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A light and fluffy historical romance in which Poppy Bridgerton meets Andrew Rokesby. These are members of families in Ms. Quinn's long series of books, each dealing with one family member finding true love in spite of all difficulties. In this case the relationship doesn't start well when Andrew kidnaps Poppy and carries her off on a sea voyage to Portugal. There are reasons, of course, and it will be no surprise to tell you that it all turns out right in the end… but there are a few twists while love grows. Yes, OK, you tend to know what you're going to get with historical romance, but Ms. Quinn is adept at witty dialogue and she handles the passion well. My only slight quibble with this is the use of contemporary swearing. (I have no problem with cussing, but some of the turns of phrase were distinctly un-historical, which dragged me out of the story briefly.) Also, unusually for Ms. Quinn, there's an interesting chunk of story glossed over a bit too quickly at the end.
The Other Miss Bridgerton is the third book in the Rokesby series, which in itself is a prequel to the Bridgerton series which has recently been made into a Netflix series.
Poppy Bridgerton, bored with society life, gets a little more adventure than she expected when she stumbles across a smuggler's cove and is kidnapped by pirates. Luckily for Poppy (but maybe slightly disappointingly for readers like me), these are nice pirates, led by Captain Andrew James, who treat Poppy generally respectfully, even while they are holding her captive. There is more to Captain James than meets the eye, and he does not reveal his full identity to Poppy, for reasons frankly known only to Andrew.
Captain Andrew is a nice hero, on the whole gentlemanly with just a hint of a rogue. He assumes for most of the book that he will have to marry Poppy for propriety's sake, so you really don't feel that her reputation is ever in too much risk. Poppy is a fun heroine, who has good banter with Andrew.
This books started off very gentle and pleasant, and I thought it was going to be a simple, sweet romance until about halfway though when the plot takes a sudden dramatic turn halfway through, much to my delight. Suddenly the characters are thrown into peril and danger and I found it much more exciting.
The end, once it arrived, wrapped up very quickly. As the story is told mainly from Poppy's POV, some of the action takes place off the page and Andrew's identity reveal is dealt with very quickly. I maybe would have liked just a little more from them before the got their HEA.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Other Miss Bridgerton and while it may not be my favourite Julia Quinn novel, it is definitely one I will enjoy again. I'm also looking forward to reading the fourth and final book in the series, First Comes Scandal.
Having met older brothers George and Edward in the first two books, we now get to enjoy seeing the witty third brother Andrew matched, in his case to the equally witty Poppy. Plenty of verbal sparring ensues when Andrew feels compelled to kidnap the female found poking about in his secret cave used to hide his brandy and secret government letters. She spends the whole boring journey to Portugal shut in his cabin, not knowing he's highly eligible. He knows the whole time there's a real risk he'll have to marry her, but by the time they arrive in Lisbon, that's not the awful prospect it seemed when he first met her. Sparkling!
I was excited for this next book. I was not let down! This was brilliantly written. The talent of Julia quinn is radiated throughout this novel. The fact she made 2 characters interesting enough to keep the story afloat on their own was amazing. Apart from the odd extra it was Andrew and poppy through the most of it. Very witty and clever. I would recommend reading the forst 2 of the trilogy as many references to family members would be easier to follow. Loved it!!
I seem to have waited ages for this book but it was well worth the wait. I absolutely loved it! Read it very quickly which means I will have to force myself read it again. Of course it helps that I have read all the other relevant books that link to this and so understood the references.
The humor, the characters, the romance- amazingly done by Julia Quinn. This book, much like the others in the series, starts off quickly and moves into the plot development. It had me laughing, grinning like an idiot, hanging off the edge of my seat and sighing so many times. I quickly fell in love with the characters and I could feel the romance in my bones whilst reading this. Easily a new all-time favorite!