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Set between 1813 and 1825, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. I didn't originally set out to write an eight-book series; at first it was just going to be a trilogy! But readers really took to the Bridgertons (and to the mysterious Lady Whistledown, whose gossip columns "narrated" the first four books), and I found myself rather enamored with the family, too.
After I was done with the series, however, I received hundreds of questions from readers about the Bridgertons and what happened to them later in their lives. So I decided to give all of the main characters an update in what I call "2nd Epilogues." These stories, originally available as e-shorts, have now been collected into The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, along with a bonus novella about Violet. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After went on sale as an e-book and in print in April 2013.
This series has proved to be such a fan favorite that we've added several Bridgerton features to Juliaquinn.com:
We’re going back a generation for Because of Miss Bridgerton. Sybilla (Billie) Bridgerton is the older sister of Edmund Bridgerton. She is mentioned (although not by name) in “Violet in Bloom,” which can be found in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After.
Edmund is away at school during Because of Miss Bridgerton, but we can expect to see him as a secondary character later in the series.
I hadn’t planned on writing more about Posy, but so many readers asked about her that I made her the focus of An Offer from a Gentleman: The 2nd Epilogue. She also gets a brief update in To Sir Phillip, With Love.
Read When He Was Wicked: The 2nd Epilogue for your answer! And as an aside, I have to say that this short piece might be my favorite thing I’ve ever written.
Well, there’s the legendary tale of Eloise Bridgerton’s changing eye color. They were blue in The Duke and I, green in An Offer from a Gentleman, and gray in To Sir Phillip, With Love. I’d like to say that I was trying to go with the whole her-eyes-change-color-
depending-on-what-she-wears thing, but I’d also like to say that I won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. So I’ll have to simply admit my mistake and be glad that I’ve never had a character whose eyes have changed within a book.
I’m afraid not, although lots of fans have been asking. It was tons of fun to write the excerpts that have appeared in It’s in His Kiss, What Happens in London, Ten Things I Love About You, and Just Like Heaven, but in all honesty, I don’t think I could keep it up for an entire novel. Not to mention that I couldn’t possibly do justice to the pigeon scene.
Not really. The Bridgertons don’t play a role in the anthology, but since Lady Whistledown was such a part of the first four Bridgerton novels, I consider them honorary Bridgerton books.
Yes! It’s fun to pay a little homage to my friends and colleagues.
Eloisa James fans will recognize the Duke of Kinross and Lady Edith Gilchrist, who are guests at Marcus and Honoria’s wedding. Although neither protagonist from Once Upon a Tower actually appears “on screen” in The Sum of All Kisses, both are mentioned, and Iris’s frantic search for Edie leads to some rather significant self-reflection on the part of Sarah.
In chapter one of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Penelope is reading a book called Mathilda by S.R. Fielding. This book played a big role in Dreaming Of You by Lisa Kleypas (S.R. is actually Sara, the heroine). And in the Lady Whistledown column opening chapter nine, I mention Michael Anstruther-Wetherby, who is the brother of Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby, heroine of Devil’s Bride, the first book of Stephanie Laurens‘s Cynster series. That is why I thanked both Lisa and Stephanie in the book’s acknowledgements for the “gracious use of their characters” in the book’s acknowledgements.
I can’t even begin to say how touched I am that so many readers want Violet to get her own (second) happy ending, but I’m afraid I just don’t see writing her story. I used to think it was because she was so devoted to Edmund, but after exploring the issue of second loves in When He Was Wicked, I realized that really wasn’t the reason. I’ve thought about it a while, and in all honesty, I don’t think I could come up with anyone good enough for her. Seriously. I just adore her.
I’ve thought about writing about Violet and Edmund, but I think it would be too bittersweet. We all know that Edmund dies at the age of 39. Or even worse, what about the readers who might be trying my books for the first time? They wouldn’t know that he dies young. Think how furious they would be when they started reading the Bridgerton series and found out I’d killed off one of my heroes.
That said, I couldn’t resist getting to know Edmund at least a little, and I’m thrilled that he appears in “Violet in Bloom,” a short story in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After.
Gregory is older, but because Hyacinth is female, it makes sense that she’d marry sooner.
Because Lady Whistledown had nothing to do with the plot for To Sir Phillip, With Love. The introduction of Lady Whistledown and “the big secret” would have been irrelevant, not to mention confusing for readers who have not read the previous Bridgerton books.
I do like to refer to items from previous books (Anthony’s fear of bees, for example, or Colin’s ravenous appetite) but only when they make sense within the framework of the story I’m currently telling. While the Bridgerton books are a loosely connected series, each title, first and foremost, must stand on its own as an individual novel.
Readers wanted to see Eloise’s reaction so much, however, that I ended up writing a 2nd Epilogue about it. So if you’ve been dying to see Eloise completely flummoxed, check out Romancing Mr. Bridgerton: The 2nd Epilogue.
Part II of When He Was Wicked (Book 6 in the Bridgerton series) takes place concurrently with Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Book 4) and To Sir Phillip, With Love (Book 5). Therefore, even though When He Was Wicked comes later in the series, it jumps back a little in time at the beginning.
I’m being deliberately vague here, as I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn’t yet read it, but Isabella did what she did because it just seemed to me that that was what she’d do. Seriously, isn’t it sweet revenge for Violet that Hyacinth had a daughter exactly like her?
I couldn’t leave Hyacinth hanging forever, though, so I’ve wrapped up that little hanging plot thread in It’s in His Kiss: The 2nd Epilogue. Hope you enjoy!
I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Bridgertons…
Book 1: The Duke and I
Book 2: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Book 3: An Offer From A Gentleman
Book 4: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
Book 5: To Sir Phillip, With Love
Book 6: When He Was Wicked
Book 7: It’s In His Kiss
Book 8: On The Way to the Wedding