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On The Way To The Wedding: Number 8 in series (Bridgerton Family) Paperback – 6 Jul 2006
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** 'Smart, funny. (TIME MAGAZINE)
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A funny thing happened . . .
Unlike most men of his acquaintance, 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! Except . . .
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, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar . . .--Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre. See all Product description
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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.
It wasn't bad as I had been afraid it might be, with high expectations and all. Great plot and romance and the meet-cutes, all in place. Gregory Bridgerton though is not as well-defined as his brothers and he's right in suspecting that he isn't as heroic as they are. But towards the end, just as he is coming up to mark, Lucy, the wonderful tenacious Lucy, says to Lord Haselby, who has been established as NOT being interested in women, and from whom she herself has just escaped most fortunately, 'But do you still wish for a wife? Because I could help you find one, once I'm settled that is.'
A heroine I had rooted for and liked throughout the book suddenly changes and emerges as this cruel woman, who is happy to make another woman a victim of a loveless, sexless marriage. Why? It was a terrible betrayal. I wish it could be edited and got rid of, because it leaves such a bad taste in the mouth. The rest of the book pales in comparison to this huge let down. At least for me it did. Lucy Abernathy transformed in a space of minutes from heroine to antagonist. Not a way to remember the last Bridgerton book.
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.
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