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- Print Length: 437 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (April 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UG8RP3G
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On the Way to the Wedding with 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons Book 8) Kindle Edition
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Gregory is the Bridgerton brother who believes in true love and the magic of love. Other reviewers have commented that his belief in spontaneous love at first sight is naive and not credible. His interest in Hermione is a case in point. He does respond to Lucy when he meets her; but she is not the lovely, winsome lass that Hermione is. No one could predict what man Hermione would ultimately choose for a husband. Lucy is so traditional and so lackluster a character at first that no one could be surprised that she would marry to save her family and not hold out for a love match. I agree that more scintillating repartee between Gregory and Lucy would have been helpful. He had more animated conversations with his Mother and sister, Hyacinth. I, for one, was relieved that he took the initiative in seducing Lucy and trying to upend her wedding ceremony as the vows were spoken. There is no question that once Gregory realizes he is in love that his character blossoms and is animated. Lucy does not ever reach that point where her love for Gregory is all-consuming. She fares better in the two epilogues than she does in the plot.
The series merits a 3 ranking in my estimation with the best three earning a 4 each. If this is all one has to read on a plane flight, it is entertaining; but not Julia Quinn's best effort.
There are just too many other people involved in this story for me to have liked it. First, we have to deal with Gregory's feelings for another woman. Then there is the complication of Lucy's engagement. For me, this book fails because I just couldn't like Lucy and because the big twist in the story was one that I just couldn't get over.
Spoiler!!! When the big scene happens and Gregory tries to stop Lucy's wedding and fails, Quinn lost me. After Lucy marries another man, the resolution was so ludicrous that I prefer to forget that this book is one of the Bridgerton books because I don't want to read it again.
Lucy Abernathy has been "almost engaged" for the past decade to someone of her uncle's choosing. And while it isn't a love match she is determined to make the best of her situation. After all, that's what she does best. She does believe, however, that her friend Hermione should find love. To that end Lucy agrees to help Gregory win the aloof Hermione. While doing so, Gregory and Lucy realize they love each other. But circumstances, like Lucy's betrothal and a case of treason, come between them.
A riveting story of love and intrigue and happy endings. This edition contains a second epilogue that add thirty-two pages of drama and intrigue.
Gregory and Lucy’s story was so unpredictable! It literally had my heart thumping out of my chest towards the end, not knowing what in the world was happening, and going to happen! Their love was one for the history books!
Bravo, Julia Quinn. Bravo!!!
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All in all, very satisfactory end to the series. I will now check out the second epilogue in "The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After."
Beautifully dramatic; a slow build in feelings, and events.
Quinn has again managed to continue the stories of every sibling within the Bridgeton series, and quietly revealing a new burning love that will stand the test of time. She involves past feelings and family ties and bonds that make you wish for a larger family, and appreciate the comfort of having people who love you unconditionally. - even those that will sit on a tree branch with you - waiting for hours on end - without questioning you.
I have long been a fan of regency romance (first introduced to Georgette Heyer by my grandmother as a young teenager) and was introduced to Julia Quinn by a friend quite recently. What instantly struck me about Julia Quinn's books was the strength of characters. The few historical inaccuracies, though noticeable do not generally detract from the story.
Unfortunately, though this book was still an enjoyable read, I was a little disappointed. I felt the lead characters, Gregory and Lucy, were not as well developed as normal and as the series progressed I found that the characters from the previous books in this series become increasingly stilted with the exception of Violet Bridgerton.
It would also find it refreshing if the "naughty" scenes had a little more variety to them from book to book, they seem to be written to a formula.
I recommed this book as a conclusion to the rest of the series but I would not recommend it as the starting point for anyone reading the books out of sequence.
Then he sees her. Just the back of her neck, but it's enough, and it's perfect. It's love.
Being the best friend of Hermione Watson is not always the easiest of tasks, because Hermione is beautiful. In the three years of their friendship, Lady Lucy Abernathy has seen a lot of lovesick fools, and can spot one at twenty paces. When Gregory Bridgerton joins the rest, Lucy realises that this is the man her friend should marry, because he's just so much better than the rest.
But Hermione has different ideas, and a love in mind all of her own. She saw the back of his neck, and she just knew...
And so the final Bridgerton tale is upon us, and it's back to the witty romps that Julia Quinn excels at, and while we're at it, we'll take a side swipe at love at first sight. Poor Gregory, like Francesca he's been one of the quiet Bridgertons, but appearences from Anthony, Kate, Violet, Hyacinth and Colin manage to keep it in the family. That doesn't mean that Gregory doesn't suffer. In fact I think it's safe to say that (with the possible exception of Daphne in 'The Duke and I') no Bridgerton has ever had to work harder to gain their HEA.
When he finally figures out what it is he's working for, that is.
Lucy herself is a sweet-natured mixture of practicality and loyalty. She likes things to be nice and neat for everyone, and does all she can to keep it that way. If she some times forgets to look after herself at the same time, well, that doesn't matter, as long as everyone else is happy. Her near-identical conversations with Hermione and Gregory about love are a fabulous example of rational confusion amongst idealistic dreamers.
For me this book improves on every reread. The first time I found Hermione highly irritating, but now I regard her as merely silly. It's always a joy to read Anthony and Kate, no matter how little the former improves with age, and Hyacinth is as nosily charming as ever.
But this book is more about Lucy learning to put herself first, and Gregory realising that some things in life are truly worth fighting for, than it is about the Bridgerton clan. Which is as it should be, considering how little a part to play he's had in the other books. This might well be why it's not rated as highly as the other seven by most people.
However, with twists, turns and breathless dashes across London, this tale brings the Bridgertons to a worthy (and chucklesome) close. Give it a try, then read it again. It is worth it. And if you haven't read the other seven, go and grab 'The Duke and I'. If you have, but they're the only JQ you've read, go read her other seven.
This is an author who is not to be missed.
I have all of Julia Quinn's book's absolutely love everyone. she is one of the best authors of historical romance books. Even though I re-read her books I never get bored with them. I love reading a set of books about the same family because you get to know all the family. You will not be disappointed Highly recommended.