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The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn

June 2nd, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Series: Bridgertons #9.1-9.9

Rating: ★★★★½

Summary from For the first time in print, New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents a collection of “second epilogues” to her Bridgerton series, previously published as e-originals, plus a new bonus Bridgerton novella: “Violet in Bloom,” a short story in which we finally meet Edmund Bridgerton.

I cannot even put into words how much I adore the Bridgerton series.  When I first picked up The Viscount Who Loved Me I immediately fell in love with Julia Quinn’s writing.  I was unbelievably excited to find out it was actually part of a series and I devoured the rest of the books and eagerly awaited each new book.  When we finally came to Hyacinth’s story I was so sad to see the end to our journey through the Bridgerton family so I jumped at the chance to read these second epilogues.

Being Anthony and Kate’s story is still my favorite I loved seeing their rematch at Pall Mall and everyone’s shenanigans to gain control over the black mallet of death.  It cracked me up and was an extremely satisfying addition to their story.

Benedict and Sophie were my next favorite couple so while I was initially disappointed their epilogue didn’t focus on them but rather on Posy.  But it was nice to see what came of Posy after being so integral to Benedict and Sophie’s happily ever after.

I wasn’t as much of a fan of Eloise’s and Francesca’s stories so while their epilogues were interesting to read they don’t rate as my favorites.  Hyacinth’s and Colin’s epilogues were fun to read and Gregory’s story was heart-wrenching.  I literally teared up reading their epilogue.  The only sibling’s epilogue I really did not like was Daphne’s.  Just a warning that this is a spoiler for her epilogue so if you don’t want to know how it ends skip to the next paragraph.  We finally get to see Simon choose to read the letters his father left him and it was such a total let down.  I know Quinn said she wasn’t as interested in what was in the letters as she was in what would make him want to read the letters but still!  To have nothing of importance in them was so anti-climatic that it left me sadly disappointed.

But moving onto Violet’s story.  I had to mentally prepare myself for this one because we all know that Edmund dies tragically young.  It was a touching read and it was heart breaking to see Violet faced with her beloved’s death.

All in all this was an excellent return to the Bridgerton family that I loved reading.

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