Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthologyby Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Stefanie Sloane, Laura Lee Guhrke
Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings… “Something/strong>
Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings… “Something Old”
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.“Something New”
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.
“... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!
When four boarding school roommates find an old sixpence hidden in one of their mattresses, they make a pact that each will use it in turn as a lucky charm to find true love and the perfect husband. As adults, they know this was all in fun—until it begins to work! Quinn's brief prolog, "Something Old," beautifully sets the stage for the four novellas that follow. A young woman who must wed before she turns 21 accepts the aid of a rakehell duke in finding a worthy husband and winds up with the duke instead in Stefanie Sloane's "Something New"; a desperate young woman begs her childhood friend to pretend temporarily to be her fiancé in order to stop her meddling aunts' matchmaking attempts in Elizabeth Boyle's "Something Borrowed"; a government investigation and the theft of the sixpence cause problems for the disillusioned heroine in Laura Lee Guhrke's "Something Blue"; and a science-oriented heroine who's never believed in the coin's power learns otherwise when she connects with an especially intriguing physics scholar in Quinn's "…and a Sixpence in Her Shoe." VERDICT A clever premise, inventive situations, and witty repartee make this sexy anthology the perfect romantic read for those cold midwinter nights. Favorite historical authors Quinn, Sloane, Boyle, and Guhrke all live in the Pacific Northwest.
Four boarding school friends find everlasting love with the help of a magical coin in this historical-romance anthology that weaves through the popular wedding rhyme, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—and a sixpence for your shoe."Anne, Ellie, Cordelia, and Bea, friends at Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls, discover a sixpence in Anne's mattress and whimsically decide that the old coin will help them find true love when the time comes. Ten years later, Anne is close to the deadline to find a husband set by her strict uncle when she meets the rakish Duke of Dorset. He agrees to help her find a husband, then falls in love with her himself and must convince her that he's worthy. Happily married, Anne hands the coin off to Cordelia, who turns to a childhood friend to escort her to Anne's wedding, since her aunts are trying to match her up and she's told them she's engaged to Kipp. Unfortunately, Kipp is an impoverished earl practically engaged to an heiress, so even though Cordelia moves him like no other woman, he can't afford to marry her. Can he? Once Kipp and Cordelia are sorted, she gives the coin to Elinor, who is set on marrying an aristocrat whose connections may save her father from being investigated for war profiteering by the man she had once thought to marry, Lawrence Blackthorne. When Blackthorne steals the coin from her, they may have to revisit their romance, and Ellie may have to face some difficult truths about her father. Finally, Bea, a scientist at heart with no desire to marry, meets her perfect match in an injured lord who is learning to see the world through new eyes after a devastating accident. A fun idea connects four charming stories, though they build to a pinnacle with Quinn's.
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Meet the Author
Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and has won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and her always-growing collection of yarn. Readers can visit her at www.elizabethboyle.com, or follow her own adventures on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. www.avonromance.com www.facebook.com/avonromance
Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.
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Cute in a very "sisterhood of the traveling pants" sort of way. Quinn, is of course, the best, but others were good too... except for the third girls story where her fiance is pretty much horrible and she still can't help but love him. IMO, it doesn't matter what is true, it matters how he went about it, and he was truly dispicable. Would have been 4 stars or maybe 5 if that had been a better tale.
Four lonely girls found each other during their school years at Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls and became good friends. One night, they found an old coin in the mattress that one slept on and believed that the coin was magical. They agreed to use the coin to find a husband. As one girl finds a husband, the coin will be passed along to the next girl. First to use the coin is Anne Brabourne. After all, the coin was found in her mattress. Each story in the book is about one of the girls and the luck the coin brings her in finding a husband. Great stories!! I received an ARC of this book from Goodreads and was so glad to receive it and read it. It was a great book and I highly recommend it to all who want a little magic in their life.
“Something Old” - Julia Quinn Reading - 1818 Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls offers a very relaxed curriculum for its students. Even though her French name sounds quite posh, Madame’s real name is Miss Puddleford and she is not French at all. Miss Beatrice (Bea) Heywood has been boarding at the school since the age of 8. Personally. she wishes the young ladies were taught more than they are. Bea’s friend, Miss Cordelia Padley, has been at the school since the age of 9. They share a room. A few years later, they are joined by Lady Elinor (Ellie) Daventry, the daughter of an Earl, who is also fluent in French.Lastly, the girls are joined by Miss Anne Brabourne. One day while in their room, they find an old coin in Anne’s mattress. It turns out to be a very old sixpence coin. The girls decide that Anne should save the coin to put in her shoe on her wedding day which is supposed to bless the marriage with wealth. They decide that, taking turns, they will put the lucky coin in their shoe until they find their own true love. “Something New” - Stefanie SloaneGrosvenor Square - 10 years later Miss Anne Brabourne’s quest for a husband has not been easy. It has been five years since her debut. She wears her lucky sixpence in a locket around her neck hoping it will bring her a husband. Weary from yet another ball she is attending, Anne decides to search to a quiet room for a break from the people. When she discovers what appears to be an empty room, she finds a friendly mastiff and pours out her troubles to him. But to her embarrassment, she hears a man laugh from the corner of the room and he turns out to be handsome Rhys Alexander Hamilton, Duke of Dorset. As they chat, they immediately see the humor and honesty they both share. When they meet again, Rhys agrees to help Anne find a husband. But as Anne meets more men, Rhys seems to find fault with all of them. Are these men really that unsuitable or is there another reason Rhys does not want to match her up with another man? “Something Borrowed” - Elizabeth Boyle London Miss Cordelia Padley has just received the lucky sixpence from her friend, Anne, who has found her true love and now it is time for Cordelia to find hers. Cordelia is sorting through the financial debts her father had left when he died He had made some bad investments. After his wife died, he left Cordelia at Madame Rochambeaux’s school and fled to India. Cordelia has met some prospects for a husband but none truly appeal to her. When she sees her childhood friend, Winston Christopher (Kipp) Talcott, the fourteenth Earl of Thornton, he is on the verge of proposing to Miss Holt whose father is a very wealthy but untitled man. Miss Holt's dowry would be a considerable help in saving his estate. However, Miss Holt is a beautiful but cold and calculating young woman who does not appeal to him at all. As Cordelia and Kipp spend time together, they reminisce about all the fun they had as kids and the dreams and plans they had made. But when something comes up and Cordelia asks Kipp to accompany her and act as her fiancé, he is torn between wanting to be with her and knowing the needs the money from a marriage to Miss Holt. “Something Blue” - Laura Lee Guhrke Berkshire Lawrence Blackthorne, friend of the Earl of Thornton, is attending a wedding. Lawrence is quite interested in Lady Elinor (Ellie) Daventry, a friend of the bride. As it happens, Lawrence has been
I enjoyed reading this book. Makes you smile.
I don't read a lot of anthologies. I like to spend time with my heroes & heroines. This anthology, however, was well worth the time. An "amuse bouche" for the holiday season, from each of 4 of my favorite authors. (This is perfect for the holiday season, when the time needed to read a full length novel from each of these ladies is very difficult to find.) The sixpence in question is found by the 4 heroines during their time at boarding school, and it is passed to each of them to help them find their HEA. As with my favorite Julia Quinn books, this has a short epilogue that lets you see the 4 friends reuniting at the end of their stories, to enjoy one last scene with them before we say goodbye.
Jane Austen would be proud. Her brand of humor, heart and pomp was executed to create a flawless celebration of the majesty that is historical romance. I went into this anthology as a fan of Julia Quinn and left it having discovered three new kindred spirits in my love of regency. Each author add her voice to a collection of stories that blended seamlessly to create one terrific read. Whimsy, sentiment and love collide in this ode to romance.