Book 3: The Duke and I

25 Nov

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Now there is something different about reading a romance novel and reading a historical romance novel. And Julia Quinn is one of my favs. She creates a world in which many of her books coexist. (which I like, seeing one of my favorite couples in another work!) This is the first of her Bridgerton series. Since I can’t fathom living in the early 19th century, I’m very attached to indoor plumbing/shorts/refrigerator, but a whimsical part of me years for the dating method of yore. No “is this a date, or are we just hanging out” It was very romantic (among the ton), you courted, you called, you had a dance card. *sigh * granted these were dates that were geared towards finding your spouse, but still. Come on guys you need to step your game up. Anyways back to Simon and Daphne. I liked how it didn’t end with their marriage, but showed them working through the big problem. this story also reminded me of another of her works The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. Now Daphne was a little too naive in her knowledge of the intimacies of women and men for me, but other wise her character was very kindhearted with that hint of Bridgerton spitfire. Okay now I’m going to be a little double standard here but I enjoy girl gets with brother’s best friend romances a lot better than boy gets with sister’s best friend romances. So this book was a-okay for me.

Quotes:

“Bachelors are a challenge. Spinsters are merely pathetic” (29)

“Simon,” she pleaded, “save me.” And he was lost (208) – Come on guys, do you always feel the need to be the savior?!?

-I think if I was to be one of Quinn’s characters it would have to be Lady Whistledown. Hah The Gossip Queen’s book counterpart 😉

~E

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