Julie Pottinger, better known by her pen name Julia Quinn, is a best-selling American author of historical romance, and the woman behind the wildly popular Bridgerton books, now a Netflix original series produced by Shondaland Media.
She sold her first book, Splendid, at the age of 24 and has been working with the same editor and publishing house for her entire career. Her books have been translated into 37 languages.
How to read Julia Quinn’s Books in Order?
The Splendid Trilogy (or Blyndon series) in order
- Splendid – There are two things everyone knows about Alexander Ridgeley. One, he’s the Duke of Ashbourne. And two, he has no plans to marry anytime soon… That is until a redheaded American throws herself in front of a carriage to save his young nephew’s life. She’s everything Alex never thought a woman could be. But she’s a servant, completely unsuitable for a highborn duke-unless, perhaps, she’s not quite what she seems…
- Dancing at Midnight – When a suitor tells Arabella he’s willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man. Lord John has lived through the worst horrors of war, but nothing could have been as terrifying to his tormented heart as Lady Arabella.
- Minx – Beautiful and feisty Henrietta ‘Henry’ Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin, William Dunford, London′s most elusive bachelor,and man convinced he can change things…starting with his wild young ward.
- A Tale of Two Sisters – available in the anthology Where’s My Hero? (with Lisa Kleypas and Kinley MacGregor).
The Lyndon Sisters Series in Order
A duet of books set in the early 19th century about Victoria and Eleanor Lyndon, daughters of a not terribly well-to-do vicar.
- Everything and the Moon – It was indisputably love at first sight. But Victoria Lyndon was merely the teenaged daughter of a vicar. . .while Robert Kemble was the dashing young earl of Macclesfield. Even after a seven-year separation, Victoria-now a governess-still leaves Robert breathless. But 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 cad 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.
- Brighter Than the Sun – When Charles Wycombe, the dashing and incorrigible Earl of Billington, toppled out of a tree and landed at Ellie’s feet, neither suspected that such an inauspicious meeting would lead to marriage. But Charles must find a bride before his thirtieth birthday or he’ll lose his fortune. And Ellie needs a husband or her father’s odious fiancée will choose one for her. And so they agree to wed, even though their match appears to have been made somewhere hotter than heaven …
The Agents of the Crown Series in Order
The Agents of the Crown books are set in 1814-15 England and are about two former spies.
- To Catch an Heiress – When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn’t even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. 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 suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible — that this mismatched Couple might be destined for love.
- How To Marry a Marquis – When James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, offered to help Elizabeth Hotchkiss find herself a husband, he never dreamed that the only candidate he could propose would be himself…
The Bridgerton Series in Order
The Bridgerton series is about the love stories of the members of a British family. Each book is about one of them finding his/her true love. For more details, visit our article dedicated to the Bridgerton series.
- The Duke and I
- The Viscount Who Loved Me
- An Offer From A Gentleman
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton
- To Sir Phillip, With Love
- When He Was Wicked
- It’s In His Kiss
- On the Way to the Wedding
- The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After (collection)
- The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (novella)
- Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (novella)
- Queen Charlotte (co-written with Shonda Rhimes) – A spin-off based on the Bridgerton TV Show.
The Rokesby Series in Order
Written after the Bridgerton series, but taking place before in the timeline is the Rokesby series, A Prequel to the Bridgerton set in the late 1700s. It follows the aristocratic Rokesby family, who happen to be close friends and neighbors of the Bridgertons.
- Because of Miss Bridgerton – Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child, the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday. There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor… Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…
- The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband – With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…
- The Other Miss Bridgerton – Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
- First Comes Scandal – As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he’s close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time-or interest-to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton-his literal girl-next-door-is facing ruin, he knows what he must do. It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but Nicholas never thought she’d say no. Georgie doesn’t want to be anyone’s sacrifice, and besides, they could never think of each other as anything more than childhood friends… or could they? But as they embark upon their unorthodox courtship they discover a new twist to the age-old rhyme. First comes scandal, then comes marriage. But after that comes love…
The Two Dukes of Wyndham Series in Order
Inspired by the song “Industrial Disease” by Dire Straits, Two Dukes of Wyndham is about Two men saying they’re the Duke of Wyndham. One of them must be wrong.
- The Lost Duke of Wyndham – Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine . . . until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she’s not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have.
- Mr. Cavendish, I Presume – Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. Thomas Cavendish rather likes having a fiancée and he does intend to marry her . . . eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas’s world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he’s not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love . . . with his own fiancée!
The Bevelstoke Series in Order
- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever – At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her-until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever. But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day-while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier-and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .
- What Happens in London – Olivia Bevelstroke, the only daughter of the Earl of Rudland, is beautiful and has a sizeable dowry. Yet at the age of twenty-one she is still unmarried. Sir Harry Valentine, a war veteran, is now back in London working in secret for the War Office and keeping an eye on his wayward younger brother. Rumour has it that he killed his fiancée, which intrigues Olivia. She thinks her new next-door neighbour looks the part, and even if he isn’t a murderer, he’s certainly up to something. Then a real-live Russian prince comes to town, sparking intrigue. He has his eye on Olivia, but so does Harry, who’s been ordered to spy on the prince – and thus by extension, Olivia. But will what he finds out about her bring her closer to his heart?
- Ten Things I Love About You – Sebastian Grey is in limbo. He is the heir presumptive to the Earl of Newbury, unless the current earl, a widower, can find a bride who will bear him a son. Annabel Winslow has received an offer to go to London for the season. The eldest of a family of eight, she knows that a good marriage might be the only thing that will save her family from ruin. After a few weeks in town, Annabel attracts the attention of the Earl of Newbury. The thought of submitting to him makes her skin crawl, but she is practical and determined to do her duty. Even when Sebastian Grey comes on the scene.
The Smythe-Smith quartet
A quartet of Regency Era-set tales featuring the romantic exploits of the well-meaning but less-than-accomplished Smythe-Smith musicians, taking place at the same time as the Bridgerton series.
- Just Like Heaven – Honoria Smythe-Smith is a beautiful violinist in the pitiful group who has her sights set on marrying the last unwed Bridgerton…unless her handsome, love-struck guardian has anything to say about it.
- A Night Like This – Anne Wynter is managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge- in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy- no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he’s the first man who has truly tempted her, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.
- 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.
- The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy – Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second-or third-look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s the one.
The Lady Most… Series in Order
A series that was written in collaboration with Connie Brockway and Eloisa James.
- The Lady Most Likely... (with Connie Brockway and Eloisa James) – Given a house party explicitly designed to end in weddings, which author do you think escorted which heroine to the party?
- The Lady Most Willing… (with Connie Brockway and Eloisa James) – When Laird Taran Ferguson’s nephews refuse to find brides, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and bringing some lovely young ladies to his castle.
Graphic Novel by Julia Quinn
- Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron (illustrated by Violet Charles, 2021) – Born into a happy family that is tragically ravaged by smallpox, Miss Priscilla Butterworth uses her wits to survive a series of outlandish trials. Cruelly separated from her beloved mother and grandmother, the young girl is sent to live with a callous aunt who forces her to work for her keep. Eventually, the clever and tenderhearted Miss Butterworth makes her escape . . . a daring journey into the unknown that unexpectedly leads her to the “mad” baron and a lifetime of love.