Thursday, January 2, 2014


Happy Thursday, everyone! This is a new feature hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.  Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.

Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.


Splendid (Blydon, #1)
by Julia Quinn

Originally Published: 1995 

There are two things everyone knows about Alexander Ridgely. 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.

Julia Quinn's debut historical that, while not perfect, does a good job of showing elements of her writing style and is just charming.  I read this quite a few years ago, but I remember really loving Emma (the heroine) and how she never let the hero walk all over her.  It is always fun when heroes fall for someone "unsuitable" by society's judgement and do everything they can to circumvent it.


  1. Oh gosh, I love this one. You're right, it isn't JQ's best, but you can really see where her strenghts are. And Emma is a great heroine! I like that she's American. :)

  2. LOVE it!!! Splendid is such a fun romance!! :) Makes me want to re read this one.

  3. I haven't read this book but I agree with your assessment of Quinn's writing. I think her Bridgerton heroines were her best. ^_^


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