The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
Official Synopsis: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.
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After is a collection of short stories that pick up after the events of each installment of the series. We get glimpses into the happy lives of each couple and in some cases tie up loose ends. The Bridgerton epilogues have all been out for some time, so I won’t discuss them. What I will review is a short story called “Violet in Bloom.”
Violet Bridgerton is the best ton (high society in Victorian/regency England) mother I have ever read. She is the kind of woman who sincerely wants her children to be happy. Titles and status doesn’t matter to her. She is willing to weather any scandal and fight any battle if it means her children will be happy at the end of it. Violet has always intrigued me. I have always wanted to know more about her and the love she had that was so strong it allowed her to root for her children’s love, no matter the situation.
I have to warn that “Violet in Bloom” is not completely a love story. Instead it takes place on six days in the life of Violet Bridgerton and Edmund Bridgerton along with their children are heavily featured. It’s just that this story is not about Edmund. In fact, my one complaint is that I wanted more. I wanted to see more of their love story and experience every nuance of that relationship. Violet deserves a novel and this short story makes me want that novel even more.
Although this book is about Violet, I can admit to being in awe of Edmund Bridgerton. Sure he is just in a book, but this is the father of Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory. Four perfect specimens of historical romance male. He died young, but he taught Anthony how to be a good man. Anthony then went and taught it to his brothers. Edmund Bridgerton is exactly what I expected; I just wish I could have known him longer. Which, I guess, is the point. In the Bridgerton series Violet is a widow. It puts a dark cloud over the story. No matter what happens, we know she is going to live without him.
This book is a love letter to Bridgerton fans. It is filled with so much love and joy from your favorite characters. You will laugh, you will cry and you will probably reread all of the books.
Recommended for fans of Julia Quinn and The Bridgertons
*ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Collins.
Release Date: April. 2, 2013
I like reading romance novels that ends with the main couple getting married and having children. It makes life seem like a fairy tale even though in reality, sometimes it’s not
“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate beings condemning them to spend their lives in search for their other halves.”
~Plato’s The Symposium.
How many times will I reblog this? “Always.”
i laughed so hard at the “i don’t know” and “something is wrong”
the twilight one is like abstract poetry
If you read it all together it’s like the most awkward, tense conversation ever.
"My name is Katniss Everdeen," I sighed. Nothing happened.
"I don’t know," he sighed.
Harry looked around, I shake my head and shrugged.
Harry stared. “I am seventeen years old.”
I frowned and he waited.
"My home is District 12."
Harry chuckled and said nothing. Now I wish I had.
I laughed. We looked at each other. I swallowed hard. He shrugged. Harry blinked and hesitates. I flinched.
He looked around. “I’m not really surprised.”
I took a deep breath, something he didn’t have last time. “Something is wrong.”
He didn’t answer. He stood up.
^^^^^^^^^ holY SHIT