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I returned this book after I saw the first entry - I have read all the books in the Bridgerton series, loved them all, but this book was just a repeat of the final stories in each of these books, with a short story about Violet at the end. I was quite disappointed, since I was expecting more from this author. Bottom line: if you have read the series, don't bother with this book!
I simply loved the series. Perhaps it was unrealistic to read epilogues from book 1 as memories were short back to the beginning. I wasn’t sure if I should read this as I enjoyed Gregory just a few days before. Regardless, it was probably the best way to end the series, although each epilogue to each book felt only like a thought.
I love the Bridgerton series. If you have read her most recent Bridgerton books then you don’t need to buy this one. There is a second epilogue in all her new books and this is just a conglomeration of those. Save your money.
Little disappointed that the first 80% of the book consisted of the 2nd Epiloges that were at the end of each of the first eight books. Had I known that was the case I wouldn't have bought this. But the last 20% was good!
Okay, if you are a loyal Quinn fan and have read all of her books, it is kind of fun to see how she revisits the Bridgertons after years of marriage. I loved a couple of the scenarios (Daphne and Benedict were two that stayed with me for a few days). Some were not so interesting but all were fun. Not knowing what this was before created a bit of disappointment when I realized this wasn't a true new novel. However, it is classic Quinn and I did laugh and cry at some point in the book.
I set my expectations too high on this. It's not like a lot of the burning questions weren't answered. Unarguably, it was great to see the backstory of Violet meeting the original Mr. Bridgerton, the discovery of Lady Isabella's jewels, and Sophie's step-sister's get her happily ever after. but I was disappointed with the happily ever after of Simon and Daphne, Anthony and Kate, and with that of Gregory. I'll address the last first. While sentimental, my main problem is still that Gregory is the most stock and least well-rounded of the Bridgerton siblings; therefore, the epilogue was almost as boring as the story. As for Simon and Daphne, the disappointment was of course with the letters that Simon finally read. After all that time, the audience wanted something revealing, and was sadly disappointed. Finally, Anthony and Kate's story was so great as to not need improvement upon.
I would suggest just reading the 2nd epilogues separately, but if you're a JQ fan like me, you won't be able to resist buying it to see. Can't wait for Smythe-Smith #3!
I suppose it wasn't a bad collection of short stories but I tend to think it's better not trying to tell us details of how things worked out for all of our favourite characters. As I said I had more fun going back to read passages in all of the original books, because most of them were so amazing. I think I'd have preferred leaving it at that and not bothering with this book.