Minx by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 4 May, 2015 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Minx by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}Minx by Julia Quinn
Series: Splendid #3
Also in this series: Splendid
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed


Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's remote Cornwall estate, wears breeches instead of frocks, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin.


William Dunford, London's most elusive bachelor, is stunned to learn that he's inherited property, a title... and a ward bent on making his first visit his last. Henry is determined to contigue running Stannage Park without help from the handsome new lord, but Dunford is just as sure he can change things... starting with his wild young ward. But turning Henry into a lady makes her not only the darling of the ton, but an irresistible attraction to the man who thought he could never be tempted.

Reread all the JQ books! (Soon.)

My Thoughts on Minx

Strangely enough, reading the early JQ books makes me want to reread all her books (okay, perhaps that’s not so strange) so I can see how she developed as a writer. I’m already seeing changes from book to book.

My biggest issue at the moment, though, is pacing. I’m never quite sure what the end point is supposed to be: the “I love you”s, the marriage, or something else. It always has me scratching my head (figuratively, anyway), trying to figure out what’s going to fill the remaining pages.

I’m almost positive (kind of positive?) I read somewhere that it wasn’t until her later books that she really got into plotting, so… that explains it. Every story needs a problem, and if you solve it too soon, readers wonder. Especially when Big Misunderstandings get throw into the mix that makes me go o.O orly?

Pacing issues aside, I’m enjoying my quick jaunt through JQ’s early books. Good thing I have more!

Big thanks to Quinn for letting me borrow her copy!


Filed under: ESR: 6, Review: Amanda,


8 Responses to “Minx by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Like Renee and Quinn, I read this years ago and liked it. I think my biggest issue was the Big Misunderstanding between Dunford and Henrietta. I really didn\’t like the way Dunford treated Henry after their marriage, but this book has one of my favorite JQ quotes: “You don\’t always have to kiss a lot of frogs to recognize a prince when you find one.\”
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    • Big Misunderstandings are so hard to pull off well, especially when so many of them could be easily solved if the characters just talked to each other.

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