We have the RT-exclusive first line of Julia Quinn’s next novel A Night Like This! Ever since learning that the divine Julia will be releasing her next historical romance this summer, I have been (just barely) restraining myself from typing in all caps because I am that excited. So to get the first line of the upcoming novel before anyone else did is a particularly special treat.
To the doubters, the people who think that Ms. J.Q.’s prose simply can’t be worth all this, I say, “Here, take this copy of To Catch an Heiress.” Because if you don’t like that book, I’m pretty sure you have no joy in your heart. And after you’re done reading To Catch an Heiress, you have more amazing reading ahead in the form of the entire Bridgerton series (and Quinn's nineteen other novels) in your TBR pile. While it wouldn’t be over the top to wax poetic about the Bridgertons for an entire blog post, I want to give you the joy of discovering the family — and Lady Whistledown — all on your own. So all I am going to say is that they are without a doubt my very favorite historical family.
By taking a look at the (luscious) cover of A Night Like This, we know that this novel will most likely include the Bridgertons, but it will most definitely include their family friends, the Smythe-Smiths. The Smythe-Smith clan has popped up in several Quinn stories and the family’s most defining feature is that are known throughout the ton for hosting terrible, absolutely painful-to-sit-through musical recitals each year. Thankfully, these loveable, if mostly tone-deaf characters are now getting their due. 2011’s Just Like Heaven marked the first story in the Smythe-Smith quartet and A Night Like This will be the series second.
Now my informed guess about A Night Like This, which I feel I can make having read all of Quinn’s previous romances — and I think that you will all be impressed by this deduction — is that in the story there will, at some point, be a scene in the story with a young woman running. (Amazing right? My powers of deduction are truly something to marvel at.) But all sarcasm aside, I was gratified to learn that the story does indeed include a heroine who runs away ... just not the way I was thinking she would.
A Night Like This features Daniel Smythe-Smith, who decides to pursue the mysterious woman he spots fleeing from this year’s — aforementioned and probably awful — musicale. Little does he know that the mystery woman is actually Anne Wynter, who is currently employed as the Smythe-Smith’s governess. Anna has been doing her best to deny her attraction to Daniel, but it seems like a loosing battle. However, the issue is complicated not just by their difference in social status (gasp!) but because both characters have secrets (double gasp), and one of them might prove deadly (triple — well, you get the point).
But don't expect A Night Like This to be all dark and suspenseful, or Gothic and gloomy, because it's a Quinn novel, complete with her signature heaping helping of humor. Even the book’s back cover blurb includes these funny-bone-tickling phrases, “in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy—no one is sure)” and “even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she's a unicorn.” With that in mind, and this gorgeous cover to inspire my dreams of what A Night Like This will actually be about, we only have three things thing left to do. One, wait and wish for the whole story. Two gleefully mark off the days until the book’s release on May 29. And three, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, reveal the first line of the novel!
For a lady who had spent the last eight years trying not to be noticed, Anne Wynter was in an awkward position.
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