Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

A girl who obeys all sounds interesting but to have to endure it is not an easy task Ella goes through. Given the gift of obedience since birth she obeys all orders but Ella fights it every step of the way. Her struggles will lead her to a prince, a finishing school and all the way to a ball.

First time reading this book I would have been in the seventh grade. I was given a choice and picked Ella Enchanted randomly. This book is one of my favorites and can be read over and over, and I have. I love Ella’s character as she struggles for her way out but never reaches it, of course not until the end.

Char is the prince, Hattie and Olive the stepsisters all create this story to be fun and entertaining in a very sweet way. I love how the ogres and giants all have their own language. And how the fairies are real with magic pulsing in their bodies.

There is love but it is innocent love and rather refreshing for a young adult book. Gail Carson Levine creates the fantasy in this fairy tale adapted from Cinderella. The movie that is based on it is true to the book and fun to watch.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is a unique fairy tale that will make you believe in miracles.

On The Way To The Wedding by Julia Quinn

The last book, On The Way To The Wedding, kept me turning the pages. Julia Quinn keeps the story smart and funny but with a hint of seriousness and true love.

Gregory Bridgerton is the last to get married. He wouldn’t until he finds the one. He knows that he will know her immediately and that woman is Hermione Watson. But true love was going to be difficult. Hermione had her sites on another and then another.

Lucy is practically engaged to a man she hardly knows. She is content but that all changes when she encounters Gregory. It is not love, like, she thinks his lesser of the two evils for Hermione but her heart changes, and so does Gregory.

Gregory and Lucy will find love but there are many obstacles that must be overcome before the lovers can find a way to have a happy ending.

The last book of the Bridgerton series was fantastic. It was a rollar coaster and you were not sure where the characters would go. I liked how Quinn starts off with the wedding leaving you too wonder what she will say.

I thought I had guessed but everything changed as characters motives were revealed. And Quinn did a fantastic job at the end, very funny and touching.

The last book gave a great ending to the eight book series.

It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

She was the most outspoken of the lot of them. She had no mind not to hold her tongue. She knew she should to find a husband but she did not want one who would not be a challenge. Hyacinth would not settle for anything else.

He loved his grandmother, hated his father and loathed the musical concert hall but here he was. It was a good thing he found her to be entertained. She was fiery and talkative. Most of the ton knew her but no man had her. Gareth wondered what had come over him but he found himself in cohots with Hyacinth and he wanted to know more.

With the secret diary, his real fathers name in question and an overwhelming feeling of desire for Hyacinth, Gareth had his hands full.

The seventh book was a blast to read. The youngest was an original from the rest of her siblings and she was not afraid to go out in public and declare it.

I like Gareth’s character as he is certainly a rake but an unsure one. He has feelings and wants more in life. A woman, Hyacinth brings him to that point.

The diary and quest to find the bracelet was fun to read. It was clever that the hunt was for nothing until much later on in life. And I liked the mystery with his father. After you find out you wonder why you did not think about it before. Quinn keeps you in the book with her witty characters and entertaining plot.

It’s In His Kiss is the seventh installation by Julia Quinn and only one more left for the Bridgerton series. Gregory is the last to the alter but with who?

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

It started with a condolence, then into friendly conversation soon they started to talk to each other through their written words. The next thing Eloise saw she did not expect, a marriage proposal in a letter. It seemed scandalous but she decided why not.

Phillip did not know what possessed him but he asked for her hand in a letter. He had no way of knowing if she would except until she was at his door. Phillip was blown away by her beauty and her ability to keep talking.

Together they got to know each other with the help of two children who saw nothing more entertaining than creating havoc on Eloise. Soon they would learn to behave and Phillip would learn love.

The fifth book was a delight to read. Eloise as a spinster did not work but as a wife she knew her part. I liked that as a chatter box she kept everyone on their toes, her family and especially her husband now.

The children were a fun twist that had to be dealt with. Their mischievous attitude was fun to read and made you care for them.

I love that the brothers/family are still part of the stories. It was funny to read about them charging into Phillip’s home in order to protect their sister.

Julia Quinn continues down the line of children with great wit. I love how all the characters are so much alike but completely different. To Sir Phillip, With Love as a wonderful story to read.

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

The Bridgerton series continues with the fourth book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Colin is the next Bridgerton who is going to be caught for marriage.

Penelope has been in love, she has been in love with Colin Bridgerton for eleven years but that is not her only secret she keeps. At twenty eight Penelope is on the shelf and bored with life but is thrilled as Colin comes back only in hopes to talk to him.

Colin Bridgerton is the third child of his family and all he longs to do is travel. He has no purpose in life that fills him, that drives him. Soon though that changes when he finally sees Penelope in a new light. She will be what drives him to see to his passion, his dream. Together they will find out the secrets which would bring them closer.

The story was fun and in the smart, funny way that Quinn has written the series. I love how Penelope has now come forward and she is not the wallflower which she had been thanks to Colin.

There are ups and downs with the characters but it makes the story interesting and compelling to read. I liked it that Quinn created Colin and Penelope to be vulnerable.

The mystery woman is revealed and my suspect was right but I needed more answers. Quinn explains this person’s reasoning and it all makes sense at the end. I was very excited that Quinn finally gave the identity.

The fourth book was full of surprises and will leave you laughing and cheering for the relationship of Penelope and Colin.

An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn

An Offer From A Gentleman is the third book with Benedict Bridgerton.

It came as no surprise as Benedict will be the next victim caught on the marriage market but in this case Benedict has found the girl of his dreams. A lady in silver but she escapes at midnight. He looks, searches but she is nowhere to be seen. For two years he dreamed of her.

The lady in silver is none other than Sophie Beckett a bastard daughter of the late Earl of Penwood. Sent into servant hood at age 14 she dreamed of more. She received that one night with Benedict but disappeared. Two years later he will save her but not recognize her.

They form a friendship and he treats her unlike a servant but Benedict wants her to be his mistress. In his heart though he knows he can’t wed because of his lady in silver.

I loved that Julia Quinn created this cinderella tale within the Bridgerton series. Although the book you were hoping that Benedict would see but he doesn’t well that is until the very end.

Benedict’s character comes alive within his story and you find out more as he is an accomplished painter.

Sophie gets stronger as the book keeps going and her desire to not be like her mother keeps her out of the clutches of Benedict but not forever.

The gossip is still going strong with the mystery woman and she is not yet revealed. And I still have no idea who it is, perhaps the next book will be more revealing. I have my suspects and waiting impatiently to find out.

The third book to the Bridgerton series is worth reading as the characters still are witty and fun and the plot will leave you smiling.

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Immediately I grabbed the rest of the series that I could find in the proper reading order. The first book set the scene for the rest of the books. The Viscount Who Loved Me was a fantastic second book to follow.

Anthony Bridgerton has decided it is time to take a wife but there are rules. The most important one is he will not fall in love. That is why he set his sites on the season’s belle, Edwina Sheffield. She seemed proper and would make a fine viscountess and absolutely someone he could not fall in love with but there was a problem.

Kate Sheffield, the older sister, stands in the way. Kate is a few years older and is always over looked. When she sees Anthony has taken a liking towards her sister her blood boils. He was a rake and she would not let him take her sister or her heart.

Problems will occur and it will not by Edwina walking down the aisle with Anthony. But there is a secret that haunts both Kate and Anthony’s past and it will take them both to lean on one another, and to overcome.

Julia Quinn brings that same humor of the Bridgerton siblings from the first book. Daphne is still around along with the rest of them. Anthony is our main star of the book. Kate is a great addition to the book her sarcasm was a fun addition and fit well to the other characters. Anthony’s mischief still held strong and enduring.

For a while I thought love would bloom between Anthony and Edwina but Quinn never went there which was a good decision. Too many tangles if that happened.

It was interesting how each had their own fears that developed when they were young. Made them more real.

The ending was sweet and I liked that Quinn went forward with the book to find out what would happen on that supposed date he would expire. It showed everything would be alright.

The gossip columnist is still hard at work but her identity is still in question. As a reader it is intriguing to when Quinn will reveal the identity.

The Viscount Who Loved Me was a perfect second book. The next one is to be with Benedict who Quinn has kept quiet which seems to be his character but only time will tell.