Series: Bridgertons #9
Genres: Anthology, Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on April 02, 2013
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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Once upon a time, a historical romance author created a family . . .
But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews (not to mention an overweight corgi) plus an irrepressible matriarch who's a match for any of them . . . These are the Bridgertons: less a family than a force of nature. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love. But they wanted more.
And so the readers asked the author . . .
What happens next? Does Simon ever read his father's letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match?
Does "The End" really have to be the end?
Now, with The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn delivers eight sexy, funny, and heartwarming "2nd Epilogues" plus a bonus story about none other than the wise and witty matriarch Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again—because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun.
Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds:
This book starts with a “Dear Reader” from the author. Please make sure to read it. I know how sometimes people like to skip this but in this case you don’t want to.
This is a book of second chance endings for the eight books that she has written for this series. If you have not read these books before, this book might not be for you. A suggestion would be to get the books covered here and then after you finish the book, read her second epilogue. If you have read the books before, but not for a while, this is a great reason to re-read the books.
The first second epilogue is for Simon and Daphne. Their story was in The Duke and I. It’s nice to see how a husband can love his wife after so many years. Plus he earns kudos for still wanting to be intimate with her – very romantic.
Next is a family affair in the second epilogue for The Viscount Who Loved Me. This story revolves around a game of Pall Mall (think croquet). And you’ll see where the saying of “all’s fair…” comes from.
An Offer From A Gentleman starts off letting you know the inspiration for this story. This second epilogue has the Bridgertons helping Posy Reiling get married. It’s another romantic ending to a great book.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton has Eloise getting married. Julia also brings the reader up-to-date on Colin and Penelope. This one will have you laughing.
To Sir Phillip, With Love has a love story for the daughter of Phillip and Eloise. Amanda’s second epilogue is told in the first person. I love how she has a smart-ass attitude. We also see how mothers and daughters interacted in that time period.
When He Was Wicked is the love story of Francesca and Michael. It also shows how hard it can be to overcome infertility. This is something that still goes on today. But you end up smiling at the end.
It’s In His Kiss is Hyacinth’s second ending. We have a mother trying to please her daughter – no matter how trying she can be. I loved the interaction between Hyacinth and Isabella. It reminded me of my own “altercations” with my own mother.
On the Way To The Wedding continues the story of Gregory and Lucy. I found this to be one of the saddest. You will smile at the end but it does make me glad at how much things have changed for the better.
Julia then gives her readers a treat at the end. She has written a short story titled Violet in Bloom: A Novella. This is a story about Violet Bridgerton. This tale shows how she came to meet Edmund. For me, this was the saddest story even though it is a love story. There is nowhere else this could have been placed. We needed to read the alternative endings for all her other books first. I’m looking forward to seeing if she is going to continue the Bridgerton Saga or not – one can always hope.