On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton Series #8) (With 2nd Epilogue)

On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton Series #8) (With 2nd Epilogue)

by Julia Quinn

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A funny thing happened ...

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except ...

She wasn’t the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except ...

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062353818
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Bridgerton Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 69,728
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.

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On the Way to the Wedding

By Julia Quinn

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Julia Quinn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060531258

Chapter One

In which Our Hero falls in love.

Two months earlier

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believed in true love. He'd have to have been a fool not to.

Consider the following:

His eldest brother, Anthony.

His eldest sister, Daphne.

His other brothers, Benedict and Colin, not to mention his sisters, Eloise, Francesca, and (galling but true) Hyacinth, all of whom -- all of whom -- were quite happily besotted with their spouses.

For most men, such a state of affairs would produce nothing quite so much as bile, but for Gregory, who had been born with an uncommonly cheerful, if occasionally (according to his younger sister) annoying, spirit, it simply meant that he had no choice but to believe the obvious:

Love existed.

It was not a wispy figment of the imagination, designed to keep the poets from complete starvation. It might not be something that one could see or smell or touch, but it was out there, and it was only a matter of time before he, too, found the woman of his dreams and settled down to be fruitful, multiply, and take on such baffling hobbies as papier-mache and the collection of nutmeg graters.

Although, if one wanted to put a fine point on it, which did seem ratherprecise for such an abstract sort of concept, his dreams didn't exactly include a woman. Well, not one with any specific and identifiable attributes. He didn't know anything about this woman of his, the one who was supposed to transform his life completely, turning him into a happy pillar of boredom and respectability. He didn't know if she would be short or tall, dark or fair. He'd like to think she would be intelligent and in possession of a fine sense of humor, but beyond that, how was he to know? She could be shy or outspoken. She might like to sing. Or maybe not. Maybe she was a horsewoman, with a ruddy complexion born of too much time out of doors.

He didn't know. When it came to this woman, this impossible, wonderful, and currently nonexistent woman, all he really knew was that when he found her . . .

He'd know.

He didn't know how he'd know; he just knew that he would. Something this momentous, this earth-shattering and life-altering . . . well, really, it wasn't going to whisper its way into existence. It would come full and forceful, like the proverbial ton of bricks. The only question was when.

And in the meantime, he saw no reason not to have a fine time while he anticipated her arrival. One didn't need to behave like a monk while waiting for one's true love, after all.

Gregory was, by all accounts, a fairly typical man about London, with a comfortable -- although by no means extravagant -- allowance, plenty of friends, and a level enough head to know when to quit a gaming table. He was considered a decent enough catch on the Marriage Mart, if not precisely the top selection (fourth sons never did command a great deal of attention), and he was always in demand when the society matrons needed an eligible man to even up the numbers at dinner parties.

Which did make his aforementioned allowance stretch a bit further -- always a benefit.

Perhaps he ought to have had a bit more purpose in his life. Some sort of direction, or even just a meaningful task to complete. But that could wait, couldn't it? Soon, he was sure, everything would come clear. He would know just what it was he wished to do, and whom he wished to do it with, and in the meantime, he'd --

Not have a fine time. Not just at this moment, at least.

To explain:

Gregory was presently sitting in a leather chair, a rather accommodating one, not that that really had any bearing on the matter other than the fact that the lack of discomfort was conducive to daydreaming, which in turn was conducive to not listening to his brother, who, it should be noted, was standing approximately four feet away, droning on about something or other, almost certainly involving some variation of the words duty and responsibility.

Gregory wasn't really paying attention. He rarely did.

Well, no, occasionally he did, but --

"Gregory? Gregory!"

He looked up, blinking. Anthony's arms were crossed, never a good sign. Anthony was the Viscount Bridgerton, and had been for more than twenty years. And while he was, Gregory would be the first to insist, the very best of brothers, he would have made a rather fine feudal lord.

"Begging your pardon for intruding upon your thoughts, such as they are," Anthony said in a dry voice, "but have you, -perhaps -- just perhaps -- heard anything I've said?"

"Diligence," Gregory parroted, nodding with what he deemed sufficient gravity. "Direction."

"Indeed," Anthony replied, and Gregory congratulated himself on what had clearly been an inspired performance. "It was well past time that you finally sought some direction in your life."

"Of course," Gregory murmured, mostly because he'd missed supper, and he was hungry, and he'd heard that his sister-in-law was serving light refreshments in the garden. Besides, it never made sense to argue with Anthony. Never.

"You must make a change. Choose a new course."

"Indeed." Maybe there would be sandwiches. He could eat about forty of those ridiculous little ones with the crusts cut off right then.


Anthony's voice held that tone. The one that, while impossible to describe, was easy enough to recognize. And Gregory knew it was time to pay attention. "Right," he said, because truly, it was remarkable how well a single syllable could delay a proper sentence. "I expect I'll join the clergy."

That stopped Anthony cold. Dead, frozen, cold. Gregory paused to savor the moment. Too bad he had to become a bloody vicar to achieve it.

"I beg your pardon," Anthony finally murmured.

"It's not as if I've many choices," Gregory said. And as the words emerged, he realized it was the first time he'd spoken them. It somehow made them more real, more permanent. "It's the military or the clergy," he continued, "and, well, it's got to be said -- I'm a beastly bad shot."


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On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgerton Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sad to see the series at an end, but what a way to go! This book ends the series on a suberb note. It is the most romantic book of the series. I highly recommend reading it. It starts out a little slow, but it really gains momentum in the middle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you already red the others books in this serie, don't WAIS your money in this one. The entire book was a joke! If you like just a comedy in a book, this is ok then. It's more a comedy than a romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there was too much time wasted on his loving hermione, and he was way too shallow. there was no real spark between gregory and lucy, and when she threw them together it was rushed. there was no real build up and no real cliff hanging moment. no matter how romantic the guy was in the end, it didn't feel real. I did like the book, i just had some issues with it
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missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it, largely because I love listening to Simon Prebble, but I couldn't take too many of these romance stories, certainly not more than one in a row.
abigailyow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The time has come for the last of the Bridgerton siblings to find love...Finally!I adored the Bridgerton family. Their little banter and their paths to true love. Or so I thought I did. The first few books of the series were enjoyable, if not earth-shattering. But things had started to go downhill ever since 'when he was wicked.' Gregory Bridgerton. How should I describe him? He seemed like a guy who has it all, who does not need to lift a finger to achieve it. And exactly the worst sort of hero I have in mind. He's like what. 26? And he's still drifting through life without a job or profession, in hopes to wait for the one who would change his life forever (or beat some sense into his head) to appear? I'm sorry to say but Gregory is not in the least manly when compared to his three brothers. At least, they're not long-winded and mushy. I also found 'on the way to the wedding' to be lacking in chemistry, for I can't quite gauge the love the two main characters have for each other. Is Lucy truly the one, or is she just a balm for his injured pride?All in all, I think this a satisfying read and a fitting ending to the series.
Jen7waters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeez, I almost had a nervous breakdown while reading the last 20 pages or so of this book...(Julia, were you trying to kill me?)On the Way To the Wedding is about Gregory, the youngest Bridgerton male, who is 26, and still unmarried; the story starts at a party hosted by Kate and Anthony, where our hero falls in love -or at least that's what he thinks- with the most beautiful and popular young lady around, Miss Hermione Watson. Turns out she doesn't return the feeling (really, she couldn't care less about him), and as so, her closest friend, Lady Lucy, agrees to help him conquer Hermione, because she can clearly see that he's the best of all the men who court -or try to- her dear friend. And...falls in love with him in the process.For obvious reasons, the first part of this book reminded me a lot of The Viscount Who Loved Me, BUT Gregory is no Anthony, and I have to confess that it bothered me immensely that he kept thinking about Hermione and how amazing the back of her neck was for so long. Good God Gregory, open your eyes man, Lucy is right there. Just notice her already. Once. Humph.The second part of the story brings a lot of drama to the couple, first because Gregory still doesn¿t know Lucy is THE ONE, or that he¿s in love with her (although he kisses her, likes it, and then pretends it never happened - grrr), and the poor girl is engaged to be married to a gay man, who, thank the heavens above, is a good fellow, and doesn¿t really make things harder for them.Like I said before, I almost had a fit in the end, with Lucy actually marrying the other guy, while Gregory was being escorted off the church screaming (!!!) ¿ but alas, everything turned out okay in the end.Kate and Anthony's bits were hysterical, I can hardly believe she once dressed him as Cupid to attend a masquerade! xD
halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brief Summary: Gregory Bridgerton is the last of the Bridgerton siblings to get married. Having seen his 7 siblings fall madly in love, he is a romantic at heart who definitely believes in true love. When he sees Hermione, he knows without a doubt that he has fallen in love-at-first-sight. However, he's baffled when she doesn't feel the same way and even imagines herself to be in love with someone else. Her friend Lucinda offers to help Gregory woo Hermione, but instead she falls in love with him. Hermione ends up marrying someone else, and Gregory realizes it doesn't bother him as much as it should, which leads him to the realization that he never loved her in the first place. A conversation or two later with Lucinda ("Lucy," as he calls her), and Gregory is now madly in love with Lucinda. But we are to believe it isn't flighty and frivolous like his infatuation with Hermione. No, it is true love...deep, gut-wrenching, eternal love. However, Lucy is engaged to be married. The papers are signed, and although her heart belongs to Gregory, duty calls her to marry another man. If she refuses, her brother and best friend face certain ruin. Whom will she choose? The Good: Julia Quinn is an exceptional author, and for this reason, even a book with such a weak plot as this one deserves at least 2.5 stars. A lesser writer could not have pulled it off. Although I knew right away how it would end, there were unpredictable moments that truly shocked me. Every book should contain a few surprises, and this one certainly does. Some of Quinn's heroines behave in a manner which is utterly inconsistent with the times, but I felt Lucy's behavior was characteristic with an earl's daughter. She's also unlike most other heroines. She isn't bold, daring, outspoken, and mysterious. She believes in order, loyalty, and duty above all else. I found her to be a realistic character. The Bad: Gregory falls in love twice...once with Hermione, and finally with Lucy. He believes in this lightning bolt recognition of true love which is absurd. (He fell in love with the back of Hermione's head, for crying out loud.) It was hard to take him seriously when he behaved like a lovesick pup after one glance at her. The main story here should have been the love story between Gregory and Lucy, however too much time was spent on his infatuation with Hermione and then his and Lucy's separation from each other. Quite simply, Gregory and Lucy were not together enough for their romance to really come alive on the page. You don't experience them falling in love, and that is what I love best about a romance. They rarely speak to one another (except about Hermione), and they just aren't given enough time for a real relationship to develop. One of the things I love best about her other books is the witty dialogue between the hero and heroine. It's missing from this book. There's no spark, no chemistry. They are lacking passion as well. (Yes, there is one steamy scene, but you wonder how they got there. There's no build up.) At the end, Lucy misleads Gregory. It was unforgivable and selfish for a character who is selflessly marrying a man she's not interested in to save her family. The Verdict: I would rate this book a solid 3 star rating. It's just OK. Having read 9 other works by Julia Quinn, I was tempted to give it only 2 stars, because I know she's capable of much more. If you're a fan of the Bridgertons, you'll most likely find yourself a bit disappointed that Ms. Quinn did not give the family the send-off they deserve.
Sugarbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the last of the series of 8 Bridgerton books. There are ancillary books that follow the stories of minor characters, but the main character¿s stories finish with this book. I must admit that this book is my least favorite of the group. Throughout most of the series, Gregory Bridgerton (the hero of this story) is a child or a young man and not much attention is paid to him. The attention always seems to be on his older siblings. They way this story is told, Gregory doesn¿t seem to have many redeeming qualities.On The Way To The Wedding starts with Gregory spotting Miss Hermione Watson at a house party and believing he has fallen in love. Hermione is very beautiful and is often the center of attention; her best friend Lucy Abernathy stands in her shadow. Lucy feels sorry for Gregory¿s failure to win Hermione and decides to help him. Fate steps in and Hermione is caught in a compromising position with Lucy¿s brother and is forced to marry. Obviously, Gregory can no longer marry Hermione.Lucy has been engaged for years to an earl and the time approaches for her to wed. Gregory, who has meanwhile decided that he isn¿t in love with Hermione, but with Lucy, tries to get her to break off her engagement with the earl. Lucy doesn¿t trust his feelings .(I wouldn¿t either, given the speed with which they change)We find out that Lucy is being blackmailed and of course, that is the main reason behind her not wanting to break her engagement. In true Julia Quinn style, all is settled and we have a happy ending. (not wanting to give away the details of the ending)Not necessarily the best ending to an outstanding series. I have been impressed with Julia Quinn¿s characters and character development throughout all the books of this series. The only character that I couldn¿t seem to warm up to was Lucy. She seems quite weak and so undeserving of Gregory; so unlike the inner strength of all of the other characters of the books. Now that I mention it, Gregory seems a bit wishy-washy also! I feel sad that this outstanding series ends on this note. Since this book was the only one of this series to be both a RITA Winner and a New York Times Bestseller, I am puzzled. I¿ve read several reviews for this book and everyone seems to feel that it is the weakest of the lot. So many other books in this series I feel are more outstanding than this one, yet this is the one that has won the awards. Hhhhmmmm......
avernon1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A man who believes in love? A man who believes in romance? A man who awaits the "one"....the one who will knock him off his feet the moment he lays eyes upon her? I didn't know such a man existed....until I met Gregory Bridgerton in Julia Quinn's final installment of the Bridgerton series.Gregory is the youngest male in the Bridgerton clan and he is the most genuine when it comes to his feelings...a true romantic at heart. While attending a party at his eldest brother's house, Gregory is struck down by the sight of the most beautiful blonde he has ever laid eyes upon. He must have her....this must be love, for he cannot breathe, cannot fathom life without the awe-inspiring Hermione. He lavishes her with attention, only to receive nothing in response, for Hermione's heart has been given to another. But there is hope for Gregory in the form of Hermione's best friend, Lady Lucinda. Lucy thinks that the youngest Bridgerton male is a very suitable match for her best friend and thus sets out to help Gregory woo Hermione. But of course, Lucy soon falls for the witty young Bridgerton herself. But she cannot......for she is to be married soon, an arrangement made long ago. But what will happen when Gregory realizes that he is falling for Hermione's best friend? How can he marry a woman who is about to marry someone else?Once again, Julia Quinn does not let her readers down in this final book in a wonderful series. Reading about the heroine was like looking in the mirror at a young version of myself. Lucy is eager to please, always reliable....expected to do the right thing, always wanting things to be in order, for everyone to be happy, even at the cost of her own desires. Things are supposed to be a certain way and that gives our Lucy peace and comfort. But then along comes chaos in the form of a dark-haired, blue-eyed man with a sparkle in his gaze and the ability to make her laugh...make her feel safe...make her feel like herself. I rejoiced when Lucy decided that she was going to satisfy her own wants, her own desires....put herself first, even if it was for one night. A night she would cherish for the rest of her life, even if she was married to another man, a man she could never love like she loves Gregory. Our hero is a lover of love. He wants to be in love, to find his soul mate, and he fights to the bitter end for her, even after being rejected in the most public way. One's own heart cannot help but soar when Gregory professes his love for Lucy in front of hundreds. I melted. I encourage you to read this book. Join this cast of characters on their journey of discovery into the true meaning of love. You will laugh, you will cry, you will sigh, and you too will want what everyone wants.....an everlasting love.
fantasia655 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite out of the Bridgerton series, althought "The Viscount Who Loved Me" is a close second! Unlike most men of his aquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one! And that is exactly what happened. Except....She wasn't the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love wha another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, would like to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she help Gregory win her over. But in the process of helping Gregory, she falls for him. Except...Lucy is in engaged. And her uncle is not very inclined to let her out of her betrothal to another, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that he love Lucy and not Hermione. And now on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk his heart to ensure that when he kisses the bride, he will be the only man standing there. I gave this book 5 stars, because I love this series very much and Gregory was my favorite out of the Bridgerton's even when he was little. He was very funny when he was younger, throughout the series you'll see, although he does not speak very often in the series, when he does or does an action, its funny. Like tossing peas at his sister Hyacinth.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A keeper. Not the best in the series, but good.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was just what the doctor ordered when I was sick and Valentine-less. Quinn's historical romances ride the line between regencies and bodice-rippers (this one has only one--fairly graphic-- sex scene) and her characters are always well developed and witty. This is the eighth and final novel in her Bridgerton Family series, but I wouldn't say you have to have read the others in order to appreciate it (although they're fab, especially The Duke and I and The Viscount Who Loved Me). My only complaint was that the whole last hundred pages or so seemed tacked on, with a somewhat extraneous blackmail/thriller plot that I felt wasn't necessary. Recommended for a light, delightful romance read.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
-Gregory, the youngest of the Bridgertons, believes in true love (witness his brothers and sisters for evidence), and figures all he needs to do is wait for it to happen. It does, at a sibling¿s party ¿ he¿s struck by the view of a young woman¿s nape, and just like that, he¿s in love. Unfortunately, nearly every other man in London is in love with the same woman, but luckily for Gregory, his true love¿s best friend, Lucinda, decides to help Gregory woo her friend. However, Lucinda soon realizes that she is in love with Gregory, and misery (and lots of wit) ensues. I enjoyed this one ¿ all of the wit of the others, with some truly romantic (clutch in my chest) moments.
emrya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last in the Bridgerton series, a satisfying conclusion, though not as enjoyable as the first few. Difficult to keep that level of humor and emotion up though, so, overall, good.
CathyLeming on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two very sympathetic characters. I enjoyed the plot twists in this story. I do not consider Julia Quinn novels an intense read, but her writing voice is engaging, intelligent... utterly delightful.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gregory loves the wrong woman, who is in love with another man. Lucy Abernathy decides to meddle, and falls in love with Gregory, however she's promised in marriage to another man. When Gregory falls in love with her things aren't as simple as they might seem. Fully of intrigue, love and some serious complications going on in the world, it's a very fun read. The characters are believable and their motives are believable too.I did enjoy it a lot. Nothing here is more spoilered than from the inside of the front cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julia Quinn is the queen of Regency Romance and always fun...but this plot has an extra twist! Lloyd the more intriguing to pull you completely in head over heels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books are well writen with just the right amount of humor
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Absolutely delightful seies
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