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Because sometimes you have a very particular question…

Are The Wit and Wisdom of Lady Whistledown, The Further Observations Of Lady Whistledown, and Lady Whistedown Strikes Back Bridgerton books?

Not really. The Bridgertons don’t play a role in the anthologies, but since Lady Whistledown was such a part of the first four Bridgerton novels, I consider them honorary Bridgerton books.

The Wit and Wisdom of Lady Whistledown is a gorgeous hardback collection. It’s neither a novel, novella, second epilogue, nor a short story, but it does include new Lady Whistledown entries about all eight siblings, plus Simon, Kate, Penelope, Violet, and Lady Danbury.

Why was there no mention of Lady Whistledown in To Sir Phillip, With Love? I thought for sure there would be a scene where Eloise learned the truth!

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.

What is the deal with the ending of It’s In His Kiss? Why did Isabella do what she did?

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!

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