The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
By Julia Quinn
Published by HarperCollins
Book 9 in the Bridgerton Series
ONCE UPON A TIME, A HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR CREATED A FAMILY…
But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, (not to mention an overweight corgi), plus an irrepressible matriarch who’s a match for any of them… These are the Bridgertons: less a family than a force of nature. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love. But they wanted more.
And so the readers asked the author…
What happened next? Does Simon ever read his father’s letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match?
Does “The End” really have to be the end?
Now, with The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn delivers eight sexy, funny, and heartwarming “2nd epilogues,” plus a bonus story about none other than the wise and witty Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again—because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Historical-Romance Sweet
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn, is a collection of "second epilogues", for each of the Bridgerton siblings, as well as a short story on Violet being courted by Edmund Bridgerton, and her life after Edmund.
Because this is a collection of short stories, it is hard to review, as they all are fairly short. They do, however, give us a clear understanding on where the characters are, after they got their happily ever afters in their books, which, as an obsessive reader, I appreciate. Sure, I could always imagine where their stories end up, but I love the author's perspective more. All of the epilogues were very much what I would expect, and stayed consistent with the characters in past books. I think the story that hit me most was actually Violet's story. Julia Quinn ... how dare you make me fall in love with a character, knowing he died young? UGH. MY FREAKING HEART STILL HURTS!
No spoilers ... but let's just say, I completely understand why Violet never remarries. We get some questions answered in each family. Like, how many children does everyone have? Are Anthony and Kate still competitive? Does Francesca ever conceive? What was Eloise's reaction to finding out who Lady Whistledown was? Does Hyacinth ever find the diamonds? Do Gregory and Lucy have any more babies? And what purpose does Gregory find in life, other than being a husband and father? How did Violet and Edmund meet? Why doesn't Violet ever get remarried? All these questions are answered in this book. I promise you, its worth the read.
Daphne and Simon making love in the middle of the day
Colin mulling over the evil things he could do after Daphne fell asleep
Simon's delight over discovering they were expecting again
PALL MALL PALL MALL PALL MALL. Let's just say The Viscount Who Loved Me's second epilogue was the best
Benedict and Sophie running to his studio to spy on Posy and the Vicar
Colin's excitement to tell Eloise Penelope's secret, only to find out Hyacinth beat him to it
Colin and Penelope deciding to stay at the inn for a couple of weeks to avoid Eloise and Hyacinth, and get to work on those grandchildren Violet wants.
Learning that Phillip's children grew up well, and I loved Amanda's story meeting her husband
Amanda and Phillip's conversation
Francesca's story. Oh my heart!
Hyacinth murmuring an apology to her mother when her daughter was driving her crazy
Hyacinth finally "finding" the jewels
Gregory and Lucy's oldest daughter helping name the twins
Lucy waking up
Violet setting a trap for "that Bridgerton boy"
Edmund and Violet meeting again, and him asking her to dance
Edmund and Violet's honeymoon
The girls telling baby Hyacinth about their father
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Simon: "How is it we have managed to have three girls out in society at the same time?"
Daphne: "Procreative industriousness at the outset of our marriage."
Simon: "Do you know what I'm thinking?"
Daphne: "If it's not about me, I'm going to be terrible disappointed."
Penelope: "Did she fall asleep?"
Colin stared at his sister in disbelief
Penelope: "I think she did."
Colin: "There are so many things I could do to her right now. Frogs, locusts, rivers turning to blood."
Colin: "It's so tempting."
Colin: "I hate it when you're right."
Penelope: "I know. Pity for you I so often am."
She winced and closed her eyes
Daphne: "Don't rock the bed. You're making me seasick."
Simon: "You don't get seasick."
Daphne: "I do when I'm expecting."
Simon: "You're an odd duck, Daphne Basset."
he murmured, and then stepped back to A) stop rocking the bed and B) remove himself from her immediate vicinity should she take exception to the duck comparison.
(There was a certain history to this. While heavily pregnant with Amelia, she had asked him if she was radiant or if she just looked like a waddling duck. He told her she'd looked like a radiant duck. This had not been the correct answer.)
He cleared his throat
Simon: "You poor, poor dear."
Then he fled.
Daphne: "You, Simon Arthur Fitzanulph Basset, are a good father."
He tried not to puff with pride.
Simon: "You forgot the Henry."
Simon: "Simon Arthur Henry Fitzanulph Basset."
She pffted that.
Daphne: "You have too many names."
Simon: "But not too many children."
He stopped walking and tugged her toward him until they were face to face. He rested one hand lightly on her abdomen.
Simon: "Do you think we can do it all once more?"
Daphne: "As long as I have you."
Simon: "No. As long as I have you."
Kate: "It is mine, all mine."
she chortled, in much the same tones she'd used during the previous month's Bridgerton family production of Macbeth. Her eldest son had casted the roles' she had been named First Witch.
Kate had pretended not to notice when Anthony had rewarded him with a new horse.
Anthony: "It was locked. My office was locked."
Kate: "Was it?"
Anthony: "I have the only key."
Kate: "Do you?"
His eyes widened.
Anthony: "What have you done?"
She flipped a page, even though she wasn't looking at the print,
Anthony: "What do you mean, when?"
Kate: "I mean ... When. This morning? Or last month?"
It took him a moment. No more that a second or two, but it was just long enough for Kate to watch his expression slide from confusion to suspicion to outrage.
It was glorious. Enchanting. Delicious. She'd have cackled with it, but that would only encourage another month of double-double-toil-and-trouble jokes, and she'd only just got him to cease.
Anthony: "You made a key to my office?"
Kate: "I am your wife. There should be no secrets between us, don't you think?"
Anthony: "You made a key?"
Kate: "You wouldn't wise for me to keep secrets, would you?"
His fingers gripped the door frame until his knuckles turned white.
Anthony: "Stop looking like you're enjoying this."
Kate: "Ah, but that would be a lie, and it's a sin to lie to one's husband."
Strange choking sounds began to emanate from his throat.
Kate: "Didn't I pledge honesty at some point?"
Anthony: "That was obedience."
Kate: "Obedience? Surely not."
Simon: "Any chance you might be capable of refraining from profanity in the company of ladies?"
Anthony: "She's no lady. She's my sister."
Simon: "She's my wife."
Anthony: "She was my sister first."
Simon: "How do you tolerate him?"
Kate: "It's a talent few possess."
Anthony: "There will be no cheating."
Simon: "At least no new types of cheating. Previously established cheating techniques are permissible."
Daphne: "What is happening?"
Kate: "I do believe he's going to kill me."