Review: Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Stefanie Sloane & Laure Lee Guhrke
Source: Received for review
Publication date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
About the Book:
Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laurie Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane bring you the tale of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings.
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.
“… and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!
I saw Julia Quinn’s name on this one and it was a definite must read for me. If you haven’t read her books yet you need to go out and get her entire Bridgerton family series. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
But back to the anthology, I’m not usually a huge fan of them because I don’t care for novellas but for the most part I really enjoyed this one.
Something Old by Julia Quinn – I don’t have much to say about this one since it was really short and served as the setup for the rest of the series.
Something New by Stefanie Sloane was my favorite story in the book. I loved Anne and Rhys and their story was simply enchanting. Despite being a novella the romance didn’t feel rushed to me and both characters were well developed. Stefanie Sloan is a new to me author that I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.
Something Borrowed by Elizabeth Boyle was an enjoyable story as well. I wasn’t head over heels for Cordelia and Kipp but their story was fun to read and I would definitely like to read Kipp’s brother’s story.
Something Blue by Laura Lee Guhrke – I have to admit I didn’t care for this one at all. I found the hero irritating especially with how he doesn’t really get why Elinor wouldn’t belief the worst about her own father. While I agree with Lawrence that what Elinor’s father did was deplorable he showed no compassion towards Elinor whatsoever. The fact that he glosses over the impact bringing her father up on charges would have on Elinor and the rest of her family also irritated me. You would think he would at least have a few qualms about basically ruining her chances of having a good life. I also never came to like Elinor much. Her character seemed all over the place and I honestly had a hard time caring whether she and Lawrence ended up together or not.
… and a Sixpence in Her Shoe by Julia Quinn – Not surprisingly I really enjoyed this one though it seemed shorter than the others. Due to the shortness of the story there was a bit too much of the instalove for me but I still liked both Bea and Frederick. Their story is cute and is a nice wrap up to the anthology.
Overall I would say this was a delightful read with Something Blue being the only weak spot for me. I wish Julia Quinn’s parts were longer but I am happy to have found some other new authors to read more from in the future.