Brighter Than The Sun by Julia Quinn
First of all, writing a review for this book was a bit difficult for me because I am a fan of Judith Mcnaught’s writing. I simply love the way she writes and brings the characters to life in her books. “Brighter Than The Sun” being a book telling the tale based in the early 1800s, I couldn’t help but compare the book with Mcnaught’s books which deal with the same time frame. But then I realized that I was killing the fun by doing that and so got prejudice out of my head so that I could enjoy the book.
The story revolves around a young girl, Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Lyndon and Charles Wycombe, the Earl of Billington. Charles falls at the feet of Ellie, literally, from a tree and that is how they meet. Charles is a handsome, dashing and incorrigible guy whereas Ellie is a heard strong, smart mouthed and intelligent girl. Charles proposes her the same day itself. Not out of “love at first sight” but because he has to get married before he turns 30 or he’ll lose his fortune. And the damsel in distress, considers the offer and accepts it so that she can get rid of her father’s fiance who wants to get her married to hideous men or keep her as slave.
As Ellie and Charles begin their married life, Ellie tries to participate in the household but all her efforts backfire and turn into life threatening accidents including a fire in the kitchen. Ellie is convinced that someone from the family is not happy that Charles chose her as his bride but no one believes her, not even Charles. It is only after Ellie gets severely hurt during a mishap, that the culprit surfaces and confesses their crime.
The story moves on Charles and Ellie finally profess their love for each other. They think that things well be fine again, but will they really? Ellie suffers a bout of food poisoning, the saddle of Charles’ horse is tampered with and they finally realize something terrible is happening when Charles disappears. There is someone very evil who is scheming to get Charles and Ellie out of the way.
You can almost guess who is the mastermind here. Of course Charles is rescued in the end and they live happily ever after. But the way the suspense at the end unfurls is, in a way, disappointing. It lacked action and as compared to the length of the book, occupied very little of the story. It didn’t seem quite exciting because it was introduced and rounded up in a jiffy. A greater portion of the 2nd half of the book could have been used to introduce this suspense and let it grow. It would have kept the readers engrossed along with the crazy banters that Charles and Ellie have.
Nonetheless, it is a good book and the main characters are thoroughly entertaining thanks to the peculiar habits that they seem to have. I am a softie when it comes to romance so my view might have been biased. But die hard romantics can always read and enjoy this book because a love story, no matter how it is told and whom it is between, it is always a love story and manages to reach the heart.
My Rating: 3.5/5
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