There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In this second of a new prequel series, following Because of Miss Bridgerton, we go back to where it all began. . . from New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn.
While you were sleeping...
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...
I told everyone I was your wife
When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.
If only it were true...
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Julia Quinn's latest romance offers a refreshing departure from Regency ballrooms, with a story that’s reminiscent of the rom-com classic While You Were Sleeping. Cecilia Harcourt travels from England to the war-torn colonies to seek her missing brother. To gain access and information, she must pretend to be married to comatose Captain Edward Rokesby—and things get even more complicated when he wakes up. We loved the novel’s Revolutionary War setting and slow-burn love story, which sets it apart from the historical romance crowd.
In this charming sequel to Because of Miss Bridgerton, Quinn heads to late-18th-century America for a tale of romance and international intrigue. Cecilia Harcourt has come from her Derbyshire village to occupied New York to search for her missing brother. She finds that his best friend and her sometime correspondent, Capt. Edward Rokesby, is in the hospital with a head injury . By claiming that she is Edward's wife, Cecilia is allowed to care for him while getting more information about her brother's whereabouts but when Edward wakes with no memory of the last few months, Cecilia finds herself trapped in the lie. Edward and Cecilia make a captivating couple whose relationship grows naturally from their letters and personalities, and even their flaws including Cecilia's ongoing deception are understandable and appealing instead of frustrating. The secondary characters, mostly other British officers, are less well constructed, however, bordering on clich in their deference toward Edward and dismissal of Cecilia. This is a solid entry in the Bridgerton universe.