It has finally happened! By reading The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, I initiated myself into the JQ readership. I really enjoyed this book and I’m eager to continue with the series. I decided to start with the Bridgertons because almost anytime you hear that name it’s because someone is sharing their favorite Julia Quinn book.
Daphne Bridgerton did not disappoint as our leading lady. I loved that she allowed herself to be herself and not be bullied into what society deemed best for her. Daphne wouldn’t be talked into a marriage of convenience. If there wasn’t love, there wasn’t going to be a marriage.
Simon still had quite a lot of leftover bitterness from his childhood. I don’t think anyone can blame him though. He certainly had a rough one. I had a slightly harder time with Simon. Stubbornness is one quality sure to get on my nerves.quickly. I could easily see why Simon was determined to see his plan through; however, the stubbornness in the face of sense was off putting. It was like watching a child hang on to a broken toy rather than recognizing it wasn’t the same anymore.
The secondary characters were so much fun. Julia Quinn includes a large cast of people. It never felt like too many and they all served a purpose. Being only one book in, I have to say that Violet Bridgerton, the Bridgerton matriarch, is my favorite.
It took me forever to read The Duke and I. A vicious reading slump struck it out. This book was funny and made me tear up. I can only hope the rest of the series is as good.
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