On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton Series #8)

On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton Series #8)

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by Julia Quinn

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A funny thing happened...

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

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A funny thing happened...

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...

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In her spirited, witty, inimitable style, Quinn (It's in His Kiss) wraps up her Regency era Bridgerton series with a tale that takes to task the notion of love at first sight. Gregory Bridgerton's six siblings have all fallen prey to love, so he figures he need only sit back and wait for "the one" to waltz into his life. Then he meets Hermione Watson. The "breathtakingly perfect curve of her neck" convinces Gregory that she's destined to be his, but Hermione's practical, plainspoken friend Lucy Abernathy throws cold water on his aspirations when she informs him that Hermione's heart belongs to another. Quinn's final Bridgerton romance brings the series to a gratifying close. Although some readers will wish that it contained more of the sibling camaraderie that has propelled the series so ably and less repetitive description of the protagonists' flaws this tale is as frothy and festive as a glass of bubbly, and more than worthy of a toast. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Bridgerton Series, #8
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4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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On the Way to the Wedding

By Julia Quinn

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Julia Quinn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060531258

Chapter One

In which Our Hero falls in love.

Two months earlier

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believed in true love. He'd have to have been a fool not to.

Consider the following:

His eldest brother, Anthony.

His eldest sister, Daphne.

His other brothers, Benedict and Colin, not to mention his sisters, Eloise, Francesca, and (galling but true) Hyacinth, all of whom -- all of whom -- were quite happily besotted with their spouses.

For most men, such a state of affairs would produce nothing quite so much as bile, but for Gregory, who had been born with an uncommonly cheerful, if occasionally (according to his younger sister) annoying, spirit, it simply meant that he had no choice but to believe the obvious:

Love existed.

It was not a wispy figment of the imagination, designed to keep the poets from complete starvation. It might not be something that one could see or smell or touch, but it was out there, and it was only a matter of time before he, too, found the woman of his dreams and settled down to be fruitful, multiply, and take on such baffling hobbies as papier-mache and the collection of nutmeg graters.

Although, if one wanted to put a fine point on it, which did seem ratherprecise for such an abstract sort of concept, his dreams didn't exactly include a woman. Well, not one with any specific and identifiable attributes. He didn't know anything about this woman of his, the one who was supposed to transform his life completely, turning him into a happy pillar of boredom and respectability. He didn't know if she would be short or tall, dark or fair. He'd like to think she would be intelligent and in possession of a fine sense of humor, but beyond that, how was he to know? She could be shy or outspoken. She might like to sing. Or maybe not. Maybe she was a horsewoman, with a ruddy complexion born of too much time out of doors.

He didn't know. When it came to this woman, this impossible, wonderful, and currently nonexistent woman, all he really knew was that when he found her . . .

He'd know.

He didn't know how he'd know; he just knew that he would. Something this momentous, this earth-shattering and life-altering . . . well, really, it wasn't going to whisper its way into existence. It would come full and forceful, like the proverbial ton of bricks. The only question was when.

And in the meantime, he saw no reason not to have a fine time while he anticipated her arrival. One didn't need to behave like a monk while waiting for one's true love, after all.

Gregory was, by all accounts, a fairly typical man about London, with a comfortable -- although by no means extravagant -- allowance, plenty of friends, and a level enough head to know when to quit a gaming table. He was considered a decent enough catch on the Marriage Mart, if not precisely the top selection (fourth sons never did command a great deal of attention), and he was always in demand when the society matrons needed an eligible man to even up the numbers at dinner parties.

Which did make his aforementioned allowance stretch a bit further -- always a benefit.

Perhaps he ought to have had a bit more purpose in his life. Some sort of direction, or even just a meaningful task to complete. But that could wait, couldn't it? Soon, he was sure, everything would come clear. He would know just what it was he wished to do, and whom he wished to do it with, and in the meantime, he'd --

Not have a fine time. Not just at this moment, at least.

To explain:

Gregory was presently sitting in a leather chair, a rather accommodating one, not that that really had any bearing on the matter other than the fact that the lack of discomfort was conducive to daydreaming, which in turn was conducive to not listening to his brother, who, it should be noted, was standing approximately four feet away, droning on about something or other, almost certainly involving some variation of the words duty and responsibility.

Gregory wasn't really paying attention. He rarely did.

Well, no, occasionally he did, but --

"Gregory? Gregory!"

He looked up, blinking. Anthony's arms were crossed, never a good sign. Anthony was the Viscount Bridgerton, and had been for more than twenty years. And while he was, Gregory would be the first to insist, the very best of brothers, he would have made a rather fine feudal lord.

"Begging your pardon for intruding upon your thoughts, such as they are," Anthony said in a dry voice, "but have you, -perhaps -- just perhaps -- heard anything I've said?"

"Diligence," Gregory parroted, nodding with what he deemed sufficient gravity. "Direction."

"Indeed," Anthony replied, and Gregory congratulated himself on what had clearly been an inspired performance. "It was well past time that you finally sought some direction in your life."

"Of course," Gregory murmured, mostly because he'd missed supper, and he was hungry, and he'd heard that his sister-in-law was serving light refreshments in the garden. Besides, it never made sense to argue with Anthony. Never.

"You must make a change. Choose a new course."

"Indeed." Maybe there would be sandwiches. He could eat about forty of those ridiculous little ones with the crusts cut off right then.


Anthony's voice held that tone. The one that, while impossible to describe, was easy enough to recognize. And Gregory knew it was time to pay attention. "Right," he said, because truly, it was remarkable how well a single syllable could delay a proper sentence. "I expect I'll join the clergy."

That stopped Anthony cold. Dead, frozen, cold. Gregory paused to savor the moment. Too bad he had to become a bloody vicar to achieve it.

"I beg your pardon," Anthony finally murmured.

"It's not as if I've many choices," Gregory said. And as the words emerged, he realized it was the first time he'd spoken them. It somehow made them more real, more permanent. "It's the military or the clergy," he continued, "and, well, it's got to be said -- I'm a beastly bad shot."


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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.

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On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you already red the others books in this serie, don't WAIS your money in this one. The entire book was a joke! If you like just a comedy in a book, this is ok then. It's more a comedy than a romance.
Kathy Canfield More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the Bridgerton series and loved them. However the last two books were disappointing. Gregory was very immature and not likeable. He was annoying, so it was difficult to finish this book as it got worse towards the end. My quess is that Ms Quinn became bored with the series but felt compelled to finish it. I have not read any of her other books besides the this series and will take a break from her for now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sad to see the series at an end, but what a way to go! This book ends the series on a suberb note. It is the most romantic book of the series. I highly recommend reading it. It starts out a little slow, but it really gains momentum in the middle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there was too much time wasted on his loving hermione, and he was way too shallow. there was no real spark between gregory and lucy, and when she threw them together it was rushed. there was no real build up and no real cliff hanging moment. no matter how romantic the guy was in the end, it didn't feel real. I did like the book, i just had some issues with it
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The last book in the Bridgeton series was a great book to read. It was a nice way to end the series.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite in this series. For some reason Gregory just did not spark my interest the way the male characters have in the other books of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my FAVORITE book in the series!! If fact, it might be one of my favorite books I've ever read - and I've read thousands! This tells the tale of the youngest male Bridgerton. From the first line of the book, you're hooked. You learn right away - he has to get to the church to stop a wedding. And then, you get the pleasure of looking back and finding out WHY there is a wedding. I read all of Julia Quinn's books. Love her. But this was the FIRST of the Bridgertons that I went ahead an purchased also for my Nook. I have already read (and reread) the paperbacks years ago. But for my Nook HD+ - this book was a MUST! Love it. It is funny. It is charming. It tells a story that goes beyond deep. The reader can't help but be right alongside the characters. They seem so very real. LOVE this book. Not enough stars there to rate it. It is off the charts!
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Great story, I fell in love with the whole family!
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valdgraf More than 1 year ago
Light hearted, funny, and a good ending to the series.
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