Series: The Bridgertons #9
Published by HarperCollins on 04/02/2013
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
For the first time in print, 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.
Not surprisingly if you have followed my blog recently, you know that I have a serious love of Julia Quinn’s historical romance novels. Julia Quinn is known for her Bridgerton series, and I certainly loved reading about this huge family. So when I saw on my library’s Overdrive site The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After as an audiobook, I borrowed that sucker immediately, which turned out the be the best decision ever!
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After is a collection of 9 novellas – 8 being second epilogues to the 8 books of the Bridgerton series, and 1 novella about Violet Bridgerton, mother to those 8 children. I LOVED being able to check up on the Bridgertons to see how they were doing after finding their happily ever after at the end of each book.
Some of these stories were decidedly light and humorous, such as The Viscount Who Loved Me’s 2nd Epilogue. This was probably my favorite as it feature another infamous Pall Mall scene. Seriously, ever since that first Pall Mall scene in The Viscount Who Loved Me I’ve wanted to play that game. And maybe find my soul mate while doing it.
But some other novellas were actually a bit more melancholy. Of course Violet’s novella, Violet in Bloom, had quite a bit of sadness, unsurprisingly if you are familiar with this family and Violet. I also found On the Way to the Wedding’s 2nd Epilogue to be a bit sad, with definite hardships that Gregory and Lucy had to deal with.
The narrator was a man, which was a bit surprising. And although I didn’t hate his narration, there were parts that I didn’t care for. Often he made the women seem quite whiny (something that other male narrators have done, too) which I didn’t like. Also, his voice for Colin was not at all how I have always pictured Colin’s voice. But overall, he did a decent job. But I don’t think that listening to The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After was a better experience than reading the print version.
But regardless if the stories were lighthearted or more serious, they were all so well written, and made me love this family even more. Being from a rather small family, I adore reading about close siblings, and you can’t get much closer than the Bridgertons. And even though the narrator wasn’t a favorite (I think a female narrator would have been better) I loved these stories and I’m so glad I read this. If you love the Bridgertons, you will love The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After.