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Because of Miss Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Quinn (The Sum of All Kisses) skips back a generation in her best-selling Bridgerton family series, establishing the relationships and connections of the family during the late 18th century. Billie Bridgerton is a reckless tomboy who grew up playing with her neighbors Andrew and Edward Rokesby. She's dismayed to wind up trapped on a farmhouse roof with their disapproving older brother, George. Billie and George have never been friends, but they keep being thrown together in awkward situations, such as a house party to celebrate Andrew's leave from the navy. Soon they join up on purpose to locate Edward, who's missing from his regiment in the American colonies, and they realize that their time together has changed the nature of their relationship. George and Billie are clear preludes to their descendants, and their love hinges on both their self-discoveries and their interactions. The dangling threads of other characters may be frustrating for those looking for a standalone experience. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Mar.)\n --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters, Because of Miss Bridgerton is top-drawer, polished-to-perfection Quinn that will most certainly be savored by both longtime fans and new readers alike.” (Booklist (starred review) on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON)
“Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic. This is Regency romance at its best, with strong characters, fast-paced action and lots of drama between two unlikely sweethearts destined for each other.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick) on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON)
“Like an episode of Downtown Abbey mixed with a great rom-com.” (iBooks Best Books of March on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON)
“For all the Bridgerton family fans who worried the series was over once all the siblings stories were told, prepare to rejoice! [F]ans will not be disappointed.” (San Francisco Book Review on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON)
“Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers on BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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To be perfectly honest, I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of JQ's editors. They know this plot is paper-thin. They know the internal and external dialogue meanders along for waaaay too long. They know these characters are stock reiterations of previous JQ heroes and heroines. But somewhere along the way, they obviously decided to coast on the author's former glory. Because suckers like me will still pony up $7 in the misguided hope that these books will actually contain something resembling a plot, with conflict, sexual tension and unique, fully-developed characters. Nope. What we get instead is pages and pages (and pages) of asinine non-sequiturs and supposedly witty dialogue that does absolutely nothing to move the plot forward. There are at least three or four instances in this book when a character asks another, "What's wrong?" And the character responds, "Nothing." AND THEY MEAN IT. There is actually nothing wrong with them. It's filler. JQ has reached her word count.
I wouldn't even recommend this one to die-hard Bridgerton fans. It's a tepid carbon-copy of that series, so I'd just suggest re-reading the Bridgerton series and preserving your love for the JQ of old.
I will say that for there not being much of a plot, the dialogue did keep me entertained for the most part, since nobody does charm or wit better than JQ. There was the classic Pall Mall game that was cut short but put a smile on my face nonetheless since Billie definitely got her fair share of the Bridgerton competitive streak. Although it took me until about halfway through to get a feel for she and George and I did end up really liking them, neither ever tugged at my heart. Their romance was sweet with a few kisses and an average love scene at the very end, but I didn't feel the chemistry or passion I was hoping for. There was also a bit of spying and espionage late in, which felt out of place and simply contrived for added drama. Still, I'll probably read the next Rokesby brothers story, even though this one fell a bit short.