was overlooked by pretty much everyone else.