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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Audible Book Review and Print Giveaway: On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

This is a light, fun romance by one of my favorite authors of Regency Romance.
Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060531258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060531256
Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
Publisher’s Summary from Audible:
This Regency-era tale closes best-selling author Julia Quinn's popular and critically acclaimed Bridgerton series. Gregory Bridgerton has watched love simply walk into the lives of his six siblings, so he has just been waiting for his turn. When he sees beautiful Hermione Watson, he is sure he has found his soul-mate. But then Hermione's friend Lucy informs him that Hermione's heart belongs to another.
Review:  I have always enjoyed Julia Quinn’s Regency historical romances and the Bridgerton's are a grand series. This book didn’t disappoint me.

Gregory Bridgerton hasn’t rushed to find a wife as he believes that true love is waiting to claim him as it has his siblings.  Finally he has spotted the woman who takes his breath away just by the sight of the curve of her neck.  Surely she will feel love’s zing too. But if not, then he can charm her ... just as soon as he meets her. 

Hermione Watson is a beauty who is accustomed to men instantly falling for her and Gregory is just one more. Hermione’s best friend, Lady Lucinda, on the other hand, thinks Gregory is wonderful. But Lucinda has been betrothed for years and she doesn’t believe in or expect love. 

Hermione is sweet for such a beauty but she has learned to be aloof in order not to encourage men. Although Lucy is attracted to Gregory herself, she is willing to help his pursuit of Hermione. Lucy is sunny, friendly, witty and comfortable to be with, even with her obsessive and quirky tendencies. Gregory enjoys her company but does’t see what is under his nose until it is too late.

Lucy’s brother appears to bring the bad news that their Uncle is ready to push Lucy into the long delayed marriage. Rumor has it that not all is right with Lucy’s betrothed but she is told he “will treat her right.” Lucy’s Uncle has secret reasons to force the arrangement and he is not beyond threatening Lucy if necessary.

It isn’t until Lucy is heading down the isle that Gregory realizes he can’t lose her.  She is the one who makes his world whole and bright. Can he get to her before she is wed to another man?

I love the little chapter titles that give you a clue to the chapter content: Chapter Ten: In which love is triumphant— but not for Our Hero and Heroine. I listened to this on Audible and enjoyed Simon Prebble’s smooth British narration which, for me, adds a nice flow and richness to the story. I thought the ending went a bit beyond expectations but mostly this was a sweet, lovely story.  I was glad for the humor and the easy, sweet romance as a nice break from the heavy sensuality of some other reads.

I picked this up on Audible to listen to but I have a print copy of the Book for Giveaway. (I have collected JQuinn's books and am tempted to keep this but decided I would rather share this lovely author.)
Back Cover Blurb:
On the Way to the WeddingUnlike 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 someone else. 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... 
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1 comment:

  1. love this storyline and characters as you've described [plus book blurb!] a story i'd love to read & it sounds like a delite to hear!
    thanks, as always, Martha! great review...


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