And so this is it, the last Bridgerton book. This is different from the others, in that it is a collection of epilogues for each sibling.
I blasted through this in one sitting - the nature of the stories make them easy to read quickly. The little snippets were a nice little window into how each couple progressed after their happy ever after, but I will admit that while I loved some of them because of what they offered to the overall story (I think Gregory and Lucy's was my favourite), some of them felt a little pointless (Kate and Anthony's didn't really provide anything new or interesting for their story).
The Violet-centred novella was a lovely surprise. It was great to get more insight into her as a person rather than her as a mother of the Bridgerton siblings. Watching her relationship develop with Edmund and then watching as that relationship ended brutally and suddenly was brilliantly depicted in such a short space. I really enjoyed this part of the book and it made up for some of the more disappointing epilogues.
It was a nice enough way to wrap up the series, but it's not critical reading for the series to feel whole.
Once upon a Regency time, an 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. 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?
This is a collection of Julia Quinn's funny, heart-warming 'second epilogues,' which are included at the ends of each novel. This collection also includes plus a brand new novella 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 . . .
You can buy the book here now. It was published by Piatkus.