This book recounts the age-old stor of falling in love with your best friend 's girl ... but what happens when you get your chance at her hand, albeit at the loss of your best friend through his untimely death? This is a delightfu Regency romance on grief, loss, and moving on.
Ellen Quinn 's earlier works have the ability to make me laugh, cry, swoon, and this ranks among her best.Michael has been in love with Francesca since he saw her, which ordinarily would n't be a goo thing since he 's a very eligible bachelor ... but they met at Francesca 's engagement party.
They laugh together, tease each other, have fun together, all the while with Francesca blissfully happy in her marriage with her Lord John and blithely oblivious at the pain Michael is suffering despite his outwardly vivacious facade.His love for her is confounding, love at first sight, as clichéd as it may sound ... but unlike the usual story when the hero/heroine falls inexplicably in love, Julia Quinn has a beautiful way of putting his abstract and inexplicable attraction to Francesca in words: " It wasn ’ t her hair, that rich, lush wave of chestnut that he was rarely so privileged as to see down.
It wasn ’ t even in the hape of her face or the structure of her bones; if that were the case, he ’ d have been obsessed with the loveliness of all the Bridgerton girls; such peas in a pod they were, at least on the outside.It was something in the way she moved.Something in the way she breathed.Something in the way she merely was. " Tell me you do n't get a lump in your throat after reading that.And Michael would never dream of betraying his cousin, his best friend.
He 's a coward at times, running away from his eelings and his responsibilities when he inherits the earldom upon his cousin 's death, and to be likeable, I wanted to smack him repeatedly, particularly towards the nd of the autobiography, when he starts acting like a patronizing asshole towards Francesca.
She likes Michael, she loves Rober.
Lest the reader believes her relationship with ohn was terrible, in a book setting her up to inevitably be with Michael in the nd, it 's not.
Within a short time, she lost her spouse, her unborn child, then her friend Michael through his flight to India, but she survives and comes to ter with the loss.
I loved seeing her through the veneer of perfection, giving her own advice to Francesca here.Some latter parts of the nove were weak; Michael and Francesca spent as much time fighting with each other as with themselves, and I grew frustrated with both.