From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in her beloved Regency-set series featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family-- Look for BRIDGERTON, coming soon to Netflix. In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince--while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable...but not too amiable. Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen. Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society--just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend''s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar. The plan works like a charm--at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London''s elite, there is only one certainty: Love ignores every rule...
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she''d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton''s famed masquerade ball--or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight. Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other--except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid''s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child C) not in love with her older brother's best friend D) all of the above Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles C) not in love with his best friend's younger sister D) all of the above Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake B) survive a deadly fever and the world's worst musical performance C) fall quite desperately in love It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you know the answer is . . .
D) all of the above
Assuming that his long-time correspondent, Eloise Bridgerton, is a homely, quiet, unassuming spinster who would be desperate for an offer of marriage, Sir Phillip proposes through the mail, never expecting to discover that his prospective fiancee is a stunningly beautiful young woman who is the toas
Gareth St Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past, and the key to his future. The problem is - it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.
When they have to spend a week together, the antagonism between Hugh Prentice, a crippled, bookish mathematician, and Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, who blames him for the duel that forced her cousin into exile, turns to something more.
Anne Wynter, a governess with some dark secrets in her past, is tempted by the dangerously handsome Daniel Smith-Smythe, Earl of Winstead, who relentlessly pursues her despite her social station.
Sir Richard Kenworthy has married Iris Smythe-Smith for a secret reasonhe wants to pretend that she is pregnant so his 17-year-old unmarried, pregnant sister does not become a pariah once the baby is bornbut when he actually begins to have feelings for Iris, things get complicated. Original. 600,000 first printing.
While spying on Sir Harry Valentine, her new neighbor, who is rumored to have killed his fiancâee, Olivia Bevelstoke finds the tables turned when he tires of her prying eyes and decides to meddle in her private affairs.
Ten Things You Should Know About This Book 1. Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret. 2. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church. 3. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything. 4. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening. 5. Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems. 6. Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother. 7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to 10. Happily. Ever. After.
After a lifetime of chasing women, rakish Michael Stirling finds his life turned upside down when he meets and falls head over heels in love with Francesca Bridgerton, the young woman who is betrothed to his cousin.
A firm believer in true love and in falling in love at first sight, Gregory Bridgerton has fallen head over heels for gorgeous Hermione Watson, despite the fact she is love with another, and joins forces with Hermione's best friend, practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, to stop the disastrous alliance, but love has its own way of turning everything upside down. Original.
Offers a collection of romantic stories narrated by the fictional Lady Whistledown, including the tale of Charlotte Birling, who finds herself being courted in secrecy by the notorious Lord Matson.
All of Regency society is stunned when confirmed bachelor and rake Anthony Bridgerton announces that he has chosen a prospective bride, but the notorious viscount faces unexpected opposition when his intended's meddlesome elder sister Kate decides to protect her innocent sister from the wicked aristocrat.
Rebelling against all societal conventions by wearing breeches and managing her elderly guardian's estate, feisty Henrietta Barrett is left at the mercy of distant cousin William Dunford when her guardian passes away.
Only, in 1811, the nineteen-year-old Viscount Turner - eldest brother of Miranda's closest friend - had kissed the hand of an awkward ten-year-old girl and promised her that one day she'd be as beautiful as she was smart. Now, eight years later, Miranda is a woman grown, and Turner an embittered widower. But she has never stopped loving Turner.