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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060531256
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Bridgerton Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 150,555
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twenty-three previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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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.

"Gregory."

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Don't waist your money!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Not one of the better ones in the series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    By far the best book out of the series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    This is my least favorite in this series. For some reason Grego

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    This is my FAVORITE book in the series!! If fact, it might be o

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Awesome

    Great story, I fell in love with the whole family!

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Recommended

    Light hearted, funny, and a good ending to the series.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    A good read.

    It wasn't all that, and this is probably the second Bridgerton book I read. I haven't been reading them in order but overall, this book was okay. The only reason that made me impatient was the drama in it. It's one of those book with a antagonist that's really annoying. I recommend it though, especially if you're hoping to read all of the Bridgerton's.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Wow, what a story!

    Love the Bridgertons. Read the series in sequence. A few novels lacked imagination and I thought this would be the same. I was wrong! Gregory, poor man, even I felt embarrassed for this characters emotions. There's not that much love to cause one to lose their sensibilities. Gregory at the age of six and twenty has been floundering for the past few years. Now, being confronted by Anthony, his eldest brother about his future has a choice to make: the military or clergy. Or, he could marry. Marriage...why not? He believed in true love, considering all of his siblings were happily besotted. It would only be a matter of time before he would find the woman of his dreams. But he had no ideas about this woman only that he would know. He would know because it would be an instant earth shattering event. The only problem, he believed it would be an instant earth shattering event for her as well. And that's where our story begins. I graded this book a four: some areas of dialogue were tediously boring (absent in substance) and more time spent developing the relationship between Gregory and Lucy.
    ****Although each historical novel is wrtten as a stand alone. Reading them in succession allowed me the experience of JQ's writing style; particularly of a family. These lighthearted characters growing from babes in arms to loving adults. Recommend if you like titillating humorous, page turning, plots. Most thrilling are novels one and two from the series besides they anchor the family's foundation.

    Hope Colin and his wife resurface in the upcoming Smythe-Smith Quartet novel.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Read This One First

    This one was okay....a little impractical and the ending was contrived but I liked the characters. This was the first Bridgerton book I read.

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

    The Most Romantic Bridgerton Sibling

    Loved it! Great way to end a wonderful family series, Ms. Quinn! Gregory is totally believable as a mature man in his mid-twenties, which has to be a challenge considering we remember him as a boy from earlier Bridgerton novels. He has a different outlook on life and love than his siblings before him, which keeps this 8th and final book refreshing and entertaining.
    I recommend the entire series, but I enjoyed books 1,2,and 8 the most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2009

    Disappointing so far

    I've been reading the Bridgerton series obsessively for about 5 days now, and I'm finding much about this last one that is very...put-downable. Book 7 was so good, and I loved the clever chapter intros, and I loved book 6 the best, which was actually the book I read first. So far, this one keeps having moments that stop my ability to suspend reality, like egg salad sandwiches for example, which may very well have been invented in 1827, but I keep stopping to research the issues. So I hope it gets better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2009

    Meh

    I adore Julia Quinn and all the other Bridgerton novels, but not so much with this one. Gregory was pretty annoying and immature throughout the whole thing and that kind of ruined it for me.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Absolutely Wonderful!

    -Favorite out of the series. Gregory is the most realistic brother; the one most like someone today. His story might actually happen. He's admiral that he is more of a bare-bones character, where he just has his family to his name and not a bag of money and authority-he doesn't have everything making him who he is at the beginning like his brothers and sisters did. He's a raw character and he figured out what he wanted to do with his life-On The Way to the Wedding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Pretty Good

    Awesome Book!! Sure the ending i think was rushed, but it still was intriging and held me captive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    Wonderful conclusion

    Oh, how I adore the Bridgertons! Admittedly though, this book and It's In His Kiss had been sitting on my bookshelf for several months because I couldn't get around the idea the two youngest were actually now grown up! Especially Gregory for me considering he was first introduced in The Duke and I when he was only 13. But JQ makes his transition from a boy to a man completely perfect. Gregory is just oh-so-romantic and endearing that it more than makes up for the take-it-or-leave-it plotline. Starts out a bit slow but I really liked the prologue and it gave me think the story even more romantic. I was disappointed that most of the Bridgertons didn't make their way into the story though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Did these books get worse the more she wrote?

    When I started reading this series, I was always waiting in anticipation for the next installment, but found that as the series got longer and longer, the stories became duller and duller. Just because you have readers, doesn't mean they will purchase all your books, this is one I definitely will avoid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    A magnificent finale to the Bridgerton series!!!

    I must admit I was not immediately drawn to the plot. I only read it because I was compelled to complete he Bridgerton novels. However, within the first chapter I was completely drawn into the characters and their emotions. I felt what they were feeling, and it was amazing.I felt the brush of passion that Gregory and Hermione described. I understood the practicality of Lucy. It was also wonderful to have such real characters. I never imagined a poignant heroine with a touch of OCD. It made her more more than just a two dimensional character. The plot was also full of surprises that were carefully orchestrated, instead of just thrown in haphazardly. Quinn controlled this storyline and I was completely sucked into every moment. I never expected what would happen and I hung onto every sentence waiting to see how these lovers could possibly end up together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    not her best effort

    I usually enjoy Julia Quinn's books. This book was not memorable. The characters were witty at times but had no real chemistry. She has written more entertaining dialogue in the past. I somehow feel that this book and the previous two Bridgerton novels had lackluster plots and it felt somewhat forced in an effort to complete the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    mixed feelings

    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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