Throwback Thursday: SPLENDID by Julia Quinn
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.
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:
What are some of your long-time favourite historical romance novels?
(aka Historical Romance Reporter)
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This entry was posted on June 12, 2014 by Rika Ashton. It was filed under Favourite Authors and was tagged with alexander, avon, cover, emma, historical, Julia Quinn, love, reissue, romance, splendid, throwback thursday, UK.