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Wonderful book , Julia Quinn always produces amazing books , with wonderful story lines . I have bought ( and read ) all of her books in the Bridgerton series and can’t wait for the series on tv . Highly recommend reading or buying for presents .
I got this to complete a set - I first bought it a year or two ago, before the tv series was A Huge Thing, and enjoyed it. I didn’t watch the series but thought I’d read the rest of the Bridgerton books. I think it’s the best one. As historical romances go, it’s ok; as a depiction of an awkwardly framed love story, it’s good.
I have tried this series several times and given up- previously I just didn't get it. Then I decided to start in the middle with this. A good trope,loving your best friends wife handled very well.Throw in an issue close to my own heart,infertility, very well handled and you have a winner. Beautiful romance,Michael is amazing and Frannie I could perhaps have strangled,but overall inspire of her it was great! And I read the second epilogue today and wept.
Out of all the female leads in JQ’s books I like Francesca the least, it’s all me me me. However the storyline is excellent and Michael needs a medal for perseverance. I do enjoy the book because the overlaps with books 4 and 5 do mean we see the other Bridgertons which is fabulous.
Julia Quinn is a genius! I have loved every bridgerton book so far but this one, this one is by far the best. A beautiful, thrilling, heart breaking story that ends with so much joy and happiness it's hard not to smile as you read the final page. Utterly breathtakingly beautiful to read. <3
Having read a few Bridgeton back to back this is actually a return to form after Colin and Eloise's books being disappointing. I thought she dealt with grief really well and the relationship when it gets going is hot. Thankfully the sex scenes actually are different as well! A real fun page turner.
This has been my favourite Bridgerton book so far but have absolutely loved them all. This book brings you to tears. I’ve not experienced loss the way it was betrayed but still made me cry which Is a very rare thing for me.
Francesca Bridgerton is not like the rest of her siblings - she's quiet where they're loud, sly where they're exuberant and generally a more private person. She is also a widow.
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. Francesca wants to marry, and since he can't have her for himself the last thing he wants to watch is some undeserving idiot court and win her.
Until a chat with Colin Bridgerton puts an idea into his head, one he has never permitted himself to even dream of before - what if he asks Francesca to marry him?
This tale is different from the rest of the Bridgertons, different, in fact, from JQ's usual style, but no less enjoyable. This is no lighthearted romp, full of sharp, witty scenes and farcical moments. Such things aren't in Francesca's nature and wouldn't suit. Instead we have a much more thoughtful, emotional tale of love, grief and coping with loss to the point of freeing oneself to love again.
Oh, and wickedness. Well, you can't have a hero known as the 'Merry Rake' without raising the temperature by a few saucy degrees.
But Michael's about more than seduction and sex, though things were much simpler when that's all he was. In order to win Francesca he first has to deal with his own doubts and demons, before tackling hers. Love is far from a sweet, gentle emotion for him.
For me one of the delights of this book comes from the chapter openers, which JQ has perfected throughout the Bridgerton novels. Here they're made up of extracts of letters between characters, some even to the deceased John. I think they're beautifully executed and add another dimension to the tale. And once more JQ delivers a gorgeous epilogue - the last line of which almost brings me to tears.
Hmm... perhaps I'm sentimental, but whether you are or not, this tale adds a new depth to the Bridgerton series, and is yet another winner from JQ.
This is one of my favourite Bridgerton books, tied with
Romancing Mr Bridgerton (Bridgerton 4)
and while they are both very different stories, they both have the same elements that make a great romance- strong brilliant characters (this is Francesca Bridgerton's turn to find happiness) and a twisting plot, with angst, passion, sorrow, laughter and (most importantly) a happy ending.
Francesca has been widowed after only two years of a happy love filled marrige. And now she decided to leave mourning and search for a husband, for fear of always being alone, and a deep want for children. Michael was Francesca's husband, John's best friend and cousin. On his death, it seems that he gets everything that belongs to John. With the guilt that comes from desiring the last thing that is truely Johns, his wife, he fleas to India for seveal years. When he comes home both him and Francesca have grown up and become stronger people, yet Michael is still taunted by the guilt of wanting Francesca. But with several twists, some smouldering, a rain storm, and some sublte hints from Colin Bridgerton, can it be true love? And can they both overcome their guilt for replacing John?
A really enoyable read, it can be read on its own, or as part of the Bridgerton series.
Julia Quinn is brilliant. She breaks the received romance molds and reshapes stories that are absolutely unforgettable. Michael Stirling is one of my favourite heroes of ALL TIMES. He's Mr. Darcy without pride and prejudice. He's just too delicious. He's everything a hero should be. I LOVE him! Which is why Francesca is secondary for me and I accept her as a Bridgerton because JQ says so. This is one of my top 3 favourite Bridgerton books (the irony). It's unusual also because the book opens with Michael's pov and often reverts to it. Francesca's pov is quantitatively less than Michael's I think, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And that scene in the library...so HOT! Must-read.