30 Julia Quinn Books In Order + What To Read & Skip
Julia Quinn Books In Order & My Must Read Picks
The Bridgerton craze has taken over with the release of the Netflix show! As a result, many readers are discovering Julia Quinn, one of the quintessential historical romance authors, for the first time.
The Bridgerton books are just the beginning of her genius, so I hope you enjoy the rest of Julia Quinn books in order as well! Her characters are known for their witty dialogue, passionate love affairs, and loads of regency drama.
You don’t want to miss out, so if you are looking to read all of the Julia Quinn books in order, you can find everything you need here!
Plus, I’ll let you know which ones are truly worth reading and which ones you can skip if you don’t have time to read every single one!
Grouped by series, I’m sharing all of the Julia Quinn books in order. I can’t wait for you to escape into these regency worlds and fall in love with her characters like I have!
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Julia Quinn Books In Order
The Splendid Trilogy (The Blydon Family)
Julia Quinn’s debut novels date all the way back to 1995! As is often the case, her first books aren’t as highly rated as later series. So read these if you’re truly hoping to tackle all of Julia Quinn books in order, but otherwise give them a skip!
- Splendid (1995)
- Dancing At Midnight (1995)
- Minx (1996)
Splendid (Book 1)
An American heiress enjoying her first season in London ends up tempted by notorious rake, the Duke of Ashbourne. Emma and Alexander never expected the passion and commitment they find themselves willingly giving into. Julia Quinn books in order is kicked off with her debut novel! | Amazon | Bookshop.org
Dancing at Midnight (Book 2)
This novel introduced me to the word “bluestocking”! A “literary or intellectual woman.” Our heroine, Arabella is degradingly referred to as a “bluestocking” one time too many and decides she’s done with the marriage scene. During her respite in the countryside, she meets a war hero who captures her attention. Lord John knows he doesn’t deserve her, but he’s willing to do anything to try. | Amazon | Bookshop.org
Minx (Book 3)
Henrietta lives an unconventional life running the estate for her guardian, but everything changes when he passes away and the estate transfers to a distant cousin. Now, instead of having it all under her control, she’s forced to work with London’s most elusive bachelor. | Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Lyndon Sisters
Her first duology features two enticing romance tropes, a second chance romance and a marriage of convenience! The second book is rated higher, so if you only have time for one I’d suggest Brighter than the Sun!
- Everything and the Moon (1997)
- Brighter Than The Sun (1997)
Everything and the Moon (Book 1)
A second chance historical romance! Seven years have passed since Victoria and Robert’s plans to elope were ruined. Now she’s a governess and off limits to the Earl, but he still can’t get her out of his mind. The odds are against them, but in this case true love conquers all. This is a hopeful, sweet romance that delivers a beautiful ending I absolutely loved! | Amazon | Bookshop.org
Brighter Than The Sun (Book 2)
You’ll find another beloved romance trope in Book 2! A marriage of convenience sets the stage for Ellie and Charles’ story. Ellie is desperate to avoid an arranged marriage and Charles needs a bride to ensure he retains ownership of his fortune. When they agree to marry, they soon discover this may not be a strictly business arrangement after all. | Amazon | Bookshop.org
Agents of the Crown Series
Anyone who likes their romance with a dash of intrigue & spies will adore this series!
- To Catch An Heiress (1998)
- How to Marry A Marquis (1999)
To Catch An Heiress (Book 1)
First of all, I love that this series features more of a thriller aspect with the “agents of the crown” playing a part in each story. Blake Ravenscroft takes his job very seriously, and captures Caroline Trent under the assumption that she’s a notorious spy. When he discovers she’s instead on the run from her greedy guardian, Blake can’t help but offer her shelter. However, she turns out to be a feisty distraction! | Amazon | Bookshop.org
How To Marry A Marquis (Book 2)
The twists and turns of this sweet story will have you helplessly falling for James and Elizabeth. Elizabeth desperately needs a husband to support her and her siblings, so she starts taking relationship advice from an old book. James is introduced to Elizabeth by his aunt, who wants his help searching for a blackmailer. As part of his disguise, James agrees to help Elizabeth “practice” her feminine wiles. Unfortunately, the more time he spends with her, the more he wants her all to himself. | Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Bridgerton Books In Order
I have a special place in my heart for these books! If you love them as much as I do, you can find similar books in my Books Like Bridgerton list! These are all must reads, but I especially love the first four if you’re trying to narrow it down.
- The Duke & I (2000)
- The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)
- An Offer From A Gentleman (2001)
- Romancing Mr Bridgerton (2002)
- To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)
- When He Was Wicked (2004)
- It’s In His Kiss (2005)
- On The Way to the Wedding (2006)
The Duke and I (Book 1)
Up first in the Bridgerton series is the oldest daughter, Daphne! As the diamond of the season, Daphne is expected to make an excellent match during the season. When her brother’s friend and well-known rake, the Duke of Hastings returns, they strike up an unexpected deal. They’ll agree to pretend to date to encourage more men to pursue Daphne and keep meddling mothers away from Simon. When everything goes awry, Daphne ends up fighting for the man she loves! Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Book 2)
Anthony Bridgerton has officially decided it is time for him to find a wife to serve as his viscountess, but he has high standards and wants someone he’ll never fall in love with. His reasons, while misguided, are valid in his eyes. Kate is new in town this season with similar hopes, to find her sister Edwina a love match.
When Kate and Edwina start dating, her hatred for Anthony’s aversion to love makes their relationship extremely tense. But when that tension turns passionate, both Anthony and Kate are more confused than ever. This is probably my favorite book out of all the Bridgertons! I just adore the enemies to lovers vibe of Kate and Anthony. | Amazon
An Offer From A Gentleman (Book 3)
A Cinderella re-telling with a Bridgerton twist! A girl forced into a servant’s role has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend the Bridgerton’s masquerade ball and ends up charming Benedict. But when she disappears, he’s left without even her name. The mysterious woman consumes his thoughts, but the new maid seems oddly familiar and he can’t deny there’s a growing attraction.
It was such a blast to read a fairy tale retelling in historical fiction! I thought the conflicting women in Benedict’s head were so fun to match up! | Amazon
Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Book 4)
Big secrets are revealed in Book 4!! Penelope is used to being in love, she’s adored Colin Bridgerton for as long as she can remember. While hopeful that someday he’ll notice her, she doesn’t know if it’ll ever happen. And Penelope has bigger things to worry about than flighty Colin. Until he stands up for her when she needs it most. | Amazon
To Sir Phillip, With Love (Book 5)
Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he’d proposed, figuring that she’d be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn’t. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her.
Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except her perfect husband wouldn’t be so moody and ill-mannered. | Amazon
When He Was Wicked (Book 6)
In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.
After a lifetime of chasing women, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was a supper celebrating her wedding to his cousin.
But that was then . . . Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love . . . until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets | Amazon
It’s In His Kiss (Book 7)
Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past . . . and the key to his future. The problem is—it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.
All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won’t quite let go . . .
Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss. | Amazon
On The Way To The Wedding (Book 8)
Unlike most men, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except
She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory!
Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, who makes his heart sing. Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar | Amazon
I have to admit that these old school covers aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing but they are some of the highest rated books!
- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (2007)
- What Happens in London (2009)
- Ten Things I Love About You (2010)
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Book 1)
A young girl who fell in love with a viscount has a second chance at pursuing him a decade later. Nigel and Miranda have been friends for years, but now she’s 20 and he’s 29 and heartbroken. He doesn’t want to hurt his friend, but he’s unwilling to open his heart up to love again. Amazon | Bookshop.org
What Happens in London (Book 2)
A tale of two spies! I love the sound of this mistaken identity romp. Olivia finds out that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée so she begins spying on him in an attempt to discover the truth. Sir Harry Valentine quickly realizes what she’s doing, but ends up spying right back on her when he’s told her fiancé may be plotting against England! Amazon | Bookshop.org
Ten Things I Love About You (Book 3)
A side character from Book 2 takes the lead in this novel! Sebastian Grey ends up going up against his uncle for the hand of the lovely Annabel Winslow in marriage. His uncle needs an heir in order to inherit their estate. Otherwise it all transfers to the nephew he despises, Sebastian. A slightly ridiculous plot, but one you should pick up if you want an escape into historical fiction! Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Two Dukes of Wyndham
Full disclosure, out of all the Julia Quinn books in order, this is the series I’d suggest you pass over if you don’t have the time! Large parts of the stories overlap, with differing viewpoints since all of the characters are interrelated.
- The Lost Duke of Wyndham (2008)
- Mr Cavendish, I Presume (2008)
The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Book 1)
An unexpected Duke. A Dowager’s companion who can never have him. Jack adores his carefree life with no responsibilities, but a claim to the Wyndham Dukedom will change his future forever. Grace hates her position as the current Dowager Duchess of Wyndham’s companion…until Jack comes into their lives. Everything feels right with him, but if he’s truly the Duke they can never be together. Amazon | Bookshop.org
Mr Cavendish, I Presume (Book 2)
Rather than a sequel, this novel is essentially a retelling of the first book from the other Duke of Wyndham’s point of view. It focuses on Thomas and Amelia in the same timeframe, so a lot of events occur as repeats. Personally, that’s not a worthwhile book for me. So, this is one I’d recommend skipping! Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Ladies Most… Series
This series, while technically a part of Julia Quinn books in order, in fact each features 3 novellas that loosely tie together. They are co-written by fellow historical romance authors! So, if you’re looking for shorter stories that occur simultaneously at one significant event, this series is for you! If that’s not your style, go ahead and skip these.
- The Lady Most Likely (2010)
- The Lady Most Willing (2012)
The Lady Most Likely (Book 1)
Although this is billed as a novel, it’s in fact 3 separate novellas that take place at the same country house party. Julia Quinn teams up with Eloisa James & Connie Brockway – each writer sharing one of the couple’s stories. Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Lady Most Willing (Book 2)
Similar to Book 1, each author tackles a couple who meet and fall in love at a snowy Scottish castle. Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Smythe – Smith Quartet
Since the characters in this series show up in the Bridgerton series, read these if you’re looking to dive more into the world surrounding the Bridgertons!
- Just Like Heaven (2011)
- A Night Like This (2012)
- The Sum Of All Kisses (2013)
- The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (2015)
Just Like Heaven (Book 1)
An inside joke from the Bridgerton books gets turned into a whole series! The Smythe-Smith family are known for being terrible musicians by the entire ton. Honoria is hoping to marry the last of the Bridgertons, but her plans get derailed by her good-looking guardian, who also happens to be her older brother’s best friend. Amazon | Bookshop.org
A Night Like This (Book 2)
When lowly governess Anne fills in for one of the legendary Smythe-Smith musicals, she finds herself tending the fake wounds of an Earl. Both are haunted by their pasts and know a relationship between a governess and Earl can never happen. But that may not stop them. Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Sum Of All Kisses (Book 3)
Forced proximity leaves two individuals who despise each other to reconsider their feelings. Sarah is pissed at Hugh for a duel that nearly broke apart her family and Hugh wants to stay as far as possible from Sarah’s dramatics. Everything changes after a few unexpected, passionate kisses! Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Book 4)
Iris Smythe-Smith is used to hiding behind her cello, but Sir Kenworthy knows a stunning women is back there who will make a great wife. He has less than 2 months to secure a marriage, so he sets his sights on Iris. As he tries to woo her, she can’t help but wonder what he’s hiding… Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Rokesbys: Bridgerton Prequels
Taking place a generation before the Bridgerton’s we know and love, this series focuses on close friends and neighbors – The Rokesbys. You’ll even get to read about young Anthony, Benedict, and Colin as children!
- Because of Miss Bridgerton (2016)
- The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband (2017)
- The Other Miss Bridgerton (2018)
- First Comes Scandal (2020)
Because of Miss Bridgerton (Book 1)
As neighbors, Billie Bridgerton ran around with the Rokesby boys her whole life. The only one she cannot stand is the eldest, George. As heir, he’s an arrogant know-it-all and certainly uninterested in her. Until they literally get thrown together and start to get to know each other not just as kids anymore. Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband (Book 2)
The lengthy title accurately represents the convoluted plot of this novel, but I promise the wild ride is worth it! Orphan Cecelia is devastated when her brother is injured at war in America, so she decides to travel to find him. Instead, she locates his best friend, Edward Rokesby who is also severely injured.
In order to stay, she decides to tell everyone she is his wife and when he wakes up, his lost memory means he accepts it as the truth. Can these two survive based on Cecelia’s love alone when the truth comes out? Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Book 3)
Poppy Bridgerton lives for adventure…which is how she ends up kidnapped by pirates. The crew is led by Andrew Rokesby, who has a reckless reputation but actually works for the British government. As such, he’s forced to keep the woman he discovers in his ship cabin safe against his will.
The two strong personalities clash immediately, but intense spats turn into passion of another kind! I adored that this took place in a different environment and featured two feisty main characters! Amazon | Bookshop.org
First Comes Scandal (Book 4)
As a Bridgerton daughter, everyone knows she’ll enter into marriage with a significant dowry. Unfortunately for Georgie, this leads to her kidnapping and ruin. She can either marry the rogue who did this to her or live her life as a spinster.
Unless Nicholas Rokesby has a say. He can’t stand the thought of his neighbor’s ruin, so he offers marriage. These two have no romantic attachment as they start their lives together, but you just never know what can grow over time. Amazon | Bookshop.org
Have you tried to read all of these Julia Quinn books in order? Which do you think is the best Julia Quinn book?