“She didn’t want to be commended for knowing how to settle for second-best. That was like winning a prize for the prettiest shoes in a footrace. Irrelevant and not the point.”Excerpt from:
On the Way to the Wedding
Synopsis from Goodreads
Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except…
She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except…
Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar…
I’ve finally concluded the Bridgerton series, and Gregory, the seventh of the well-known Bridgerton siblings, is the focus of this last novel. Okay, so I’m not sure where to start since I’m just amazed that I was able to manage and finish a romance series considering I don’t read that kind of literature. However, I am now beginning to adore it, so whenever I want a nice chuckle or simply a light mood, I occasionally prefer to read anything in this genre.
Anyway, I can say that I adore Gregory’s persona. I had no idea he had a strong romantic side, which made him seem so different from his brothers. I’ll grant him that he is more romantic than his brothers since he understands how to fall in love and how to envision meeting his “the one.” While Lucy’s personality irritates me quite a bit. I didn’t initially agree with her point of view, particularly in regards to Mr. Edmonds and Hermione. She is so scathing about the statuses of the people that I began to wonder if she is actually the primary character in this story. It doesn’t seem to be.
Even though I found myself smiling as a result of the narrative, I couldn’t help but notice how superficial it was. The fact that Gregory is so romantically inclined led me to believe that the moment when he recognizes he is falling for the main character will be spectacular, only did he find her to be different. Though I am at a loss to express it more, I feel that the plot is lacking something. It simply gave me that impression. Julia Quinn, in my opinion, screwed up the rhythm and narrative of this novel. Gregory is faced with everything that could possibly go wrong after seven pretty stable books with flashes of drama-tinged moments that are generally quickly managed by the exceptionally unstoppable Bridgerton family.
After a while, Gregory appears in this story with his troubles, and all of a sudden, the Bridgerton family does nothing to help. Those terrifying action moments were borne by Gregory alone. After what occurred and the Bridgerton family’s response, particularly Hyacinth’s anger against Lucy, I was anticipating a lighthearted, sweet, moderate adventure on par with all the previous Bridgerton stories. Instead, I spent a big amount of the book wondering if Julia Quinn had managed to get a dubious conclusion. I had grown accustomed to the series’ pacing at that point, so it was really upsetting.
However, in order to overlook the gaping hole in this narrative and continue on, I’ll just imagine a romantic Gregory and the ways he would treat his love of his life. Despite the fact that I found this book to be a little tedious, I still think everyone who like romance fiction should read it. Perhaps you should try this.