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Ms Quinn's Rokesby series delves back to an earlier generation of Rokesby's and Bridgertons, two families entertwined by longstanding friendship and neighbourliness. Everyone expects tomboyish Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers, Edward or Andrew, no one is sure which, but with one in the navy and the other in the army, the brother left at home is George, heir to the Earldom. Unfortunately Billie has never been able to stand George and the feeling is mutual. However when Billy falls out of a tree on to a barn roof and is stranded there by a sprained ankle it's George who comes to the rescue. You can see where this is going, right? And you're not wrong. But it's a pleasant journey to the inevitable conclusion. Quinn handles historical romance with a light touch. There's lots of humour and witty dialogue.
I had read many Regency historical romance books, but as yet nothing from Julia Quinn. So with the extra publicity of the Netflix Bridgerton series I thought I would try the first book in the prequel to it. I found the book rather uneven. The dialogue between the 2 main characters did not ring true, especially at first. I could not really believe in the move from near sibling bickering to aspiring suitor in love. The story becomes more convincing when it moves to London, although the forays into espionage seem somewhat artificial and irrelevant. I see the other books in the prequel series deal with the other sons, Andrew, Edward and Nicholas, but I am not sure whether I shall continue reading this series as the reviews I've read express many reservations not unlike mine.
The first of a new trilogy by Quinn, this tells the story of Billie Bridgerton ( who for Bridgerton fans is Edmund's older sister) and George Rokesby, who have known each other all their lives having grown up on neighbouring estates. Billie has always imagined she would end up marrying a Rokesby, just not George Rokesby. After all he has always looked at her disapprovingly, and she in turn has always thought him arrogant. However, when events conspire to throw them closer together, the two begin to see each other in a new light, a new found respect for the other, not to mention other confusing new feelings.
Another entertaining romance from Quinn, with lots of light repartee and good chemistry between the characters. Billie and George complement each other well and make a good pairing. I also liked Andrew, who perhaps might be a lead character in a later book in the series.
The story was perhaps a little light on plot. I liked the parts that explored George's feelings about not being able to fight for his country like his brothers, however, I thought the bits in London when he gets entangled with the war office were rather silly. Also the entire part set in London just seemed rather too brisk and a bit jarring.
Overall another easy and enjoyable read from Quinn, and I look forward to the rest in the series.
After reading all of the bridgerton books I was reluctant to read any others, until I was advised to start this series. And I was not disappointed! Yes I knew where the story would end up but I enjoyed fully finding out the journey of Billie and George. I obsessed with Julia Quinn's work I simply must read it all in one day. You will not be disappointed