Saturday, July 01, 2006

Julia Quinn BlabFest: On the Way to the Wedding!

We're talking OTWTTW. Read it? Reading it?
Tune in and turn us on to what your thinkin'...

I still say it's the Best JQ ever.

Encore! Canna and Italia Over the Ukraine 3 - 0 as Italia makes final four in FIFA World Cup '06!
Encore due! Prego, Bellas. You're so very welcome.


Colleen Gleason said...

I really loved it too! I think it and The Duke and I are tied for best JQ book.

Kudos to Julia! A great read, through and through. (I'm looking forward to meeting JQ next Thurs when she's signing in E Lansing MI--I'll have to tell her I already read the book!)

Rach said...

Ooooohhhhhh, Michelle! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. (I'm speechless, which really doesn't happen that often).

So instead of heading north today for the niece's b-day we're at home with a sick baby. Yuck. 102 degree fever. But, that means I can blab Bridgerton =).

Loved OTWTTW! Absolutely fabulous! I was wondering how JQ was going to write Gregory's story since he always seemed so young to me. She really matured him well, and may I just say how much I adored Lucy? She and Kate seemed to have very similar personalities. Very practical and no nonsense.

Julie in Ohio said...

Rach, sorry about the sick baby. That is never fun, but glad your here to blab Bridgerton.

I agree with Rach's opinion of Lucy. I thought it was kind of prophetic at the beginning when Gregory is talking to Anthony and he makes comment of wanting someone like Kate.
I also liked that JQ addressed the fact that the brothers still saw him as a little boy. Really the only books that he actually had a supporting role in were "Duke" "To Sir Philip" and "Kiss", and although in "Sir Philip" he was in college he was still treated like the younger brother so that is how we saw him. It really wasn't until "Kiss" that he was showing a more mature (albeit brotherly) side of himself. So I liked the fact that Colin gave him a little pat on the back and acknowledged the fact that he is older and able to handle his own affairs without having his hand held.
The book was wonderful.
If I had one thing that I would have changed, it would be that I would've brought all of the family back together. This is the final book and it would've been nice to see everyone a reunion of sorts.

But then, that is what the epis are all about aren't they?
I really need to get those. :o)


Wasn't it hilarious when Gregory had to be pulled bodily out of the church? My other favorite seen was right before the church when Colin and he were sitting up in the tree. That just really tickled my funny bone.

Kati said...

I just finished it and am still kind of digesting. I enjoyed it. It's not my favorite (An Offer From A Gentleman always will be), but I enjoyed it.

The dialogue again absolutely sparkled, and I really enjoyed Lucy's internal dialogue. I also really loved that Gregory told her over and over again that he loved her. It was really sweet.

My quibble would be that usually we can count on JQ for some really steamy sex, and this book only had one, which was a dilly, but I would have liked more. Then again, they didn't really get together until very close to the end of the book, so maybe that's why. But hey, if that's my biggest quibble, we're doing really well!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Mary Kate, how did you ever finish the book that fast? I am amazed.
I agree that there could've been a wedding night, but I don't feel like it took anything from the book.
I enjoyed all of Lucy's little quirks. I can't imagine actually having that kind of obsessive compulsive. I have to read a series in order but comparatively speaking that's nothing.
I also have to comment on the dialogues between Gregory and Lucy. It reminded me a little of the sparring with Kate and Anthony but at the same time it was all their own. It just shined.

Kati said...

I was reading a thread on AAR about OTWTTW and there seemed to be some hoopla about the annullment. That it was historically inacurate. Since I don't know anything about the topic, I wondered was anyone else thrown off by that part?

I didn't faze me in the slightest.

Julie in Ohio said...

Another thing that I noticed that set Gregory apart from his brothers is that he was never referred to as a "rake". I can't remember his past experience even being brought up. It might have been mentioned that Lucy wasn't his first but I don't think it ever went past that.
I kind of enjoyed a non-rakish hero.
Sometimes I feel like word is over used. The author doesn't have to devulge much more about a character because everyone knows how a rake is to behave.

Julie in Ohio said...

I read that too, Mary Kate, and I didn't know what they were talking about. They just said that there was something that was historically inaccurate.
They were talking about the annulment?
I guess I can say that it didn't bother me any.

Manda Collins said...

Hey guys! Great commentary so far.

MaryKate, I read the AAR stuff too. A little anachronism is to be expected in romance historicals, I think. After all, if we were going for complete historical accuracy everyone would smell bad and there would be talk of hairy armpits and legs--on the women!

I don't think that most readers of historicals are well versed in the vagaries of nineteenth century British marriage laws. Besides that, it's FICTION!!! It's not a re-enactment of true events from the past. It's a made up story! Hating this book because of the annullment thing would for me be like hating Little Red Riding Hood because Wolves can't talk.

Julie, I really liked the fact that Gregory was just a good guy too. Like you, I think the term Rake gets thrown around way too much.

In high school I was friends with a Hermione, so I totally identified with Lucy in that way.

I also LOVED Gregory and Colin in the tree. JQ did a really good job of portraying the baby of the family. I've got a guy friend who is totally that way.

Rach, sorry baby is sick, though glad you were here for the Wedding party.

Guys, in case you're interested the cover for Eloisa James next book Pleasure for Pleasure has been posted on her website:

Snaxy, no?

Kati said...

Snaxy indeed! I like that cover SO much better than Taming of the Duke. I really don't like the bare male chest on romance covers. They might as well have heaving busoms on the cover IMO.

Rach said...

Hoo baby, fantastic cover for the new EJ book!

Julie, I loved the tree scene as well, and I too enjoyed the fact Gregory was just an all around nice guy. Nice guys don't always finish last =).

Marykate, I was a little disappointed at the lack of sex scenes as well, but the one there was fit with the book. Any scenes any earlier would have been jarring.

As for the annulment thing, I agree with Manda that it is ridiculous to hold a work of fiction accountable to nonfiction standards. Didn't Liz blog about this on SR the other day? I refuse to let one little "technicality" at the END of the book "ruin" the whole thing for me. Whatever(Rach enters Valley Girl mode)!

Julie in Ohio said...

Rach, didn't the nice guy actually finish last here?

I agree wholeheartedly with Manda. That is what IMAGINATIONS are for.

I also loved at the beginning of the book where Anthony was trying to have a heart to heart talk with Gregory about the rest of his life, and Gregory says that he will have to join the clergy. I can just imagine Anthony's face when he said that. What do you say in response to that? It was nice to see Gregory get a jab in on Anthony because I'm sure he hasn't had many of those in his life.

Rach said...

Julie, the nice guy had the last story, but I don't think he finished last, as it were. He got the girl and got his HEA. Of course, in the epi there were all those children...=)

Julie in Ohio said...

Yeah, how happy do you think his ever after is going to be with all those kids? Sheesh.

Just to give you a recap; Gregory did want Hermione who wanted Mr.Edmonds, who then ended up married to Richard. Then poor Gregory wanted Lucy who was engaged to Haselby and actually married him. All before Gregory could get his girl and his HEA.

So, I stand by my original comment. :o)

Rach said...

Yes, but in spite of it all, he still got his HEA! =) (I'm an eternal Polyana!)

Julie in Ohio said...

Well, yes, and that is the most important part.

I have to say that I was happy for Richard and Hermione also. Richard who has been in love with her for years, he probably would've continued to pine for her if not for her sudden interest in Gregory. It kind of jolted him into action. And honestly does anyone believe Hermione would have married him if not for the Kate insisting on it?

Rach said...

Yes, I too was happy for Richard. One of my favorite story lines is when h/h has been in love with the other forever and they *finally* get together. Hence, ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON is my all time fave.

Hermione strikes me as being a bit of a flake. I know many brilliant people who are flakey, and Hermione seems like one of them. I do however believe that once she and Richard had done whatever it was they were doing in the orangery she would have married him anyway. I think Kate just helped speed things along.

Julie in Ohio said...

My opinion is that Kate made it OK for Hermione to change her mind.

She was all about Mr. Edmonds for so long that, IMO, she probably would have felt like a fake if she up and said "oops, wait a minute I love Richard now." She was constantly telling Lucy how when you fall in love, you just know it. It's like a bolt of lightning...yadda,yadda,yadda...that I'm sure she would've felt like someone would ridicule her for switching the object of her affection.

I don't know if I would call it flakey but she was blonde...

Disclaimer: The above comment about blondes was made with Hermione in mind, not any blondes that may or may not be reading this.

Rach said...

Being a blonde, Julie, I've heard it all! No offense taken, I promise. I just laugh it off because I *know* I'm not one of *them* ;o).

I was going to post that Hermione was a blonde acting "blonde", and then thought, "Nah. I'll just call her a flake." Well, call a spade a spade they say =).

I can see your side of the issue. Sometimes we just need someone to give us "permission" to do what we know is right. But, I'm hung up on that whole blonde thing. Maybe she just wouldn't care what anyone else thought. After all, she was the one ready to marry Mr. Edmonds even though she would have been a societal outcast had she done so.

Julie in Ohio said...

But that was LOVE.

Well, this has been fun but I need to get some sleep. Big fireworks tomorrow and everyone comes to my house for them. YIPPEE!

I'm sure I'll sneak away at some point tomorrow to catch everyone elses take.

Rach, I have to blondes have more fun? :o)

Rach said...

But of course, Julie ;o).

Now, I too am off. The Bitty Baby is so sick she just sleeps very fitfully. Fevers are NOT a good thing.

Have fun tomorrow!

Stacy~ said...

It's hot here and I don't feel so great - hate cramps! - but I did savor my JQ weekend, reading both "It's In His Kiss" and OTWTTW. I loved 'em both, Hyacinth's a little more because it was fun to watch her fall in love and Gareth was totally snaxy.

But Gregory's story was awesome, too. I agree, he was a nice guy, romantic but not a sap (at least I didn't think so). He became a man of action when he fell in love for real. I thought Lucy was a softer version of Kate, and suited Gregory perfectly. I couldn't help but feel sad that she was expected to settle when both her best friend and brother fell in love while she was all set to do her duty for her family. The whole annulment thing didn't bother me, either. Hasley was a decent fellow, and I'm just sorry an annulment became necessary. But it suited its purpose and really tugged at the heartstrings....

Doesn't it just seem so sweet how Violet has a little anecdote about each of her children? For example, how she said Hyacinth saved her (in IIHK) after her husband died? I just love how she has those touching moments with each child. And I was a little sad not to see Lady Danbury, the crotchety grandmother of Gareth, in OTWTTW. I think it's just cuz the series ended, and I loved it so....

Sorry about your baby Rach. Hope she feels better.

Manda, I'll have to check out that cover.

Rach said...

Stacy, I liked Gregory's conversation with Violet as well. I hadn't really connected that she had similar heart-to-hearts with each of the kids, but you're absolutely right. Ah, a mother's wisdom =).

Also, now that you mention it, I did indeed miss Lady D in OTWTTW. Couldn't you just hear her at the wedding? ;o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Stacy, you are so right about Violet. I love her little motherly talks she has with each of her kids. Each one as personal and exact to each child.
Now before you think I'm completely off my rocker, I do understand that Violet is a character in a book and the words are actually coming from JQ. But Violet Bridgerton has got to receive the "Mother of the Year" award. :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

BTW, Rach, were you and your darling baby anywhere near northwest Ohio within the last week?
The reason I'm asking is because my DH has come down with a flu bug. Isn't just my luck? We have around 40-50 people coming over to our house tonight and my husband is stuck in the bathroom. Oh, yay!

That's my gripe for the day.

How is the baby today? Has her fever broke? That can be so scary because the she can't tell you what's wrong or where it hurts. :(

Rach said...

Nope, Julie, not Ohio, Tennessee. Fever is higher today than yesterday--102.9 this morning. YIKES!! In spite of that she is doing everything she can to be her chipper little self. I hear her upstairs squeaking and chirping with her daddy even as I type. I'm clueless as to what it could possibly be.

I'm so sorry hubby is down and out! Holy moly, 40-50 people and down one big helper! Even bigger YIKES!!!!! Good luck today--sending helpful vibes your way. =)

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks, I'm gonna need it. I have three helpers who are not usually pulled into service, but I have a funny feeling they are today.

OK, fun time over. Back to work. See ya! :o)

Kati said...

Rach and Julie - Sending {{{{hugs}}}} your way and hopes for an easy day.

I'm off to see THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA this afternoon.

Now I'm reading A KEPT WOMAN by Susan Donovan, so I'm ready when Michelle has her come and blog. I just love her! She writes terrific heroines! Sassy, but not obnoxious. And Sam is measuring up in a great way!

Julie in Ohio said...

Rach, I meant to tell you, when my babies got fevers their doctor used to tell me to alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 2 hours and it always brought theirs down. Just a suggestion.

Your little one sounds like mine. Whenever they got sick they never acted like it, which is a blessing and a curse.

Good luck and BIG HUGS! I hope she gets over it soon.

Thanks, Mary Kate. I need to go to the bookstore soon with a list so I can be prepared for the next guest blogger. Oh, the horror we are subjected to. :o)

Rach said...

Thanks guys! Julie, thanks for the suggestion. We have actually been doing that so the fever stays at bay.

Marykate, please let us know about DEVIL--I'm dying to see it!

Julie in Ohio said...

A funnier than funny thing has just has started to rain. Not just a drizzle either. An all out thunder buster. HA,HA,HA.
So obviously there will be no fireworks which gloriously means no party.
I can't tell you the relief I feel. :o)

word verif: zuggit
Could these get an sillier?

Rach said...

Well, Julie, for your girls, I'm sorry. For you and hubby, I'm grateful! =) Whew!

The baby's temp has dropped below 100 so keep your fingers crossed. Right now she's all off routine and doesn't know head from tail so she's a bit grumpy. Not fun from a typically happy baby.

Stacy~ said...

Rach, glad your little one is feeling better. Hope she'll be in better spirits soon.

MaryKate, I can't wait to hear about "THe Devil Wears Prada". I've seen the previews and it looks wickedly good.

Julie, I don't think you're off your rocker for thinking that way about Violet, or any other character. I think we all do that. It's what makes a writer so awesome - the ability to create characters we believe really do exist, or at least wish they did.

It's rainy and gloomy here too. So much for the fireworks, but there's always Tuesday....

Julie in Ohio said...

I don't know if this is a testiment to my bad luck or not...the rain has stopped...the sun has come out and things are getting dried up. The fireworks are back on. (sniffle,sniffle)
I was looking forward to a nice relaxing night. Oh well.

The good news...the party was already cancelled. We have my brother in law and his family coming over still but not until later for the fireworks only. YEAH!

The kids are back to being excited...and well...truth be told I too enjoy the fireworks. I just don't enjoy all the people, but we went from 40-50 down to 8. I think I may survive. :o)

Rach, I'm glad to see baby's temp is dropping. Hopefully she will be better in time to see your fireworks. My babies always enjoyed to pretty colors...not the noise. My four year old still huddles on my lap for the booms.

Mary Kate, I too want to hear about "The Devil Wears Prada". I want to see it but know I will have to wait until it comes out in video. Which is probably next week. *g*

Stacy, thanks for not having me committed. I think it is a testiment to authors who can make their characters come alive. :o)

amy kennedy said...

I decided not to read all of the comments, because--YIKES--I'm not done--I have about 1/4 left and I don't want to wreck it.

Julie, thanks for the warning of a spoiler coming in your comment.

I. Am. Loving. It. I know I'd be done if my family would just let me be...hahahaha. But it definately is a book I will read again, I know I will.

I'll be back when I'm done.

Rach said...

Julie, I hope everything went off without a hitch! Eight is definitely better than 40 or 50. =) I agree that the characters really seem to be real when I'm reading a well written book, such as a JQ. I have to remind myself, "No, they don't really exist." Maybe I'm ready for the looney bin...

Baby's temp is hovering around 101, so I guess it's off to the dr. in the morning. Ah, man...

And, Julie, the four year old doesn't much care for "funder", but can manage the fireworks okay. We'll see how the baby does. =)

Rach said...

Hi Amy! Glad you're enjoying it. The whole blog is loaded with spoilers, sorry.

You are so going to love the ending! Happy reading =).

Kati said...

Hi Amy - Let us know what you think when you're done.

OK, so the DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Fantabulous. Meryl Streep was sublime. She totally stole the show. She's hilarious and vicious and over the top and sympathetic and you end up not really knowing what to think about her. Is she the villain? Not sure.

Anne Hathaway was good also. She's not got the chops MS does, but she holds up pretty well. The movie is supposed to be about her, but frankly, all you care about is when is Meryl coming back on screen. Stanley Tucci is great too.

The clothes are amazing and frankly, it's set in my two favorite cities on earth: New York and Paris.

Overall, absolutely worth the matinee price. Evening price? Probably not. But at this point, not sure if I want to pay $9.50 to see Citizen Kane!

During the Coming Attractions they showed a preview for WORLD TRADE CENTER. Has anyone seen UNITED 93? I could barely watch the preview. I really, really feel like it's too soon. Like it's too raw. I understand it's been five years, but I'm just not sure I'm ready.

Rach, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the babe. Hope she wakes up feeling better. Julie, hope the hubby's feeling better!

amy kennedy said...

Oh you guys, I loved it--I have to say, it's definately one of my favorites. I have to digest it for awhile.

Rach even if the Dr. doesn't know--I always feel better after taking a child in.

Julie, hope the party (albeit small) went well.

Marykate, I would see TDWP just for MS--she becomes any character she plays. Ooh, and Susan Donovan rocks.

Mandacoll, weren't we all friends with Hermione in high school? But I hadn't thought about it, until you brought it up.

Stacy, I hold Violet up as the kind of mother I would like to be--seriously, she knows exactly what to say and how to make her children do what needs to be done. All in a calm and loving way.

Also, I loved that Hyacinth was still so "Hyacinthy" in OTWTTW. I'm fairly certain that is a word--now I'm on my way to look at the new cover of Eloisa James' new book.

amy kennedy said...

Colleen--you lucky duck. I find it hard to pick a favorite of Julia Quinn's--when they are all so fulfilling.

Stacy~ said...

Thanx for the review of TDWP - sounds good. I think I'll check out the matinee and save my $9.50 for Johnny Depp ;)

She was rather Hyacinthy, wasn't she? Love that word, Amy! It's so her :) I loved the relationship between her & Gregory, what with being the two youngest. The book was just fabulous...sigh... I would love a reunion book somewhere down the line. Wouldn't that be lovely?

Rach said...

Marykate, TDWP sounds just up my alley--when it's out on video, of course. Who has time to get out of the house?? I agree it is too soon to be doing anything with 9/11. I flat-out refused to see UNITED 93, and you can bet your 'tater I won't be seeing WORLD TRADE CENTER.

Amy, it was grand, wasn't it? And, Hyacinth was indeed very Hyacinthy (most definitely a word =) ).

We're off to the dr. this morning. Temp back up to 102. Happy holiday to us! Thanks for all the well wishes, guys!

Rach said...

Oh, and Julie, hope the hubby is on the mend. I swear, sometimes sick hubby's are worse than sick kids! ;o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Rach, hubby is doing better this morning. Now it's your baby's turn. I'm sorry to see the temp went back up. I'm with Amy in saying that sometimes it's better just to take her to the Dr. for your piece of mind. Could she be teething? My kids always spiked a fever when they were getting a new tooth. Good Luck.

Amy, I'm glad that you liked OTWTTW. It was really great. I'm glad that you said that you hold Violet up the kind of mother you want to be. I feel the same way. I would like to talk to my kids and say the right things. Maybe that comes when they get older. :o)

Mary Kate, thanks for the review. I want to see it but if there are not guts and blood being thrown around, you can bet I will have to wait for the DVD. I, too, think MS is great. I also enjoy AH. The two together have to be a wonderful combo. :o)

Thanks to all for your well wishing. The fireworks were great. The people didn't come over until the works were 5 minutes from going off, which worked for me, and left immediately following. All was well and truly wonderful!

Kati said...

Rach - Drop us a note and let us know how the kiddo is. Amy glad to hear your shindig went well and your hubby is on the mend.

I'm at work today...which just stinks!

Julie in Ohio said...

So am I, Mary Kate, but I get tomorrow off!! :o)

Rach said...

Julie, Marykate, so sorry ya'll had to work today. Big fat bummer!! Do you at least get to go home early?

Baby Bit is on the mend but still a sicko. The dr. ruled at any bacterial infections by doing a heel prick blood test (yuck!). So, it's just viral, probably one of those childhood illness thingies and I'm doing a great job and just keep doing what I'm doing.

Great. Thanks. Could somebody make the baby sleep through the night again?? I'm pooped!

You guys are great--thanks for caring =)!

Kati said...

Aww, Rach, keep the faith, she's gonna get better, but I understand from my mommy-friends that it's tough seeing the kiddo get shots.

Isn't the rule when she naps, you nap? If it's not, maybe that needs to be the rule. Otherwise you're gonna get worn and out sick too.

Take it easy!

Julie in Ohio said...

Mary Kate, actually the rule is when the baby sleeps, you work.

I have heard your saying too but unfortunately reality sets in and your family starts walking around naked and you realize you are the only one who know how to work the washer. You notice that they are drinking out of their hands and eating with their fingers off of the table and the realization hits you that you are the keeper of the dishwasher's how-to manual that is written in "woman's" language that no one of the male gender or a female who is under the age of 20 understands. :o)

Rach, so sorry the doctor didn't have any miracle drugs, but isn't nice to have him tell you he couldn't do any better than you already are? I don't know about you but it always makes me feel smart. *g*

Ya know what? I did get to go home early. My boss came in and said when I got done with what I was working on, I could go. There are some days I just love my boss. :o)

Kati said...

Ahhh, see that's my non-mommyness showing. I only have a dog and a cat, so I'm not fluent in all the rules. Well, maybe just this once Rach, you can at least rest while the little one sleeps.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the baby gets well.

Rach said...

Ah, Julie, I see you have visited my house before =). Marykate, they *lie* to you when they start spouting that wisdom. Now, if there were someone in the house (such as a nanny, maid, fairy godmother, etc.) to do the laundry, cleaning, dishes, etc., life would be grand and I would nap the day away ;o).

Julie, it is nice to know I was doing everything the right way. And, Marykate, haven't you noticed the dog and cat are rather like men/small children (no real differentiation there)?

Anonymous said...

Hi all! So glad you guys enjoyed the book! And Julie, I realized that one of the reasons I don't think I can write a story for Violet, is really--who could possibly be good enough for her?

Looking forward to meeting some of you in Michigan!

Julie Q.

Julie in Ohio said...

I'll be there, Julie, and I'm excited to meet you!
I agree there isn't anyone good enough for Violet. I understand why you haven't written her story.
I can see Edmond and her story as a novella, though. Kind of a prequal of sorts. We all know how it will end but their love before hand would be fun to see. It would also show why she has never remarried.

Just to throw that out there. :o)

Rach said...

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

For those interested, Miss Bit made a turn around yesterday afternoon. Her fever broke during her afternoon nap--yay! So, she is back to her cool as a cuke self today. Thanks for all the kind thoughts coming our way =).

Hope you all have a marvelous holiday!!

Julie in Ohio said...

YAY, Rach!! I'm so glad little one is better.
It is always a great day with everyone is feeling good.

I hope all festivities go off without a hitch!

Happy 4th of July!!

Anonymous said...

I'm on deadline for my first paranormal book right now, but I had to pop in and comment on Fabio's abs. Oh-My-God!!!

I can't read anything right now... but I have OTWTTW at the very top of my TBR, my reward to myself as soon as I get this book turned in.

MsTypo said...

Ok i have a plan... A new JQ book with all the 2nd epilogues. PLUS a short about Edmund and Violet meeting. I would love that book and def be in line to buy it! :p

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