This is my first Julia Quinn novel, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Having heard her described as a "modern-day Jane Austen," I admit my expectations were high. Although I wouldn't go that far, I will say her humor and writing style are refreshing, and this is not your typical Romance Novel, in the best sense (although the cliched cover would suggest otherwise). The main female character is strong and believable, and the male is a little underdeveloped to the reader's perspective (had he been better explored, I might be willing to agree with the Austen comparisons) but the emotions Quinn conjures are real and heartfelt. Not sappy or maudlin, there are a few teary moments, and defintely out-loud laughs. The ending drags a bit while the couple experiences some farce-like misunderstandings that threaten to undo them, but all in all a very good read, one I will keep and re-read again and again.
This is the third in the Emma/Belle series. Splendid is first, then Dancing at Midnight. Dancing was even better than this one hero-wise, but Minx definitely is the most fun.
My FAVORITE Julia Quinn! The heroine, Henry, is totally unique. I have read all of Julia Quinn's books and this is the only one that I had such an emotional connection with that it made me cry, even though I knew everything would be okay in the end.
Minx is my all time favorite book by Julia Quinn, and that is saying a lot because she has written a lot of bestselling books. Its on my keeper shelf and I re-read it often.
Henry is a perfect romantic heroine; she is unaware of her beauty, but with good reason, she is spirited, and has great dialogue.
Dunford is the best romantic hero. He has appeared in several other Quinn books (at least two that I know of) and you can't wait for him to meet the woman who finally brings him to his knees.
They are a perfect match and some of the scenes are so sweet (when he buys her the yellow dress, when he sees her in her first ballgown, etc.) that you just say "awwwww" out loud.
Best if read after Splendid and Dancing at Midnight, Dunford's story..excellent