When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family Series) Mass Market Paperback – 10 Jul 2004
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smart, funny . . . Reminiscent of Bridget Jones --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.
The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
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Francesca is married to John Earl of Kilmartin whom she loves(he loves her and is a good husband - there is nothing wrong with him unlike in some books!), she is freinds with his best friend and cousin Michael.
Michael has loved Francesca from the moment he saw her but has kept that fact hidden from all.
The story starts with Johns death and deals with the horror of finding your husband dead, well, but with a light touch that stops it from being a depressing book.
From Michaels perspective it deals with the fact that he now inherits the title, land and money that was Johns. Whilst only ever wanting Francesca, it deals well with how he views/feels about all the changes.
So the book then becomes the journey of how they end up together, realising their emotions and accepting others. The 'romantic' scenes are hot but blend and feel very much a part of the story.
It is a beautifully writen book blending strong emotions with the lightest brush strokes of humour whilst keeping the feel of the regency time without the clichés of a lot of other regency romances.
In this instalment of the Bridgerton family saga, Francesca is already married to a man she is in love with. WHAT? Obviously, this is the begining, and not the end of the book so something must go wrong, which it does, and she must find happiness again. Since this is JQ, there is a fair bit of humor involved, though not as much as most of the others, as a major theme in this novel is grief and berevement. But don't despair, Francesca wins out in the end, and now we all must wait for the next Bridgerton book to come down the pipe.
I highly recomend this to anyone, whether or not they have read the other books in this series. The autor kindly does not make having read her previous efforts a requirement of understanding the plot, although readers of the series will enjoy the other family member's appearances. If you are a stickler for historical accuracy, leave your quibbles at the door. This is a work of fiction, not a history essay.
At the age of twenty she met and married John Stirling, Earl of Kilmartin, and even if she hadn't loved him so much she would have been grateful to him for rescuing her from her family. Not that she doesn't love them, she just prefers not to have to deal with them all the time. But in John she's found her match. They share everything - including their sense of humour - and as a bonus, marriage to John includes friendship with Michael, John's delightfully wicked cousin.
For two years Francesca's life is perfect, but then John is gone, and Michael - the one person who knew John as she knew him and can fully understand her loss - is avoiding her.
Michael Stirling has a secret: for all his wicked ways he's actually in love. The most wicked thing of all is that Francesca is the object of his affections. But he loved John as a brother and never wished him dead, not even for Francesca. Now the world expects him to take his cousin's place, but he doesn't want it. He doesn't want any of it. Except Francesca. And she is the one thing he can never, ever have. Tormented by grief and guilt, and unable to face her, he flees to India.
Four years on Francesca still misses John, but she knows it's time to stop mourning him. She wants children of her own, but the last thing she expects to find in London is Michael.
Ready to take up his responsibilities at last, Michael is home. The ton buzzes with joy over the return of the 'Merry Rake', now a highly eligible earl, but he's soon feeling far from merry.Read more ›
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On the Bridgerton Family series I didn't like this one... took me some time to end it... others from this series I just read it in a couple of days... Read morePublished 18 months ago by R.M.V.
This is definitely a bit different than the other books in the Bridgerton saga. Not just because it starts with Francesca already married. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by Laurajojo
An endless lump of pure tedium. An author who loves starting her staccato sentences with prepositions and the appearance of a first class howler ~ Michael answers Francesca... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Queen Mab
great book, you just wish they would wake up and smell the coffee, a really great love story, great readPublished on 24 May 2013 by Kindle Customer
Continuing with the Bridgerton family saga. Francesca Bridgerton is a quieter character than her siblings but still as with all of Julia Quinn' s characters they are strong and... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2013 by Sok F. Tang