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Mar 21 2013 3:30pm

First Look: Julia Quinn’s The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After (April 2, 2013)

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia QuinnJulia Quinn
Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
Avon / April 2, 2013 / $9.98 print, $7.99 digital

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 happens 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 matriarch Violet Bridgerton herself. So get to know the Bridgertons all over again—because Happily Ever After is a whole lot of fun.

From the first moment I picked up The Duke and I, I became a slave to Julia Quinn’s wonderful Bridgerton family. When I learned that Ms. Quinn was writing a second epilogue, so to speak, of some of her most notable characters, I was overjoyed. Often readers will find themselves head over heels for a certain series and the characters and any small tidbit or nugget of information concerning them will send us flocking to buy. If we are lucky to be graced with an actual epilogue that tells us what these beloved characters have been up to
since we last seen then, well, that can send us into an a romantic swoon worthy of an Oscar.

Julia Quinn’s The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After is a compilation of eight previously published shorts and one brand-new one, all centering around the Bridgerton siblings and their spouses. Each give us a small story that shows how they are doing some years later, addressing certain scenes that were a large part of their original story but whose outcomes were never revealed.

True everlasting love and the bonds of family are the main themes as we revisit these timeless characters and once again, laugh, cheer, cry, and sigh with pleasure along with our favorite couples.

Simon and Daphne Basset from The Duke and I find that children are always a blessing and that facing the past, and letting go of our hurt and pain, can often make our futures so much sweeter.

The Viscount Who Loved Me's Kate and Anthony Bridgerton will
forever be my favorite couple with their unabashed love for one another and their overwhelming need to best each other as Ms. Quinn takes us to the Bridgerton’s infamous annual Pall Mall grudge match.

“Stop looking like you are enjoying this,” he ground out.

“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 smiled, “Didn’t I pledge honesty at some point?”

"That was obedience,” he growled.

“Obedience? Surely not.”

Sophie and Benedict Bridgerton found their happily ever after in
An Offer from a Gentleman, yet haven’t we all wondered what happened to Sophie’s step sister, Posy Reiling? In Romancing Mister Bridgerton, Colin and Penelope discover true love among intrigue and secrets but what exactly happened when Eloise found out what Penelope’s huge secret was?

To Sir Phillip, With Love brought us the unique romance of Eloise Bridgerton, Philip Crane and his very, very naughty children from a previous marriage. In this epilogue, witty dialogue and humor runs rapid as Amanda Crane finds her true love.

“I used to say to your mother that when you were old enough to be courted, I was going to have to beat the gentleman away.”

There was something almost sweet about that. “Really?”

“Well, not when you were very small. Then you were such a nightmare I despaired if anyone ever wanting you.”

“Father!”

Violet in Bloom and the epilogue to When He Was Wicked are the two most poignant stories to me. When He Was Wicked was a heartbreakingly tender love story between two people who, by fate or destiny, get a second chance at love. 

Francesca and Michael Sterling are still very much in love, but long for something to make their happy home more complete. Violet in Bloom introduces us to Edmund Bridgerton and the love that he and Violet held for one another until he died. I honestly felt that Violet and Francesca had the most in common with their stories because they both pay homage to motherhood.

Does the end have to be “The End?” 

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After shows us that the story doesn’t have to end when the last page is turned and gives new and old readers a chance to get to know the Bridgertons all over again.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Julia Quinn's The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After before its April 2 release:

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Tori Benson can be found at Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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2 comments
AlbertaJenn
1. AlbertaJenn
I have been looking forward to this one since I first started to read the Bridgertons. Glad the time has come to read about all the wonderful HEAs.
AlbertaJenn
2. Torifl
AlbertaJenn-Quinn does a fab job with it. Throughly enjoyed her HEAs. :P
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