History, mystery, romance, suspense and humor – it’s a rare book that has the capacity to fit all of my favorite topics in one cover. Yet Julia Quinn, master that she is, has not only attempted this feat but has been fantastically successful in it. I always love a book with a good laugh or two, but my husband was starting to wonder why I was laughing so much when I was reading a historical romance. Julia Quinn was already one of my favorite authors, but now she has definitely cemented the spot. A Night Like This by Julia Quinn is a beautifully written historical romance with a delightful dose of humor, engaging characters, and a lively storyline.
I love reading historical romance novels, but I can’t say for sure when that started. At one of my employers, we had a book sharing table and it just so happened that the other ladies who swapped books also loved historical romances, which may be part of why I enjoy them so much. It’s a good book that lets you learn a little about the time and place in history, but it’s a great book that makes that learning quite unintentional so that the reader doesn’t even realize she’s learning. That is the balance that attracts me to Quinn’s writing – it never seems like work to learn from her novels.
Part of the reason that A Night Like This is so smooth with its history is the humor that is inherent throughout the book. I love humor, I live on humor, I find any day with laughter to be a great day, so it’s always awesome to me when I find an author who not only attempts humor, but succeeds. The characters that we meet in Quinn’s book keep you laughing from page to page – when you’re not held in suspense – and the humor is my favorite aspect of the book. Yes, the romance is at just the right level of emotional involvement and the story is suspenseful and with a good dose of mystery, but the humor is what will make me find a home for this book on my KEEP shelf.
Is there anything funnier than a unicorn prancing about the park? Why yes – it’s Frances pretending to be a unicorn and galloping about on one of her unicorn games! Harriet, sister to Frances, is a playwright whose scripts are endlessly humorous both to me and to the other characters. But my very favorite character was Anne Wynter – she was not only a woman of beauty, but she was also a woman of wit and intelligence. Although I don’t have daughters, I always wanted to raise a daughter with those very same attributes. Beauty may fade, but wit and wisdom only shine brighter.
The romance in this book is well-crafted, with a hero that we cheer for and a heroine that we love. The children are hilarious and make just enough mischief to be believable. Strong, smart and funny female characters make the work enjoyable and memorable. Julia Quinn has hit yet another masterpiece with A Night Like This with her engaging wit, characters that leap of the page, and a story that is both historical and suspenseful. I can even see this one topping The Lost Duke of Wyndham on the bestsellers list!
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher to facilitate my review. My opinions are honest and my own.
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