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The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons Companion
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 15th January – 27th March 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Collection
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: Off to the side, Colin winced.

Synopsis

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? 88 II Does “The End” really have to be the end? II 8 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.

Thoughts

This is a great collection. Although my editions of the full-length novels often included the Second Epilogues, it was nice to have them all in one collection. Particularly since there is an extra novella at the very end that is not included in any other novel. Each and everyone of these stories not only makes you feel as though the story is actually completed, but they also give you happy, tingling feelings that leave a huge smile on your face.

I must admit, that although I loved each and everyone of these tales, it was the first five couples that I truly adored. Maybe because they all had such strong relationships to one another, whereas the last three were not as intimate with their older siblings. Which makes total sense, but the appearances of more than one sibling throughout the other stories meant that I felt far more attached to them than their younger counterparts. Which also meant that I didn’t enjoy the final second epilogues quite as much.

I love this collection of tales. There is something about it that completely draws you in and makes you fall in love with the Bridgertons again and again and again. Not only does it give some sense of what happens after happily-ever-after. But it also lets you revisit a world and characters that you have fallen in love with. There is definitely something unforgettable and completely loveable about the slightly insane family and all of those who choose to spend their lives with them…

<- Violet in BloomMore Julia Quinn ->

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Violet in Bloom by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: Violet in Bloom
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #8.75
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 27th March 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 20
5th sentence, 74th page: “Oh, it’s a surprise,” Edmund said, grinning wolfishly at her from across the carriage.

Synopsis

All of the Bridgertons have found their happily ever afters. But what about the matriarch? Violet? What about her story? Does she find her happily ever after too?

Thoughts

Through the whole series of The Bridgertons, one character continuously shows up and takes centre stage. So I was deliriously excited to read a novella that is all about her… the mother, the caretaker and, quite possibly, the most meddlesome character of all the Bridgertons. It certainly wasn’t the kind of story that I was expecting, but it really was a sweet way to completely round out the series. Now the books are all back on my shelves and I look forward to reading them all in the future!

I was expecting this novella to be about Violet and Edmund – their romance and their courtship. And whilst this did make up a decent portion of this story, it really wasn’t the centre of it. In fact, this story was about Violet’s life. The entirety of her life, both before and after Edmund. It wasn’t quite what I wanted. But it was definitely what I needed.

It makes a certain kind of sense that this story isn’t just about Edmund and Violet. After all, most of her life actually ends up centring around her children. Which means that most of this story still focuses on them, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and her happiness.  It kind of makes you want to have your own gaggle of unruly children…

<- On the Way to the Wedding – The Second EpilogueThe Bridgertons ->

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On the Way to the Wedding – The Second Epilogue By Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: On the Way to the Wedding: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #8.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 25th March 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2006
5th sentence, 74th page: “It’s a happy accident, I assure you,” Gregory said.

Synopsis

Gregory and Lucy found their happily ever after. But, with a gaggle of children, how do they figure out what to name each of the children? As always, things aren’t quite as simple as they seem.

Thoughts

I like that of all the Bridgerton siblings, it is the last one that seriously wants a whole slew of children. The last sibling who decides to do the same as his mother and have eight children. Which you find out at the end of On the Way to the Wedding. What I didn’t know I needed until this Second Epilogue was to find out what they named each of their children. Actually, just coming up with those names seems kind of ridiculous.

Gregory and Lucy weren’t necessarily my favourite couple in this series, their Second Epilogue was definitely the most potentially tragic. Where the other seven are filled with happiness, wit and humour, this story definitely didn’t have that. Actually, if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m getting so used to Quinn’s happily ever afters, I would have expected this to end so much worse than it did. I was genuinely scared. But, spoiler alert, it doesn’t all end badly.

As the final Second Epilogue of the series, I was kind of pleased that this didn’t necessarily have a happy note to it. My only real complaint about romances is that when you find your one and only, things don’t always go as planned. So finishing out a series in which all the lives are damn near perfect with the potential to tear everything apart… that kind of worked brilliantly.

<- On the Way to the WeddingViolet in Bloom ->

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It’s In His Kiss – The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: It’s In His Kiss – The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #7.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 10th March 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2006
5th sentence, 74th page: “This really should count for something,” he murmured.

Synopsis

What happened to the diamonds?

If you’ve read “It’s in His Kiss, ” you want to know. Don’t miss this charming and passionate addendum, in which Gareth proves that some things get better with age, Hyacinth gains new respect for her mother (with a daughter like Isabella she’d have to, wouldn’t she?), and everyone learns that while diamonds are lovely, sometimes tenacity is a girl’s best friend.

Thoughts

One of my Mum’s favourite things to say to me is “I hope you have a daughter just like you”. It’s also something that gets said to Hyacinth throughout It’s In His Kiss. Which of course means that the second epilogue has to be partially about the daughter she has… who is exactly like her. Just as difficult, contrary and opinionated. I also love the fact that at the very conclusion of It’s In His Kiss, Isabella is also the one to solve the big mystery. Fast forward fifteen years and Hyacinth is still driving everyone nuts with her stubbornness.

Reading this short story made me think about To Sir Phillip, With Love: The Second Epilogue. And how much fun the two strong willed cousins would have together. How much havoc they would wreak upon the family. How many circles they would run around everyone… it made me laugh out loud and more than a little dizzy.

Although I absolutely adored that this story was about Hyacinth’s daughter being exactly like her. I loved even more that after fifteen years, Hyacinth is still searching for the same treasure. Still stubbornly trying to solve a riddle. And, Isabella not only finds out and gives her Mum the closure she needs, but she also appreciates the love and commitment that both of her parents show to one another. The love and commitment that shines through their everyday lives.

<- It’s In His KissOn the Way to the Wedding ->

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When He Was Wicked – The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: When He Was Wicked: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #6.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 9th March 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2007
5th sentence, 74th page: Not a very masculine subject.

Synopsis

Do the best things really come to those who wait? Three years have passed since Francesca’s and Michael’s marriage, and they are still childless. And Francesca wonders, can a woman be truly and completely happy when a little piece of her heart remains empty? But just when she makes peace with her fate, something unexpected occurs.

Thoughts

I’ve never really thought that infertility and the difficulties of getting pregnant are talked about often enough. Not in real life, not in the media, not in books. Since When He Was Wicked not only started with Francesca having a miscarriage, but also her need to start her own family was a major driver, I was a bit put out when there wasn’t much discussion as to this aspect of hers and Michael’s future at the end of the novel. The Second Epilogue fixed this oversight in an incredibly powerful and meaningful manner.

Although it wasn’t quite the way I expected it, both Francesca and Michael do get a happily ever after in this story. Of all the Bridgerton tales, they have the hardest, most tragic journey to travel. So it kind of makes sense that even having children is far more difficult for them than anyone else in the family. Yet, when they finally start to create their own, it’s also the happier, more joyful experience…. Or at least, that’s how I found it.

This is a great way to round out the story of Francesca and Michael. It’s sweet, a little tragic and touches upon issues that many couples are forced to face. They might not be my favourite couple in the series, but they do have my favourite story.

<- When He Was WickedIt’s In His Kiss ->

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To Sir Phillip, With Love – The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: To Sir Phillip, With Love: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #5.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 8th March 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: “I always have wishes,” he remarked.

Synopsis

Those cute kids from romance novels aren’t actually supposed to grow up, are they?

When last we saw Amanda Crane, she was eight years old and (in her own words) a blight on the face of humanity. Now she’s grown up, remarkably well-adjusted, and ready to fall in love. All she needs is the right gentleman…

Thoughts

Although they were completely impossible and terrifying… I actually fell completely in love with the Crane twins in Sir Phillip, With Love. There was just something about their need, their spirit and their intelligence that made me fall head over heels in love. So, when I turned to the first page of the second epilogue and found out that it was about Amanda… well, a huge grin broke out across my face.

Unlike the rest of the series, where your point of view is on the shoulder of one of the characters, this entire short story is written in first person. Almost like a diary. And it worked so well. I don’t know if I would enjoy the whole series like this… it’s important to have distinct tones of voice, and you wouldn’t get this in every book. But for one short story? It’s kind of brilliant.

I loved seeing Amanda grow into the woman she could become. You have this great image and hope for it at the end of a story. Yet, it isn’t until the conclusion that you wonder if you are right with your predictions? Did Amanda and Oliver straighten out? Truly fall in love with Eloise? Did Phillip become a better father? These questions are all answered in this short story. That, and you get to watch the next generation fall in love and find their own happily ever after…

<- To Sir Phillip, With LoveWhen He Was Wicked ->

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton – The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: Romancing Mister Bridgerton: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #4.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 7th March 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2007
5th sentence, 74th page: “There really wasn’t an appropriate time.”

Synopsis

We can’t really say more without giving away a big, fat spoiler, but it turns out that Colin is a bit of a meddler, Hyacinth is more of a meddler, and the only time all of the Bridgertons stop talking at once is when Penelope has something really embarrassing to say. Hey, we never said it was easy to marry a Bridgerton, just that it was fun.

Thoughts

This wasn’t quite the epilogue that I was expecting. I had kind of thought that it would be much further into the future than it was (or at least further than the initial epilogue). And, I didn’t expect it to centre so much on Eloise and Penelope’s friendship.

Not that that’s a bad thing. Sometimes the most surprising moments are the ones that you enjoy the most. Sometimes it’s those small glimmers that make you go wow. I didn’t know that I needed this. And this second epilogue was kind of like that.

I can’t really say much in this review without giving away one of the big wow moments in Romancing Mister Bridgerton, but I can tell you that this is a great story. It highlights the Bridgerton relationships in a much more pointed way. It’s also made me love Eloise and Hyacinth even more. There is just something about these two meddlesome, troublemaking sisters that makes me grin like a maniac. Who wants a boring family anyway?

<- Romancing Mister BridgertonTo Sir Phillip, With Love ->

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An Offer from a Gentleman – The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: An Offer from a Gentleman: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #3.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 5th March 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2001
5th sentence, 74th page: “She said that Mr. Fibberly called.”

Synopsis

Did you wonder what happened to Posy after she finally stood up to her mother? Did she finally find her own happily ever after? Find out in this second epilogue.

Thoughts

At the end of An Offer from a Gentleman, all I could think was “I hope that Posy gets her happily ever after”. After all, she tried to be a good sister to Sophie for years. And, ultimately, stood up for her at the detriment of the possibilities of her own future. Which all made me exceedingly happy when I started the first sentence of the second epilogue…. And found out that it was about Posy.

Sophie and Benedict do make an appearance throughout this short story. Which is good, because it’s nice to know that a few years after their marriage, they are still happy and have a few boys to show for their nuptial delights. But, mostly it’s about finding Posy her own happily ever after.

I love that lightning strike, infatuation at first site moment that happens when Posy does find her true love. I love that Sophie and Benedict thought to set them up because he has a nice smile. And, I love that although Posy is finally happy in and of herself, she still has some issues of self image. Mostly through her eating habits. It shows that the damages of her childhood don’t miraculously disappear, but they do diminish and let her, too, have her happily ever after.

 <- An Offer from a GentlemanRomancing Mister Bridgerton ->

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The Viscount Who Loved Me: The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: The Viscount Who Loved Me: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #2.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 16th January 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2006
5th sentence, 74th page: She had sent his ball into the lake.

Synopsis

Fifteen years have passed, but the Bridgertons are as devious and diabolical as ever when it comes to life on the croquet field. Join Anthony, Kate, Simon, Daphne, Colin, Edwina, and (of course) the mallet of death, as Julia Quinn shows that happily ever after can still be a little bit wicked… and a whole lot of fun.

Thoughts

One of my favourite things about Kate and Anthony in The Viscount Who Loved Me was the fact that Kate and Anthony are constantly engaged in some kind of witty banter. This second epilogue highlights that aspect of their relationship. Through the game of Pall Mall. And the Mallet of Death. I love that they continue to play this game years after that first iconic game and continue their insane banter and competitiveness with each other.

Even after fifteen years together, I love the Kate and Anthony are competitive and aggressive. They’re so determined to win that they’ll cheat and scheme. Including fight each other over the right to collect the Mallet of Death.

Even though Kate and Anthony are incredibly competitive and spiteful within this story, they are still so very clearly in love. In fifteen years time, I would love to have this same fun and light spirit in my own marriage. One full of banter and witty arguments…

 <- The Viscount Who Loved MeAn Offer From a Gentleman ->

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The Duke and I: The Second Epilogue by Julia Quinn

Overview
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Title: The Duke and I: The Second Epilogue
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #1.5
In: The Bridgertons (Julia Quinn)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romanceRegency romance
Dates read: 15th January 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Avon
Year: 2000
5th sentence, 74th page: Her heart thumped, then flipped, and any facility she might have possessed for synonym retrieval flew right out of her.

Synopsis

Fifteen years have passed, but the Bridgertons are still just as happy and devoted to one another. Join Daphne and Simon as they discover yet another surprise is heading their way.

Thoughts

I read The Duke and I because I needed a Q author for a reading challenge. And I very quickly became absolutely obsessed and just demolished the whole story. So it was really, really nice to revisit Simon and Daphne in this second epilogue. They’re just such a wonderful, cute couple and I loved every short moment of revisiting their happily ever after moment.

I like that whilst the epilogue in the actual novel is a little more immediate, this story takes place twenty years after the events of the main novel. Mostly romances provide a story, and then you get to imagine most of the happily ever after. This short story just ensured that you got confirmation that all the hopeful, happily ever after thoughts you may or may not have were actually spot on.

Children is something that has begun to be discussed a fair bit in my household (I’m approaching thirty), so it was fun to read a story in which that conversation is still being had twenty years after the first children, and moments of happiness have been achieved. It was a little intense… but, considering Daphne is only forty (although old for the time period), it may even be a discussion that takes place in my own household…

 <- The Duke and IThe Viscount Who Loved Me ->

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