After the Wedding

After the Wedding

by Courtney Milan

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BN ID: 2940159155825
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Worth Saga , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 26,654
File size: 2 MB

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After the Wedding 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Esss More than 1 year ago
I’d like to start by saying how utterly decent it is to have a racially diverse meld of main characters in a historical setting. I thought that effect was refreshing and so necessary in a staid genre that is only recently breaking out of its vanilla mold, pun intended. Courtney Milan is a skilled writer who can turn a phrase with elegance and a philosophical cast. Not only does her writing own distinction, she creates an accurate, realistic setting while pearls of history blend expertly with the fictional storyline. There were trace moments of redundant inner monologues that repeatedly swelled throughout the chapters, and this added to the dragging moments of the story. However, the fervor and passion of the characters helped the plodding storyline along. The characters were developed, obsessive creatures looking for acceptance and love in an astringent society, and Milan delivered on that promise. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ElleyKat More than 1 year ago
Could there possibly be two more Hufflepuff main characters? (Answer: no.) I submit into evidence Exhibit A: this quote from Camilla: "We're all self-serving." Camilla shrugged. "It's just a matter of what we do to others in service of ourselves." -Camilla, After the Wedding by Courtney Milan It takes a whole lot of heart and a fierceness of spirit to maintain the kind of trust Adrian has and the kind of hope that Camilla keeps when the world repeatedly grinds you down, when people show you again and again their ugliest selves. I just… I can't… Words escape me. I want to gather Camilla and Adrian close and wrap them up in a big Hufflepuff hug huddle. As I've said in previous reviews, wanting to be friends with the main characters is a major key to a five star rating for me. I love Camilla and Adrian so much, and several of the side characters really won be over too (especially Theresa and Mrs. Beasley!) that I'd give this, oh, six or seven stars, if that were an option. ALL THE STARS! The way the relationship between Camilla and Adrian plays out is so wonderful to watch grow. For all of the hardship these two go through, this is a relatively low angst story that is beautifully told. For those who love a good slow burn friends to lovers story, this book is for you! Cam and Adrian are two kindred spirits who get thrown together in circumstances that would break many people, and they continue to trust and hope and love with this quiet, golden strength that I truly admire and can only hope to emulate in my own life. Plus, the level of flirt and sass in Camilla cannot be squashed by any number of jerk-faces. "That would no doubt be engraved on her tombstone: Camilla tried to be good, but not for very long." - Camilla, After the Wedding by Courtney Milan. I really appreciated a Regency romance with representation outside of the Heyer-esque white cis characters you often see depicted: notably Adrian and his black family and how his family (with a black American father and a white English mother) is treated by English society; the diverse cast of characters who work on the design team at Adrian's manufactory; and the sexual preferences of Mrs. Martin and others. This is the second book in the Worth Saga, but it can be read as a stand-alone. However, there are some spoilers for the first book, Once Upon a Marquess (though not much more than you'd get from reading the back cover blurb). There is also a certain amount of lead up to what had dang well better be a future book in the series about Theresa!
KindleLady More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was a very interesting book, I have never read a historical romance where the hero was biracial, which was an interesting twist. I loved Camilla and Adrian's story, and all it's twists and turns. I have read many books where the female lead is a strong woman, but Camilla and Theresa were very different. I can't wait to read Theresa's story. Another great read by Courtney Milan. I was given and ARC by NetGalley for my honest opinion.
DarGee More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about Camilla and Adrian's relationship and it growing, and developing, and them falling in love. I liked the interactions between Theresa and Benedict, and all the scenes Grayson was in. The dowager was extremely likeable the few times we saw her. The bad guys bored me; the overthinking by Camilla and Adrian bored me; The factual recounting bored me; In fact, I'll admit, I skimmed the majority of the book, only stopped at the items above that I liked But the parts I liked, I really liked. They made me smile, they made me laugh, they made me cry
GangstaProf More than 1 year ago
Like many other reviewers here, I adore Courtney Milan’s work. I have read her entire catalogue, and IMHO, this book is one of her best. Readers should know that this book tells a story that is quite sad in some ways; Camilla has suffered terribly, and though Adrian had the love of supportive parents and siblings (unlike Camilla), he has also endured significant loss, as well as the cruelties of racism. In spite of the emotional weight apparent here, parts of this book are laugh-out-loud funny. That is one of the things I love most about Ms. Milan’s writing—she knows how to use levity to keep her stories from becoming too dark. The wit and intelligence of her characters is always evident, yet her writing is so emotionally powerful. That is not an easy thing to pull off. For those who read Ms. Milan’s The Pursuit of..., those characters have a connection to this book that pleased me to no end. That was a lovely surprise. The ending of this book sets up the next one beautifully, and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Adrian and Camilla's story!! Adrian is undercover as a valet to find dirt on one of his uncle's adversaries. While there, he is put into a compromising situation and forced to marry Camilla at gunpoint. What he doesn't know, is that the maid Camilla is really Lady Camilla Worth. Camilla has been passed around to many people since her father was convicted of treason and executed. Working as a maid, is just the lasted in a long string a places she as resided. When she finds herself married, she starts to think that she might have found the one person who might not send her away. But she soon learns that Adrian wants a marriage of choice, one in which he falls in love with his wife before asking her to marry him. So even though she wants to stay married to finally have some stability in her life, she will help Adrian get their annulment. I just loved this story!! I loved that Camilla wanted nothing more than to stay married, but she knew that Adrian wanted more from his marriage, so she put her feelings aside and did what needed to be done to get their annulment. I also loved the bantering between the two of them. They quickly became good friends and were able to laugh, joke and tease one another like lifetime friends. Luckily it eventually turned into something much more than friendship ;). I'm excited for the next book in the series, The Devil Comes Courting, which stars Adrian's brother Grayson!
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
Mad spoilers ahead for Once Upon a Marquess, the first book in the series. This book can be read as a standalone, though you’ll miss some of the background of Camilla’s family. This book was deeply personal for me, and at times it felt like Camilla was speaking my own thoughts, just much more eloquently, and not being Courtney Milan, it’s been hard for me to condense everything into a review that’s actually helpful, as opposed to just the following quote: “I don’t know a thing about art. I couldn’t give you any advice at all.” Her eyes shimmered. “Did you like it?” “It gave me feelings.” She tapped her chest. “Here.” Condensed review: eloquent, full of the witty banter you'd expect from Ms. Milan, and delightfully inclusive - black hero, bi heroine, and at least one lesbian couple. Highly recommended!
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
Mad spoilers ahead for Once Upon a Marquess, the first book in the series. This book can be read as a standalone, though you’ll miss some of the background of Camilla’s family. This book was deeply personal for me, and at times it felt like Camilla was speaking my own thoughts, just much more eloquently, and not being Courtney Milan, it’s been hard for me to condense everything into a review that’s actually helpful, as opposed to just the following quote: “I don’t know a thing about art. I couldn’t give you any advice at all.” Her eyes shimmered. “Did you like it?” “It gave me feelings.” She tapped her chest. “Here.” Condensed review: eloquent, full of the witty banter you'd expect from Ms. Milan, and delightfully inclusive - black hero, bi heroine, and at least one lesbian couple. Highly recommended!