The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

by Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins and Mia Ryan

Avon, December, 2002.
Paperback, 400 pages.
ISBN: 0060508108

The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown by Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins and Mia Ryan The irrepressible Lady Whistledown, gossip columnist to the ton, is back in this wonderfully entertaining anthology from several of today's best Regency romance authors: Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins and newcomer Mia Ryan. Each story is introduced by Lady Whistledown, and concerns events occurring before Valentine's Day, 1814. In an especially clever twist, all four stories include the same skating party, providing a multiple viewpoint of the events from each of the featured couples. The books opens with "One True Love" by Suzanne Enoch, a wonderful story of a woman who has been betrothed since childhood, but resists going through with the wedding. But when her errant fianc´┐Ż learns he has a rival, he rushes to her side for some long-overdue wooing. Next up is "Two Hearts" by Karen Hawkins, a traditional Regency tale of a woman who is very much on the shelf and the charming rake who is determined to win her affections. The third story is from newcomer Mia Ryan, "A Dozen Kisses," a very funny and passionate story of a woman who meets a handsome lord. The only problem is that he is the man who has just evicted her and her mother from her lifelong home. The last story is from the talented Julia Quinn, and is entitled "Thirty-six Valentines." Miss Susannah Ballister's reputation is in shreds when she is unceremoniously dumped by the man that the ton thought was going to be her husband, after a very public courtship. But then his dashing older brother steps in to save the day, with very entertaining results.

Anthologies are sometimes uneven in quality, but happily, that is not the case here. All four stories are absolute charmers, with enough wit, style and romance to thrill any historical romance fan.

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This review was published in the March, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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