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

February 2003
ISBN: 0-06-051150-8
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Mass Market Paperback

As any fan of Julia Quinn or the Regency romance genre knows, Lady Whistledown is a society columnist whose wit is matched only by her uncanny knowledge about society affairs. Brought to life in The Duke and I, she brought her own pointed commentary to several Quinn books, until her identity was revealed in Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. It was with great anticipation that I awaited this book, where her views on the ton would once again grace the page, this time in a new form.

The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown is an ambitious undertaking by Ms. Quinn and her co-authors. Not only are the four stories tied together by the columnist, but, in fact, they are completely woven together in characters, events and overall time line. They have exceeded any expectations that I had and created a remarkable book that I cannot do justice to in this review. Each of the four stories is worthy of separate publication, yet together they bring the reader a wonderful gift of romance.

My favorite story was A Dozen Kisses, by Mia Ryan. Lord Darington has been absent from polite society for the past five years, convalescing from war injuries at Ivy Park, his Surrey estate. When he returns to London for the Season, he is a changed man, rude and seemingly unaware of the nuances of polite gentility. This is even more distressing for Lady Caroline Starling, whose family resided at Ivy Park until her late fatherís fourth cousin evicted them upon arrival! This story moved me because of the lack of perfection displayed by the characters, and the lengths they travel to find love.

Julia Quinn fans will no doubt have this book on their auto-buy list. For readers who are not yet familiar with these four talented authors, this book would be a lovely introduction. They will be amused by the commentary of Lady W, and enchanted by the love stories within. Once read, however, be prepared to scour their websites for back lists, and rearrange your budget for more books!

Reviewed in February 2003 by Paula.