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Humorous and Sweet...a fun read
on December 16, 2001
This is the second book I have read by Julia Quinn and I loved it! The characters were fun and I hoped it would never end, but it did. Luckily this book is only the beginning of a series called the Bridgerton Series. This one is about Daphne, the oldest daughter of the family. Talk about humor and even some serious parts that were heartwarming. The type of people you wish you knew.
~Daphne Bridgerton, the daughter of a Viscount and the eldest daughter of eight children is tired of the social whirl and the ton's endless matchmaking going on. She wants love, love like her mother and father shared. She will settle for no less. Even if she has to pretend to be courted by a Duke that has NO intention of EVER getting married!
The Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, has lived a life of trying to overcome his secret problem that has caused his father to pretty much abandon him as a son. When his father dies, Simon feels no grief, just relief. But the scars haven't healed from a horrible childhood. His revenge on it, to never marry and let the illustrious title of Dukedom die a quiet death when he does. The plan...pretend to court his best friend Anthony Bridgerton's sister in order to keep the ton's matchmakers at bay and out of his hair until he can come up with a better idea. What he realizes is that Daphne is not some silly girl he can play 'pretend' with.
The two get caught up in their own lie and they find themselves wishing it were all real. Then when an incident causes Daphne's eldest brother and Simon's best friend for so many years to cry foul, a friendship is tested and the 'game' has come to an end. Will Simon, the new Duke of Hastings learn to forget his father's evil presense in his memory? Or will he let the memories take control of his life and make him lose the best thing to come into his life...Daphne must uncover the secret that is about to distroy Simon forever and her...
This is well worth the money. Highly recommended. Anthony's story is "The Viscount Who Loved Me", the second book in the series. By the way, if you read "How to Marry a Marquis", some of the colorful characters I loved in that book are here in this one, "The Duke and I".