Throwback Thursday: SPLENDID by Julia Quinn

Original 1995 cover

In the world of historical romance, Julia Quinn is a very big name indeed! Splendid published in 1995 was Ms. Quinn’s very first book and to this day is still one of my favourites.

There are two things everyone knows about Alexander Ridgeley. One, he’s the Duke of Ashbourne. And two, he has no plans to marry anytime soon…

That is until a redheaded American throws herself in front of a carriage to save his young nephew’s life. She’s everything Alex never thought a woman could be—smart and funny, principled and brave. But she’s a servant, completely unsuitable for a highborn duke—unless, perhaps, she’s not quite what she seems…

American heiress Emma Dunster might be surrounded by Englishmen, but that doesn’t mean she intends to marry one—even if she has agreed to participate in one London Season. When she slipped out of her cousins’ home, dressed as a kitchen maid, all she wanted was one last taste of anonymity before her debut. She never dreamed she’d find herself in the arms of a dangerously handsome duke… or that he’d be quite so upset when he discovered her true identity. But true love tends to blossom just when one least expects it, and passion can melt even the most stubborn of hearts.

The cover for the August 26th, 2003 Avon reissue.

I bought my copy back in 2007 so I got the cover with the pretty violet flowers pictured above, but for those of you who discovered Julia Quinn before I did, you might be more familiar with the original cover with the two models printed back in 1995.


And of course, there is the beautiful UK cover with the animated art. This one was released in 2008:

UK cover

What are some of your long-time favourite historical romance novels?

Rika Ashton

(aka Historical Romance Reporter)


2 responses

  1. I love this book! I’m a huge JQ fan and this is one of my favorites by her. Like you, I have the pretty purple cover which I like much more than the couple in throes of passion one. I do have a soft spot for the animated UK ones though…


    June 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • JQ was one of tge first romance writers whose books I began to read. Needless to say, I was hooked!

      Its really too bad that the animated covers are only available in the UK. They really are beautiful! 🙂


      June 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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