Everything and the Moon – Julia Quinn | Book Review

Everything and the Moon Book Cover Everything and the Moon
The Lyndon Sisters #1
Julia Quinn
Historical fiction, Romance
Avon
August 26th, 2003 (first published March 1st, 1997)
Paperback
384

 

Dear reader,

I will write as much as I can without giving away too much of the plot.

I know very little about how the British government works/used to work back in the day but what I gather from Julia's writing is that a Marquess is someone who holds the second highest hereditary title amongst the British folks and an Earl is the third highest. Also that the son of a Marquess holds an honorary title of an Earl until his father dies.

Robert Kemble was one such dashing 24 years old Earl of Macclesfield who fell for Victoria Lyndon, the 17-year-old daughter of a Vicar (The title given to certain parish priests in the Church of England). Which was not as disturbing in that time as it is today (sic).

It was love at first sight for Robert and within hours his Shakespearean heart, having promised her everything and the moon, had decided that he wanted to marry her. Victoria was head over heels in love but her father could not be convinced of the nobleman's intentions and Robert's father believed her to be a shameless fortune hunter.

After plenty of arguments and hopeless convincing, they decided that eloping was their best option but one thing lead to another and it all fell apart. After seven years of separation, their paths collide again but nothing is as it were when they knew each other except for what they still feel around one another. Robert is now a gambler and a player while Victoria is a governess (nanny, you could say) but could they ever trust each other again?

Or as Julia puts it... 'How could he ever again trust the raven-haired deceiver who had shattered his soul? And Victoria could never give her heart a second time to the lad who so callously trampled on it the first. But a passion fated will not be denied, and vows of love yearn to be kept. . . even when one promises the moon.'

Taking you to another era, Julia Quinn's Everything and the Moon is sure to challenge your sense of right and wrong when it comes to courtship 'back in the day' when people held strikingly different yet similar values.

If you enjoy romance/historical romance and can handle the constant frustration/ mature sexual content towards the end of the book, I would definitely recommend that you pick this one up for a pleasant read on a flight or a cold winter night you're bound to come across over the next few months.

With love,
Riya.

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I came across this book on… Drum rolls… Book-tube. Sasha Alsberg acquired it on her UK trip. In all honesty, we had not read a Romance novel since Fifty Shades Freed (which left a bad taste in my mouth), so I was skeptical at first but since much of Julia Quinn’s work is considered classic, I decided it would be a shame if we didn’t give this well-celebrated author a chance.

 

The utter joy and content I felt reading the first twenty percent of the book cannot be put into words. There is something about the Victorian era that is so alleviating and erotic that it prickles your spine with excitement each time you get your hands on a book of this genre. Or is that just me?

I have a lot of respect for authors who write good historical fiction that has the ability to take us back in time and keep us there till the very end. Julia Quinn is one of those authors.

It’s extremely overwritten towards the end and yet it’s a pretty quick read. I understand that this is one of her early works so it is bound to show. I don’t know if it was wise to have not started with her more famous works but you take life as it comes to you and this book came to me before the others.

What I like about Robert is that while he doesn’t truly understand what it is that is so attractive about Victoria to him, he embraces what he’s feeling without any resistance…

It wasn’t her beauty.


It wasn’t her intelligence.


It certainly wasn’t her grace.


He couldn’t put his finger on it.


All he knew was that she was perfect and he fell instantly in love. 

Julia Quinn writes before the beginning of the story that she does not believe in true love and so she gives us an embodiment of sanity that is a character named Eleanor.

“I met him today.”


“And you think you’re in love? Victoria, only fools and poets fall in love at first sight.”


“Then I suppose I’m a fool,” Victoria said loftily, “because Lord knows I am no poet.”


“You are mad, sister. Utterly mad.” Victoria lifted her chin and looked down her nose at her sister.


“Actually, Eleanor, I don’t think I’ve ever been saner than I am at this very moment.”

Mad. Utterly mad. Sweet too.
She’s seventeen, after all.

Having read this and everything else that shows how deeply Victoria feels about Robert, the events towards the end of the book come off as confusing and unnecessary since the book is such a quick read anyway. Having the two fall apart twice only to come back together was not the best decision on Julia’s part.

What I didn’t like was how the characters seemed to constantly willfully misunderstand each other. They do so in a way that I would think, would astonish even Darcy and Elizabeth! Mind you, I’m yet to read that one.

There was a point in the book around chapter twelve where I thought, what is she going to write about in the next two hundred pages? You read that right. It’s sadly, painfully slow after that point.

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Overall, I would give this book a B (on a scale of C- to A+).
A very pleasant read even when you consider how long it takes to reach the inevitable end. Looking forward to reading more books from Julia Quinn. One of the classics this time.

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  • nitin7

    Looks interesting, but nah.

  • Akash Negi

    it seems amazing.

  • Akash Negi

    interesting.❤

  • Ritika Kumar

    Your description makes it a must read. 🙈

    • The more I look back on this review the more I’m thinking that I messed up with the description. Go on the basis of my final grade for this book that is: a B (on a scale of C- to A+). That will be a 5/9.