07 April 2013

Book Review: The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn

Title: The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: HaperCollins, April 2, 2013

For the first time in print, New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents a collection of "second epilogues" to her Bridgerton series, previously published as e-originals, plus a new bonus Bridgerton novella: Violet in Bloom," a short story in which we finally meet Edmund Bridgerton.

Without a doubt, the Bridgertons has always been my favorite regency family and series. I have followed the romantic tales of every siblings from Daphne's story (which is undoubtedly my favorite not just from these series but my favorite regency novel) to Gregory's and each time, Julia Quinn left me wanting for more. It was a bittersweet emotion when the final novel came in print. 

So when the news came a new book will be out compiling all second epilogues from each book plus a bonus material: Violet & Edmund's love story - I was like:


(Excitement was an understatement of the year)

I missed all of them, and it would do me good if I can just read them all one more time. Finally The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After came. It was nice to see them all back together. Although I have read some of the epilogues previously, it was nice of her to just compile it in a single book for convenience. Not to mention, she offered a bonus material no Bridgerton fan could not refuse, Violet's story.

It tells the reader the love story of Violet and Edmund, and her life after losing the man she loved the most. I have always loved and adored Violet Bridgerton on how she have raised eight amazing children on her own. She was a great mother, an even greater and indulgent grand mother. But to live alone after losing Edmund - is it worth it? Can she find another love of her life? Or will she live her life alone? These were the questions I had in mind when I have read Ms. Quinn is about to write her story. And short as it was, it was simply amazing. I would have wanted a longer story for Violet, but the novella was enough for me. It was touching, heartbreaking, and enlightening. I simply love it.

Thank you Ms. Quinn for sharing the Bridgertons one more time and for allowing us to know Violet more.

"He'd been waiting for a love fraught with passion and drama; it hadn't even occurred to him that true love might be something that was utterly comfortable and just plain easy."

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is the youngest member of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 26 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Bridgertons:
The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3) Romancing Mr Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4) To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5) When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6) It's in His Kiss (Bridgertons, #7) On the Way to Wedding (Bridgertons, #8)

Coming Soon!

The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet #3)

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...

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