On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 27 October, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #8
three-half-stars
Also in this series: It's In His Kiss, The Duke And I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Library
Goodreads

A funny thing happened...

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except...

She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except...

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar...

This can’t be the Bridgertons end!*
(*I know of the 2nd epilogues**)
(**Because I know that’s your question.)

Thoughts on On the Way to the Wedding

I’m conflicted about On the Way to the Wedding. Because that synopsis—nothing about it says “Amanda will like this book!” And it’s true: there did come a point where I was ready to throw the book in disgust, shouting, “HOW COULD YOU?”

But it’s Julia Quinn. And one scene—with Gregory, Hyacinth, and their mother—had me shaking with silent laughter, then giggling out loud, then snorting because it is absolutely and completely glorious and the exact reason why I love this series so much.

Of course, the “HOW COULD YOU?” moment came a lot later than expected, which is part of why I’m conflicted. I thought it’d be okay, and then BAM, it wasn’t. And I really did want to toss the book aside. But I didn’t. And I’m glad.

Because THE BRIDGERTONS! This will likely never be my favorite Bridgerton book. (Sorry, Gregory and Lucy.) But I adore this series—and family—and On the Way to the Wedding gave me what I adore.

After I get my hands on the second epilogues, there’s going to be a Bridgertons’ reread. Mark my words.

three-half-stars

Filed under: ESR: 7, Review: Amanda,

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8 Responses to “On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. This isn’t my favorite Bridgerton book either, but I did like it. I honestly can’t remember too much of it, and I’m trying to recall that moment that frustrated you. If you are having trouble finding a copy of the 2nd Epilogues, I’d be glad to lend you mine. If you’re interested, you can DM me on twitter.

    And what JQ book are you going to read next? I’m a HUGE fan of How to Marry a Marquis (although it isn’t quite as polished as The Bridgertons – but Lady Danbury is in it and TOTALLY FREAKING AWESOME!), and I really really love What Happens in London (maybe you have read this one, I can’t remember?). There are two JQ books that I haven’t read yet – the ones with the Dukes of Wyndham of something like that), and I really disliked The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (but I know others who really liked that one so you should still read it).

    We should do a re-reading of The Bridgertons together sometime next year! It would be so much fun.

    • It was the conclusion of the prologue… if that makes sense. And I managed to snag my library’s copy of the Bridgertons 2nd epilogues, though I don’t think I wrote a review on it.

      I actually did a Smythe-Smith series reread after this book, though I’ve read pretty much every available JQ book except her Agents of the Crown, Splendid, and Lyndon sisters series—none of which are available at my library. (I’ve been thinking about just buying them.) The Dukes of Wyndham books were good. Not quite as good as the Bridgertons, but… still JQ.

  2. Whenever I feel like throwing a book across the room, it’s either a very good thing, or an equally bad one. Good on you for not giving up on this one, and that the story was worth sticking it out for. I’m curious about this second mysterious epilogue that you speak of though.

    • By the time I wanted to give up, I was too far invested in the story. Gah!

      Oh! All the Bridgerton novels have a second, separate epilogue that expands on the original epilogue. Very cool!

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