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The author has touched various strings of my heart as I read the book, I laughed, I smiled, I cried and I was in absolute awe when there was something unexpected and romantic. Author has different stories for each of the Bridgerton children but this one touched my heart. The girl who thought she cannot love again found love who was just in front of her all the time!!
A second-time-around story for Francesca Bridgerton and Michael Stirling. Michael, an infamous rake, falls in love with Francesca on the day before her wedding to his beloved cousin, John, so he hides his feelings and becomes her friend… until, unexpectedly, his cousin John dies. Michael inherits the family fortune and title, and unwilling to take advantage of John's widow (despite his feelings) takes himself off to India. Four years later he returns. Francesca, newly out of half-mourning, has decided to look for a husband, and Michael's mother is urging him to look for a wife. We know which way it's heading but it's the route it takes that makes it interesting. Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels are always entertaining.
Oh my goodness! This was by far the raunchiest of the Regency series, the Bridgertons! Francesca is #6 in the order of siblings to get the Julia Quinn treatment, and it had been a long time coming. At some point, during the other books, Francesca married and was whisked off to Scotland to take her seat with her Earl. Sadly, two years into their blissfully happy marriage, he passes away. Four years after being widowed, she realises that she wants to marry again. She wants, desperately, to be a mother. Michael, John's cousin, has been one of her best friends, throughout her short marriage, but, in her widowhood, he disappears off to India. He's been described as the Merry Rake, and now, as the new Earl, when he arrives back in the country, there is no shortage of offers for marriage. But none come close to being the right woman. Because the right woman is the one woman he can't have. Another great addition to the Bridgerton series, and the raunch factor was definitely upped in this one!
I am relatively green romance novel reader. I stumbled upon Lisa Kleypas and read most of he book. I really enjoy most of them. Then I moved on to Sarah MacLean (that I did not enjoyed nearly as much, rolling my eyes on almost every page) and eventually I discovered Bridgerton series.
I enjoy it very, very much. It is funny, sexy and it is very good writing. However book no 5 about Francesca was not that enjoyable. Writing was good as usual, but the character of Francesca drove me crazy. She is described as logical, cool headed and perceptive. But further in to the book her IQ was dropping. Her catch phrase seems to be "Michael", and nothing else. She was constantly either speechless, or started sentence without ability to finish it or was just saying "Michael" for the sake of saying it. When asked question her regular answer was "I don't know". I gave it 3 stars because writing was quite good, I like the whole series very much, and first half is rather digestible. To finish on the positive note - I already started the next book. I like it very much thanks to healthy dosage of Lady Danbury's presents (and of course her caine!) :)
Francesca is a naughty girl. Even before losing her poor husband to an aneurysm, she displays curiosity levels unbecoming a cat let alone a Georgian countess in hey brother in law's night time exploits with the lovely ladies of London Town. After the husband trots off this mortal coil, the brother in law (who had been in love with Francesca since day 1) decides that India is where all of the cool kids are (who are now earls with severe issues due to unrequited love that could be resolved by just telling the object of their desires). Brother in law returns and thankfully after pages of, well, rumpy pumpy and much galavanting across Britain (surely not practical with the modes of transport available or the quality of infrastructure in Georgian Britain) there is a wedding. Of sorts.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed the other 7. Although there was always delicious lovemaking in the other books, and fitted naturally into the story, here I felt there was too much in this novel and it got in the way of the story. Francesca was always different to the other Bridgertons, but even so, she was TOO remote from the others. If I read 'But this is Michael' and her running away one more time I was going to scream! Each to their own I suppose, but this book wasn't for me.
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 .