This anthology is the story collection of four friends, young girls at the Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence and keep it for luck and pass it along to each other when they are of marrying age. All the novellas are connected since they are stories of the four friends but they can be read as standalone novellas. They are fast, sweet and good stories of love and its magical, mysterious ways.
It follows the old rhyme and makes a delightful story collection from the four authors and I am a fan of Julia Quinn so I was eager to read this book. Each of the stories has a little something special to share and make us love this book. I read this book nonstop, putting aside the others I was reading since this was so absorbing. #Bookreview
I was pulled into the stories of these four friends and how they handle love. Either the girls are looking for love, avoiding it, or being blissfully unaware that love is right by their side. The twist in the stories and that they are short reads made them perfect tales for when we are short on time but wish to read a splendid book.
Anne is looking for a husband in “Something New” and finds him just in time and with so many twists and many boorish guys later. Thankfully, she has a guardian who helps her avoid them and how!
Cordelia in “Something Borrowed” is the lady with the most fun story, she has an imaginary fiancé and needs a guy to fill his shoes. Kipp, her childhood friend obliges and leads to so many ‘situations’ but love guides their path as the members of RSE follow all the rules 😉
The thief is someone known to Elinor in “Something Blue” and she tries her best to get the penny back from him even as the penny does its magic. Lawrence and Elinor are stuck in a feud as both of them try to prove the truth. It does eventually come out and brings the lovers together and the six-pence sure had a lot to do.
I enjoyed the last story of Beatrice and Frederick in “… and a Sixpence in Her Shoe” the most, it was a delightfully fast love story of two people who are so similar yet are trailblazers in those old times. The handsome, kind, considerate guy with the practical, pretty lady make for a love that could have their own full-length story.
The stories have enough romance, suspense, love and a bit hot under the pages to keep readers hooked. I recommend this book to all lovers of historical fictional romance – you will not be disappointed.
Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane
Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings…
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.
“… and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!