To Catch an Heiress (Lady Danbury's Influence Series #1)

To Catch an Heiress (Lady Danbury's Influence Series #1)

by Julia Quinn

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Overview

When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn′t even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she′s been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she′s a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she′ll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient -- and maybe just a little romantic, too.

Blake Ravenscroft′s mission is to bring "Carlotta" to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible -- that this mismatched Couple might be destined for love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380789351
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Series: Lady Danbury's Influence Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 346,779
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.

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To Catch an Heiress (Lady Danbury's Influence Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did like this book, but it's not my favorite of Julia Quinn. I would recommend reading Quinn's Bridgerton Series over this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know how she does it but her books suck me in every time. I pick up another of her books thinking this is the one where she will fail (it's safe to say that I'm a skeptic in most things) but she never does. I always fall in love with her characters, and the plot of her stories. I proudly call her a GENIUS, and I can recommend her books with a confidence that you would not be disappointed. In fact, I would kill to be able to see some of her books made into a movie, especially her Bridgerton series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To Catch An Heiress is by far one of the best books i have ever read. It was my first Julia Quinn novel, and i was hooked from page one. I was with Caroline every step of the way, as well as Blake, and James Riverdale made it all the better. Excellent Job julia!!!! This book wins my vote for best Romantic Comedy!!!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This, I felt, was less a believable historical romance and more a vehicle for an almost overwhelming amount of cheery witty banter. Look, I like banter as much as the next person--but when the banter goes the way of implausibility, I start to cringe. I would've bashed both Caroline's and Blake's heads if *I* were their partner during their spy missions! Just stop talking already, the two of you! You're loud and distracting and draw attention to yourself when you absolutely cannot afford to do so! Aside from that major quibble, I liked Caroline. She has modern sensibilities and appeal. Read this if you want a historical romance that never stops being witty and quippy.
halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caroline is within 6 weeks of her 21st birthday and subsequently, her freedom, when her guardian seeks to ruin her in an effort to keep her fortune in his family. Her only choice is to run away, putting her in the path of Blake Ravenscroft. In a case of mistaken identity, Blake believes Caroline to be a treasonous spy. He imprisons her in his home and summons his partner, James, to assist in the interrogation. Thus begins "To Catch an Heiress." I don't think it's any great secret that Blake and Caroline find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, despite the fact that he at first believes her to be a dangerous traitor. Although the plot is sometimes ridiculously simplistic and predictable, the laugh-out-loud funny antics, witty dialogue, and tender love scenes save the novel from an obscure fate. It is a rather pleasant and enjoyable read. Blake and Caroline are both wounded in different ways, and they both have to learn to trust each other. Don't expect it to be realistic, but more like a fairy tale, and you will be delighted. I really enjoy the other characters, especially the servants. I can't wait until James finds his happily-ever-after in the next book.
January_F on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read. The dialog between all the characters was smart and funny.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is completely adorable. Witty, charming, funny and well written, this book is the essence of Julia Quinn. While not as developed or well-written perhaps as her later books (the Bridgertons, for instance), it is a wonderful book with endearing characters and a fast-paced story. I especially like the part where Caroline foils Blake by coughing herself into losing her voice - and then can't write because Blake assumes she's left handed - very cutely done. This book is a charming and heartwarming read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goodness, this is a darling book. Very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book and romance!
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
A delightful, light and witty romantic tale. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of this author's other novels, but this one is slow, boring and ridiculous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats all. just really hated her and wanted unpleasant things to happen to her. Julia quinn is great though.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Ravenscott thinking Caroline was a spy was a stretch but the book provides a light escape with witty dialogue.
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This was yet another amazing book by Julia Q!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love so many of this authors books. Great start to a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so much fun to read. The characters were superb and the story was great.
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She made me laugh hysterically. Iwas at work and had to keep my laughter down to nearly quiet tears.