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It takes a minx to tempt a rogue...Beautiful and feisty Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian′s estate, prefers to wear breeches rather than dresses, 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.

And it takes a rogue to tame her...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 continue running the Cornwall estate 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 town, but an irresistible attraction to the man who thought he could never be tempted.

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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 35 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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Chapter One

A few months later Dunford was sitting in his salon, taking tea with Belle. She had just stopped by to chat; he was glad for this unexpected visit since they didn''t see quite as much of each other now that she was married.

"Are you certain that John isn''t going to come barging over here with a gun and call me out?" Dunford teased.

"He''s too busy for that sort of nonsense," she said with a smile.

"Too busy to indulge his possessive nature? How odd."

Belle shrugged. "He trusts you, and more importantly, he trusts me."

"A veritable paragon of virtue," Dunford said dryly, telling himself he was not the least bit jealous of his friend''s marital bliss. "And how--"

A knock sounded at the door. They looked up to see Whatmough, Dunford''s unflappable butler, standing in the doorway. "A solicitor has arrived, sit."

Dunford raised a brow. "A solicitor, you say. I cannot fathom why."

"He is most insistent, sir."

"Show him in then." Dunford turned to Belle and gave her a what-do-you-suppose-this-could-be shrug.

She smiled mischievously. "Intriguing."

"I''ll say."

Whatmough ushered the solicitor in. A graying man of medium stature, he looked very excited to see Dunford. "Mr. Dunford?"

Dunford nodded.

"I cannot tell you how glad I am to have finally located you," the solicitor said enthusiastically. He looked at Belle with a puzzled expression. "And is this Mrs. Dunford? I was led to believe that you were not married, sir. Oh, this is odd. Most odd."

"I''m not married. This is Lady Blackwood. She is a friend. And you are?"

"Oh, I''m sorry. Most sorry." The solicitor took out a handkerchief and patted his brow. "I am Percival Leverett, of Cragmant, Hopkins, Topkins, and Leverett." He leaned forward, adding extra emphasis when he said his own name. "I have very important news for you. Most important indeed."

Dunford waved his arms expansively. "Let''s hear it then."

Leverett glanced over at Belle and then back at Dunford. "Perhaps we should speak privately, sir? Since she is not a relation."

"Of course." Dunford turned to Belle. "You don''t mind do you?"

"Oh, not at all," she assured him, her smile saying she would have a thousand questions ready when they were through. "I''ll wait."

Dunford motioned toward a door leading to his study. "Right through here, Mr. Leverett."

They left the room, and Belle was delighted to note they did not shut the door properly. She immediately stood up and moved to the chair closest to the slightly open door. She craned her neck, her ears pricking up right away.

A mumble of voices.

More mumble.

And then, from Dunford, "My cousin who?"

Mumble, mumble.

"From where?"

Mumble, mumble, something that sounded like Cornwall.

"How many times removed?"

No, that couldn''t have been "eight" that she heard.

"And he left me what?"

Belle clapped her hands together. How delightful! Dunford had just come into an unexpected inheritance. She rather hoped it was something good. One of her friends had just unwillingly inherited thirty-seven cats.

The rest of the conversation was impossible to decipher. After a few minutes the two men emerged and shook hands. Leveret shoved a few papers into his case and said, "I''ll have the rest of the documents sent over as soon as possible. We''ll need your signature, of course."

"Of course."

Leverett nodded and exited the room.

"Well?" Belle demanded.

Dunford blinked a few times, as if he still couldn''t quite believe what he''d just heard. "I seem to have inherited a barony."

"A barony! Goodness, I''m not going to have to call you Lord Dunford now, am I?"

He rolled his eyes. "When was the last time I called you Lady Blackwood?"

"Not ten minutes ago," she pointed out pertly, "when you introduced me to Mr. Leverett."

"Touché, Belle." He sank down onto the sofa, not even waiting for her to seat herself first. "I suppose you may call me Lord Stannage."

"Lord Stannage," she murmured. "How perfectly distinguished, William Dunford, Lord Stannage." She smiled devilishly. "It is William, isn''t it?"

Dunford snorted. He was so rarely called by his first name that they had a long-running joke that she couldn''t remember it. "I asked my mother," he finally replied. "She said she thinks it''s William."

"Who died?" Belle asked baldly.

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LadyMcBeath
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Spare me the Big Misunderstanding
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
I wanted to love it, for Dunford’s sake, because he is so lovable. I just couldn’t love Henry. Even so, the first 3/4s were fine. Then comes the Big Misunderstanding. The rejected lover preys on the naive girl who believes the lies and so it goes, yadda yadda yadda. I’m so... See more
I wanted to love it, for Dunford’s sake, because he is so lovable. I just couldn’t love Henry. Even so, the first 3/4s were fine. Then comes the Big Misunderstanding. The rejected lover preys on the naive girl who believes the lies and so it goes, yadda yadda yadda. I’m so over it. Book 2 was so good, it’s even more disappointing that this one ended so badly. Although, we do get our first real epilogue. As we all know, the epilogues and the story after the story are a sort of JQ specialty, so that’s fun. The love scenes are getting much better. This one is the best in that department of these early novels, so far, so it’s worth reading. Just be prepared to tear your hair out over the coming stupidity.
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NWGal
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An Enjoyable Book
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
Miss Henrietta, nicknamed Henry, Barrett was raised from the age of eight by a loving and kind older couple, Carlyle, Lord Stannage and his wife, Lady Viola. of Stannage Park in Cornwall. When Viola died when Henry was 14, her husband was so bereft from her loss, he started... See more
Miss Henrietta, nicknamed Henry, Barrett was raised from the age of eight by a loving and kind older couple, Carlyle, Lord Stannage and his wife, Lady Viola. of Stannage Park in Cornwall. When Viola died when Henry was 14, her husband was so bereft from her loss, he started to let everything on their farm slide from lack of attention. Henry loved the place so much, she started taking care of the estate and building it up again. She made sure that the household was taken care of and her servants were trained properly. When she was twenty, Carlyle died and the estate was passed onto his eighth-cousin. William Dunford. Henry not only loved Stannage Park and the tenants and servants who worked on it, she loved running the estate. Henry was so scared of the changes that might be coming that she had to think up ways to convince the new owner to stay away from the property and let her run it. Read about the creative ideas she tried.
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Phaedra Whitlock
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
5 star start, downhill from there
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021
I am grumpy today, partly because of this book and also other reasons so this will be a harsh review. The author takes a wonderful, vibrant, endearing, strong, competent character and reduces her to a crying idiot with no self confidence in a plot twist that can... See more
I am grumpy today, partly because of this book and also other reasons so this will be a harsh review.

The author takes a wonderful, vibrant, endearing, strong, competent character and reduces her to a crying idiot with no self confidence in a plot twist that can be seen coming miles away.

This book would have been better at half the length, ending at the proposal although even long before then I was looking at the page count sure it must be at the end.

So if you only read the first 30%, this is a 5 star book. Highly recommended. The further past that, I really can only suggest you try another book by this author because normally shes great.
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Nancy Drew
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Lazy Afternoon Fare
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
I have many friends who love this author and recommended her to me as a romantic comedy writer, and I can see why. She writes very well and it was an easy, cute read. But I think this is an early book of hers, so maybe that''s why the humor at the beginning seems a bit... See more
I have many friends who love this author and recommended her to me as a romantic comedy writer, and I can see why. She writes very well and it was an easy, cute read. But I think this is an early book of hers, so maybe that''s why the humor at the beginning seems a bit young. The jokes also get stretched way past the original amusement. The joke about bathing or not bathing covers seven pages. A little later, the predicament of getting in and out of bed covers twenty pages. There''s a reason why this saying has become famous: "Brevity is the soul of wit." Drawing out a slightly humorous joke or situation kills the fun...and obliterates the wit.

The heroine, Henry, also seems much younger than her twenty years, especially having had the responsibility of running an entire estate. The hero, Dunford, seems much older than his twenty-nine years and not at all the rake we''re told he is. I also didn''t understand why she''s trying to drive him off. Another reviewer said it was because she was afraid he''d take over her beloved home and throw her out in the street. Why would she think that when she knew she was his ward? Wouldn''t it have made more sense to get on his good side and make him like her so much that he''d want to give her what she wanted? From their first meeting he gives no sign of being cruel or hard hearted. Her plan makes her seem like she''s eight years old.

The misunderstanding later baffled me, too. We''re repeatedly told and shown how brutally frank she is at all times. How could a misunderstanding that could be cleared up instantly by a smidgeon of brutal frankness exist around this girl? Then she tries to get him to jilt her, but when he gives her the option of jilting him, she refuses. Huh? I thought the plan was to not marry him no matter what?

Despite all this the story is fairly fun and I think most romance readers, particularly undemanding ones, will enjoy this story. Those who require maturity in their heroines and consistency in plot and tone, might want to give it a miss, or read with lowered expectations. All in all, it''s not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
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Angelina S.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Angsty but fun (is that a thing?)
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
I have purchased this book three times. Yes. Three. Twice in paperback when I lent my first paperback to someone who didn’t return it. Then when the second got lost when we moved, I purchased a kindle copy. Not everyone loves this book. The guy kinda turns into a... See more
I have purchased this book three times. Yes. Three. Twice in paperback when I lent my first paperback to someone who didn’t return it. Then when the second got lost when we moved, I purchased a kindle copy.

Not everyone loves this book. The guy kinda turns into a douche canoe at one point. But the book is funny, tugs on your heart strings and he is redeemed eventually.

I reread this one every year or so because it makes me smile.
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Nell
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A real groaner, save your money.
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2015
I was going to give this book two stars as I really enjoyed Julia Quinn''s Bridgerton series, but I decided to be honest with the rating of one star. As far as I was concerned this book could take place in modern times in any farm in an English speaking country. Just change... See more
I was going to give this book two stars as I really enjoyed Julia Quinn''s Bridgerton series, but I decided to be honest with the rating of one star. As far as I was concerned this book could take place in modern times in any farm in an English speaking country. Just change the mode of transportation. The only thing I liked about Henrietta Barrett was her name as that was my great-grandmother''s name. She was a silly immature irritating girl and I can''t imagine how she was capable of managing a large farm for six years especially at a time when women were treated as possessions, not equals. Besides the farm she was in charge of two dozen servants, which I assume were house servants. I felt no connection between "Henry" and Dunford. Dunford was in lust for the younger Henry. Skip this book and read some of Ms. Quinn''s later works.
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Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Talk about miscommunication
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2021
Henry may just be one of my favorite female characters of all time. I loved how frank she was and her attitude. Her and Dunford had great chemistry and their personalities were so complimentary. The last 15% of the book was so intriguing because I really kept thinking what... See more
Henry may just be one of my favorite female characters of all time. I loved how frank she was and her attitude. Her and Dunford had great chemistry and their personalities were so complimentary. The last 15% of the book was so intriguing because I really kept thinking what kind of conflict they would have after most of their engagement was so happy and perfect. Overall, a wonderful end to the Splendid series.
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Lily
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Minx
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2013
Stannage Park has a new lord, William Dunford, and the current estate manager is not happy. Henrietta Barry, known as Henry, has been taking care of the estate for six years now and doing a good job. Coming to the estate at age eight after the death of her parents, the late... See more
Stannage Park has a new lord, William Dunford, and the current estate manager is not happy. Henrietta Barry, known as Henry, has been taking care of the estate for six years now and doing a good job. Coming to the estate at age eight after the death of her parents, the late baron and his wife took her in; Henry loves Stannage Park and everyone looks to her for decisions and management of the estate. Knowing that she is now the ward of the new lord, Henry is concerned for her future. She decides that an absentee lord would be best so she plans to paint farm life as too hard for the new owner. Henry does an admirable job of making William''s life as uncomfortable as possible so he will leave; unfortunately, he catches on; but he has no plans to get rid of Henry since she evidently is such a good manager. William admires Henry''s intelligence and assets and comes to enjoy her friendship. He doesn''t recognize that staying at Stannage Park with her could damage her reputation until he finds out he is her guardian. From that point on, everything changes, much to Henry''s dismay. Willaim coerces Henry to go to London to be groomed for her debut and to possibly find a husband. What he doesn''t foresee is his growing attraction for Henry and the intense jealousy that overtakes him when he sees her with other men.
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Randal
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Worth reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2021
Henrietta (Henry) Barrett wears breeches instead of dresses and manages her elderly guardian''s Cornish estate better than any male steward could, however when her uncle dies, the estate and title passes to a distant relative, William Dunford, London''s most elusive bachelor....See more
Henrietta (Henry) Barrett wears breeches instead of dresses and manages her elderly guardian''s Cornish estate better than any male steward could, however when her uncle dies, the estate and title passes to a distant relative, William Dunford, London''s most elusive bachelor. Dunford, it appears, has not inherited Stannage Park, but he''s inherited Henry as his ward. Feeling obligated he takes her to London and launches her into the London season where she becomes the darling of the ton and – to Dunford''s dismay – more attractive than he could have thought possible. This is one of Julia Quinn''s early books, but definitely worth a read.
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By MR
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2017
I enjoy Julia Quinn''s books I''ve read many...but as with many regency romance novels the authors are nearly always American and one of the biggest and most frequent and for me the most irritating mistakes the make is in the amounts of money people in this period would...See more
I enjoy Julia Quinn''s books I''ve read many...but as with many regency romance novels the authors are nearly always American and one of the biggest and most frequent and for me the most irritating mistakes the make is in the amounts of money people in this period would have... into the first few pages of this book a bet of a thousand pound was made which in today''s standard would equate to more like 100 thousand....even in the 21century a thousand pounds is a lot of money in the early 19th century it would probably be unheard of please Authors a little bit more thought when writing about money would be good for me...you get get these kind of errors with British authors of this period but unfortunately there is not enough of them
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Book Gannet
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Charming
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2007
After brief, but brilliant, appearences in both ''Splendid'' and ''Dancing at Midnight'', William Dunford returns for a starring role of his own. Wealthy, handsome and irrepressibly charming, Dunford has always been a much sought after member of the ''ton'', but when he comes...See more
After brief, but brilliant, appearences in both ''Splendid'' and ''Dancing at Midnight'', William Dunford returns for a starring role of his own. Wealthy, handsome and irrepressibly charming, Dunford has always been a much sought after member of the ''ton'', but when he comes into an unexpected title, life as he knows it is about to change. And not just because he''s now even more eligible. Henrietta (''call me Henry, everybody does'') Barrett has been running the Stannage estate for years. She loves the life she leads, loves Stannage Park, love Cornwall and isn''t about to let some society fop saunter in and ruin everything. So, even though Dunford is far from what she expected, she launches a campaign to drive him screaming back to London. But Dunford isn''t so easily fooled, and he sets about charming his young estate manager in a counter offensive of his own. For a young woman who wears breeches and lacks any knowledge of how to be a young lady, it''s so nice for Henry to have someone pay attention to her. When he buys her new dresses, seeming to care for the person inside, she is so overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness that she can''t help falling a little in love with him. Dunford finds himself equally charmed by his little estate manager - until he discovers that she''s his ward. Duty and responsibilty, both new concepts to him, crowd in to ruin the easy friendship that has grown between them. Yet, when he drags Henry to London, it is him rather than her who soon begins to regret it. This tale of transformation - from country hoyden to society miss, and carefree rake to responsible landowner - manages to combine humour, humiliation, love and heartbreak as both main characters discover that their previously perfect lives have in fact been flawed all along. This tale is sweet and charming - although Henry''s transformation is a little too quick and smooth, and as other reviewers mention, the ''conflict'' is quite pointless - but in traditional JQ style, it''s still enjoyable. For lighthearted Regency, you can''t go far wrong. (Oh, and fans of Ned Blydon should get hold of the ''Where''s My Hero?'' anthology, to see him find a HEA of his own.)
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Alice in Wonderland
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Minx
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2011
This book focuses on Dunford, who we have already met in Splendid and Dancing at Midnight. It follows the rather basic story line of man falling in love with his innocent young ward, yet Quinn makes the story readable and very enjoyable, with visits from characters from...See more
This book focuses on Dunford, who we have already met in Splendid and Dancing at Midnight. It follows the rather basic story line of man falling in love with his innocent young ward, yet Quinn makes the story readable and very enjoyable, with visits from characters from previous books, humour, passion and a rather frustrating hero it is a book I would reccomend. Henry (short for Henrietta) is not an usual girl, having been in charge of a large country estate for several years, she is independant and head strong. Enter Dunford, an unwilling guardian, who fights his (almost) instant attraction to Henry. There are several obstructions between Dunford and Henry, most of them which could be solved by them talking, but then there would very little plot to the book, so you can excuse their lack of communication. An enoyable read, perhaps not on of Quinns best books, but still very good.
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RosieJD
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Enjoyed with a tinge of sadness
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2021
I did really enjoy the book but I was saddened by Dunfords reaction to the letter. He was the older and more experienced person and he should’ve recognised it for what it was. I think the ending could’ve been happier for longer though the epilogue was great.
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