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Summary

The sixth novel in Julia Quinn's globally beloved and best-selling Bridgerton Family series, set in Regency times and now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix. Welcome to Francesca's story....

In every life, there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere 36 six hours longer - the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then.... Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love...until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets....

©2017 Julia Quinn (P)2021 W F Howes

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"Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books take all of the classic tropes we know and love...and gives them a thoroughly modern twist. I can't focus on anything else." (Stylist)

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By far the best book so far

I had started to get tired of the Bridgerton books as the men just got more arrogant, sexist and unlikable but this one really turned it around for me. Love the characters and story is engaging.

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Always a great story

Most enjoyable read with excellent narration. Always enjoy the historical story, their manners and their straight laced attitude.

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what a good book!

i’m positively delighted and impressed with this book, it completely stood out from the rest of the series, much like francesca stands out from the rest of her family.

the characters are so real and their struggles so deeply human, and oh my finally a man in the bridgerton saga who is not an utter and complete a-hole! i really didn’t expect that after all the borderline abusive treatment of women desolated in the previous books. but michael is just perfect in every sense, with feelings and emotions that are not just candid, but somehow truly mesmerizing. there is also a big psychological element to this story, with themes of grief and infertility heavily influencing the story, which elevates the romance to this kind of analysis of human behaviors in love of sorts.

it’s also super racy and hot which i cannot say i didn’t enjoy A LOT. and the narrator’s scottish accent was so delightfully hilarious it probably deserves a review of it’s own. i grew to really love the narrator with her wee funny voices and trying to sound as “masculine” as she possible can.

overall it’s a very good book, romantic, smart, emotional and surprising and completely different from the rest of bridgeton. there were some other in the series that i thoroughly enjoyed, but all in all i feel like it was all leading to this beautiful story, which, and i cannot stress it enough, i really wasn’t expecting considering francesca’s absence in the previous books and her appearing to be the boring and shy one of the bunch. nothing further from the truth! she’s a woman who knows exactly how to take control and i just have to be absolutely head over the hills in love with her and this book

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My Favourite of the Bridgerton Series

Quite easily my favourite of the Bridgerton series. I’d 100% recommended this book and expertly executed by the talented Rosalyn Landor.

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Fabulous

I loved this book! Completely addicted to this series. My favourite one so far!!

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good story but hard to engage

Landor's performance was brilliant as ever but Francesca's story was harder to engage with than the other bridgertons. she has not been part of the other stories as much so it was hard to feel as invested in her story as it went along

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Dull

I am currently reading the Bridgerton books in order. Although none are gripping, this is the dullest. There are far too many repetitive ‘bedroom scenes’ and very little plot.

Francesca is only mentioned in passing in the previous books and there is little about the rest of the family in this one. Therefore, I felt I could have skipped this book and not lost any of the overall picture.

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Another....

lovely storyline with some great characters and antics within it. The narrator was very good using different voices for the characters.

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Another great read from Julia Quinn

Very Saucy and another excellent read/ listen from Julia Quinn all about 1sr and 2nd loves and how they can help one cure the painful loss of the first...VERY GOOD INDEED

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loved it

like all the other books it didn't take long to finish this one. loved every minute of it.

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  • 28-04-22

Love it!

the storyline is very easy to figure out, but it was a really enjoyable read.