The Sum of All Kisses (Anglais) Poche – 29 octobre 2013
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“[A] wild romp... There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.” (RT Book Reviews on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
“[Q]uintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic.” (Booklist on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
“[A]n unstoppable romp that sparkles with enough hilarious situations, over-the-top characters, and laugh-out-loud dialog to keep the chuckles coming long after the book is closed. A lovely tale that is just plain fun!” (Library Journal on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)
Présentation de l'éditeur
From Julia Quinn, the New York Times bestselling author of steamy historical romances, comes the third seductive installment of the Smythe-Smith Quartet, The Sum of All Kisses.
Sarah Pleinsworth can’t forgive Hugh Prentice for the duel he fought three years ago that nearly destroyed her family, sent her cousin fleeing, and left Hugh himself with a badly injured leg. That’s fine with Hugh, who can’t tolerate Sarah’s dramatic ways. But when the two are forced to spend a week together, they find that unexpected kisses, and mutual passion, may have the power to change both of their minds.
Written with Julia Quinn’s trademark style, The Sum of All Kisses is a witty and lighthearted Regency romance.
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Julia Quinn est définitivement mon auteur anglophone préférée.
Ses textes sont clairs, romantique, pleins d'humour et parfaitement compréhensible pour une personne qui n'est pas totalement fluent in english.
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They are forced to spend time together during the two wedding of the family- the Earl of chatteris is marrying Honoria Smythe-Smith and then the marriage of Daniel Smythe-Smith to Miss Anne Wynter- the ex-governess of Lady Sarah’s sisters. Lady Sarah and Lord Hugh agree to a truce for the duration of the weddings. During this truce they get to know each other, share time together, share secrets and grow to like, even love each other. They both struggle with their own doubts and inner demons. They find that sharing their issues brings them closer.
One of my favorite secondary characters is Sarah’s younger sister, Frances, aged 11 years. She is wonderfully precocious, has a strong conviction that unicorns are real and loves cake. She has a crush on Lord Hugh and thinks he is brilliant. She loves that he does not talk to her like she is a child and they keep each other company during part of the wedding festivities of Honoria’s wedding. She brings out a side of Lord Hugh that he seems surprised by and is admired by Lady Sarah.
This is a wonderful book that does not disappoint. Lady Sarah finds her inner personal strength and defends Lord Hugh to his father and states HER terms for the way the future will be. I cheered and shouted for her when she told the men in her life, Lord Hugh, Daniel and Lord Hugh’s father, Lord Ramsgate, “I am sick of you (all) trying to solve things. You’re useless the lot of you….” It was fabulous! You will enjoy every page.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Hugh has been mentioned in the other books as almost a villain like character - understandably so, considering his role in "the duel". But this story shows that there are always two sides to every story, it shows that good people can make horrific, life altering mistakes without evil intent. It shows us the importance of withholding judgement without knowing all the facts - the good and the bad. It shows us the lengths someone will go to to try and fix an unfixable mistake. And it shows us the healing power of forgiveness.
Hugh is a tortured man, both physically and emotionally. He has all but given up any hope of a happy life. Sarah is a woman who holds a grudge - she (like most of us) judges Hugh without knowing all the facts - she hates him for what he did and basically uses him as a scapegoat for everything that gone wrong in her life since the duel.
The two are thrown together at Marcus and Honoria's wedding. Slowly Sarah starts to realize that Hugh is not the evil man she thought. When she finally looks past her preconceived notions - she sees what a wonderful man Hugh is and starts to fall in love.
But whenever does the path of true love ever run smooth? Not in this book, that's for sure! Personally I thought Sarah's reaction to Hugh's bargain with his father was over the top and childish. But she redeems herself.
When all is said and done, I loved the book and I look forward to Iris' story but I think it will be hard to beat this story!!
The way Lord Hugh and Lady Sarah fell in love was sweet, but without some of the usual bedroom shenanigans. It was a very innocent approach to the love story and at the same time, it was very genuine. The dialogue between the two was very realistic, and it built up slowly in a very nice manner.
Here's what I didn't like. Since there wasn't bedroom shenanigans, and since there wasn't "ruining" that forced the two together, Quinn clearly sought some other way to infuse the story with drama, and the way she choose was cruddy. I just didn't buy the premise that she introduced, and Lord Hugh's father was beyond appalling - very much a caricature rather than a real character. The added drama simply wasn't necessary and it felt forced. Additionally, it didn't help the love story because by the time the drama came in, Lord Hugh and Lady Sarah were in love.
It's because of that portion that I give this 3 stars (and a low 3 stars at that).
I liked the hero and heroine well enough. The villain was obvious and the small stories told through out the book that should create am aura of absolute evil are random and don't quite fulfill their objective.
Another annoying point was the plot twist about the brother and the subsequent normality in which the rest of the characters accepted it.
That part of the story is just wishful thinking and would NEVER happen at that time (1800s).
Still, a rather enjoyable book. If you are looking for something easy ro read, and don't mind the lack of historical accuracy, this is just the thing.