The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After (Bridgerton Family) Paperback – 4 February 2021
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Once upon a time, an 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. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love.But they wanted more.
And so the readers asked the author . . .
What happened 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?
This is a collection of Julia Quinn's funny, heart-warming 'second epilogues,' which are included at the ends of each novel. This collection also includes plus a brand new novella 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 . . .
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- Publisher : Piatkus (4 February 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0349429804
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349429809
- Item Weight : 260 g
- Dimensions : 12.4 x 2.2 x 19.4 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I picked up this book of second epilogues, though many copies of the books I had already downloaded had them within.
When you become invested in a series, it's easy to be left feeling a little empty. You want to know what happens after the 'Happily Ever After'.
These second epilogues all follow the stories of each sibling. Some a few years later, some more, some less, but they tie up the stories even more firmly than the original epilogues.
And the addition of a short novella focussing on Violet, the matriarch of the family was a lovely surprise too!
My #Bridgertonuary is complete, though I have now realised that there are a few other books I could read, The Rokesby collection, which is a series of 4 books that are set pre this particular Bridgerton clan, and work as prequels.
They may just be another set I have to read!
I enjoyed reading about supporting characters and seeing their happy endings, however I was hoping for more of the 8 siblings and less of the supporting characters. I know it's difficult to write a second epilogue, and Julia Quinn did a decent job, although sometimes it seemed random, it was still decent.
The one thing I really didn't want to read about was Violet's story. She has been such a great character in every single one of the series. An amazing mother, a beautiful, elegant lady and a wonderful role model to all, that it was a bit strange for me to see her as the young girl she was when she met their father and fell for him. I definitely did not want to read about her sexual escapades with him either, having been that fictional mother figure to all. I was saddened at how he died, but I felt if Quinn was going to tell her story, she deserved a full-length novel, rather than a shortened, rushed version of it.
It was sweet to read about the Bridgertons again, but not what I had hoped it would be. I admit to feeling slight disappointment.