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For this being Hyacinth's book, and one with loads of Lady Danbury, I was a bit disappointed. It's cute but it lacked a ton of romance and was just ok. However, I did enjoy the banter, sarcasm and Hyacinth-isms.
I M so happy to conclude this series. Many of these books have been just plain annoying. The heroines are always described as intelligent, then they proceed to do a series of stupid actions. All of the Brothers are described as rakes without one contracting syphillis, which was rampant in Recency England. ( hence the high rate of miscarriages) Most of the heroines are so innocent as to not know what intercourse is, although part of their childhood was spent on a country estate. I enjoyed the pre sequels much more, than the actual series.
This is probably my least favorite of the series this far. I really felt that the story could've done without Gareth using sex to trap her into marriage and the rest of the plot would be still been ok. I also didn't love the addition of the scene setting at the beginning of new chapters to replace the letters or Whistledown papers, I thought it was trying to hard when something didn't need to be added. All that being said, this was still entertaining and I'm interested to see how the tv show adapts this part of the Bridgerton story.
I must agree with most of the fellow reviewers, it was an ok book, kind of disappointing and also kind of lacking. Not enough chemistry between the main characters, and Hy, well she was just not really special. Regardless, it was a cute book. I read it before The Viscount Who Loved Me, and didn't think much of Anthony's scene, but after i read the later i couldn't understand his attitude towards Hy. I loved his book, the hero and heroine had enough encounters to make romance seem believable enough, and you couldn't help falling a little bit in love with the viscount, but the hero in this book, Gareth? How was he a rake or a rogue? Hy seemed to take "advantage of him, bested him at every turn. He wasn't that big of a rake. Finally, the biggest disappointment, the jewels!!! What tha Heck ( pardon my English) was that!!!!!??? So much for nothing, meaning what?, they lived on her dowry?!!!. And their daughter simply decided to keep the jewels to herself!!!?????? Like Lady Whistledown would say: "This author must confess, she was rather confused with the turn of events in the story, and she can only hope that the next books of our otherwise superb writer are a bit more exciting and interesting, then again, this author can only hope!!!!
Note: The Amazon website has confused the Kindle Edition of the 2nd Epilogue of this story with the main novel. I guess there isn't an actual Kindle edition of the main novel yet.
This is a fairly short story that continues one of the subplots of Hyacinth's story. It's very cute in that it provides a sketch of Hyacinth's relationship with her daughter when her daughter has become a young lady, as Hyacinth was in the original Bridgerton series. Not much else to comment on without giving major spoilers, though I do wish Ms. Quinn had worked out a slightly different ending.
Probably more like 2 & 1/2 stars. I guess I'm just getting a little tired of the Bridgeton family. I like the story. I liked the characters, except Hyacinth seemed a lot like Her other sisters. I seem to like the heroes more. I did really like Daphne in book 1, and some of the sisters-in-law. Only one more Bridgerton to go.
I felt the romance was not intense enough to cause a young girl in Regency England to give up "all she was worth," and the mystery was not compelling. I found I had to force myself to continue to read to get to the end. The characters are likeable enough, but in this story line, I was not held spellbound.