Because of Miss Bridgerton – Julia Quinn – B
Hark! What goes here? Is this a review? It could be. Probably, not a very good one, I’m very out of practice.
I should state for the record: the past four months have been hell. I was chosen as an Avon Addict and almost immediately, life took a heaping, steaming shit on my chest. There has been nothing about my life the past few months that allowed for reading. For pleasure or for business. I worked well over 20 days in a row at a very stressful, intense job. So, to get back into reading for pleasure, this book was actually pretty perfect?
This book, is at its heart, as my friend said, “a cup of hot cocoa and a puppy in your lap.”
Lady Sybilla Bridgerton is the eldest child of Lord and Lady Bridgerton. She is also the elder sister of Lord Edmund Bridgerton, the future father of our favorite Bridgerton clan. So this is, in some ways, a prequel to the Bridgerton books. I have some quibbles about that, as well, but first, Sybilla, or Billie to everyone that knows her is, well, a bit reckless. This is how she finds herself with a sprained ankle on a rooftop after having fallen out of a tree in pursuit of a cat.
Lord George Rokesby is, well, a bit of a stick in the mud. As the eldest son and heir to an Earl, he has been stuck in his role since birth. While his brothers scampered about the country side with Billie and her brothers, he was off to Eton. Then to Cambridge. And then into the House of Commons etc.etc. It’s not a lot, but it is his lot in life. (It is a lot.) He’s a little uptight and a little lowkey jealous of his brothers and their freedom. But mostly, he finds Billie Bridgerton to be reckless and ridiculous. So, how he finds himself stuck on a rooftop in an ill-fated attempt to save the wretched girl is anyone’s guess.
This book never reaches beyond what it naturally is. A book of bantering and old family friends and newly awakening feelings. That being said, it’s one of the few books I’ve read where I thought to myself, “Could’ve been a novella.” It could’ve easily been a novella. The book drags on for too long, even as delightful as it is. That being said, if you know what you’re getting with Julia Quinn and that’s something that you enjoy, this is certainly worth a read.
My quibbles are only that it feels exactly like a Regency and is actually NOT a Regency. But it felt like JQ just kind of wrote the Bridgertons and ignored, for the most part, what was actually happening in the 1770s/1780s and the difference in tone and fashion aside from mentioning powdered hair. Again, a minor quibble unless you’re one for staunch historical accuracy.
At any rate, I enjoyed my read, though it was unchallenging and ultimately felt a little long-winded.