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Everything and the Moon (Lyndon Sisters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 33 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.
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- Publication Date : October 13, 2009
- File Size : 493 KB
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B000FC1SCC
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,275 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I felt like Julia was trying to fill the book and as a result, I lost interest just because I knew the outcome. Everything else was just filler.
Having the story drag out the way it did made the Hero look like a domineering bully and the Heroine like a spoiled brat that didn't know her own mind. But knowing all that dialogue was just filler, I was able to appreciate the concept.
Seven years later they meet again, they still love each other and all dishonesty is brought to the fore front, everything straightened out and all should be well......
Well this is where the book took a nose dive for me, since I was thoroughly engrossed in the first half of the book.
So after they meet again seven years later and find out that they both deceived by their fathers, why didn't they just get back together like normal people, instead Miss Quinn decided to let them bicker with each other page after page after page.
The Heroine now decides (after she was almost raped twice, has no money, living in the slumps where a man got stabbed) that she wants her independence, mind you this is after seven years of being independent.
She also now realizes that although she still fiercely loves our Hero, she would be better off being by herself.....okay can I stop here and say give me a break....I know this is fiction but c'mon, even with writing fiction sure Julia must have a little bit of knowledge about adding a bit of reality to the book.
What woman (a vicar's daughter at that time) would turn down marriage to an earl (Who she loves and he loves just has passionately) to be poor and live the life she is so dissatisfied with after living it for seven years.....
Not only did I want to burn this book, the sudden appearance of characters, oh the hero just happened to be part of a house party with people he didn't like to begin with, the Governess being very rude to an earl in front of the ton, he just happened to stop by a dress makers store.....I could go on and on.
I know most people would say this is Julia Quinn's earlier work and does not compare to her work now, but I disagree, I have read the last two of the Bridgerton series, (The first four were great! The duke and I, The Viscount who loved me, An offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton. I will give credit were credit is due) and this formula she has adopted of letting the Hero and Heroine go on and on for pages at a time bickering is evident in the last two Bridgerton series (When he was Wicked and It's in his Kiss) My head reels from reading it, seems like two 7 year olds going at it.
One word Immature!
So if this review is not helpful, (I always say this) please don't be discouraged, just don't spend more than a penny on a used copy.
Yes, I found myself questioning the fast declarations of love. And then even the immediate love itself, but I started thinking back when I was a teenager and how quickly it can happen. Yes at first sight the feeling can be there and they are loves one always remembers.
Top reviews from other countries
It’s interesting that a plot device used by the hero in this book is used by a villain in one of Ms Quinn’s more recent books. The story has not aged well and I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.
Seven years later, while attending a house party, Robert discovers the family governess lost in the maze. It's her! And he's so furious he doesn't know whether to kiss or kill her. For Victoria it's just another cruel twist to an extrememly bad day, and his refusal to leave her alone only makes things worse.
No matter what he feels for her, Robert knows he can't live without her, but when she refuses to be his mistress, he feels as lost and heartbroken as he had seven years earlier. A trip home soon sets him straight about outside interference, but when he seeks out Victoria to beg her forgiveness, he finds her gone. She could be anywhere, but he has to find her. He can't lose her again...
For Robert this is a tale about love and trust, of finding that one special person and moving heaven and earth to make sure he never lets her go. But for Victoria it's something different. When she first falls for Robert she is young, naive and easily influenced. She believes that love is everything, and that's all they need.
Seven years of hard, thankless work make her bitter, insecure and uncertain of her life. After the second time of Robert breaking her heart though, she finds an independent place, which finally allows her to feel secure and be herself. When Robert shows up again she doesn't want to give that up, not for him, nor everything he offers - not even the moon.
For all the love between these two it takes a lot of time for them to actually understand each other, and what they want from life. Their bitterness makes it difficult for them to trust, but in the end this is a lovestory, and it finally conquers all. (Including Robert's annoying controlfreak streak.)
Bittersweet at times, but mostly charming, it's a wistful tale showing the development of JQ towards the master of her genre that she is today.
(Oh, and Ellie, Victoria's enterprising younger sister, goes on to much greater things in 'Brighter than the Sun'.)
I do have a question about the name "Victoria" though. I always believed that before the Queen, it was unheard of as a Christian name for girls in this country.