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- Julia Quinn is a bestselling historical fiction romance author.
- She wrote the books behind the hit “Bridgerton” series on Netflix.
- We turned to Goodreads reviewers to rank her most popular novels.
Julia Quinn is the author of the books that inspired the hit Netflix series “Bridgerton.” This eight-book historical romance series follows different members of the Bridgerton family as they each find their own complicated but steamy love stories.
Though the “Bridgerton” series is her most well-known collection, Julia Quinn has written over 30 novels and short stories, each loved for her charming writing style and swoon-worthy romance plots.
To rank Julia Quinn’s most popular books, we turned to ratings from Goodreads members. On Goodreads, over 125 million readers rate, review, and share their favorite book recommendations with the community. Whether you’re looking to dive into the adored “Bridgerton” series or searching for a perfect historical regency romance, here are the most popular Julia Quinn books, according to Goodreads reviewers.
The 21 most popular Julia Quinn books, according to Goodreads reviewers:
With nearly 250,000 ratings, “The Duke and I” is the most popular Julia Quinn book among Goodreads reviewers. Made even more popular by the Netflix series “Bridgerton,” “The Duke and I” is about the fake relationship between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. Daphne has struggled to turn friendships into romance in the past and is hoping her fake relationship will boost her prospects, while Simon is looking to deter the countless young women vying for his attention.
In 1814, London’s most elusive bachelor, Anthony Bridgerton, has decided to marry and has chosen a wife: Edwina. Interfering in their relationship is Edwina’s sister, Kate, who does everything she can to sabotage their courtship to protect her sister — while secretly pining for Anthony herself — in this steamy “Bridgerton” sequel.
“Romancing Mister Bridgerton” is the fourth book in the “Bridgerton” series and follows Colin Bridgerton, a charming bachelor regularly featured in a popular gossip column. Penelope Featherington can’t help but fall for Colin, her best friend’s brother, but when she discovers his biggest secret, everything changes between them.
The third book in the “Bridgerton” series is a “Cinderella” retelling, following Sophie Beckett, the daughter of an earl who has been demoted to a servant-like status by her stepmother. When Sophie sneaks into the masquerade ball, she finds herself dancing with the charming Benedict Bridgerton. When Sophie flees, Benedict knows he must find and wed the breathtaking maid with whom he felt an undeniable attraction.
In this “Bridgerton” novel, talkative spinster Eloise Bridgerton and moody Sir Phillip get engaged without ever meeting each other but hope to find suitable partners in each other. When Eloise finally arrives by carriage, they both discover their new partner is far from what they imagined in this witty and ultimately heartwarming historical romance.
Michael Stirling was infamous for his way with women, a notorious rake until the moment he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton and fell madly in love, less than two days before her wedding. Now, Francesca is single once again and still unaware of Michael’s feelings — until the moment they step into each other’s arms and ignite the unruly passion between them.
When Gareth St. Clair inherits an old family diary, he’s desperate to uncover the secrets that may lie within the pages. Unfortunately, it’s written entirely in Italian, a language Gareth does not understand. When Hyacinth Bridgerton offers to help Gareth translate the diary, they discover the answers to Gareth’s questions not in the text, but in each other.
In this final book of the “Bridgerton” series, Gregory Bridgerton is engaged to Hermione Watson, once hopeful that she was “the one” but now knowing she’s in love with someone else. When Hermione’s best friend, Lucy, offers to help Gregory win her affections, Lucy can’t help but fall for Gregory despite her own obligations.
“Just Like Heaven” is the first in a “Bridgerton” spin-off series, featuring Honoria Smythe-Smith and Marcus Holroyd who have known each other their whole lives as Marcus was best friends with Honoria’s older brother. When Marcus falls ill and Honoria cares for him, the two can’t help but slowly fall for each other in this delightful and entertaining romance.
Years ago, Nigel Bevelstoke kissed 10-year-old Miranda Cheever and promised her that she’d become a great beauty one day. Now, Miranda is grown up and is determined to find the man who gave her the confidence she has today, until she finds him and discovers that Nigel’s spirit has been crushed by time and loss.
“Because of Miss Bridgerton” is the first historical romance novel in the “Rokesby” series, a “Bridgerton” spin-off that takes place a generation earlier. Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers as their families have been neighbors for centuries and the children were practically raised together. The only Rokesby that Billie cannot stand is George, but when the two are thrown together, the passion between them becomes clear.
Olivia Bevelstoke decides to spy on her new neighbor when she hears rumors he may have killed his fiancée. When Sir Harry Valentine notices his neighbor spying on him, he’s instantly suspicious and is soon recruited to spy on her in return when he discovers the man she’s engaged to may be plotting England’s downfall.
In this final book of the “Bevelstoke” series, Annabel Winslow’s family wants her to marry the old, rich Earl of Newbury, who is looking to find an heir before he passes so his fortune won’t go to his nephew, Sebastian Grey. When Annabel runs away from the earl, she meets Sebastian and the two decide to keep their identities a secret for the night — a secret that cannot be kept for long.
In this second book of the “Smythe-Smith Quartet” spin-off series, Anne is working as a governess to three young ladies when Daniel, the Earl of Winstead, returns from his three-year exile. As Daniel vows to pursue her, Anne must remind herself to not be tempted by a nobleman — until the danger that stalks Daniel finally catches up to him and pulls Anne into peril as well.
When Cecilia Harcourt’s brother is injured in a battle, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find him and nurse him back to health. In her search for her brother, Cecilia finds Edward Rokesby, an officer left unconscious and desperately in need of care, and tells everyone that she’s his wife so she may care for him. When Edward wakes up with no memory, he’s surprised to learn he’s apparently married to Cecilia, until the truth finally comes out.
“The Bridgertons” is an eight-book historical romance series, each of which follows a different family member through their unique and steamy love stories. This novel is a collection of eight “second epilogues” for “Bridgerton” fans to discover what happened to their favorite characters.
Hugh Prentice is badly injured after a duel that nearly destroyed Sarah Pleinsworth’s family. Though Hugh believes Sarah is unrelentingly annoying and Sarah can’t find a way to forgive him for the duel, they uncover more than they ever knew about each other when forced to spend a week in close company. “The Sum of All Kisses” is the third book in the “Smythe-Smith Quartet” series, a “Bridgerton” spin-off.
Jack Audley is a highwayman who is devastated to find out he might be the long-lost Duke of Wyndham, a title and set of responsibilities he does not want. When Jack and Grace Eversleigh fall for each other, they each pray his paternity isn’t true, as they cannot be together if he’s truly a duke.
Published in 1995, “Splendid” is Julia Quinn’s first novel about Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, who meets Emma Dunster when she saves his nephew’s life. Believing she’s a servant, Alexander knows he can’t fall for Emma, until she uncovers her true identity in her debut as an American heiress with no intention of falling for an Englishman.
Elizabeth Hotchkiss knows she must marry for money to support her siblings, so when she discovers a handbook titled “How to Marry a Marquis,” she decides there’s no harm in skimming the pages. When Elizabeth meets James Sidwell, a Marquis posing as an estate manager, he offers Elizabeth to practice her new tricks on him to win the affections of a husband.
In this third novel of the “Rokesbys” series set a generation before “Bridgerton,” Poppy Bridgerton is visiting a friend when she discovers a fascinating cave and is shockingly kidnapped by pirates and left bound on the ship captain’s bed. When Captain Andrew James Rokesby discovers Poppy, he knows he must marry her to avoid a scandal.