Review of “The Other Miss Bridgerton” (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn

Quinn, Julia. The Other Miss Bridgerton. New York: Avon Books, 2018. 

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0062388209 | 391 pages | Historical Romance

4.5 stars

Julia Quinn is one of the few autobuy authors where her new release goes near the top of my TBR pile, only to leave me agonizing as I’m faced with the prospect of waiting another year for more books from her. And this one is no different. While there are some small pacing issues, given some of the other books I’ve read lately committing much worse crimes in terms of pacing in relation to plot, I can’t be too upset with this book wrapping things up more quick;y than I’d like.

JQ has two major strengths, characterization and dialogue, and they both shine here. While other authors like to make their characters, especially their heroes, emotionally complex and closed off to the point of being unlikable, you don’t see that with her. There is some deception, and that is where the story could have benefited from being a little longer, because it seems like Poppy just kind of accepts that Captain Andrew James is also her cousins’ friend, Andrew Rokesby, since they’ve already developed feelings for one another. But I love how well their banter, peppered occasionally with Shakespearean references and quotes, as well as discussions of maritime language, among other fun topics, led the way to them falling in love, even when things started off on somewhat tenuous footing.

As this book is given the subheading “A Bridgertons Prequel,” references to the original series are inevitable, and I love how well they’re worked in. It is always a daunting task for any creator to release prequels to their established and well-loved works, given that there will not only be the inevitable comparisons to the originals but examination of the text by eagle-eyed fans to make sure it matches up with the established canon of the world. And while she is not infallible, as some of these examples from past works indicate, she has done well in the case of this book and series with adding to the Bridgerton family history in a believable way, and referencing members of the family we know and love.

That being said, I would recommend this to any Bridgertons fan. While, again it’s not the perfect book, it offers up more  exactly what I think most readers of the Bridgertons and JQ love.

Review of “The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband” (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn

Quinn, Julia. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband. New York: Avon Books, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-06-238817-9. Paperback List Price: $7.99

5 stars

Julia Quinn is an autobuy author for me, and is she is the reason I am addicted to historical romance. Having read every one of them (which is something I can’t say I’ve done for many of my other favorites), she has never disappointed me. One of the many things I love about her (aside from her humorous dialogue!) is the way she incorporates different types of people into her books, and makes them both convincing in a historical context and relatable in a modern sense.

This book is no different. Edward Rokesby is a hero I loved almost from the moment I met him. He’s a hero who has a sense of honor, and I love that he never had a moment of anger at Cecilia for her deception, even though she knew he had every right to be angry at her for lying.

I also love that he’s not your typical lordling or rake that you see in romance novels, who has a reputation for bad behavior. It is stated at one point that “his father had pulled him aside and put the fear of God and pox in him. And so while Edward had visited brothels with his friends, he’d never partaken of the goods.”  (143) While it does go on to say he was by no means completely celibate, it states his preference for discretion and being with someone of his acquaintance.

I would also like to commend JQ for trying a new setting, as well as giving us a different perspective of sorts of the Revolutionary War. In a recent chat regarding the book, she mentioned how we as Americans are taught that the British were the “bad guys” in this conflict, so it is fascinating to see a novel about the time period where all the major characters are British.