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Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2016
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“Each love story in this superbly crafted anthology is expertly imbued with the distinctive literary DNA of its creator, and the end result is a wonderfully witty, sweep-you- off-your-feet romantic experience for long-time fans as well as readers new to these marvelously gifted writers.” (Booklist (starred review))
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Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Mrs. Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings . . .
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine, Beatrice Heywood, and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.
“ . . . and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
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'Something Old' is a quick prologue (basically one chapter) which takes place in 1818 England, and tells how four teenage friends who attend Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls discover a hundred-year-old sixpence they hope is lucky and will aid them in finding their future husbands. It also gives a little background with regards to ages, family history, and how each girl ended up at the boarding school. Although really short, I found it very endearing and by the time I finished I couldn't wait to watch Anne, Cordelia, Elinor and Beatrice all find their true loves =)
SOMETHING NEW by Stefanie Sloane - 3 Stars***
'Something New' takes place almost ten years later in London and has Miss Anne Brabourne unexpectedly befriending Rhys Hamilton, the Duke of Dorset, during his aunt's ball. She needs to marry in a hurry, and he offers to help her in her search of the perfect husband... Right away I was distracted by a discrepancy with Anne's age which threw me off and had me going back to the prologue and checking what I'd previously read. While I liked both Anne and Rhys and I thought their romance was sweet, this was my least favorite of the bunch. I did enjoy the author's writing and there were some charming characters, however, I felt like the story was short on plot as there's ultimately nothing really keeping these two apart. Then there was the ending with its obligatory sex scene which I thought was rather unnecessary. Overall this one was just okay.
SOMETHING BORROWED by Elizabeth Boyle - 5 Stars*****
'Something Borrowed' picks up less than a week before the wedding of Anne and her Duke. Cordelia has just received the lucky coin and finds herself in a fix. To avoid a trio of matchmaking aunts she invented a fake betrothed and now needs to 'borrow' a fiancee for the upcoming wedding. Who better than her childhood friend Kipp, except he's now an Earl and about to propose to another woman... I loved Cordelia who was so full of zest and life and who brought Kipp back to life too. All the characters practically jumped off the pages, including Cordie's companion and Kipp's brother. This story made me laugh, smile, and simply melted my heart. The romance was both tender and passionate and beautifully written. There was also a nice surprise at the end which I didn't see coming. All in all I thought it was a true joy to read and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Boyle soon!
SOMETHING BLUE by Laura Lee Guhrke - 4 Stars****
'Something Blue' takes place a few hours after the wedding of Cordelia to her Earl. Lady Elinor Daventry needs the coins luck to make an advantageous marriage. Then its stolen by Lawrence Blackthorne, her former fiancee and the man intent on proving her father guilty of treason... I really liked this story which was well written and had a bit of a mystery to it. I adored Ellie whose loyalty to her father was admirable, and even Lawrence, whose honor and duty cost him the woman he loved. Although it was a bit more angsty than I prefer, it was nonetheless an engaging and heartfelt read. I loved seeing these two get their second chance at love, and watching the sparks they created whenever they were together. There is one sex scene but I thought it was an emotional and lovely reunion. In the end I enjoyed it and found it intriguing and compelling.
...AND A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE by Julia Quinn - 5 Stars*****
This story picks up immediately following the wedding of Elinor and Lawrence. After a bit of cajoling by her friends Beatrice Heywood accepts the coin, even finishing off the rhyme by putting it in her shoe. Then fate suddenly throws her into the path of the damaged Lord Frederick Grey-Osborne... I pre-ordered this book because of Julia Quinn since I always hope for a little of her old Bridgerton magic. Although this was the shortest story in the collection (besides the prologue) it was written with charm, wit, and heart. I found Bea's enthusiasm and joy for astronomy contagious, and loved seeing her bring light back to Frederick's life. The declarations he makes at the end were utterly beautiful and literally brought tears to my eyes. This was the only story without a sex scene, but honestly it didn't need one. It was a touching and lovely romance all on its own, and an absolute joy to read!
The first story - something new - was interesting but there was no obstacles for them not to be together and to take them so long to come to that conclusion, even for a short story, was a bit disappointing. I did enjoy it nonetheless
The second story -something borrowed- was adorable and one of my favorite of the bunch. Thankful there were no misunderstandings really. Although the heroine is suddenly you know what at the end, wasn't necessary.
The third story - something blue - I really disliked. Ellie and Lawrence are the most frustrating heroes. In the beginning I stood by Ellie, how dare Lawrence the man who supposedly loves her is willing to betray her that way. She was right, it would ruin her reputation, they do not live in our times. I hated Lawrence from the start so I knew I wasn't going to like this if they ended up together. Whether her father was guilty or not, I don't think Ellie should have end up with him, he will always be the man who tried to ruin her father. Her father may have done something greedy and evil but in the end he was a father to her or she wouldn't be so loyal so even if she came to terms with it Lawrence would always be the man who didn't tak her feelings or the time period or her reputation into consideration. She should have married someone else. They weren't meant for each other.
Lastly, the last story was lovely and another favorite of mine. I thought it was super sweet.
Overall, except for "something blue" I did enjoy this but couldn't rate it higher. If you do read it, just keep your expectations low and you'd enjoy it.
This is an anthology of four stories about four friends from Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls and the sixpence coin which brings each of them a husband.
SOMETHING OLD by Julia Quinn: This is the prologue to the stories and introduces the four heroines: Miss Beatrice Heywood, Miss Cordelia Padley, Lady Elinor Daventry and Miss Anne Barbourne. The four find a old coin which they agree to use to find their husband and if it works, they will pass it along to the next girl. For a prologue, this one managed to pack a lot of information into a few pages. It definitely made me want to know more about these girls. Rating: 5 stars.
SOMETHING NEW by Stefanie Sloane: Miss Anne Brabourne has an uncle as a guardian who has declared that she must marry by her twenty-first birthday. Anne, however, doesn't really want to marry but if she does she certainly doesn't want to marry for love. Her parents tempestuous relationship has soured her on the idea of passion and love. Rhys Alexander Hamilton, Duke of Dorset is a man determined not to marry until he has no choice meets Anne and is charmed by her. He doesn't fit Anne's ideal husband (he will never be easily controlled) but he proposes that he help her find a husband.
This was a sweet little story. I liked the characters and I liked their situation. Both Anne and Rhys have reasons to not recognize that they are falling in love and yet their connection pulls them together throughout the story. I found this story charming. The only thing that didn't fit was the obligatory sex scene which I thought did not actually fit with these characters. Rating: 4 stars.
SOMETHING BORROWED by Elizabeth Boyle: Miss Cordelia Padley grew up rich but at her father's death she learned that he was squandered his entire fortune. She has another, more pressing problem. She has three aunts who are determined to find her a husband, so Cordelia has made up a betrothed to stop their efforts. Now that one of her dearest friends is marrying, Cordelia has to produce that betrothed or admit her deception. She goes looking for a temporary fiance to produce and then have him jilt her. Winston Christopher Talcott, Earl of Thornton needs rich bride to save his failing estate. Just when he is about to get engaged to an heiress, Cordelia comes back into Kipp's life and turns it upside down.
This was a wonderful story. I loved the connection between Cordelia and Kipp. They had a sweet and childhood friends to lovers story. This was a story that was so good that I could have read a whole book about these two. Cordelia finds her old friend and is dismayed that he never had the chance to fulfill his dreams. Kipp finds a vivacious woman who makes him believe in his dreams again even has his goals have changed. I loved the hope and joy these two bring to one another. Yes, the resolution was predicable (I figured it out from the beginning), but the story was so good that I was willing to go along with the predicable solution. Everything worked for me. Rating: 4.5 stars.
SOMETHING BLUE by Laura Lee Guhrke: Lady Elinor Daventry is determined to marry the son of a duke to help save her father from the investigation by Lawrence Blackthorne who is determined to prove her father is a criminal. Ellie and Lawrence were childhood friends who were in love and set to marry until he chose his duty and honor over their love and she chose her father over their love. Lawrence steals the sixpence in order to prevent Ellie's marriage.
This was an enjoyable story because Ellie and Lawrence are such combative towards one another. The two have deep unresolved feelings even though they are on opposing sides regarding Ellie's father. There is some serious push and pull between them as they clearly love one another and yet neither can abandon their principles. The interactions between the two were funny and yet sad as it seems at times that these two will not be able to find a way to be together. I like my books with some angst and drama and this one fulfills those requirements. Rating: 4 stars.
...AND A SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE by Julia Quinn: Miss Beatrice Mary Heywood plans never to marry but rather to care for her aunts who took her in when she was orphaned. She takes the coin only reluctantly, but she has the coin when she literally runs into Lord Frederick Grey-Osbourne on the street. Frederick is sensitive to his looks because of an accident which left him with a scar and blinded in one eye, but he finds himself intrigued by the academic minded Bea who has a passion for astronomy.
Bea and Frederick are so cute together. This is another story that I could have read an entire book about. There is an awkwardness and a pure sweetness of these two being interested in one another. There are meddling aunts, sexy scientific talk, deep empathy and even some sexy moments. There is a wonderful scene between them (I don't want to give it away) but it is all about trust and vulnerability between them. I loved that scene. This was my favorite story in the anthology and it struck the perfect ending note for me. Rating: 5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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